Happy Birthday, George Enescu

Romanian composer and violinist George Enescu was born on this day in 1881. To mark the occasion, I’ve shared his Symphony No.3 above. But he is best known for his Romanian Rhapsodies, and so if you are new to his music, or to 20th century orchestral music, that might be a more accessible introduction. Why not just go [Read More...]

God as Thou

Matthew Cobb shared this entertaining infographic about when to use “tu” or “vous” in French: I am tempted to make one for Romanian, which would be much more complex. When do you use tu, voi, dumneata, dumneavoastră, and maria ta? This is of religious and not just linguistic interest, as the infographic notes. God is [Read More...]

Romanian Christmas Music

It doesn’t feel like Christmas without the Bucharest Madrigal Choir singing Romanian Christmas songs like “O Ce Veste Minunata.” My family performed what may be the first bluegrass-influenced rendition of that carol at the Christmas Eve service at our church yesterday. [Read more...]

Learn to Roll Your Rs

I have long wanted to be able to make the rolled “r” sound that one finds in Italian, Spanish, Romanian, and many other languages. Until recently I was unsuccessful. But I have made major progress over the past week or so, and I thought I would share what has helped. First, stop thinking of this [Read More...]

How To Roll Your Rs

This is the video that I have been waiting for someone to produce for a long time. I really appreciate Justin Stoney’s videos in the New York Vocal Coaching YouTube channel in general. But as someone who has tried unsuccessfully to learn to roll his Rs, this one I just had to share. [Read more...]

Serbian Academics Dupe Romanian Magazine

If scholarly publications in the English-speaking world can be duped (think the Sokal hoax) into publishing a spoof as a serious article, how much more, one might think, could this happen in Eastern Europe? Now we know, as a group of Serbian academics sokaled (if that isn't a word, it should be) a Romanian periodical. [Read More...]

La Betleem Colo-n Jos

Another hauntingly beautiful Romanian Christmas carol, performed by the Bucharest Madrigal Choir. [Read more...]

Trei Crai

A Romanian Christmas carol, “Three Kings,” performed by the Bucharest Madrigal Choir. [Read more...]

Astăzi vin să-mi plec genunchii

Another favorite Romanian Christmas carol, this one written by Nicolae Moldoveanu.   [Read more...]

Domnuleţ şi Domn din cer

It’s time to start sharing Romanian Christmas music again. This is a favorite of mine, performed by the Bucharest Madrigal Choir. [Read more...]

A Romanian Smuggler of Dead Sea Scrolls?

The Romanian news outlet Adevărul is reporting that a Romanian citizen has been apprehended attempting to cross the border between Switzerland and Italy with a stash of Dead Sea Scrolls of great value. Which scrolls they are, whether they are authentic, and where they were obtained remain to be determined. Swiss police are said to [Read More...]


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