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Music for motion films

A film is a microscope to see my past, from where the

Balkan rhythms emerge as well as Slavonic bliss,

Romanic resilience and Russian  lyricism.

A film is a telescope to see the future, focused on the magnetic

storms of all the galaxies in the infinite world.

Eugen Doga

Eugen Doga debuted as a film composer in 1967 by writing music for the film "Doorman Needed", directed by Gheorghe Vodă, based on the famous book "Ivan Turbinke". This fairytale needed a good interpretation, so the composer-beginner brilliantly coped with this challenge.

From 1960-s to 1970-s Eugen Doga composed music to almost half of the feature films at that time filmed at the "Moldova-Film" studio. There was even a joke about renaming "Moldova-Film" into "MolDoga Film". In 1969 Eugen Doga composed music for such films as: "Wedding at the Palace" (Vlad Ioviţă), "Alone in Front of Love" (Gheorghe Vodă), "Ten Winters In One Summer" (Valeriu Gagiu) and a soundtrack to the animated cartoon "A Wallet With Two Coins"(Anton Matera).

We should also pay attention to special contribution made by Eugen Doga to the development of the animation of Moldova. He wrote music for such animated cartoons as: "Nanny-goat and three kids" (1968), "The Secret of LSU" (1974), "Guguţă’s Desk" (1975), "Guguţă-Postman" (1976), "Maria, Mirabella" (1980), "Children, the Sun and the Light", "Stop the Train"(1982),"A Rose Which Could Blush"(1982), and many others.

However, it was "Lăutari" (1971) that happened to be a real maturity test for the Maestro. This music was created on the basis of the glories of Moldovan folk music. Creative cooperation between director E. Loteanu and composer E. Doga started with this very film. The film "Lăutari" got the Silver Shell award at the San Sebastian International Film Festival (Spain, 1972).

The “Queen of the Gypsies” (1976) was the debut feature film of E. Doga at the "Mosfilm" studio. This film won the Grand Prix - the Golden Shell award at the San Sebastian International Film Festival (Spain, 1977). At the same time Eugen Doga works on the TV-film "Chisinau… Chisinau". He wrote a song "My White City" on the lyrics by V. Lazarev. The song became an anthem of Chisinau and it is played by the main clock on the top of the City Hall turret.

Time after time life puts various tasks before him.

The national manner and the style of music he creates are very diverse: Moldovan, Gypsy, Polish, Russian, Yugoslavian, Latin-American, Afghan, Ukrainian and Chinese. Eugen Doga got acquainted with Chinese folklore in details while working on the film "On the Murom Track" (1993), directed by F. Petruhin. Doga created the whole musical cycle in the Chinese style.

Such famous songs as "Moldovan Codri" (1968), "I Dreamed of the Patter of Rain" - on the lyrics by V. Lazarev (1975),"Spring - the Agemate of Love"- on the lyrics by I. Reznik (1977),"The Ballad About Tanya Savitcheva" - on the lyrics by V. Gin (1977), "Everything Begins With Love" - on the lyrics by A. Dementiev and many others, have become the musical chronicle of the history of Moldova and Russia.

Working with Polish directors B. Poremba and Moslyanovich, Eugen Doga was conceiving peculiarities of Polish music. Recently, the maestro has begun to compose music in the style of Russian romances. For this purpose the composer often used the Lefortovo music collection that holds unique samples of works in different fields, which have not been touched by a human hand for decades. This very collection facilitated composer‘s work for a film about the famous Russian singer Anastasia Vyaltseva and the folk poet Alexey Koltsov.

Eugen Doga’s famous waltz written for the film "My Sweet and Tender Beast" (1978) is his hallmark work. Nowadays this melody is daily played not only at marriage palaces but also in the subways, underground stations; it is often used by choreographers for ballet and dance performances, as well as by athletes - in figure skating, for instance. By the way, regarding the frequency of the waltz performance on the air and on the concert stages, it can easily be submitted to the Guinness Book of Records.

Composer Eugen Doga wrote music for more than 200 films. The list of films is available in the "Filmography" section (in Russian).







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