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Liana Alexandra (Composer)

Born: May 27, 1947 - Bucharest, Romania
Died: January 10, 2011

The Romania composer, Liana Alexandra, studied from 1965 to 1971 at the University of Music Ciprian Porumbescu, Bucharest. She received the "George Enescu" scholarship and took composition courses in 1974, 1978, 1980 and 1984 in Darmstadt, West Germany. In 1983 she received a USIA stipend to study in the USA and received a Ph.D. in Musicology. In 1978 Liana Alexandra married the Romanian musician and composer Serban Nichifor.

Liana Alexandra has received the Prize of the Romanian Composers and Musicologists Union on five occasions in 1975, 1979, 1981, 1982, and 1984. In 1979, she received the first prize in Dresden at the "Carl Maria von Weber Competition." She won the "Gaudeamus" Foundation prize in 1979 and 1980, and in 1980, she also won the prize of the Romanian Academy.

Liana Alexandra took a position as professor at the National University of Music of Bucharest, teaching composition, orchestration and musical analysis. She performed as a member of Duo Intermedia and was co-director of the Nuova Musica Consonante-Living Music Foundation Festival with Serban Nichifor.

Her Affiliations included: Member of the Union of Romanian Composers; Member of the International Society "Frau und Musik", Germany; Member of GEMA, Germany; First Vice-President of the Cultural Association Romania-Israel (ACPRI); Member in GOOD STANDING of the Research Board of Advisors, American Biographical Institute, USA; Member of the Professional Women's Advisory Board, USA; Member of the European Conference for Promoters of New Music (see Nuova Musica Consonante); Member of Living Music Foundation Inc., USA; Member of the Research Council of the International Biographical Center, England.

Liana Alexana died in her sleep on January 10, 2011. She said in October 2010, shortly before her death: "I chose the profession of composer because I like that and probably was the vocation of my life. Sure, that becomes a job, but becomes a job after that stage overcome by passion and creative,a desire, the need to create."

Liana Alexana composed several works (more than one hundred ),7 symphonies, 7 concertos for different instruments and orchestra, 3 operas, 4 cantatas, 1 oratorio, chamber music,choral music,music for children. Her compositions were published at :Editura Muzicala (Bucharest),Edition Modern (München),Edition Furore (Kassel), Score-on-Line (SUA). Its were played in Romania, USA, Germany, Holland, France, Israel, Belgium, Poland, Austria, Sweden, Czech Republic, Australia, Spain, England, and so on.. She is also the author of the books: Musical creation - an ineffable measure between the fantasy and the arithmetical and geometrical rigour and Technics of Orchestrations.

Liana Alexandra's compositions have been recorded and issued on CD, including: Contemporary Music IV - Audio CD (Feb. 22, 2005) by Paul Constantinescu, 60x60 (2006-2007) by Vox Novus, and 60x60 (2004-2005), an album nominated for Just Plain Folks Award in 2009.

Selected Works

Symphonic, vocal-symphonic and concert music, music for opera:
Symphony I (1971)
Cantata for women's choir & orchestra (verses by Lucian Blaga, 1971)
Valences, symphonic movement (1973)
Concerto for clarinet & orchestra (1974)
Cantata II for soprano, baritone, mixed chorus & orchestra (verses by Lucian Blaga (1977)
Cantata III Country-land, country-idea for women's chorus & orchestra, verses by Nichita Stanescu (1977)
Symphony II Hymns (1978)
Opera for children The Snow Queen after a story by Hans Ch. Andersen (1978)
Concerto for flute, viola & chamber orchestra (1980)
Symphony V (1985-1986)
Symphony VI (1988-1989)
Symphonic poem Ierusalem (1990)
Concerto for string orchestra (1991)
Concerto for piano for four hands & orchestra (1993)
Chamber opera Chant d'amour de la Dame à la Licorne (verses by Etienne de Sadeleer(1995)
Symphony VIII (1995-1996)
Concerto for saxophone & orchestra (1997)
Pastorale for wind orchestra (1999)
Concerto for organ & orchestra (2002; first audition at "Mihail Jora" Concert Hall, Bucharest, November 13, 2002, with Radio Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Cristian Brancusi & Ilse Maria Reich as organist)
Computer music (2003) - Basson Quartet, Barcarola, Pastorale, dancing Visions - 1 CD - Computer Music (12 variations)
Computer music (2004) - Rhythms - 1 CD Computer Music (8 Studies)

Chamber music:
Sonata for flute solo (1973)
Music for clarinet, harp & percussion (1972)
Lyric Sequence for clarinet, trumpet & piano (1974)
Two sequences for soprano & chamber orchestra (1976)
Collages for brass quintet (1977)
Incantations II for violin, viola, cello & piano (1978)
Consonances I for 4 trombones (1978)
Consonances II for clarinet & piano (1979)
Consonances III for organ solo (1979)
Consonances V for organ solo (1980)
Images interrupted for wood wind quintet (1983)
Cadenza for violin (1983)
Pastorale for bas, clarinet & piano (1984)
Allegro veloce e caratteristico for organ (1985)
Sonata for six hors (1986)
Larghetto for string chamber orchestra (1988)
Intersections, sonata for horn & piano (1989)
Music for Het Trio (1990)
Atre for flute, clarinet, bassoon (1991)
Cadenza III for piano (1992)
Sonata for piano (1993)
Fantasy for violoncello & piano (1994)
Poem for Romania, Poem for Madona from Neamt for soprano & piano (verses by Eugen Van Itterbeek (1994)
Consonances VI for blockflote quartet (1997)
Five movements for violoncello & piano (1997)
Consonances VII for harp solo (1998)
Parallel musics for saxophone, violocello & piano (2001)
Incantations III for violoncello & tape (2002)




Source: Vox Novus Website; Liana Alexandra page on MySpace
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (August 2011)

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Liana Alexandra (Vox Novus)
Liana Alexandra on MySpace Music

Liana Alexandra (Wikipedia)

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