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Horatiu Radulescu

The Romanian-French composer Horațiu Rădulescu was born in Bucharest on January 7 1942. He is best known for thespectral technique ofcomposition which he has developed since the late 1960s. He studied the violin privately with NinaAlexandrescu, a pupil of George Enescu, and laterstudied composition at the Bucharest Academy of Music (MA 1969), wherehis teachers included Niculescu, Tiberiu Olah and Aurel Stroe, some of theleading figures of the newly emerging avantgarde. Upon graduation Rădulescu left Romania for the west, and settled in Paris. One of the first works tobe completedthere ( ...read more

The Romanian-French composer Horațiu Rădulescu was born in Bucharest on January 7 1942. He is best known for thespectral technique ofcomposition which he has developed since the late 1960s. He studied the violin privately with NinaAlexandrescu, a pupil of George Enescu, and laterstudied composition at the Bucharest Academy of Music (MA 1969), wherehis teachers included Niculescu, Tiberiu Olah and Aurel Stroe, some of theleading figures of the newly emerging avantgarde. Upon graduation Rădulescu left Romania for the west, and settled in Paris. One of the first works tobe completedthere (though the concept had come to him in Romania) was ‘Credo’ for nine cellos, the first work to employ his spectraltechniques. Thistechnique “comprises variable distribution of the spectral energy, synthesis of the global sound sources,micro- and macro-form as sound-process, foursimultaneous layers of perception and of speed, and spectral scordaturae, i.e.rows of unequal intervals corresponding to harmonic scales.” In the early1970s he attended classes given by John Cage,György Ligeti, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Iannis Xenakis at the Darmstadt summer courses, and byLuc Ferrari and MauricioKagel in Cologne; later, from 1979 to 1981, he studied computer-assisted composition and psycho-acoustics at IRCAM.

Radulescu’s spectral techniques, as they evolved through the 1970s and beyond, are quite distinct from those of his Frenchcontemporaries GérardGrisey and Tristan Murail. He has a large catalogue of works (now spanning more than 100compositions), including six string quartets, five pianosonatas, a piano concerto, and many works for unconventionalensembles. « hide

Similar Bands: Gerard Grisey, Tristan Murail, Ştefan Niculescu, Iancu Dumitrescu, Georg Friedrich Haas

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2006

3.8
9 Votes
Streichquartett No. 4, Op. 33
2003

4
2 Votes
Inner Time II
1994

3.5
1 Votes
Dizzy Divinity; Byzantine Prayer
1992

3.8
2 Votes
Clepsydra; Astray
1990

3.6
5 Votes

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