Essayist, editor, literary translator and university professor Andor Horváth has passed away at 74.
He received his secondary education at the Brassai Sámuel High School, earning his French-Hungarian teacher's degree at Babeş-Bolyai University. He taught in Turda for four years, and from 1970 he started working at the A Hét publication in Bucharest; initially he was the editor of the world literature section, and later, between 1975-1983 he was the deputy editor-in-chief for the same weekly magazine. From January 1990 to September 1992 he was Deputy Minister of Culture of Romania, later becoming the State Secretary of the same institution. In 1995, he was elected President of the Bolyai Society, based in Cluj-Napoca, being later re-elected for the same position for another mandate between 1997 and 1999. Since 1996 he has been assistant editor-in-chief of the Korunk magazine in Cluj.
Half a mile from the Cyrenaican coast in Northern Libya is a vast rock shelter. 80 metres wide and 20 high. In the local dialect it is called the Hauh Fteah. In 1951 Carbon dating analysis showed an uninterrupted human occupation of at least 100,000 years. Amongst the artefacts unearthed was a bone flute dated to anywhere between 40 and 70,000 years ago. As a boy when I heard this I asked my father
“They had music?”
He smiled at me.
“As all human communities.”
Composer and ethnomusicologist Iosif Herţea has passed away at age 81.
Iosif Herţea graduated from the Music Academy in Bucharest in 1960. Between 1960 and 1980 he worked at the Institute of Ethnography and Folk Art of Bucharest, subsequently conducting scientific research at the Ethnographic Museum in Cluj. He has lived in Germany since 1990. He has begun to work as a theater composer in 1968, collaborating with such highly acclaimed directors as Andrei Belgrader, Cătălina Buzoianu, Ion Caramitru, Dincu Cernescu, Ildikó Kovács, Mihai Măniuţiu, Cătălin Naum, Silviu Purcărete and Gábor Tompa.