Author Cecilia Burcescu Preserves a Maestro’s Illustrious Legacy in the World of Music

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“A Romanian Rhapsody," the authorized biography of Sergiu Comissiona, will be featured at the upcoming Frankfurt Book Fair

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Cecilia Burcescu invites readers into a fascinating journey back in time and across continents through the life of Romanian-born American conductor Sergiu Comissiona. His illustrious legacy in music and the odyssey he went through in order to establish it are preserved in the pages of “A Romanian Rhapsody: The Life of Conductor Sergiu Comissiona”.

Written by Burcescu (with a Coda by Murry Sidlin), the compelling biography reveals Comissiona’s childhood in a Jewish petit bourgeois in Bucharest, then dubbed “the little Paris of Eastern Europe”; his adolescence under the Nazi specter and his youth in repressive communist times behind the Iron Curtain. Readers will witness the life-changing events that transpired in the master’s life when he moved from the rigid confines of communist Romania to the broader horizons of the Western world. Unraveling in magnificent locations like Romania, Israel, Sweden and, finally, the United States, the book follows the progression of Comissiona’s career from an ensemble violinist to an internationally-renowned conductor.

In explaining the rationale of having his biography written, the maestro shares, “for the Westerners to understand my deep attachment to my Romanian roots, for the Romanians to know about my struggle for artistic affirmation in the Western world, and mostly for young conductors to realize that through passion, patience and persistence – and by not committing suicide after the first failure – the dedicated commitment to the profession bears fruit.” Burcescu deftly combines Comissiona’s personal accounts, research and revealing testimonials to come up with a reading experience that throbs with a man’s passion and the zeitgeist of the era.

This book will be featured at the 2012 Frankfurt Book Fair in Frankfurt, Germany, on October 10-14, 2012.

About the Author
Cecilia Burcescu has translated poetry (Letters of John Keats, Ed. Univers: Bucharest, Romania) confronting the difficulty of transferring poems from a Germanic into a Romance language. She has published poetry in several American anthologies (Who’s Who in Poetry, The Best Poems and Poets of 2003, and others). Yet, once approached by Maestro Sergiu Comissiona with the request to write his biography, she has turned from poetry to prose, accepting the challenge of honoring the trust and privilege of his choice. Cecilia Burcescu – a Romanian by birth, a Canadian by choice – teaches university level literature in Vancouver, British Columbia.

A Romanian Rhapsody * by Cecilia Burcescu, with a Coda by Murry Sidlin
The Life of Conductor Sergiu Comissiona
Publication Date: December 23, 2008
Trade Paperback; $23.99; 579 pages; 978-1-4363-1173-1
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