The Serbian composer, conductor and university lecturer Marko Tajčević, who died in 1984, was one of the leading personalities in Yugoslavian musical life after 1945. His works are typically conceived for piano, and many inspired by the folk music of his nation. This also includes the 13 pieces of this volume, which skillfully transpose the traditional songs from the region between the rivers Drau and Mur in northern Croatia, and transform them into delightful little pieces.
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- Songs from the Mur-Island
Mur Island (Croatian: Medimurje) is a region in Northern Croatia, approximately 528 sq.m. in extent with a population of over 100 000 and bounded by the rivers Drava and Mur. A wealth of folksongs has been preserved there, which are still sung today. The melodies, which almost without exception are diatonic in form, are based mainly on the ecclesiastical modes, the Dorian … more
About the composer
A composer and conductor who endeavored to establish a Yugoslavian national style. To this end he incorporated the folk music of his homeland and connected it to late-Romantic and modern elements. He wrote choral works, song cycles, and instrumental music and published works of music pedagogy and music criticism.
|1900||Born in Osijek (Croatia) on January 29.|
|1924–27||He teaches at various schools in Zagreb. Writes his seven balkanskih igara (Balkan Dances) for piano.|
|1927–40||He teaches at the Lisinski Music School, founded by him and Zlatko Grgošević, and is also active as a choir director.|
|from 1940–45||He moves to Belgrade, where he teaches at the upper music school.|
|1945||Appointed teacher at the Academy of Music.|
|1950–66||He is professor of music theory and composition at the Academy of Music.|
|1960–62||Holds the chair in music at the Pedagogical Academy in Titograd (now Podgorica).|
|1984||Dies in Belgrade on July 19.|
Piano teachers are always looking for fresh music for their students to make lessons and recitals more interesting. One collection that could be a welcome addition to the teaching repertoire is 'Songs from Mur Island' by Marko Tajčević. This collection, largely unknown in the U.S., is an attractive set of pieces useful for developing musicianship and technique. In addition, the music is published by G. Henle and readily available for purchase.