Nemescu, Octavian

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Nemescu, Octavian

Nemescu, Octavian, Romanian composer; b. Pascani, March 29, 1940. He studied with Jora, Mendelsohn, Vieru, Ciortea, Vancea, and Paul Constantinescu at the Bucharest Cons. (1956–63), and also attended the summer courses of new music held in Darmstadt (1972). He devoted himself to composing and teaching. In his output, he pursued an advanced course.


Clarinet Sonata (1961–62); Poliritmii for Clarinet, Piano, and Prepared Piano (1962–63); Triunghi (Triangle) for Orch. (1964; Bucharest, Dec. 3, 1967); Patru dimensiuni in timp (4 Dimensions in Time): I for Orch. (1965), II for Chorus and Orch. (1966), III for Orch. (1967), and IV for Orch. (1968); Combinata in cercuri (Combinations of Circles) for Cello, Tape, and Multimedia Action (1965); Plurisens, cycle for Variable Group and Multimedia Action (1965–68); Concentric and Efeméride, both for Variable Ensemble, Tape, and Multimedia Action (1968–69); Memorial I-V for various combinations of Instruments, Tape, and Multimedia Action (1968–70); Ego, multimedia spectacle (1970); Le Roi va mourir for an Instrumentalist, Clock, Tape, and Multimedia Action (1971–72); Ulysse for Variable Group, Tape, and Multimedia Action (1972–73); Jeu des sens, music for a pair of ears, eyes, hands, a nose, and a mouth (1973–74); Pourras-tu seul? and Cromoson, both “imaginary music” (1973–7A); Natural!, space music (1973–74); Kalendrier, permanent music for the atmosphere of a room (1974); Natural-Cultural for Chamber Ensemble and Tape (1973–83); Sugestii II for Chamber Ensemble (1974), 7/7: ”Cumpana por\ii” for Viola and Tape (1977–78), IV for Piano (1979), and V for Clarinet, Piano, and Tape (1981); Combinata in cercuri for Chamber Ensemble and Tape (1979–80); Metabizantinirikon for Clarinet and Tape (1983–84).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis Mclntire