Dan Dediu

(b. 16 March 1967, Brăila).

Romanian composer of mostly stage, orchestral, chamber, choral, vocal, and piano works that have been performed throughout Europe and elsewhere.

Mr. Dediu studied composition with Dan Buciu, Dan Constantinescu, Octavian Nemescu, and Ștefan Niculescu at the Universitatea Națională de Muzică București, where he graduated in 1989. He later attended postgraduate courses with Francis Burt, Günter Kahowez and Wilhelm Zobl at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna in 1990–91, on scholarships from the Alfred Toepfer Stiftung F. V. S. in Hamburg and the Alban Berg Stiftung in Vienna, as well as the Cursus Annuel de Composition et Informatique Musicale at IRCAM in Paris in 1994–95. He earned his PhD in composition at the Universitatea Națională de Muzică București in 1995.

Among his honours are First Prize in a national competition in Cluj-Napoca (1986, 1988), First Prize in a competition for chamber music with brass in Budapest and Barcs (1990) and First Prize in the competition of the Orchestre Français de Flûtes (2000, for Spaimă, Op. 86). Other honours include the Premiul George Enescu in the competition George Enescu in Bucharest (1991, for Symphony No. 1, 'Lumières Secrètes', Op. 24) and the prize for music of the Academia Română in Bucharest (1991, for String Quartet No. 3, Op. 22), as well as five prizes from the Uniunea Compozitorilor și Muzicologilor din România in Bucharest (1992, 1995, 1998, 1998 [shared with his wife, the musicologist Valentina Sandu-Dediu], 1999). He later received the Prize at Expo 2000 in Hannover from the Romanian Development Agency (2000), the Prize of the competition of the Galliard Ensemble in London (2000), Erster Preis in the competition of the Neuköllner Oper in Berlin (2002), and the cultural prize Prometheus-Opera Prima in Romania (2002). He has earned fellowships from the Colegiul Noua Europă in Bucharest (1997–98), the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (1998) and the Kulturstiftung Landis+Gyr in Zug (2002). He later served a one-year residency at the Internationales Künstlerhaus Villa Concordia in Bamberg (2005–06).

He is also active in other positions. He served as artistic director of the International Week of New Music Festival in Bucharest in 1999 and 2001.

He has taught composition as an associate professor at the Universitatea Națională de Muzică București since 1999, where he has served as chair of the department of composition since 2000 and as rector since 2008. He was a guest lecturer at Queen's University Belfast in 1994.

His primary publishers are Éditions Lucian Badian, Editura Muzicală and Peermusic.


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COMPLETE LIST OF WORKS (note that dates are unavailable and that works are arranged chronologically by opus number, when available; works are otherwise arranged alphabetically)


Post-Fiction (opera in 2 acts, libretto by the composer), 5 soloists, small orchestra (13 players), fixed media, Op. 50

MünchhausenHerr der Lügen (opera in 3 acts, libretto by Holger Siemann), 5 soloists, flute, clarinet, French horn, violin, cello, piano, Op. 97

Eva! (opera in 1 act, libretto by Matei Vișniec), 2 soloists, male chorus, large orchestra, Op. 115

Music, Choreography and Architecture (ballet music)

The Wall from the Tour (dance music)


Nocturnis Larvis, piano, orchestra, Op. 8

Ornaments, string orchestra, Op. 17

Motto-Studien, Op. 23

Symphony No. 1, 'Lumières Secrètes', Op. 24

Narcotic Spaces, small orchestra (15 players), Op. 32

Tabula Angelorum, Op. 33

HYPERKARDIA, small orchestra (15 players), Op. 39

Concerto No. 1, piano, orchestra, Op. 43

Gotische Melancholien (concerto no. 1), viola, 11 strings, Op. 49

Symphony No. 3, 'Capriccio classico', Op. 61

Symphony No. 4, violin, orchestra, Op. 67

Chansons gothiques (concerto), alto saxophone (+ tenor saxophone), orchestra, Op. 68b (version of chamber work, Op. 68a)

