Before I mention any Romanian singer, I have to give due credit to George Enescu, 1881-1955, (Enesco, as he was known in France) — composer, violinist, pianist, all-around great talent — considered Romania’s most important musician. His magnum opus is Romanian Rhapsody.
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I moved to California in the early ‘90s, so I’m not up to date with the music scene in the old country anymore. And like many of us, I love the music I grew up with, the tunes of my adolescence.
Folk is the oldest form of Romanian music, a beloved treasure. While I resisted it back then — being hip meant pop or rock and roll — I have fond memories of those tunes and listen to them often.
Growing up, I distinctly remember three huge folk stars: Maria Ciobanu, Ion Dolanescu, and Irina Login.
Ciobanu, Dolanescu, Ioghin
The big pop stars were Angela Similea and Corina Chiriac, with the former as my favorite (I still sing Similea’s Nu-mi lua iubirea/Don’t take away my love.) Through them I learned to appreciate the honesty and emotion in music, cry over heartbreaks and celebrate life’s little joys.
A. Similea C. Chiriac
The music scene has changed a lot over the years. Although my taste has evolved and expanded to other types of music, I never tire of listening to these singers and their music.
What music did you grow up with? Is it still your favorite?
Thank you all so much for reading. Everyone feeling okay? Good. Energized? All right, maybe that’s the wrong question. Hanging in there? Wonderful. Tomorrow’s post is T for Top Literary Minds. Promise, I’ll keep it short.
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