Corneliu Dan Georgescu

(b. 1 January 1938, Craiova).

Romanian composer, now resident in Germany, of mostly orchestral, chamber, vocal, piano, and electroacoustic works that have been performed throughout Europe; he is also active as a musicologist.

Mr. Georgescu studied with Tiberiu Alexandru, Mihail Andricu, George Breazul, Ion Dumitrescu, Alfred Mendelsohn, and Tiberiu Olah at the Universitatea Națională de Muzică București from 1956–61. He later attended the Ferienkurse in Darmstadt in 1970 and 1974.

Among his honours are six prizes from the Uniunea Compozitorilor și Muzicologilor din România in Bucharest (1969–70, 1978, 1982, 1984–85), the Premiul George Enescu from the Fundația Națională pentru Știință și Artă in Bucharest (1974) and the Premiul of Radio România (1974).

As a musicologist, he has written the books Dance Tunes from Oltenia (1969, Editura Muzicală), Romanian Folk DanceA Typology of Instrumental Tunes (1984, Editura Muzicală), The Pastoral RepertoireAlphorn SignalsA Musical Typology (1987, Editura Muzicală), and Improvisation in der traditionellen rumänischen Tanzmusik (1995, K. D. Wagner). In addition, he has contributed articles to numerous publications, such as the series of five articles The Study of Musical Archetypes for REVUE roumaine d'histoire de l'art (1982–87).

Mr. Georgescu is also active in other positions. He worked as a researcher at the Institutul de Etnografie și Folclor Constantin Brăiloiu in Bucharest from 1962–83, where he also served as director of the department of music from 1976–80. He served as an art historian at the Institutul de Istoria Artei George Oprescu in Bucharest from 1984–87, worked at the Internationales Institut für traditionelle Musik in Berlin from 1989–91, on the Thyssen-Stipendium, and worked at the Freie Universität Berlin from 1991–94.


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Model Mioritic (opera, libretto by the composer), 1973


Partita, 1968

Motive maramureșene, 1970

Models, 1967–73 (its three sections may be performed separately: Alb-Negru; Continuo; Rubato)

Plays IIX, 1962–80 (its nine sections may be performed separately: Dances; Peisaj; Festive Plays; Collages; Refrains; Pianissimo; Long Songs; Variants of a Dance; Echoes of Play)

Homage to Țuculescu (3 symphonies), 1975–85 (its three symphonies may be performed separately: Simple Harmonies; Horizontals; The Regards of Colours)

Hymns, 1988 (section of Skizze für ein Fresko; may be performed separately)

Ex Æterno Tempore, 2004 (section of Skizze für ein Fresko; may be performed separately)

Präludium zu Columna Infinita, 2011


Tanz-Farb-Spiel, violin, fixed media, 1998

Tua umbra lucida, violin, viola, cello, fixed media, 2000

Homage to Piet Mondrian, string quartet, fixed media, 1980–2003 (its eight sections may be performed separately: Composition in a Square with Red, Yellow and Blue; Composition with Tons of Pure Colour on White Background; Composition in Grey and Black; Composition in Black and White; Composition with Straight Lines; Composition with Triangles and Squares; Composition with Discontinuous Lines; Composition with Elementary Colours)

Transsilvanische Motive (volume 3), violin, piano, 2003

Dialog mit D-MOLL, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, violin, cello, piano, percussion, 2003

Et SempperHommage à Leoninus, flute, piano, percussion, 2004

WolkenWellenSand, flute, piano, percussion, fixed media, 2005 (version of vocal work)

9. Streichquartett, 'Ritual in Dur-Moll', string quartet (+ tam-tam), 2006

A-Moll Obsession, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, 2006

SI-Meditation, violin, piano, 2006

10. Streichquartett in Perpetuum, string quartet, 2007

Studie zu Columna Infinita, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, violin, cello, piano, percussion, 2008

11. Streichquartett (Ritual für Columna Infinita), string quartet, 2008

Cum Stauta, flute, oboe, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion, 2009

Omnia Unus Est, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, violin, cello, piano, percussion, 2009

12. StreichquartettContemplating the Tritone, string quartet, 2011


Skizze für ein Fresko, mixed chorus, orchestra, fixed media, 1987–2004 (its four sections may be performed separately: Colinde [texts from folk sources from Romania], mixed chorus, orchestra, 1987; Hymns; Et vidi cælum novum [text from the Bible], mixed chorus, orchestra, 1996; Elegia [vocalise], mixed chorus, fixed media, 2000; Ex Æterno Tempore; In lucem sempiternam, Requiem, mixed chorus, organ, 2004)


Wo die Ironie aufhört (text by Heinrich Heine), speaker, flute, viola, fixed media, 1997

WolkenWellenSand (text by Christoph Niess), mezzo-soprano, piano, percussion, fixed media, 2001 (also version for flute, piano, percussion, fixed media)

Ritual für die Stille (vocalise), 6 mezzo-sopranos (all + percussion), fixed media, 2001

Ewig die Wolken (7 Lieder, text by Christoph Niess), soprano, cello, piano, 2005


Sonata, 1958

Eight Static Compositions, piano, fixed media, 1968

Signs, piano, fixed media, 1978

Drei Steinsymbole, piano, fixed media, 1997

Transsilvanische Motive (volume 1), 2001

Transsilvanische Motive (volume 2), 2002

Dialog mit CIS-MOLL, 2002

Silberklang, piano, fixed media, 2004

Transsilvanische Motive (volume 4), 2006


Reflecting J. S. Bach, 1999

Contemplative Präludien, 1991–2010 (its 13 sections may be performed separately: Ascendo; Spatium; Orbis IVIII; Statische Präludien 12; B-Moll Erstarrung)


Nordseehorizonte, fixed media, 1999

Musik für eine lichtvolle Umwandlung, fixed media, 2000

Ende ein Anfang, fixed media, 2002

Ritual für die Harmonie, fixed media, 2005

Ostern Meditationen, fixed media, 2005

Zwitschernmaschine, fixed media, 2006

Wellenmaschine, fixed media, 2006

Atemporal Studies, fixed media, 1980– (ongoing work; its two sections may be performed separately: Corona Borealis; Æquilibrium)

Crystal Silence, fixed media, 1989– (ongoing work)

New Zealand Meditations, fixed media, 1998– (ongoing work)