Jugoslav Bošnjak

Jugoslav Bošnjak (1954), composer and music producer at the Serbian Broadcasting Corporation Symphony Orchestra and Choir. Bošnjak acquired an MA degree in composition at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, under the supervision of Rajko Maksimović. Composed over the course of his artistic career, which has so far spanned 33 years, his most notable pieces include the following: Alef (Aleph), a symphonic poem; Himera (Chimera), a poem for violin and orchestra; Tibetanska knjiga (Tibetan Book), a symphonic orchestra fantasy; 1453, an overture; Kraljeva jesen (The Autumn of the King), a ballet (BEMUS 1993); Otkrovenje Sv. Jovana (The Revelation of St. John) for solo trumpet and mixed choir; Pasija po Marku (St. Mark Passion; World Music Days 1996); Tri pesme (Three Songs) for trombone and orchestra; Koncert (Concerto) for piano and string orchestra (BEMUS 1999); Simfonija pasakalja (Passacaglia Symphony); Knjiga o Jovu (The Book of Job), an oratorio; Zvuci iz tišine (Sounds from Silence) for symphony orchestra, and many others. Also, a selection of his music has been released by PGP RTS under the title of Orkestarska i horska kosmogonija Jugoslava Bošnjaka (Jugoslav Bošnjak’s Orchestral and Choral Cosmogony).

Music of Silence for solo guitar and string orchestra was written in 2015 and has never been performed so far. The piece does not denote silence in terms of perfect peace or tranquillity. In fact, it bears the same unrest that has been with me throughout my creative opus. I simply sought to express certain musical thoughts in a more intimate and peaceful way and try to introduce my hypothetical listeners into a musical flow that would be relaxing, in a way. The piece also includes elements of repetitive music, but not in any consistent compositional sense.