Celebrating Josip Štolcer Slavenski
For the last five years, graphic designer Aleksandar Todorović has been researching the life and work of Josip Štolcer Slavenski, one of the most important and original Yugoslav avant-garde composers of the 20ieth century.
The current perception of Slavenski’s impressive work by the successor states of the former Yugoslavia fascinates Aleksandar and spurs his research. Where other nations would praise a master artist like Slavenski, little attention is paid to him in Ex-Yu countries, where he is hardly known by anyone.
Slavenski left an extensive opus behind which includes all the genres except opera and ballet. His most notable performances include orchestral works such as Balkanophonia (1927), Chaos (1932), Sinfonia Orienta (1934), Four Balkan Games (1938), Symphony Epos (1941-1945), Songs of my Mother (1944), Slavic sonata (1924), From the village (1925), Sonata religiosa (1925), as well as many other achievements for various instrumental and volleys.
Aleksandar began his research work in 2015 in Slavenski’s hometown of Čakovec, where he got access to a considerable collection of Slavenski’s work at Međimurje County Museum. He later got in touch with SOKOJ, the Serbian Music Association in Belgrade, which keeps and administers Slavenski’s entire legacy. He decided to organize an event every year for Slavenski’s birthday on May 11th.
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