Cantus Ansambl

Milko Kelemen Festival

Milko Kelemen Festival  

Pučko otvoreno učilište, Slatina, 7.30 pm

Cantus Ensemble
Berislav Šipuš, conductor
Stefani Pijetlović, soprano
Barbara Pijetlović, soprano

Dora Remenar, Les roses de Saadi, for soprano and chamber orchestra, first performance
Milko Kelemen Rontondo, for wood wind trio
Helena Skljarov, People. Beasts, for chamber ensemble, first performance
Linda Uran, Agent of the Time, for voice and ensemble, first performance


Under the direction of its artistic conductor Berislav Šipuš, the Cantus Ensemble will open the Days of Milko Kelemen on October 6, with a program that connects and contrasts the music of the greats with the works of new musical hopes.

The Days of Milko Kelemen Days are being held in the composer's hometown for the 28th time, and Cantus will have on its program a composition by this avant-garde musician, researcher, writer, and founder of the Zagreb Music Biennale, whose oeuvre reflects all the important directions in the development of Croatian music in the second half of the 20th century – this will be the Rontondo for a wind trio from 1976. Before that, the Cantus Ensemble will present three completely new compositions by three quite young female composers, who have graduated in the past few years in composition at the Music Academy of the University of Zagreb:

Linda Uran wrote her work for voice and ensemble, An Agent of Time, based on a text “about the transitory nature of man” written by her and Juraj Luka Omazić, in which “through surreal poetic images the life span is shown as natural and cyclical, where death is like birth, understood as a kind of magnum opus”. Through varied musical atmospheres, the author conjures an poetic image that describes the life cycle of an individual; in the central section, atonality is used for the meeting of the individual and the agents of time, while the work also contains “a catharsis achieved through tonality along with flirting with minimalism”.

Dora Remenar based her composition Les roses de SaadiThe Roses of Saadi on the text of a French poet from the 19th century, Marceline Desbordes-Valmore, and stated: “The theme of the poem is partly taken from one of the most significant works of Persian literature from the Middle Ages, called Gulestan [The Flower Garden], by the poet Saadi Shīrāzī. Les roses de Saadi is a classic example of the permeation of an Oriental influence into poetry with a love-based theme, which can be perceived from the very sound of the composition”.

This is the second composition that Helena Skljarov has dedicated to the Cantus Ensemble (the first was Solo, which had its premiere at the MBZ in 2021). In the new work, People. Beasts, for four string and four wind instruments, it is said to be “about the transformation of humans into beasts by means of sound”, while the composer follows the emotional states of humans through sound, from mild to “the point at which they perhaps cease to be humans”. She further announces the inclusion of elements of musical theatre, and “at the end of the composition, we uncover who from the players is the beast”.


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Concert cycle Cantus Ansambl is supported by City of Zagreb and international activities by Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia.

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