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Ciprian Porumbescu – Balada pentru vioara si orchestra (Ballad for Violin and Orchestra)

Ciprian Porumbescu born Ciprian Golembiovski (October 14, 1853 – June 6, 1883) was a romanian composer born in Şipotele Sucevei in Bucovina (now Shepit, Putyla Raion, Ukraine). He was among the most celebrated Romanian composers of his time; his popular works include “Crai nou”, “Trei culori“, “Song for the 1st of May“, “Ballad for violin and piano” and “Serenada“. In addition, he composed the music for “Pe-al nostru steag e scris Unire”, which was used for Albania‘s national anthem, Hymni i Flamurit. His work spreads over various forms and musical genres, but the majority of his work is choral and operetta. Finished on October 21, 1880, the “Ballad for Violin and Orchestra” soon became the best known work by Ciprian Porumbescu, and a reference work in romanian classical music of the 19th century. In seclusion at Stupca, the composer meditated, drafted and then finished the piece, full of poetry and bitter nostalgia, with light and shade, a mixture of “doina”, old dance and song, everything in the environment of serene melancholy. He died at the age of 29 in Stupca, which was renamed Ciprian Porumbescu in his honor.