Grigoraş Dinicu (April 3, 1889 – March 28, 1949) was a Romanian composer and violinist. He is most famous for his often-played virtuoso violin showpiece “Hora staccato” (1906) and for making popular the tune Ciocârlia. Jascha Heifetz once said that Grigoraş Dinicu was the greatest violinist he had ever heard.
He was born in Bucharest. He attended the Bucharest Conservatory, where he studied with Kiriac-Georgescu; the most famous of his teachers was Carl Flesch, the violin pedagogue, with whom he studied in 1902. After graduation he played violin with the Orchestra of the Ministry of Public Instruction, and also performed as a soloist. Hora staccato dates from the beginning of this period; he wrote it as a graduation exercise. For forty years, from 1906 until 1946, he directed popular music concerts. He also toured abroad as a soloist and conductor, and he also played a great deal of light music in nightclubs, hotels, restaurants, and cafés in Bucharest and throughout Western Europe.
His music is mostly for violin and piano, though some pieces (such as Hora staccato) have later been arranged for other combinations of instruments (for example, trumpet and piano, as well as violin and orchestra). Other works of Dinicu’s, all in a light, Romanian or gypsy style, include Hora spiccato (spiccato is a bowing technique where the bow is bounced on the string, producing short crisp notes), Hora de concert, Hora marţisorului (Marţisor, literally “little March”, is a minor Romanian seasonal holiday on March 1), Hora de la Chiţorani (“Hora from Chiţorani”, a town in Prahova county), Hora Expoziţiei de Paris (“Hora of the Paris Exposition”), Improvisation à la Dinicu (“Improvisation in the style of Dinicu”), Orientale à la tzigane (“Orientale in Gypsy style”, and Sîrba lui Tanţi (“Tanţi’s sârba”; a sârba is another type of Romanian dance).
He died in Bucharest.
Edited by KraeheK on 3 Oct 2008, 11:58
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