Drăgoi, Sabin Vasile (opera)
- Viorel Cosma
(b Selişte, Arad, June 18, 1894; d Bucharest, Dec 31, 1968). Romanian composer. He studied music in Iaş i (1918–19) with Alexandru Zirra, then at the Cluj Conservatory (1919–20); at the Prague Conservatory (1920–22) he studied with Vitězslav Novák (composition and orchestration) and Otakar Ostrčil (conducting). He taught in Timişoara and elsewhere and was prominent as an ethnomusicologist. Musical theatre attracted him considerably. Employing elements of ancient Romanian folklore (especially the carol, the ballad, the dirge and youth dances) and traditional psalmody, Drăgoi composed in a sonorous tonal language based on the diatonic modalism characteristic of the national schools of eastern Europe. His first opera, Năpasta, was the earliest Romanian opera in which motifs from peasant music were combined with rich harmonic and rhythmic resources, and it is built on the principle of variation rather than thematic development. Drăgoi also composed film music. Faithful to his own temperament, his works remain closer to the lyrical than to the dramatic; hence the clear, calm and luminous features of his entire output....