City Songs (2001-2012) for violin and piano

For violin and piano, cca 15′
Olga Ranzenhofer commission
Premiered on March 31, 2012, Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur, Montreal
Frédéric Bednarz, violin | Louise Bessette, piano

Program note

At the end of the 19th century, after the departure of the Turks who had occupied the Balkans for 600 years, an urban life began to develop in Serbia, and with it the emergence of a new bourgeoisie. It became primordial to be more like the western world both in political and daily life. A new musical form quickly became the mode in private salons and restaurants- city songs- which moved away from typical peasant and warrior themes. Rather, love became central to these sentimental songs, which used tonal harmonies instead of the modal ones used in the typical folk music. These songs showed the development of an urban Serbia. Each movement of my composition City Songs is inspired by one of these songs. Download program note.

I. da smo se ranije sreli…
II. sojčice, devojčice…
III.  tiho noći…
IV. igrale se delije…
V. bolujem ja…
VI. imam jednu želju…

Excerpt : 3rd mouvement, Andréa Tyniec, violin | Katherine Dowling, piano