Carmen A. Mateiescu is a Romanian-American composer, theorist, ethnomusicologist, and educator. As an ethnomusicologist in Romania, she carried out numerous field recordings, studied the variation field of the lyric song, co-authored the inaugural LP series The Traditional Folk Music Band of the Romanian National Collection of Folklore (with Speranța Rădulescu), and contributed to the first Romanian Dicționar de termeni muzicali [Dictionary of Musical Terms]. Since 1986, in the United States, Dr. Mateiescu taught composition, theory, ethnomusicology, and piano at Rutgers University and Westminster Choir College of Rider University, and organized and presented concerts of early music and Romanian traditional music. Mateiescu’s compositions – for piano, voice and piano, chamber ensembles, orchestra, as well as the fairy tale-opera Youth without Age and Life without Death, based on a Romanian traditional tale, are being performed regularly in New Jersey.
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