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Gheorghe Neaga's instrumental chamber music between tradition and innovation

Author: Chiciuc Natalia
Degree:doctor of history and Theory of Arts, Cultorology
Speciality: 17.00.01 - Audio-visual Arts (with specification: Theatrical Art; Musical Art; Cinematography, TV and other form of Audio-Visual Arts)
Scientific adviser: Victoria Melnic
doctor, professor, Academy of Music of the Theatre and Fine Arts
Institution: Academy of Music of the Theatre and Fine Arts


The thesis was presented on the 15 October, 2019
Approved by NCAA on the 6 December, 2019


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CZU 85.7(478)(043.2)

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188 pages


Gheorghe Neaga, innovation, instrumental chamber music, miniature, musical language, quartet, sonata, suite, tradition, trio


The thesis includes: introduction, 4 chapters, general conclusions and recommendations, bibliography with 262 titles, 127 basic text pages, notes and 3 annexes, including musical examples, notography and Gheorghe Neaga's instrumental chamber repertoire (phased). Research materials are reflected in 26 scientific papers (21 as a single author and 5 as a co-author).

Field of study: history of national music.

Goal and objectives of the study. The goal of the study is to highlight some features of the own compositional language for each of the Gheorghe Neaga's three creative phases from the perspective of the "tradition-innovation" relationship.

The proposed objectives include: examining the concepts of "tradition" and "innovation", as well as the different types of relationship between them, through a critical analysis of the studies realized in various areas of knowledge; determining a methodological basis that would be a support for the investigation process of the Gheorghe Neaga's instrumental chamber repertoire through the relationship between tradition and innovation; selecting the most relevant Gheorghe Neaga's opuses in different instrumental chamber genres in order to emphasize some particularities of evolution of the composer's style; studying the selected works at syntactic and semantic levels, highlighting the most significant compositional methods and means of expression, and concretely and arguably identifying the evidence of the framing of those opuses in one of the categories of the "tradition-innovation" relationship or their interference; valorisation of Gheorghe Neaga's contribution in the field of instrumental chamber music and appreciation of the composer's creative figure.

The scientific novelty and originality of this research consists of a panoramic and synthesis vision on the Gheorghe Neaga's instrumental chamber music, but also of a new optics through which the selected works for study were examined. Although some of the chosen opuses have been previously investigated, only a few of them being analyzed here for the first time, the novelty character of this thesis is ensured by the fact that the composer's instrumental chamber music is researched from the perspective of the "tradition-innovation" relationship for the first time in the autochthonous musicology.

The important scientific problem solved resides in foundation of the dialectical synthesis of the concepts of "tradition" and "innovation" found in the music that form the Gheorghe Neaga's instrumental chamber repertoire by highlighting some features of the own compositional language for each of the composer's three compositional phases. The theoretical importance of the study consists of a scientific argumentation of some observations regarding the Gheorghe Neaga's compositional style evolution in the field of instrumental chamber music related to the multidimensional relations between the categories "tradition" and "innovation". The practical value of this work. The thesis is a contribution for studying the most valuable instrumental chamber opuses signed by Gheorghe Neaga during his three compositional phases. The content of this paper can be considered an effective support for further studies achieved in accordance with other theoretical or practical purposes and objectives. Also, it can be recommended as additional informative material for the study of disciplines like The history of the national music or Musical forms.

Implementation of scientific results. Research materials have been submited for 6 national and 18 international scientific conferences and published in 26 scientific papers – 16 articles and 10 summaries.