Sigismund Toduță • Romanian composer and musicologist (b. 1908, Simeria – d. 1991, Cluj). In the three phases of Sigismund Toduță’s work as a composer, what stands out is the tendency to absorb Gregorian and Byzantine religious tonalities, combining them with (Romanian) folk music tonalities and grafting them to the trunk of the major European musical forms.
Also to be found are elements of the neo-Renaissance and neo-Baroque directions (in the first phase of his work), while in the final phase what is characteristic is the move toward heterophony and intensely chromatic modalism. To be remarked are the elaborate symphonic style and the tendency toward polyphonic articulation. Sigismund Toduță has an obvious inclination toward cultivating the major forms, but without excluding the instrumental, vocal or choral miniature.
He was the first Romanian composer since Enesco and Paul Constantinescu to achieve a genuinely personal style. Sigismund Toduță’s chamber music includes numerous pieces of great interest: Passacaglia for Piano (1943), Sonatina for Piano (1950), Suite of Romanian Songs and Dances for Piano (1951), and two sonatas for flue and piano (1952, 1988).
Passacaglia • Composition: Sigismund Toduță; Performance: Radu Prisada – piano
Romanian Radio Hall, Bucharest, 2018