Stroe, Aurel, Romanian composer; b. Bucharest, May 5, 1932. He studied harmony with Negrea, composition with Andricu, and orchestration with Rogalski at the Bucharest Cons. (1951-56); had a course in electronic music in Munich (1966) and attended the annual summer courses in new music given in Darmstadt (1966-69) by Kagel, Ligeti, and Stockhausen. In 1962 he joined the faculty of the Bucharest Cons.; also worked at the Bucharest Computing Center (1966-69). His early music is rooted in folklore, but in his later period he experimented with sonoristic constructions, some of which were put together by computerized calculations.
dramatic: Opera: Çu n’aura pas le Prix Nobel (Aceastä piesä nu va primi premiul Nobel; 1969; Kassel, Nov. 28, 1971); De Ptolemaeo, mini-opera for Tape (1970); Aristophane: La Paix (1972-73); Orestia II (Purtatoarele de prinoase), chamber opera (1974-77; Bucharest, Nov. 14, 1978). Music Theater: Agamemnon (Orestia I) (1979-81; Bucharest, March 1, 1983). ORCH.: Concerto for Strings (1956; Bucharest, Dec. 22, 1957); Uverturä burlesca (1961); Arcade for 11 Instrumental Formations (1962); Muzicä de concert for Piano, Percussion, and Brass (1964-65; Cluj, April 2, 1966); Laudes I for 28 Strings (1966) and II for 12 Instrumental Formations (1968); Canto I (1967) and II (1971) for 12 Instrumental Formations; Clarinet Concerto (1974-75). CHAMBER: Trio for Oboe, Clarinet, and Bassoon (1953); 2 piano sonatas (1955, 1984); Rêver, c’est desengrener les temps superposés II for Clarinet, Cello, and Harpsichord (1970); String Quartet (1972); Quintandre, quintet for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, and Horn (1984); Anamorphoses canoniques for 3 Flutes, Clarinet, Clavichord, Trombone, Cello, and Tape (1984). VOCAL: Chipul päcii, chamber cantata for Mezzo-soprano, Chorus, and Chamber Orch. (1959); Monumentum I for Men’s Voices and Orch. (1961) and II for Mezzo-soprano, Percussion, Double Bass, and Tape (1982); Numai prin timp poate fi timpul cucerit (Only through Time, Time Is Conquered) for Baritone, Organ, 4 Trombones, and 4 Gongs, after T.S. Eliot (1965); II giardino delle Strutture + Rime de Michelangelo for Baritone, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello, Harpsichord, and Tape (1975); various solo songs.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire