Nicolae Coman -Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
(b. Bucharest, 23 February 1936 – d. Bucharest, 27 October 2016)
Nicolae Coman was born in 1936 in Bucharest. During his high-school years he began studying music privately with the renowned Romanian teachers: composer Mihail Jora and pianist Florica Musicescu. He took classes at the ”Ciprian Porumbescu” Conservatory in Bucharest with Mihail Jora and Leon Klepper (composition), Paul Constantinescu (harmony), Zeno Vancea and Miriam Marbé (counterpoint), Tudor Ciortea (form analysis), Victor Iusceanu (music theory), George Breazul (music history), Alfred Mendelsohn (orchestration), Emilia Comişel and Mariana Cahane (folk music), Ovidiu Drimba and Eugenia Ionescu (piano) and Mansi Barberis (canto).
After his graduation he worked at the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Company, but was not allowed to promote to an employee position due to political reasons, having to do with the clash between Coman’s family history and the socialist regime. Regardless of this he was permitted to collaborate with the national radio for many decades, for broadcasts and interviews. He worked as a researcher at the Folk Music Institute within the Romanian Academy, from 1959 – 1963. It was during this time that he travelled to villages in Pădureni (Hunedoara) to gather folk songs. Writing them down and analysing them led to his essay about the Romanian folk music in that region, Jocuri din ţinutul Pădureni. In 1963 he started teaching harmony (assisting Ion Dumitrescu’s class) and counterpoint at the Bucharest Conservatory. He held a professorship from 1992 until the end of his life, for the last 2 decades teaching composition as well. …
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