Ivana Ognjanović (1971) is a composer of contemporary and applied music. After finishing Secondary School of Music she became a student of composition in the class of Dušan Radić at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad. Subsequently, she transferred to the Faculty of Music in Belgrade where she graduated in the class of Zoran Erić. She completed Master of Multimedia Composition in Hamburg, at the Hochschule for Musik und dastelende Kunst in the class of Georg Haidu. Her works were performed in former Yugoslavia, Latvia, Greece, Great Britain, Germany, Estonia, Hungary, Austria and the USA. For a brief period she worked in Radio Novi Sad, Radio Belgrade Two and the Serbian Composers Association. In Hamburg, she was part of the school’s Webcast team; she works occasionally for the Peers Publishers and is a regular member of the European Bridges Ensemble (EBE).
- The Last Ball of Margarita Nikolaevna is a work inspired by Mikhail Bulgakov’s novel Master and Margarita. A program piece up to a point is based, among other things, on the relationships of Bulgakov himself with Goethe’s Faust. Independently from my wish that the composition should have its stage (visual) identity apart from the sonic one, I believe that it is structured in such a way as to suggest a kind of visual aspect through its very form. Characteristic in that sense is the procedure applied in two films conceived in a very similar way, both of which served as models form my piece: Pulp Fiction by Quentin Tarantino, and Before the Rain by Milcho Manchevski. The dramatic structure and formal organization of the composition are strongly linked with procedures applied in these films.