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Eugen Doga graduated from Chisinau College of Music (1951-1955) and Chisinau Conservatory (1955-1960.), a class for cello.

Until this day he has very fond memories of his cello teacher Pablo Giovanni Baccini. His selfless love for music and personal example had had a great influence on shaping up and directing the future destiny of the composer.

"My teacher, the Italian Giovanni Pablo Baccini, has taught me since I was 15 years old to work hard every day. Every day, including weekends and holidays, I came to class at six o'clock, and he was already sitting at the piano. I have maintained this habit until now: I get up no later than 5.30 am. He became my salvation, because prior to his class I was tormented by another teacher who in a year did not teach me to at least bow the strings. I always think of him with joy,” - says Eugene Doga.


But a sudden trouble - left-hand paralysis - interfered with his musical career. Then Eugen Doga decided to go in for composing music and entered the Conservatory again (1960-1965), to Professor S. Lobel. In addition to music composing and the theory of music Eugen Doga took a full course of symphonic orchestra conducting.

During his studies for the second higher education degree the future composer combined them with working and teaching. In 1962-63 Eugen Doga taught at the music school "Stefan Neaga". In 1963-67 he taught music theory at the E. Koka Chisinau school of music. At the same time under the leadership of L.Tsurkanu he wrote a textbook on the theory of music, which withstood two editions and is still used by students today. During his studies, Doga also worked as a concertmaster in the orchestra of Mold-TV and radio, and was involved in orchestrating the works of venerable Moldovan composers and semi-professionals. For the love of the orchestra he orchestrated even classics like Grieg, Shostakovich and Khachaturian. It was a great school of orchestral writing in conjunction with studying theoretical works.

During that period he wrote his first works. He composed a thesis - a vocal-symphonic poem "Mother" based on the namesake print of A.David, First String Quartet (1963, 3rd year), Prelude for Cello and Piano, Scherzo for flute and piano, and other works. On January 1st 1957 for the first time his work "The Christmas Song» (Cântec de anul nou) was performed on the Moldovan radio by a children's choir and orchestra lead by Chico Aranov. In the autumn of the same year his classmate Maria Bieshu had her first performance on the Moldovan television that had just started broadcasting with the song "White Flower of the Garden" (Floare dalbă de liadă) accompanied by the orchestra of TV and radio, in which E. Doga played as well and which was directed by his former teacher Paul Bachinin.

The diplomaed composer worked in various fields of culture:

 - Musician in a radio orchestra;

 - Music editor at a publishing house;

 - Lecturer at the College of Music;

 - Member of the Repertoire Board of the Ministry of Culture of Moldova (1967-1972);

 - Member of the Committee on Science, Public Education, Culture and Upbringing of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR (1989-1991);

 - Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Culture of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR.

On January 1, 1958 Eugen Doga’s music was first aired on the Moldavian radio. It was "New Year Song", written on the lyrics by Ion Grosu, performed by a children's choir. During his years of teaching at the College of Music, Eugen Doga worked on a textbook on the theory of music, which was soon published.

In 1963 he wrote his first string quartet, and then, with 10-year intervals - the second, the third and the fourth. In 2003 Doga wrote his fifth quartet. "Every ten years I write a quartet, - says the Maestro, - notably, this happens just right in October. You change a little and have new feelings over this period of time. And each new quartet is different from the previous ones". The composer plans to write ten quartets and invite everyone to the premiere of the tenth one.







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