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“CVETIĆ, KUĆICA ... / LA LUGUBRE GONDOLA” by Marko Nikodijevic in Belgium

The Mahler Chamber Orchestra under the direction of the Russian star conductor Vladimir Jurowski will present the Belgian premiere of Marko Nikodijevic’s “CVETIĆ, KUĆICA ... / LA LUGUBRE GONDOLA” for orchestra on 25 March 2014 in Brussels.

This orchestral music, composed in 2009, received its world premiere on 12 September 2009 in Brandenburg, performed by the Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra under Michael Helmrath.

The title means “Little Flower, Little House”. It is the description of the drawing in the school notebook of a five-year-old Kosovo-Albanian girl whose mortal remains were salvaged from a refrigerator wagon sunk in the Danube by the Serbian police.

Marko Nikodijevic comments on his work:
“Inspired by venetian funeral gondolas with which the dead were escorted to their final resting place, the composition is based entirely on Liszt’s famous piano piece La lugubre gondola I. The original is broken into fragments, compressed and stretched, shimmering like the layer traces which remain visible in a palimpsest. The title cvetić, kućica means ‘little flower, little house’ in Serbian, and describes a drawing in the notebook of a 5- year-old Kosovo-albanian girl, whose body was found in a refrigerator lorry sunk in the Danube by Serbian police in 1999. This composition is dedicated to her memory.”

Nikodijevic‘s work is also available as printed edition SIK 8707.

25 March 2014
Centre for Fine Arts / Henry Le Boeuf Hall, 8 PM
Belgian premiere: Marko Nikodijevic
Funeral Music after Franz Liszt
Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Vladimir Jurowski (direction)


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