Carmen Petra Basacopol

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Carmen Petra-Basacopol (born 5 September 1926) is a Romanian composer and music educator.


Petra-Basacopol was born in Sibiu. She studied composition at the Bucharest Conservatory of Music from 1949-56 with Mihail Jora, Paul Constantinescu and Tudor Ciortea, and philosophy at the University of Bucharest from 1945-49. She studied at the Darmstadt Center for New Music in 1968, and received a doctorate from the Sorbonne in Paris. In 1962 she took a teaching position at the Bucharest Conservatory. Her music has been performed internationally, and she has won a number of honors and awards.[1][2]

She has published a number of professional articles and a book, L’originalité de la musique roumaine à travers les oeuvres d’Enesco, Jora et Paul Constantinescu.[3]


Petra-Basacopol composes for orchestra, opera, chamber ensemble, harp, piano, vocal and ballet performance, often using themes and instruments from folk music. Selected works include:

  • Suite, Op. 3 for flute and pianoforte (1950)
  • Concertino, Op. 30 (1958)
  • Sonata for flute and harp (1976)

Her music has been recorded and issued on CD, including:

  • Toward the Sea: Music for Flute & Harp (1995) BIS


  1. ^ Dees, Pamela Youngdahl (2004). A Guide to Piano Music by Women Composers: Women born after 1900.
  2. ^ Sadie, Julie Anne; Samuel, Rhian (1994). The Norton/Grove dictionary of women composers (Digitized online by GoogleBooks). Retrieved 2 December 2010.
  3. ^ "Romanian Music Online". Retrieved 2 December 2010.

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