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date: 16 October 2019

Vlad, Marina Martalocked

  • Viorel Cosma
  • , revised by Valentina Sandu-Dediu

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(b Bucharest, March 8, 1949). Romanian composer and teacher. She graduated in 1973 from the Bucharest Conservatory, where her teachers included Tudor Ciortea, Ştefan Niculescu and Aurel Stroe in composition, and Zeno Vancea and Myriam Marbe in counterpoint. In the same year she was appointed professor of theory and score reading at the Conservatory.

A composer of modest output, Marina Vlad has been primarily concerned with achieving a meticulous refinement of precise detail and a balanced vision of the work as a whole. She has shown a preference for the genre of instrumental chamber music, and her compositional technique can be best described as terse and well versed (in both the classical logic of the sonata, and in total-chromatic, pointillist, or serialist techniques), while also skilfully integrating elements of Romanian oral traditions. Her scores are demanding for performers, without being marred by gratuitous virtuosity.

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