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‘Musicians’ houses’

Thursday, 28 October 2021 , ora 20.20

On November 2nd, 2021, 'Opus' Association will launch the bilingual website casedemuzicieni.ro, a project co-financed by the Bucharest City Hall through ARCUB, within the project Bucharest - Open City 2021. For the very first time, this initiative will bring attention to the houses of great musicians who lived in Bucharest, from the 19th century to contemporaneity (from Anton Pann, Alexandru Flechtenmacher, C. C. Nottara, George Enescu to George Georgescu, Dinu Lipatti, Dan Mizrahy, Ion Voicu, Mihail Jora, Constantin Silvestri, Cella Delavrancea, Ștefan Gheorghiu, Silvia Șerbescu, Iosif Sava, Maria Tănase, Emilia Petrescu among others). The houses will be included in a single digital map and documented through a dedicated website.

The project intends to offer all internet users essential information about the material patrimony, within the real estate sphere (referring, for the most part, to spaces of historical significance), in correlation with the story of great personalities of the Romanian music culture, which describes a distinct portrait, still vivid in the affective memory of the city. The project addresses all age groups interested in knowing the story of Bucharest, the public being invited on a walk on the city's streets with this online guide as support. Those in search of the houses, and others alike, will be able to find on the casedemuzicieni.ro website essential information about the cultural history of Bucharest, curated by the musicologists and producers of Radio Romania Music (Ioana Marghita, Ștefan Costache, Larisa Clempuș, Monica Isăcescu, Petre Fugaciu), as well as information about the houses, offered by the architects involved in this project (with most texts by architect and doctoral student Mihaela Chircă), accompanied by archived photographs and by recent ones (taken by Andra Aron, professional photographer, and Film and Television Directing Faculty alumna). Visual artist and graphic designer Daniel Ivașcu ensured the completion of the website according to his graphic concept, the translation being provided by Monica Bojin.

The project is interactive, in the sense that it invites anyone with information about the houses in which the musicians lived, as well as anyone who finds houses with commemorative plaques during their walks, to send a message on the project's Facebook page (Case de muzicieni), so the suggestions will be added on the website and on the map, with credits to the contributors, after the information is verified.

The conclusion of the two main components (the digital map and the casedemuzicieni.ro website) will be marked by a launch event on November 2nd, 2021, at 4pm, where the Imago Mundi, a band promoting old Romanian music with a modern approach, will be present at 'Anton Pann' Memorial House, on the 167th death anniversary of Anton Pann, composer, traditional music collector and professor.

The project was co-financed by the Bucharest City Hall through ARCUB, within the project Bucharest - Open City 2021. For detailed information about the City Hall's funding programme you can access www.arcub.ro.

Organizer: 'Opus' Association

Project supported by Mrs. Ioana Georgescu Răileanu

Partners: BRD, Romanian Literature National Museum, 'George Enescu' National Museum, aiciastat.ro, e-zeppelin.ro, Igloo, 'Da' De ce' Association.

Main Media Partner: Radio România Muzical

Translated by Ioana Diana Sandu,
University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I
Corrected by Silvia Petrescu