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The discovery of Moldova - Irina Suhomlin-Ciobanu



The discovery of Moldova 
(Organizer's report by Moldavian Section)
The World Music Days 1999 in Romania and the Republic of Moldova opened new page in the history of the ISCM: for the first time this annual festival for contemporary music has been held not simply in the East-european country that in itself can be estimated as a significant event for renewed Europe. Unfolding of the part of concerts in Chisinau, the capital of the Republic of Moldova, which was the first country from the former USSR (post-soviet space) that was favoured to give a wellcome to WMD as a partner of Romania, became an absolute premiere. It can be regarded as recognition of successfull activity of Moldavian Section of ISCM headed by Ghenadie Ciobanu, the President, and Vladimir Beleaev, who became the Vice President of the Artistic Committee of WMD1999. Their experience accumulated during the International Festial of "The Days of New Music" (1991-1998), the 8th edition of which has been held last year, as well as their initiativity became the guarantee of the high level management of WMD in Moldova. 
As is well known, the participation of the Republic of Moldova in this festival was supported by Nicolae Brindus, the President of Romanian section and was accepted by Arne Mellnas, the President of the ISCM, who visited one issue of "The Days of New Music" Festival in Chisinau and appreciated it as "memorable event". 
The officials from Chisinau attached great importance to unfolding of the WMD festival here as a model'of future, a model of intercultural communication between people and as dialogue with other cultures that reflected the messages of the President of the Republic of Moldova and of the Minister of Culture. During only three days, one of them was assigned to "Traiect" ensemble from Romania it seems imposible to appreciate all that rich potential which is available to Moldova: large symphonic and chamber halls, opera and ballet theatre, musical drama theatre, symphony and chamber orchestras, soloists, composers. Majority of them remain unknown to european public and musicians. Nevertheless, the best musical halls and performers were reserved for the WMD festival. 
Immediatly after arriving of some members of Executive Committee to Chisinau in the evening of 3d October the first concert took place at the Great Hall of National Philharmony. 
The Minister of Culture, the President of the Moldavian Section of ISCM Ghenadie Ciobanu opened the symphonic concert with a word of congratulation to the President Arne Mellnas who was reelected on the ISCM General, Assembly in Bukharest and a word of wellcome to all participantes. The Symphony Orchestra of National Philharmony with Valentin Doni as a conductor has performed the works by Romanian, Moldavian and Korean composers. 
The second concert of chamber music took place at the one of the genuine chamber halls those were available to Chisinau - at the Organ Hall. Being placed in ancient building in the center of the city, the hall has acoustics and interior, which make him one of the best halls in Europe and which could satisfy the most demanding performer not only of contemporary music, but also of classical one.The programme of works from UK, Finland, Azerbaidjan, Brazil, Taiwan, Canada was performed by Ars poetica Ensemble who is devoted promoter of new music and has both national and international experience as a participator of many international festivals and manifestations. The ensemble has realized many word and national premieres of works by Moldavian and foreign composers. What about the programmes of concerts, was taken the opportunity to present a number of Moldavian composers during the WMD, especially as the works of Moldavian composers were performed for the first time in this festival. In the 1990s in the Republic of Moldova which strives persistently for integration to general european cultural context was brought up a new generation of young composers like Ghenadie Ciobanu, Vladimir Beleaev, Oleg Palymsky, lulian Gogu. which have a command of contemporary music languages and technics and which have an experience of participation in international musical manifestations. Their works as well as the works by composers of older generation Dmitry Kitsenko, Pavel Rivilis, Vasile Zagorschi who work active were performed by Moldavian and Romanian performers in the concerts during WMD in Romania and the Republic of Moldova. 
Practically all composers, exept Moldavian and Romanian, whose works were participated in the concerts during 3 days of the Festival were find as "new names" for audience of Chisinau, it goes without saying about works themselves. But the process of cultural polylogue, in which Moldavian contemporary music take part active now is many-sided: not only Moldova continues to discovery for herself new pages in world musical process, but new and new representatives of different national cultures are discovering Moldova for themselves. Within the framework of the festival was also arranged a symposium entitled "East and West", in which took part both Moldavian composers and musicologists and foreign participantes including Arne Mellnas, the President of ISCM, and Nicolae Brindus, the President of the Romanian Section. Main topic of discussion became the problem of diversity of forms in cooperation within the framework of ISCM, that must include not only global projects and programmes but also regional ones as well as bilateral relations between national sections. Their mind about this and other problems expressed Arne Mellnas, Nicolae Brindus, Vasile Zagorschi, Vladimir Beleaev, Sorin Lerescu, Leontios Hajileontiadis, James Clarke. 
Being one more confirmation of great cultural potential of the country with which isn't familiriazed Europe, WMD in the Republic of Moldova contributed to the development of contemporary music in the world. 
Dr. Irina Suhomlin-Ciobanu 


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