The gloomy November morning gathered
a flock of crows on the little patch of burnt grass, settled in the Primăverii neighborhood. The
buildings, still moist after a light, but persisting rain, like multicolored
pieces of Lego, merged unexpectedly, rise defiantly on the tongue of the
The windows begin to light up one
after the other, illuminated in hues of dirty yellow and silver; with curtains,
with blinds, others are just bare windows inviting you to discover their loose
With a step forward and one backward,
always between yesterday and tomorrow, we live in a question without answer:
does the night end or the morning begin? And if it is a day when we can change
everything, why don’t we see it, although our eyes are wide open?
Bucharest wakes up. The arteries of
the city gradually begin to be crossed by cars with drivers who are searching
for something, half asleep. Their automatic gestures reveal the monotony in
which they bath like in a warm muddy puddle, like a drop of water in the
fractured asphalt, sometimes dreaming of being a drop of ocean.
Every man tells two stories: one to himself, and one to the others. Most of the time, these two stories do not bare resemblance to one another. Most of the time, we wake up and wish we were in another story.
This is how the story of The Harlequin, yet untold, begins…
Superstar Angela Gheorghiu, the most glamorous and gifted
opera singer of our time, was born in the small Romanian town of Adjud. From
early childhood it was obvious that she will become a singer, her destiny was
music. She attended the Music School in Bucharest and graduated from the
National University of Music Bucharest, where she studied with the remarkable
music teacher Mia Barbu. Ms. Gheorghiu’s magnificent voice and dazzling stage
presence have established her as a unique international opera superstar. SOURCE
Gheorghe Zamfir (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈɡe̯orɡe zamˈfir] born April 6, 1941) is a Romanian pan flute (nai) musician.
is known for playing an expanded version of nai, of 20 pipes to 22, 25, 28 and
30 pipes to increase its range, and obtaining as many as eight overtones (additionally
to the fundamental tone) from each pipe by changing the embouchure.
is known as “The Master of the Pan Flute”. SOURCE
Ciprian Porumbescu (Romanian pronunciation: [t͡ʃipriˈan porumˈbesku]; born Ciprian Gołęmbiowski on October 14, 1853 – June 6, 1883) was a Romanian composer born in Shepit, Putyla Raion|Șipotele Sucevei in Bukovina (now Shepit, Putyla Raion, Ukraine). He was among the most celebrated Romanian composers of his time; his popular works include Crai nou, Trei culori, Song for the 1st of May, Ballad for violin and piano, and Serenada. In addition, he composed the music for the Romanian patriotic song “Pe-al nostru steag e scris Unire” (“Unity is Written on our Flag”), which was used for Albania’s national anthem, “Himni i Flamurit”. His work spreads over various forms and musical genres, but the majority of his work is choral and operetta. SOURCE
Eugen Doga ([e.uˈd͡ʒen ˈdoɡa]; born 1 March 1937) is a Soviet-born Moldovan composer.
He writes music in all kinds of genres and styles, which makes
him one of the most prolific and versatile composers. He has his own easily
recognizable style. A creator of three ballets “Luceafărul”, “Venancia”,
“Queen Margot”, the opera “Dialogues of Love”, more than 100 instrumental and
choral works – symphonies, 6 quartets, “Requiem”, church music, and other, plus
music for 13 plays, radio shows, more than 200 movies, more than 260 songs and
romances, more than 70 waltzes; he is also the author of works for children,
the music for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games in 1980
is considered a geniusand one of the most romantic] composers;
he is also included on the list of the twenty best and most frequently
performed composers of the twentieth century.
…with already mentioned Gheorghe Zamfir:
George Enescu (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈd͡ʒe̯ord͡ʒe eˈnesku] (listen); 19 August [O.S. 7 August] 1881 – 4 May 1955), known in France as Georges Enesco, was a Romanian composer, violinist, pianist, conductor, and teacher. He is regarded by many as Romania’s most important musician. SOURCE
Ion Ivanovici (alternatively: Jovan
Ivanović, Iosif Ivanovici, Josef Ivanovich) (1845 –
28 September [O.S. 16 September] 1902) was a Romanian military
band leader and composer of Banat Serbian origin,
best remembered today for his waltz Waves of the Danube.
was born in Timișoara, Austrian Empire. His interest in music began
after he learned to play a flute given to him when he was a child.Later,
he enrolled in the 6th Army Regiment, where he also learned to play the clarinet.
