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 April 3rd, 1889 (Bucharest), Died March 28th, 1949 (Bucharest)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927 - 1940
Roles Represented in DAHR: leader, composer, violin
Notes: Listed as Gregore Dinicu on Victor labels.
|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-050857||10-in.||5/24/1940||Coo, Dinny, coo||New Friends of Rhythm||Instrumental ensemble||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|
|Columbia (U.K.)||WH1046||10-in.||between 1/19/1927 and 1/29/1927||Romante tigănešti||Grigoraș Dinicu||Violin solo||instrumentalist, violin|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Dinicu, Grigoraș," accessed October 22, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102521.
Dinicu, Grigoraș. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 22, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102521.
"Dinicu, Grigoraș." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 22 October 2021.
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