Dinescu, Violeta, Romanian-born German composer, teacher, and writer on music; b. Bucharest, July 13, 1953. She studied at the Bucharest Cons. (B.A. in composition, piano, and pedagogy, 1977; M.A. in com-885
position, 1978). After teaching at the George Enescu Music School in Bucharest (1978–82), she settled in West Germany and in 1989 became a naturalized German citizen. From 1986 to 1991 she taught at the Heidelberg Cons, for Church Music, and from 1989 to 1991 at the Frankfurt am Main Cons. From 1990 to 1994 she taught at the Bayreuth Academy of Music. In 1996 she became prof, of applied composition at the Univ. of Oldenburg. She contributed articles on music to publs. in Europe and the U.S. In her compositions, melodic and rhythmic elements are complemented by a concern for mathematical exactitude, the exploration of sound potentials, and the utilization of electronic instruments.
DRAMATIC opéra : Hunger and Thirst, chamber opéra (1985; Freiburg-im-Breisgau, Feb. 1, 1986); Der35. Mai, children’s opéra (Mannheim, Nov. 30, 1986); Erendira, chamber opéra (1992); Schachnovelle, chamber opéra (1994). B a 1 1 e t : Der Kreisel (Ulm, May 26, 1985); Effi Briest (Magdeburg, July 9, 1998). F i l m : Tabu, music for the F. Murnau film of 1931 (Frankfurt am Main, April 5, 1988). ORCH.: Transformation (1978); Anna Perenna (1979); Memories for Strings (1980); Akrostichon (1983); Map 67 for Chamber Orch. (1987); Kybalion for Strings (1991); Fresco for Youth Orch. (1992); Vortex-Wolken I-III for Small Orch. (1998). CHAMBER : Sonata for Violin and Piano (1973); Satya I for Violin (1981), II for Bassoon (1981), III for Double Bass (1981), and IV for Clarinet (1981); Echoes I for Flute, II for Piano and Percussion, and III for Organ (all 1980); Alternances for Wind Quintet (1982); Nakris for Saxophone Quartet (1985); Melismen for Recorder Quintet (1985); Quasaar Paal 2 for Mutabor (Computer Organ) and Cello (1985); New Rochelle for DX7 Synthesizer (1987); Trio d’Anches for Oboe, Clarinet, and Bassoon (1987); Loc Maria for Organ and Percussion (1987); Ostrov I for Viola Quartet (1987) and II for Clarinet Quartet (1988); Din Terra Lonhdana for String Quartet (1987); Terra Lohndana for Chamber Ensemble (1988); Kata for Flute and Piano (1989); …wenn der freude thranen /lessen… for Cello and Piano (1990); Lichtwellen for Clarinet (1991); Trautropfen for Clarinet and Piano (1992); String Quartet (1993); Kathargos for Zither (1996); Les Cymbales du Soleil for Oboe and 2 Percussion (1996). VOCAL: Bewitch Me Into a Silver Bird! for Chorus and Orch. (1975); Mondnacht for Voice and Organ (1985); Zebaoth for Baritone and 2 Organs (1986); Concertino for Voice and Orch. (1986; Ulm, March 5, 1987); Mondnachte for Voice, Saxophone, and Percussion (1986); Dona nobis pacem for Voice, Cello, and Percussion (1987); Concertino for Voice and Orch. (Baden-Baden, Aug. 26, 1988); also various choruses and solo songs.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire