Ciprian Porumbescu


Romanian composer • 1853-1883

Short biography

Ciprian Porumbescu • Romanian composer (b. 1853, Șipotele Sucevei – d. 1883, Stupca, now Ciprian Porumbescu, Suceava). His two-act operetta Crai Nou (1882), with a libretto by Vasile Alecsandri, enjoyed great popularity. The main sources of his musical inspiration were rural and urban folk music, the ballad, and Austrian operetta, which he combined within a unitary thought, while his music’s melodiousness, accessibility and folk character are what brought it success.


The Ballad for Violin and Piano (1880), one of the few Romanian works of the nineteenth century that still enjoys great popularity, stylises elements of the doina and the ballad, presenting them in a romantic, expressive instrumental composition of great lyricism.


Ciprian Porumbescu composed numerous choral works, ranging from pieces for men’s choirs, mixed choirs, and choirs of soloists to musical plays. In this genre, his religious music, works inspired by the folk tradition, and, above all, patriotic songs stand out.

Ciprian Porumbescu


Ballad for Violin and Piano • Composition: Ciprian Porumbescu; Performance: Gabriel Croitoru – violin, Horia Mihail – piano

Romanian Radio Hall, Bucharest, 2018