12th Harmonia Cordis International Guitar Festival
» Târgu-Mureș / Marosvásárhely
» 8–13 August 2017


Cultural Palace

The Cultural Palace (Hungarian: Kultúrpalota; Romanian: Palatul Culturii) (built between 1911 and 1913) is a remarkable construction in the centre of Târgu Mureş (Marosvásárhely). It was built to the request of György Bernády by Marcell Komor (1868-1944) and Dezső Jakab (1864-1932).

Building • The competition for building the Cultural Palace was won by Komor and Jakab with their two-floor plan. Only later to the request of mayor Bernády György the construction was expanded to 3 floors. Construction started in 1911 and lasted until 1913 when the inside decorations were completed. On the window glasses there are illustrated sequences from Hungarian legends. The roof is decorated with blue, ruddy and white tiles. On the main façade the statues and the embossments are in bronze. The Mirrors Hall can be found on the first floor of the building, and on the balustrades of the windows the portraits of Kazinczy Ferenc, Tompa Mihály, Kemény Zsigmond and more. The most interesting and visited part of the Palace is the Mirrors Hall, which is above the entrance hall. Above the 'quartet' gate the bronze embossments of Szent Erzsébet, Bolyai János and Bolyai Farkas, Aranka György and Bánk bán of Erkel Ferenc can be seen.

Uses • The inside of the palace housed the City Cinema between 1913 and 1957, the first Romanian Theatre School between 1934 and 1940, the State Theatre between 1946 and 1973, the Fine Arts and Music Secondary School between 1949 and 1970, the Academy of Fine Arts between 1932 and 1949 and the County House for Guidance of Folkloric Creation between 1950 and 1999. The Palace has also been home to the County Library since 1913.


Pálffy House

The first representations of Baroque architecture appeared in Targu Mures in the second half of the 17th century. The Pálffy House, built around 1640, reflects an evolutionary stage that surpasses typical Renaissance architectural elements such as those of the oldest buildings of Targu Mures, the Köpeczi and Nagy Szabó houses.

The edifice was built by judge Tolnai János and sold to the Pálffy family in 1885, hence the name by which the building is known today. The building was renovated in 2006 and today it hosts the newly established Music School of the University of Theatrical Arts of Targu Mures.

Târgu Mureș Fortress

In 1492 Prince Stefan Bathory ordered for a castle-fortress to be erected around the Franciscan monastery and church. A few of the original elements have been preserved, among them wall fragments on the Southern and Western sides, the tower on the Southern wing, attached to the furriers' bastion, and ruins of the South-Western tower, included nowadays in the tanners' bastion. The structure of these towers and the fact that they are square-shaped are indicative of a medieval type military architecture.

Six bastions were added during the reign of Gabriel Bethlen (1613 – 1629). The furriers' bastion, erected in 1628, was divided into four levels, the vast interior space allowing for several craftsmen's guilds to function here. In addition to the furriers' guild after which the bastion was named, the locksmiths' and goldsmiths' guilds also had their headquarters here.

Each bastion has firing holes for cannons on lower levels and for hand-held weapons in the walls of the first and second floors.

The erection of surrounding curtain walls took until the second half of the 17th century. The inside of the walls are provided with archways supported by posts that sustain the guard path that is on the same level as the firing holes. There may have been defense ditches on the outside which were covered in time as they were not used.

The fact that Transylvania lost its status of autonomous principality and became part of the Hapsburg Empire entailed a series of changes in what concerns military architecture. Modern, Vauban type fortresses were built in many Transylvanian towns such as Alba-Iulia, Oradea, Timisoara. The political changes in the principality were not without consequence to the fortress of Târgu Mure?. The houses inside the fortress were demolished to make place for the military headquarters and bakery. Following the restorations of 1962 – 1965, the walls and bastions reclaimed their initial form.

Festival director:
BEKE István Ferenc
+40-744-519678 (mobile, Romania)

KOLCZA Mátyás Barna

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  • » The Harmonia Cordis Association was founded in 2007 as the result of the desire to organize cultural events in the music sphere, especially in the field of guitar and classical music.
    » The Harmonia Cordis Association organizes three international classical guitar festival in Romania:
    • Harmonia Cordis International Classical Guitar Festival (in Targu-Mures – August);
    • Terra Siculorum International Classical Guitar Festival & Competition
    (in Odorheiu Secuiesc, Miercurea Ciuc, Sfantu Gheorghe, Gheorgheni – April);
    • Novum Generatio International Guitar Days (in Cluj-Napoca – December).
    » The most important events organized by our Association were broadcasted live on, an innovation which aims at attracting and acquainting the public with these kinds of events which are actually a compact representation of the Romanian domain of guitar caught in the process of development.

    You can view the first issue of the HC magazine here.

  • » Asociaţia Harmonia Cordis a fost înfiinţată în anul 2007 din dorinţa de a organiza evenimente culturale în sfera muzicală, în special în domeniul chitarei şi a muzicii clasice.
    » Asociaţia organizează cele două festivaluri internaţionale de chitară clasică cu rol cel mai important în domeniu din România:
    • Festivalul Internaţional de Chitară Clasică „Harmonia Cordis” (Târgu Mureş – august);
    • Festivalul Internaţional de Chitară Clasică „Terra Siculorum”
    (Odorheiu Secuiesc, Miercurea Ciuc, Sfantu Gheorghe, Gheorgheni – aprilie).
    Asociaţia mai organizează şi încă un festival mai mic:
    • Zilele Chitaristice Internaţionale „Novum Generatio” (Cluj-Napoca – decembrie).

    Primul număr al HC magazine poate fi vizualizată aici.

  • » A Harmonia Cordis Egyesület 2007-ben alakult zenei illetve kulturális események szervezése érdekében, leginkább a gitár és klasszikus zenére fektetve a hangsúlyt.
    » A Harmonia Cordis Egyesület szervezi Románia két legnagyobb nemzetközi klasszikusgitár-fesztiválját:
    • Harmonia Cordis Nemzetközi Klasszikusgitár-fesztivál (Marosvásárhely – augusztus);
    • Terra Siculorum Nemzetközi Klasszikusgitár-fesztivál és verseny (Székelyudvarhely, Csíkszereda, Sepsiszentgyörgy, Gyergyószentmiklós – április).
    Az egyesület egy kisebb fesztivált is szervez:
    • Novum Generatio Nemzetközi Gitárnapok (Kolozsvár – december).

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