Carmen Petra Basacopol
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.
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.
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
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