Jugoslav Bošnjak (1954–2018, Serbia), composer and long-time musical producer of the Symphony Orchestra and Choir of the Serbian Broadcasting Corporation (Simfonijski orkestar i Hor Radio-Televizije Srbije). Bošnjak held a master’s degree in composition from the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, where his supervisor was Prof. Rajko Maksimović.
Bošnjak’s 34 years of creative work in the arts gave rise to the following works: Alef (Aleph), a symphonic poem; Himera (‘Chimera’), a poem for violin and or-chestra; Tibetanska knjiga (The Tibetan Book [of the Dead]), a fantasia for sym-phony orchestra; Uvertira 1453 (The 1453 Overture); Kraljeva jesen (The King’s Fall), a ballet composed for the 1993 BEMUS festival; Otkrivenje Sv. Jovana (The Revelation of St. John) for solo trumpet and mixed choir; Pasija po Marku (St. Mark Passion), an oratorio; Tri pesme (Three Songs) for trombone and orchestra; Koncert (Concerto) for piano and string orchestra, composed for the 1999 BEMUS festival; Simfonija pasakalja (Passacaglia Symphony); Knjiga o Jovu (The Book of Job), an oratorio; Muzika tišine (Music of Silence) for guitar and string orchestra; Svemir (Universe) for symphony orchestra; Između svetla i tame (Be-tween Light and Darkness) for flute and orchestra; Veliki prasak (Big Bang) for symphony orchestra; Orion nebula for orchestra, etc.
Bošnjak’s works in the domain of solo and chamber music comprise the follow-ing: Trio-varijacije (Trio Variations) for clarinet, violin, and piano; Sećanje (Memory) for harpsichord; Sudba (Fate) for soprano and string quartet; Akvarel (Watercolour) for two pianos, timpani, and vibraphone; Maska sećanja (Memory Mask) for string orchestra; Leta (Lethe) for clarinet, violin, and piano; Fantazija (Fantasia) for solo flute; Hurricane for two pianos, etc.
The discography arm of the Serbian Broadcasting Corporation (PGP RTS) has released a CD album featuring his music under the title of Orkestarska I horska kosmogonija Jugoslava Bošnjaka (The Orchestral and Choral Cosmogony of Ju-goslav Bošnjak).
Hurricane, fantasia for two pianos
The work, composed in 2018, uses some striking means to shape the pulsation, banging, and fateful blows of the internal and external spheres. Its rising chords introduce a fanfare rendering of the Dies irae melody into the aggressive motion of a sextuplet motive, with hurricane motions looming over it menacingly, like the Great Wave of Hosukai. A transparent and dolce calm down, shaded by Dü-rerian lines, with muffled motives of waves, is brutally cut short by painful hurri-cane-force gusts. Devastation has laid waste to the most remote corners of the soul. There are only short pentatonic motives appearing here and there. Finally, they are immersed into a unison B. They disappear in the last moves of the au-thor’s creative hand.
Tea Dimitrijević and Dejan Subotić, pianists