Pascal Bentoiu, Romanian composer, Died at 88


Pascal Bentoiu was born in 1927 and died on February 21, 2016.

He was a Romanian modernist composer.

He received education in harmony, counterpoint and composition with Mihail Jora and piano with Theophil Demetriescu.

Pascal spent three years researching the rhythm and harmony of Romanian folk music at the Bucharest Folklore Institute and then began composing for the stage.

Pascal operas are written with dramatic flair and make use of a variety of elements, including folksong, tape, serialism and diatonic qualities.

Bentoiu instrumental and orchestral works also contain a variety of contemporary techniques, and Bentoiu’s work was characterized by its color and lyricism.

Pascal Bentoiu has published the sketches of the fourth (1934) and fifth (1941) symphonies of Georges Enescu into shape for performance.

There was a recording of both realizations from a 1998 festival.

Pascal Bentoiu passed away at 88 yrs old.