Dušan Radić, composer and academician was born in Sombor 1929. He graduated from the Academy of Music in Belgrade in 1954 in the class of Milenko Živković. The following 25 years he was a free-lance artist. Music Academy in Belgrade validated his diploma at the master’s level in 1962. In 1979 he became associate professor at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad. He has been a member of the Serbian Composers Association since 1949. He was admitted to the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts in 1972 as a corresponding member, and in 1983 he was given full membership. He has made study trips to Paris, Washington DC, Rome, Moscow, Leningrad, Riga, Kiev, Prague and London.
The oeuvre of Dušan Radić is important, ample and comprehensive. He has written around 200 works including: operas Love is the Main Thing and The Death of the Jugovic Mother (hitherto unperformed); ballet Ballad of the Wandering Moon; orchestral works Sinfonietta; Concertino for clarinet and orchestra Variations on a Folk Theme, Symphonic Images; Divertimento for string orchestra; Sinfonia Serena; a series of chamber works Sonata lesta for piano which was, together with his choral work Little Tumults selected by the Opatija Review of Yugoslav Composers for the Anthology of Yugoslav Music; Four Sonatinas for Piano; Three Preludes for Piano; Bagatelle for wind quintet; vocal- instrumental works: The Tower of Skulls; Waiting for Maria; The Upright Land; triptych Possessed Serenity; Schoolmasters; Vuk’s Serbia; Voices from Šumarice; Oratorio profano. A series of compositions were performed at festivals in former Yugoslavia (Belgrade Music Festival, Opatija Review, Zagreb Biennale, International Review of Composers), and also abroad (Stockholm, Sorrento, Genoa, Venice).
Part of the music of Dušan Radić belongs to the domain of film music, for about twenty domestic and foreign motion pictures; also music for theater, radio and TV dramas. He published two collections of poetry for children Children’sGarden and Merry Sailing, and in 1999 the reading audience was offered a book of poetry title The Apparition of the Right Way. For his artistic achievements the composer Dušan Radić won several awards and recognitions: Diploma di Merito rilasciato in Veracelli (1952); Award of the Yugoslav Composers Alliance (1954), October Award of the City of Belgrade; Award of the Pula Film Festival for (1963), Petar Konjovič Award (1972) etc.