Ljubica Maric

Maric studied with Josip Slavenski (1896-1955), who had absorbed Bartok's ideas about incorporating folk music into symphonic music, and there is a strong Bartokian streak to Maric's music, though the folk music influence is rarely obvious. She later studied in Prague with Alois Haba of quarter-tone fame, and wrote some quarter-tone music which is unfortunately lost. She got rave reviews for a wind quintet played in Amsterdam in 1933, and spent some time conducting the Prague Radio Symphony. But World War II interrupted her career, and afterward she was inhibited by Yugoslavian communism's antipathy toward modernism, so that her total output is rather small. She revved up her muse again in the late 1950s, however, and the only works I've heard of hers, on the pictured Chandos disc, are from the period 1956-63. The most immediately engaging of them is her Ostinato Super Thema Octoicha (1963), which is based on a repertoire of Byzantine medieval religious songs called the here. The Byzantine Piano Concerto and Sounds of Space contain remarkably beautiful and original passages as well; she very much had her own voice.

Teaching at the Stankovic School of Music and then at Belgrade Conservatory, Maric was into Zen and Taoism, and lived a reclusive life despite interest shown in her music by Shostakovich, among others. From 1964 to '83 her pen fell silent, then she started composing again. She made some tape music performing on not only violin but cutlery, jewelry, and dentist's equipment, but refrained from ever releasing it. She was a fascinating figure, Serbia's Ives, Crawford, Bartok, and Cage all rolled into one. There's a scholarly essay by musicologist Melita Milin about her career in the 1930s It all makes me think that the Balkan countries need to be more regularly incorporated into the historical narrative of 20th-century music.

Kyle Gann

Year / Artwork Title Importance Medium
1945 Three Preludes 4.00 stars CD
Comments:
Gordana Marjanovic - Piano
1948 Sonata 4.00 stars CD
Comments:
Gordana Marjanovic - Piano
Jana Jokanovic - Violin
1956 Byzantine Concerto for Piano and Orchestra 4.00 stars CD
Comments:
For mixed choir and symphony orchestra
Olga Jovanovic - Piano
Belgrado Mixed Choir and Symphony Orchestra cond. Mladen Jagust
1959 Threshold of Dream, cantata 4.00 stars CD
Comments:

For soprano, alto, narrator & chamber orchestra

Dragoslava Nikolicnic - soprano & alto
Jovan Milicievic- Narrator
Radio-Television Belgrade Chamber Orchesta cond. Oskar Danon
1961 Byzantine Concerto for Piano and Orchestra 4.00 stars CD
Comments:
Olga Jovanovic - Piano
Belgrado Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Oskar Danon
1963 Ostinato Super Thema Octoicha 4.00 stars CD
Comments:
Gordana Marjanovic - Piano
Inge Frimout - Harpe
Camarata Academica Novi Sad
1963 Ostinato Super Thema Octoicha 4.00 stars CD
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Ljubica Maric - Piano
Josip Pikelj - Harp
Belgrade Chamber Orchestra cond. Oskar Danon

1984 Monodia Octiocha 4.00 stars CD
Comments:
Ksenija Jancovic
1984 From the darkness chanting 4.00 stars CD
Comments:
Gordana Marjanovic - Piano
Alexandra Ivanovic Mezzo Soprano
1992 Archaia 4.00 stars CD
Comments:
Julija Hartig - Violin
Hans Rijkmans - Viola
Ivana Poparic - Cello