- Florinela Popa
(b Bucharest, Romania, July 15, 1954). Romanian composer. She was a student at the Bucharest Conservatory (1973–8) in the composition class of professors Aurel Stroe, Ștefan Niculescu, Alexandru Pașcanu, and Nicolae Beloiu. In 2000 she earned the doctorate in musicology at the Cluj-Napoca Academy of Music, defending her thesis Fundamental Choices in the Composition of Theodor Grigoriu and Pascal Bentoiu: Five Decades of Romanian Musical Achievement. She was a producer of radio shows at the Music Department of the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Company (1987–2014), while at the same time publishing articles, critical studies, and the volume Dialoguri magice: confesiuni, interviuri (‘Magical Dialogues: Confessions, Interviews’, Bucharest, 2007), written in collaboration with Corina Rădoi.
In her composition, she has been particularly interested in chamber music, a genre well suited to her own temperament. In her first works, Irina Hasnaș outlined a harmonic universe based on the concept of ‘infinite melody’, focusing on the meeting of individualised movements. Later, she grew more interested in the ethos of Romanian music and sought to inscribe sounds and text to the sphere of Romanian spirituality....