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Theodor Rogalski Portrait at the George Enescu Museum

Wednesday, 13 April 2011 , ora 10.37


110 years after the birth of composer Theodor Rogalski, a recital dedicated to him took place at the George Enescu National Museum on Monday night, April 11th, 2011. The musician's nephew, percussionist Alexandru Rogalski, put together and presented the event himself.

The musicians that celebrated Theodor Rogalski with the power of sounds were Chromatic Quartet members, made up of violin players Alexandra Andreescu, Cristina Cojocaru, viola player Mihaela Tuță and cello player Emeșe Achim. Piano player Liana Mareș and cello player Mladen Spasinovici were also invited to perform at the event.

Pieces with folk influences and... not only

The event was a first; according to the organisers this was the first chamber recital exclusively dedicated to Theodor Rogalski. The pieces that opened recital, Prelude and Vielle chanson and Nocturne, were a neo-impressionism breeze for listeners. Then we swiftly headed for our own land, with Balada pentru pian și vioară and Dansul domnișoarei Capsali. After these pieces with folk influences other pieces with modern Western influences followed, such as the Suite for cello and piano, from which only two movements were performed: the first - Prelude - and the third - Finale, or Fruhlingsnacht, pieces bearing the early years' seal. Then La Chef followed, a piece full of energy; a sheer delight to the public, the piece was performed again at the end of the recital. The last piece was the String quartet in F major which received first prize at the George Enescu Composition Competition in 1926.

In memoriam

The recital that took place on April 11th in the Music Hall of the Cantacuzino Palace is part of a bigger campaign that the Rogalski family has planned in order to bring the composer's music back in the limelight. Thus, with their help, younger composers will be introduced to Theodor Rogalski's works.

Radu Mihalache
Translated by Gabriela Lungu and Elena Daniela Radu
MA Students, MTTLC, Bucharest University