Dragan Tomić (1977, Serbia) holds an MA degree in composition from the class of Prof. Dimitrije Bužarovski at the Faculty of Music at Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Macedonia. As a composer and arranger, he collaborates with the Academic Choir of the Students’ Cultural Centre at the University of Niš, Serbia, Women’s Choir of the Students’ Cultural Centre at the University of Niš, Chamber Choir of Niš, Academic Chamber Orchestra of the Students’ Cultural Centre at the University of Niš, Niš Symphony Orchestra, and Concertante Chamber Orchestra of the Faculty of Arts in Niš. Works by Tomić have been performed in concerts and festivals in Serbia, Macedonia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Greece, Spain, Russia, England, and Poland. He teaches as an associate professor at the Faculty of Arts in Niš, where he also served from 2013 to 2016 as the vice-dean for teaching.
Konstantinova fuga za gudače / Constantine’s Fugue for Strings. The work was inspired by a legend, whereby Emperor Constantine and his army once had a vision of a cross of light with an inscription saying “Conquer with this!” (τουτο νικα). Constantine ordered that a military standard, labarum, be fashioned with a laurel on top in the shape of the monogram of Christ. The new faith and Constantine’s acceptance of it brought him his victorious return to Rome.
Konstantinova fuga is a programmatic instrumental work comprising several sections: Fanfares, Chorale section, Recitative, Fugue – Rome. The fugue is based on a single subject stated in the course of the piece in one instrumental part, in two-part imitation, and in the entire orchestra. The countersubject is fixed and works with the subject in double counterpoint. When performed outdoors, the piece should be accompanied with light effects – lasers showing Constantine’s cross of light in the sky.