His talent for music soon led him to become among the best musicians in the
regiment, and he continued to study with Emil Lehr, one of the most
prominent musicians of the latter half of the nineteenth century. Ivanovici
later became a bandmaster, and toured Romania. In 1900, he was appointed
the Inspector of Military Music, a position that he held until his death next
Constantin Dimitrescu (Romanian pronunciation: [konstanˈtin dimiˈtresku]; 19 March 1847 in Blejoi, Romania – 9 May 1928) was a Romanian classic composer and music teacher, one of the most prominent representatives of the late Romantic period. There he studied cello and composition with some of Romania’s best-known music teachers. Funds were subsequently made available for him to continue his education in Vienna and then later in Paris where he studied with, among others, the famous cello virtuoso Auguste Franchomme. SOURCE
Michael Cretu (Romanian: Mihai Crețu, pronounced [miˈhaj ˈkret͡su]; born 18 May 1957) is a Romanian-German musician, singer, songwriter, and producer. He gained worldwide fame as the founder and musician behind the German musical project Enigma, formed in 1990. SOURCE
Johnny Răducanu (born Răducan
Creţu; 1 December 1931 – 19 September 2011) was a Romanian jazz pianist
of Romani ethnic background, whose family has a long musical
tradition dating back to the 17th century.
was born in Brăila and started playing the double bass at the age of
19 before switching to piano. During his musical career, some of his many
collaborations outside Romania were those with Art Farmer (trumpet)
and Slide Hampton (trombone), and Friedrich Gulda(piano). In
1987, Răducanu received an honorary membership in the Louis Armstrong Academy
in New Orleans. He was the founder of the Romanian Jazz school, and during
a musical career spanning over half a century, he discovered, nurtured and
trained several generations of Romanian jazz musicians. SOURCE
Ciocărlia is a twelve-piece Romanian Romani Balkan
brass band from the northeastern Romanian village of Zece Prăjini. The band is made up of Roma musicians, and they are recognised as one of
Europe’s most popular contemporary Romani bands. Fanfare Ciocărlia are best
known for a very fast, high-energy sound, with complex rhythms and high-speed,
staccato clarinet, saxophone and trumpet solos, sometimes performed at more than 200 beats
per minute. SOURCE
TARAF DE CALIU:
Taraf de Haïdouks (Romanian: ‘Taraful haiducilor’, “Taraf of Haiduks”) are a Romani-Romanian taraf (a troupe of lăutari, traditional musicians) from Clejani, Romania and one of the most prominent such groups in post-Communist era Romania. In the Western world they have become known by the name given to them in French-speaking areas, where they are known as “Taraf de Haïdouks”. SOURCE
Radu Lupu CBE (born 30 November 1945) is a Romanian pianist. He is widely recognized as one of the greatest living pianists. Born in Galați, Romania, Lupu began studying piano at the age of six. Two of his major piano teachers were Florica Musicescu, who was also the teacher of Dinu Lipatti, and Heinrich Neuhaus, who was also the teacher of Sviatoslav Richter and Emil Gilels. From 1966 to 1969, he won first prizes of three of the world’s most prestigious piano competitions: the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition(1966), the George Enescu International Piano Competition (1967), and the Leeds International Pianoforte Competition (1969). SOURCE
Natasha Alina Culea is a name which doesn’t belong to her anymore, a name which she gave as a gift to her readers – she says – it is a name printed on thousands of books in Romania and Moldova Republic, under six titles (in chronological order): “Natasha, the men and the psychoanalyst”, “Marat”, Wolves of the past”, “Nights in Monaco”, “Dreams never sleep”, and “The Harlequin” – the most recent novel, launched in December 2018. Sometimes she thinks she is a writer, other times a hermit or a peregrine, but she always loves her readers. After the novel “Wolves of the past” she wrote “Nights in Monaco” just to cheer up her readers who cried on her shoulders, demanding her happy-ending novels.
C&B: Describe or define your activity!
“Being a Romanian Author is a challenge, and the term challenge is a mild term if we refer to the confused and confusing situation of the Romanian book market of the Contemporary Literature. My only ambition is to give my readers a memorable reading and, being a perfectionist, I will evolve whether or not I have readers who will no longer keep up with the complexity of the writing I have intended to reach. In the end, the book also chooses the reader, not only the reader chooses the book. Either I find the way to bring together the essence of classical literature with the simplified structure of contemporary literature, resisting to the minimalist beletristic marasm wave, or I will not write at all. Because we are not allowed to negotiate with Romanian literature, which will remain many years after we will not be. I am guided by words as: erudition, evolution, exemplarity”.