Tiberiu Brediceanu


Romanian composer and folklorist • 1877-1968

Short biography

Tiberiu Brediceanu • Romanian composer and folklorist (b. 1877, Lugoj, d. 1968, Bucharest). His work for the stage was deliberately designed to fall within the technical limits of amateur theatre companies and foregrounded a predominantly folk music idiom. The simplicity and rich colouring of works such as the country icon La șezătoare (At the Women’s Social Gathering) (1908), the pantomime Resurrection (1932), based on the work of poet Lucian Blaga, the country icon La seceriș (At Harvest Time) (1936) gained the composer an enthusiastic public.


His constant use of folk quotations, his classical tonal harmonisation, and his tenacity in harnessing folk music are also to be found in his symphonic works (Four Symphonic Dances for Large Orchestra, 1951), his chamber works (particularly his piano miniatures, including eight books of Romanian Folk Dances), vocal music (Carols for Voice and Piano or Solo Piano; ten books of Folk Laments and Songs; Six Laments and Songs for Vocal Quartet and Piano, 1953; Six Themes from the Ballad “Miorița for Vocal Quartet and Piano, 1955).

Tiberiu Brediceanu


Moldova and Bucovina from Romanian Folk Dances • Composition: Tiberiu Brediceanu; Performance: Horia Mihail – piano

„Auditorium” Concert Hall of the National University of Music, Bucharest, 2018