GEORGE ENESCU (1881- 1955)

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Unfortunately, Romanian composers are not as famous worldwide as they should be. Some of their musical works are truly remarkable, like, for instance G. Enescu’s “Romanian Rhapsodies”. The composer’s musical talent manifested itself very early, since he created his first musical composition at the age of five. Two years later he entered the Vienna Conservatory and he graduated before he was thirteen, earning the silver medal. In 1895 he went to Paris to continue his studies.

Many of his works were influenced by Romanian folk music, but he also promoted contemporary Romanian music. He was a violinist, a noted violin teacher and a famous conductor. His musical works are varied: “ Poeme Roumain”, a symphonic suite for orchestra (1897), “Romanian Rhapsody No.1”(1901) and “Romanian Rhapsody No.2”(1902), orchestral suites, chamber music ( two string quartets and two piano quartets, as well as violin and cello sonatas), piano suites and sonatas, five symphonies (two of them unfinished) and an opera called “Oedipe”. In 1923 he conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in New York City and in 1935 he was the conductor of the Orchestre Symphonique de Paris in Mozart’s Violin Concerto No.3 in G major. Between 1937 and 1939 he also conducted the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. He lived in Romania and in France, and on his death in 1955 he was interred in the Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.

Today Bucharest houses a museum in his memory; likewise, the Symphonic Orchestra of Bucharest and “George Enescu” International Musical Festival are named and held in his honor.

Listen! George Enescu – „Romanian Rhapsody No.1 ” (1901)

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