Jasna Veljanović

Jasna Veljanović (1980, Serbia), born in Germany, composer and theorist based in Kragujevac, Serbia. Veljanović holds a BA degree in composition from the National Music Academy of Ukraine and an MA degree from the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, where she finished specialist studies in music theory (musical forms) and is currently pursuing a doctorate at the same department. Her work in theory is focused on formal aspects of late-17th- and early-18th-century piano music. She is employed as an assistant professor (docent) at the Music Theory and Pedagogy Division of the Department of Music at the Faculty of Philology and the Arts in Kragujevac. Works by Veljanović have been performed in Serbia (in Kragujevac, Belgrade, Niš, and Smederevo) and abroad (in Croatia, Ukraine, Slovenia, Georgia, Czech Republic, Germany, and Denmark).

In her oeuvre, Veljanović has focused especially on vocal as well as chamber music for various kinds of ensembles. She has dedicated herself to enriching the repertory of accordion music.

The piece I Do Not Love You – Except Because I Love You… for soprano and flute, a setting of Pablo Neruda’s Love Sonnet LXVI, was composed in early 2014, as a commission from the Danish ensemble inDuo, and constitutes a continuation of Veljanović’s focus on composing for this combination of instruments (her piece A Dream within a Dream for the same ensemble was premièred at the 18th International Review of Composers). The peculiar expressivity of combining the soprano voice with the flute, due to the fact that both instruments are traditionally classified as leading instruments (usually with piano accompaniment), allowed them to generate an entirely new textural idiom, also because they provide a rather different colouring to one and the same sonic space. In terms of compositional technique, the piece is dominated by repetition, in the sense that its themes are developed on the basis of multiple and frequent repetitions of certain intervals (augmented fourth, major seventh, octave, major and minor second, and minor third), which renders the work compact.