Developmental and stylistic consistency in selected choral works of Felicia Donceanu (b. 1931)

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Cory Thomas Alexander (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: The music of Felicia Donceanu (b. 1931) is well known by music scholars in Romania. Donceanu's work has won numerous accolades including honorable mention at the International Composition Competition in Mannheim, Germany, in 1961, the prize of the Union of Composers and Musicologists of Romania seven times between 1983 and 1997, and the George Enescu prize in 1984. Donceanu's colleagues regard her Romanian-language art songs to be among the finest examples of the genre. Donceanu has composed for nearly every instrumental genre, but solo vocal and choral compositions comprise the majority of her output. Paula Boire discussed Donceanu's art songs in the four-volume text, A Comprehensive Study of Romanian Art Song, but Donceanu's choral works remain largely unexplored. Donceanu's first choral compositions date from 1968, and her choral oeuvre includes more than forty compositions written over several decades. Despite this, she considers dates of composition to be irrelevant and has stated that her works neither exhibit stylistic development nor fit into creative periods. Analyses of five representative choral compositions: "Inscriptie" from Trei poeme corale (1968), Rodul bun (1982), Ritual de Statornicie (1987), Tatal nostru (1990), and Clopote la soroc (1996), reveal this consistency of style as it occurs in Donceanu's choral works.

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Language: English
Date: 2011
Choral, Donceanu, Romania
Donceanu, Felicia, $d 1931-
Choral music $z Romania $y 20th century

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