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Bucharest Rediscovered

Dormitorul actorului C.I. Nottara / The actor’s modest bedroom

Originile lui C.I. Nottara au fost grece[ti (tat\l - Ioan Nottara, ® mama Elena Haghiopol), el fiind `nrudit cu celebrul Hrisant Nottaras, patriarh al Ierusalimului (m. 1731). Orfan de mic, a fost crescut de un unchi care nu vedea cu ochi buni cariera actoriceasc\. Nottara s-a dedicat `ns\ cu totul scenei. Idolul s\u era Mihail Pascaly, `n trupa c\ruia a [i debutat. Via]a sa artistic\ a fost `ndelungat\ [i plin\ de realiz\ri, el interpret‚nd peste 800 de roluri, `n decursul a peste 60 de ani de munc\. Dar nu a fost numai actor, ci [i regizor, director de scen\, profesor. Unul dintre teatrele bucure[tene `i poart\ numele. Muzeul expune fotografii `n c‚teva roluri care l-au f\cut celebru: Othelo, Hamlet, Oedip, Regele Lear, {tefan cel Mare, Vlaicu Vod\, dar [i poze [i tablouri ale profesorilor s\i - {tefan Velescu, Mihail Pascaly, Matei Millo - , ale elevilor [i colegilor de scen\, precum [i fotografii de familie. ~nc\perile p\streaz\ statuete, vase, bibelouri, toate primite `n dar de la admiratori. Diplomele [i medaliile omagiale, afi[ele, obiectele personale, c\r]ile de valoare cump\rate de la Pascaly [i de la un alt mare actor De Max, membru al Comediei Franceze - toate compun imaginea unei cariere actorice[ti de excep]ie. Multe dintre cele peste 7.000 de c\r]i - literatur\, poezie, dic]ionare, istorie, critic\ teatral\ [i muzical\, partituri sunt edi]ii vechi [i pre]ioase. Parterul mai p\streaz\ o `nc\pere aparte, modest\: dormitorul actorului, a[a cum era el pe vremuri, cu patul `n care se pare c\ artistul [i-a dat ultima suflare.

O CARIER| „FORTISSIMO“ Etajul reconstituie via]a muzicianului C.C. Nottara, care a compus aici c‚teva dintre operele sale principale, a preg\tit concerte [i a `ndru-

® and music critiques, scores, are rare and precious. On the ground floor a special room, the actor’s modest bedroom as it was, with the bed where the artist lived his last moments is found.

A “FORTISSIMO“ CAREER The first floor reconstitutes the life of C.C. Nottara, the musician who composed some of his main masterpieces here, prepared concerts and tutored young musicians. He loved music ever since he was a boy, encouraged by his mother whom he often musically accompanied. At 9, he interpreted a song for a play his father was in. After he graduated from the Conservatory, he was hired in 1906 to play in the Ministry’s orchestra, which was later became known as the Philharmonic. A year later, he gave a concert at the Athenaeum, and afterwards left for Paris, where he was taught by Enescu and Bert-

helier. Later, he went to Berlin, where he studied at Hochschule für Musik, and graduated in 1913. Hired at the Charlottenburg Opera House, returned to Romania for good during the First World War. In 1916, he was named professor at the Conservatory and later, in 1933, became master of the orchestra at Romanian Radiobroadcasting. During his life, he wrote over 100 musical pieces: four operas, two ballets, countless sonatas and rhapsodies. The interior ladder which raises from the ground floor leads to a small saloon where the Bechstein piano has been played for over 40 years. Ana Nottara instituted the tradition of small concerts, auditions or musical evenings there, sustained by the pupils from the music high schools, and by the Conservatory students. To the left of the saloon, a spacious office opens out, with a library that is rich in musical literature and art volumes, as well