Lichtung des Schreiseins (concerto no. 2), viola, string orchestra, Op. 75

Frenesia, Op. 84

Spaimă, 24 flutes, Op. 86

Mantrana, small orchestra (21 players), Op. 94

Grana, large orchestra, Op. 101

Verva, large orchestra, Op. 102

Nuferi, violin, small orchestra, Op. 107

Paesaggio con Tosca, symphonic band, Op. 114


String Quartet No. 1, Op. 5

Sonata, violin, Op. 7

String Quartet No. 2, Op. 9

Vaier, flute, violin, viola, Op. 10

Nălucă, violin, Op. 16

Vertiges de la Lontaneité, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 French horns, Op. 18

Hörner-Stimmen aus einem unbekannten Requiem, 4 French horns, Op. 19

Das Gespenst der Ornamente, marimba, Op. 20

Caricatures granulaires, flute, alto saxophone, violin, cello, Op. 21

String Quartet No. 3, Op. 22

3/2, 2 violins, Op. 28

Nostradamusiques, clarinet, fixed media, Op. 29

Blasons, violin, viola, cello, Op. 30

Griffon, viola, piano, Op. 31

Arachné, clarinet, computer, live electronics, Op. 35

Mikrobenmusik, clarinet, viola, piano, Op. 36

Glastonperlenspiel, clarinet (+ alto saxophone, tenor saxophone), piano, percussion, fixed media, Op. 38

PaksakAGLIA, cello, Op. 40

Unicorn's Agony, violin, piano, Op. 42

Fünf Bagatellen, 7 violins, piano, Op. 45

Luna, celesta, Op. 46

Sepia Girl, clarinet, viola, Op. 47

Prélude à l'après-midi d'un grif(faune), viola, Op. 48

Cartoon Variations on a Theme by Mozart, clarinet (+ soprano ocarina, contrabass ocarina, baritone saxophone), oboe, percussion, Op. 51a (also version for clarinet [+ soprano ocarina, contrabass ocarina, baritone saxophone], piano, percussion, Op. 51b)

Don Giovanni/JuanSonatOpera in due atti, violin, piano, Op. 53

Till Eulenspiegel, a condensed Vaudeville, E-flat clarinet, percussion, Op. 54

Pavana per Don Quijote, viola d'amore, piano, Op. 56

Noturnissime, flute, piano/harpsichord, Op. 57

Sonatina surrealissima, clarinet, Op. 63

Gothic Concerto, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, violin, cello, piano, percussion, Op. 65

Chansons gothiques, soprano saxophone (+ alto saxophone), organ, Op. 68a (also version for alto saxophone [+ tenor saxophone], orchestra, Op. 68b)

De cælo, 6 clarinets, Op. 69

Concerto per quattro, clarinet, viola, piano 4 hands, Op. 70

Choralvorspiele des Schreiseins, violin, organ, Op. 71

Lumineszenz des Schreiseins, violin, viola, Op. 73

Idyll, Choral und Guerrilla, flute, clarinet, trombone, viola, cello, piano, percussion, Op. 77

Lacrimæ, baritone saxophone (+ alto saxophone), piano, percussion, Op. 78

Latebræ, violin, viola, piano, Op. 79

Concerto, piano, 5 percussion, Op. 81

Auroræ, flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon, Op. 82

Forms of Farewell, clarinet, piano, Op. 85

Trio, flute, harp, viola, Op. 87

Pastorale cynique, flute, piano left hand, Op. 89

Falduri, violin, cello, Op. 90

Charon, French horn, Op. 91

Naufragi, flute, Op. 96

Sérénade funèbre, oboe, percussion, Op. 99

Flamura, 4 cellos, Op. 103

Detail of Wing, flute, clarinet, trombone, violin, cello, piano, percussion, Op. 104

RagRapRaga, viola, harpsichord, Op. 106

Apple Worms III, flute, cello, Op. 108

Pictures from an Exhibition (Reloaded), trumpet, tuba, cello, Op. 111

Apple Worms I, clarinet, French horn

Apple Worms II, clarinet, viola (also versions for flute, 2 pianos; piano 4 hands)

Frotolla, flute, French horn


Grai Valah, mixed chorus, Op. 13

Three Choruses, mixed chorus, Op. 37

Stabat Mater, mixed chorus, Op. 52

Lux æterna, mezzo-soprano, mixed chorus, Op. 62

Harmonisches Labyrinth und Fuge, mixed chorus, Op. 80

Cantata No. 2, 'Unda lucis' (text by Ovid), mixed chorus, orchestra, Op. 95

Perla, soprano, countertenor, tenor, baritone, bass, Op. 109


Latin Arias, tenor/baritone, piano, Op. 2

Litany for a Butterfly, tenor/baritone, speaker, piano, Op. 3

Sphinxes pour une Symphonie, tenor/baritone, piano, Op. 12

Trupuri de stihii, any voice, string quartet, Op. 14

Sfera nestării, any voice, cello, orchestra, Op. 15 (version of work for 2 pianos, Op. 11)

