Adrian Enescu – Tabu
Concerto for strings, choir and harp, vibraphone, timpani and drum set
(31 Martie 1948 – 19 August 2016)
Adrian Enescu was a composer before his time and his talent and personality surely deserve more attention in today’s musical world. It’s safe to say that his music, powerful and emotional will survive the test of time!
He always composed what he wanted in terms of musical styles. As Florian Lungu (Romanian composer) used to speak about him, he was a multifaceted composer. His imagination created worlds of sound and harmony, of tumult and ethos, while maintaining his deep respect for the Romanian folklore. One of his first composition, “Pe Sase” (Take Six) hints to the famous piece of Dave Brubeck, but also to our own national music, thanks to its rhythm.
Following his studies at the music conservatory of Bucharest with Aurel Stroe and Alexandru Pascanu, he attended Stanford University in California, where he mastered the technics of composition and went on to surprise his colleagues and mentors by switching to progressive, fusion, world music and ambience music. He composed pop, jazz, symphonic pop, concertos, music for the theatre and ballet, working with highly prestigious companies in Belgium, Holland, China and Australia. The debut disk of Loredana Groza (1988) had set a record: more than a million releases! Adrian’s name on billboards all over the country assured sold out performances.
He was a very recognized public figure because of his pop songs and for his film music. An experiment which I did as coordinator of musical programs at Radio XXI, where I played a musical fragment of Adrian Enescu and asked the listeners to identify the composer, showed the extent of his popularity. The phone lines were busy with listeners who recognized the composer. He wrote original music for more than 65 movies. It’s more appropriate to say that Adrian Enescu did not illustrate movies or theatre plays, he told his own story, adding his special artistic value to the movies and plays. Quoting Dumitru Staniloae, his musical voice and the movie/play had been united in the most intimate and mysterious way and fulfilled them both. His numerous discs were issued in Germany, USA and Romania. …
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