Dušan Bavdek (1971, Slovenia) studied composition with Alojz Srebotnjak at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana. He completed post-graduate studies in composition at the same institution with Marijan Gabrijelčič and Danijel Dane Škerl and also attended master classes with Janos Vajda and Helmut Lachenmann. Bavdek has received many commissions from various Slovenian and international institutions and his music has been performed and broadcast in Europe and elsewhere in the world.

From 2002 he has been teaching harmony and solfeggio at the Ljubljana Academy of Music receiving tenures as assistant professor of theoretical subjects in 2003 and of composition in 2009. Currently he is a board member of the European Composers’ Forum and art leader of the International Concerts Series at the Slovenian Composers’ Society.

Croquisfor oboe and bassoon (2005) wants to be a short, teasing sound impression. The combination of two related woodwinds with double reeds was an attractive challenge and it allowed me to round the compasses of both the instruments into a unitary sound space. The composition has an expressiveness that – through condensed articulation of all but minimalistically conceived motivic patterns – brings a range of contrasts. Developed metrical rhythm, minutely elaborated motivic cells and a management of the unfolding “dramaof fragments”, are perhaps its most characteristic structural traits. The Croquis was commissioned by Maja Kojc and Zoran Mitev.