Kärntner-Straße, Wien, soprano, synthesizer, small orchestra (13 players), Op. 25

Symphony No. 2, 'Embargo', alto, orchestra, Op. 27

Parerga Agonica, mezzo-soprano, alto saxophone (+ tenor saxophone), Op. 44a (also version for mezzo-soprano, clarinet, Op. 44b)

Senza accompagnamento, any voice, Op. 55

Variations stylistiques et syntaxiques sur les textes de Tristan Tzara, soprano, piano, Op. 58

Wolfiana, soprano, piano, Op. 59

Hörreste, sehreste..., alto, baritone, piano, Op. 74

SchmerzenbohnenTrauermusik für Ernst A. Ekker, mezzo-soprano, flute, viola, cello, piano, percussion, Op. 83

Tänzt die Orange, mezzo-soprano, viola, Op. 92

Cantata No. 1 (text by Rainer Maria Rilke), soprano, 2 violins, viola, string orchestra, Op. 93

The Game of Death and Life (3 songs), soprano, piano, Op. 110

A Spider..., mezzo-soprano, piano

Sweet Voices, soprano, piano

Traveling's Tango, alto, piano


Five Pieces, Op. 1

Sonata, 2 pianos, Op. 4

Sonata Nos. 13, Op. 6

Sfera nestării, 2 pianos, Op. 11 (also version for any voice, cello, orchestra, Op. 15)

Evanescence, 2 pianos, Op. 26

Puck, Op. 34

Sonata No. 4, Op. 60

Lévantiques, Op. 64

Rafales, Op. 66

Sieben Bagatellen, Op. 72

Idile et Guerrille, piano 4 hands, Op. 76

The Grasshopper, piano left hand, Op. 112

Apple Worms II, piano 4 hands (version of chamber work)

Ubu Blues


Passacaglia Cathoptrica, Op. 41


Sepia Girl, Op. 47. Aurelian Octav Popa, clarinet; Sanda Crăciun, viola (Edition Pro Viva: ISPV 180, 1997)

String Quartet No. 3, Op. 22; Sphinxes pour une Symphonie, Op. 12; Don Giovanni/JuanSonatOpera in due atti, Op. 53; Griffon, Op. 31; De cælo, Op. 69. Cristian Alexandru Petrescu, voice; Irina Mureșanu, violin; Sanda Crăciun, viola; Dan Dediu, Valentina Sandu-Dediu, pianos; Radu Popa/string quartet; Aurelian Octav Popa/6 clarinets (Radio România: DDCD 1001, 1998)

Frenesia, Op. 84. Cristian Mandeal/Filarmonica George Enescu din București (Editura Muzicală: EM 1002, 2000)

Motto-Studien, Op. 23. Ludovic Bács/Orchestra Națională Radio (Editura Muzicală: EM 008, 2000)

Ubu Blues. Marcel Worms, piano (NM Classics: 98021, 2001)

Forms of Farewell, Op. 85; Sonatina surrealissima, Op. 63. Ray Jackendoff, clarinet; Valentina Sandu-Dediu, piano (Editura Muzicală: EM 018, 2002)

Forms of Farewell, Op. 85; Sonatina surrealissima, Op. 63. Ray Jackendoff, clarinet; Valentina Sandu-Dediu, piano (Albany Records: TROY 529, 2003)

Lévantiques, Op. 64 (nos. 7–9). Tamara Smolyar, piano (Move Records: MD 3281, 2003)

Latebræ, Op. 79. Diana Moș, violin; Marian Movileanu, viola; Dan Dediu, piano (Polish Institute Bucharest, 2004)

SchmerzenbohnenTrauermusik für Ernst A. Ekker, Op. 83. Antonela Bîrnat, mezzo-soprano; Tiberiu Soare/Profil Ensemble Bucharest (Profil Ensemble Bucharest, 2004)

Verva, Op. 102. Horia Andreescu/Orchestra Națională Radio (Editura Muzicală: EM 037, 2005)