Milana Stojadinović-Milić (Serbia), assistant professor at the Department of Music Theory of the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, the same institution from which she obtained her bachelor and M.Mus. degrees in composition. Her pieces were performed in concerts, festivals, on radio and television programs in Serbia and abroad (Italy, France, Germany, Great Britain, Bulgaria, Greece, Russia and all former Yugoslavia republics). She received numerous awards for her work.

Pieces (selection): string quartet Melodija; Sonata for violin and piano; wind quintet Kaleidoskop (BEMUS commission, 2001); violoncello trio EOL (Cello fest commision, 2008); quartet Tango sentimental for bandoneon, violin, double bass and piano (project Tango After Piazola); Isečak međuvremena for voice, flute and piano; Neoromantico  trio for flute, violin and piano; Dream for flute and piano; Nebo nad Studenicom for piano; Piano pieces (collection in progress) dedicated to young pianists, pupils of the primary music school (performed pieces: Rok-džezrol etida, Prvozvani, Šopenese, Tajni agent sa Timpaniusa…); symphonic works performed on a number of occasions abroad and in Serbia: Aurora borealis, Mimikrija, Duo simbolico for piano and symphonic orchestra. With Aurora borealis she participated at the international project of concert series and CD editions – Contemporary Music of the Balkans.

The Tears – cycle of ten vocal miniatures for soprano, alto flute and piano have been written on request from the trio Donne di Belgrado to whose members is dedicated. The literary basis is the book U senci Hermesa – zbornik vekovnih maštarija by the composer, Dušan Radić. By the technique of patchwork he has „translated’ the prose and poetry of numerous authors (from St. Sava, to Crnjanski, Pavić, to Rimbaud, Nietzsche and others) into the „scheme of the free verse – so that (as he put it) the content could be dreamt in the best possible way“.

That new, formally and substantially varied, and to me especially inspirational poetry, that originated from Despot Stefan Lazarević, Milovan Vidaković, Bishop of Ohrid Nikolaj Velimirović, Jovan Dučić, Desanka Maksimović and Miloš Petrović, by its diversity in atmospheres and moods, its strong momentum, almost „killing“ contrasts in narration, together with tone-painting as well as narrative music intertwines in a dense network of threads and I hope, „distracts“ in the best sense of the word, our conceptual and emotional world. The tears being just a consequence….