Dan Buciu • Romanian composer (b. 1943, Bucharest). He studied at the Bucharest Conservatory (1962-68). He attended the Internationale Ferienkurse in Darmstadt (1970, 1982), where he took classes taught by Ligeti, Stockhausen, Maderna, and Kontarsky. In 1992, he was awarded a PhD in Musicology for his thesis Problems of Modern Romanian Modal Language.
He taught at the National University of Music, Bucharest, from 2000 to 2008 and was the university’s rector in the same period. He has lectured in the United states (the universities of New York and Urban-Campaign, Illinois, 1994) and taught summer courses in France (Antun, 1996). He has won the Prize of the Union of Romanian Composers and Musicologists a number of times. From 2013 to 2015 he was artistic director of the International New Music Week.
His work, neoclassical in style, is characterised by its modal language, sometimes drawing on folk inspirations, sometimes on his own constructs. A representative selection of titles would include the symphonic works Flagstones, Scenes for Orchestra, Romanian Suite, Antinomies, Cristiane, the cantata Grass of the Earth (1982), the lieder cycle Lyrica Mundi, the micro cycle The Wise Man and Poetry, the chamber pieces Disquietudes, Sketches for a Self-Portrait, the choral works Remember Hiroshima, for choir and magnetic tape and Manole’s Wife Ana, for choir and folk instruments, Sonnet for Flute, Organ and Mixed Choir, to poems by Rilke, and Games for the Peace of the Planet, for children’s choir.
Games for the Peace of the Plannet • Composition: Dan Buciu; Performance: Radio Children’s Choir, conductor – Voicu Popescu
Romanian Radio Hall, Bucharest, 2009