Maria Tanase is an icon of the Romanian traditional music. Today, 25th September, it is a century since her birth (25 September 1913 – 22 June 1963), an event that Google decided to honor with a doodle for its google.ro
Maria Tanase was a beloved singer during her life being called “The Magic Bird” of the Romanian traditional song. Her deep voice with a perfect diction and her fascinating presence made her famous both in her country, and internationally.
Maria Tanase was born in a suburb in Bucharest, the capital of Romania. Her father was a master gardener and owner of a huge garden full of flowers. As a little girl, Maria developed a real passion for the traditional songs, which the women working in her father’s garden were singing to her. The garden full of flowers from her parental home remained an attraction for the singer for the rest of her life.
The musical life
Maria Tanase brought the traditional music, which during those times was sung in restaurants, on stage.
At 21 years old she joined “Cărăbus” Theatre founded by Constantin Tanase, a key figure in the revue theater style in Romania. She left the theatre very quick because she didn’t like the minimal costume she was supposed to wear. Shortly after, she began gain local and international recognition. In 1937, she represented Romania at the International Exhibition in Paris and two years later she participated at the New York World’s Fair.
In 1938 she created her first recordings at the Romanian Radio Society. From this moment forward, she became the most known Romanian traditional music singer. During World War II she participated on many stage tours together with other important Romanian artists and sung in front of soldiers injured on the battlefield.
1940 was a very tough year. The National Legionary State destroys all her discs under the pretext that they were distorting the authenticity of the Romanian folklore and her public apparitions were interdicted. The real reason was the fact that she had democrats and Jews friends.
After the war, Maria Tanase become again very popular. She performed in few theater pieces and films, she taught few years traditional folk song at the Music School from Bucharest, and she went on many tours around the world.
For her contributions to the arts she was honored in 1955 with “Premiul de Stat” (The State Award), and two years later with the title “Artistă Emerită” (Honoured Artist of the Republic).
In 1963, during a tour she felt very sick and found out she had cancer. She continued the tour, but couldn’t end it. Soon after, she died.
The personal life
Maria Tanase was a fascinating personality. She was renowned for her beauty, humor, opened personality and passion for her look. While her stage costumes were created by the best dressmaker in the country, in her personal life she preferred expensive French jewelleries and clothes. Men were very attracted by her and she was conscious about her magnetism. She married at 37 with lawyer Clery Sachelarie, a man that waited her for many years.
Maria was a reckless spender. She had a passion to make expensive gifts to poor people especially to children and youth. She also encouraged and helped many youth in their musical careers.
Before her death, the singer declared she didn’t want a public funeral or anyone to be sad. Her desire was for a fountain to be built after her death at a crossroad in a dry area: in Dobrogea or Fagaras areas. Thousands of people were deeply grieved and came at her funeral. The fountain was built later in 2005 at the initiative of a TV presenter, Iuliana Tudor, who coordinates a show dedicated to the Romanian folklore.
Maria’s repertoire totaled nearly 400 songs of all historical regions of the country. She left behind a memory of her dedication to promote the culture of her country in admirable musical pieces. Listen!
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