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“Sounds of an Ending Century” is an epic composition. One can listen to the evolution of musical styles, beginning with the dawn of the 20th century, and continuing to the present.

The pretext of the music is a tragic narrative about 2 young lovers. Pancho, who entered the United States illegally from Mexico, and Lucy, an American girl, living in Texas.

Pancho is caught by the police, and, as a consequence, will be deported back to his homeland. He marries Lucy to no avail, because the Texan authorities are determined to expel him. He is offered only one chance to remain in the United States---to volunteer for the American army. He does this, is sent to Iraq, and dies 48 hours after his arrival on the front line.

The tragedy, the war, people howling like wolves, the sound of machine guns, the pain that transpires during the musical discourse---all  this drama is heard in my music.

After a Prelude, played by the Strings, comes the prayer, “Adoramus Te Christe”. In the middle section of the piece, the choir sings; “Simia quam similis turpisimus bestia, nobis!” (“How ugly like us is the beast”).

Next the choir sings; “Sunt lacrimae rerum et mentem mortalia tangent”, (“These are our tears; mortality pains our hearts).

Before the piece is finished, we hear the prayer, “Dies Irae”. The work ends with a restatement of the opening theme, again played by the Strings.

One can hear without voice, the question: “Why so much pain?”

The following recorded performance took place on the 18th of March, 2011.

-George Foca-Rodi

George Foca Rodi – Pianist and composer, was born in Braila, Romania. He studied piano with the renowned Romanian pianist and writer, Cella Delavrancea, at the Bucharest Conservatory. He continued his studies at the George Enescu Conservatory in Iassy, with master pianist Florica Nitulescu. Madame Nitulescu had the greatest influence on his professional career. He was the recipient of the prestigious George Enescu Fellowship.

Mr. Foca-Rodi has performed under the batons of Horia Andreescu. Remus Georgescu and Ion Baciu of Romania, Renard Ceaicovschi and Adam Natanek of Poland, Erich Bergel, Guenther Schubert of Germany, and others.

New York audiences have heard him on several occasions at Lincoln Center. He interrupted his performance schedule to concentrate on composing. Among his works are: “Four Orchestral Pieces Dedicated to Sergiu Celibidache”, performed by both the Bucharest and Iassy Philharmonic orchestras, “Adoramus Te”, “Sounds of an Ending Century”, “Lamento for the Holocaust”, “An American in Moscow”, “Requiem for a Flight”, “How Lili Marlene met Petrushka”, “Passacaglia for Orchestra”, all of which have been recorded by the composer.

Horia Andreescu - Chief Conductor of the Romanian National Radio Orchestras and of the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, and founder and conductor of "The Virtuosi of Bucharest" Chamber Orchestra. Horia Andreescu has served as a permanent guest conductor with three German orchestras, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra and the Staatskapelle Schwerin. He has undertaken engagements with such orchestras as the Berlin Staatskapelle, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Vienna Symphony, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Scottish, NDR-Hamburg, radio orchestras of Leipzig, Madrid, Copenhagen, the Israel Chamber Orchestra Tel Aviv and Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, among others.

Horia Andreescu has recorded over 900 works for broadcasts in Romania and abroad, and has made over sixty recordings for various record companies. His seven CDs of George Enescu's orchestral works issued by Olympia have won particular praise.
Iosif Ion Prunner is a prominent choral conductor, pianist, and conductor, who performs in the most important musical centers of Europe and Asia.