Grigoraș Dinicu

Grigoraș Ionică Dinicu (Romanian: [ɡriɡoˈraʃ joˈnikə diˈniku]; April 3, 1889 – March 28, 1949) was a Romanian violin virtuoso and composer of Roma ethnicity. He is most famous for his often-played virtuoso violin showpiece "Hora staccato" (1906) and for making popular the tune Ciocârlia, composed by his grandfather Angheluș Dinicu for "nai" (the Romanian pan flute). It is rumored that Jascha Heifetz once said that Grigoraș Dinicu was the greatest violinist he had ever heard. In the 1930s he was involved in the political movement of the Romanian Roma and was made honorary president of the "General Union of the Romanian Roma". Other well known compositions are: Hora mărțișorului (Mărțișor, literally "little March", is a major Romanian seasonal holiday on March 1), Ceasornicul (The Clock) and Căruța poștei (The Post Wagon).

Birth and Death Data: Born January 1, 1889 (Bucharest), Died March 28, 1949 (Bucharest)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927 - 1947

Roles Represented in DAHR: leader, composer, violin, arranger

Notes: Listed as Gregore Dinicu on Victor labels.

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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-023904 10-in. 6/27/1938 Hora staccato Boston Pops Orchestra ; Arthur Fiedler Orchestra composer  
Victor BS-037101 10-in. 5/15/1939 Hora staccato Mischa Elman ; Vladimir Padva Violin and piano duo composer  
Victor BS-050857 10-in. 5/24/1940 Coo, Dinny, coo New Friends of Rhythm Instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor D7VB-0215 10-in. 3/31/1947 Hora staccato Russ Case Orchestra ; Doris Stockton Marimba solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor D7VB-1502 10-in. 8/8/1947 Hora staccato Gene Conklin ; Freddy Martin Orchestra Instrumental ensemble, with whistling composer  
Gramophone 0HR455 10-in. 2/23/1939 Hora lui Ion Dinicu Orchestra Grigoraș Dinicu Instrumental ensemble leader  
Gramophone 0HR460 10-in. 2/23/1939 Hora din Budeşti Grigoras Dinicu ; Roumanian Gypsy Orchestra Instrumental ensemble leader  
Gramophone 0HR463 10-in. 2/23/1939 Sarba expozitiei Grigoras Dinicu ; Roumanian Gypsy Orchestra Instrumental ensemble leader  
Gramophone 0HR464 10-in. 2/23/1939 Foaie verde matostat Grigoras Dinicu ; Roumanian Gypsy Orchestra Instrumental ensemble leader  
Gramophone 0HR473 10-in. 2/28/1930 She came over the hill Grigoras Dinicu ; Roumanian Gypsy Orchestra Instrumental ensemble leader  
Gramophone 0HR474 10-in. 2/28/1939 Dinicu melodies (Infrovisation a la dinicu) Grigoras Dinicu ; Roumanian Gypsy Orchestra Instrumental ensemble leader  
Gramophone 0HR475 10-in. 2/28/1939 Singing bird (Doina oltului) Grigoras Dinicu ; Roumanian Gypsy Orchestra Instrumental ensemble leader  
Gramophone 0HR476 10-in. 2/28/1939 Tavern on the hill (Cine-a pus cărciuma'n drum) Grigoras Dinicu ; Roumanian Gypsy Orchestra Instrumental ensemble leader  
Gramophone 0HR477 10-in. 2/23/1939 The soldier (Gheoghita militar) Grigoras Dinicu ; Roumanian Gypsy Orchestra Instrumental ensemble leader  
Gramophone 0HR478 10-in. 2/28/1930 Lelita, pretty as a flower (Aoleu Leliţa floare) Grigoras Dinicu ; Roumanian Gypsy Orchestra Instrumental ensemble leader  
Gramophone 0EA4894 10-in. 4/9/1937 Hora staccato Emanuel Bay ; Jascha Heifetz Violin and piano duo composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WA7335 10-in. April or May 1928 Hora staccato Grigoras Dinicu ; Orchestra Grigoraș Dinicu Instrumental ensemble leader, composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WA7336 10-in. April or May 1928 Hungarian potpourri Grigoras Dinicu ; Orchestra Grigoraș Dinicu Instrumental ensemble leader, arranger  
Columbia (U.K.) WH1046 10-in. between 1/19/1927 and 1/29/1927 Romante tigănešti Grigoraș Dinicu Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Columbia (U.K.) WH1047 10-in. January 1927 Plaisir d'amour Grigoraș Dinicu Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Columbia (U.K.) CL4497 10-in. 10/11/1933 Hora staccato Joseph Benvenuti ; Miguel Candela Violin solo, with piano composer  
Columbia (U.K.) CL7251 10-in. 2/28/1940 Air populaire roumain Orchestre Tzigane Georgette Zerbib Violin solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Dinicu, Grigoraș," accessed July 18, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102521.

Dinicu, Grigoraș. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 18, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102521.

"Dinicu, Grigoraș." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 18 July 2024.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102521

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