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Dedić, Matija: Contesa, Music by Dora Pejačević

Matija Dedić Trio & Guests
Contesa, Music by Dora Pejačević
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Matija Dedić, piano and keyboards | Borna Šercar, drums | Mladen Baraković, double bass

Guest artists: Vlatka Burić, voice | Laura Vadjon, violin 

CD is dedicated to professor Blaženka Zorić

Matija Dedić came across music composed by Dora Pejačević (Našice, 10 September 1885 - Munich, 5 March 1923) – Croatian composer whose “work concurred with the modernist movement in Croatian literature and the secession in the visual arts” and who has, “without breaking new ground ... helped to bring a new range of expression into the traditional musical language” (Koraljka Kos)  – for the first time during his primary music education when his first piano teacher, Blaženka Zorić, to whom this CD is dedicated, pointed her music to him. This was clearly a very singular beginning of his development path, as emotionally, so “technically” too, primarily in terms of bold harmony colors which have led him towards Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett. As he says himself, he has thought of Dora Pejačević as a forerunner of such harmonies, especially in “white” or “eurojazz”.

... However, there is no doubt that music on this album would never have existed if for Dora Pejačević’s opus does not exist! Allow me to “paraphrase” the title of the symposium dedicated to Liszt: improvisation is always a new and unique creation!

(Nikša Gligo)

croatian / english

Cantus d.o.o., 2010. 
98898490432

  Ave Maria, op. 16, originally for voice, organ and violin   
  Wrinkle (An eine Falte), op. 46, originally for voice and piano   
  Mother, my angel, op. 56, originally for voice and piano   
  Ecstasy of love (Wie ein Rausch), op. 30, no. 2    
  Violets (Veilchen), op. 19, no. 2, originally for piano    
  Lullaby (Berceuse), op. 2, originally for piano   
  Chrysanthemums (Chrysanthemen), op. 19, no. 8, originally for piano    
  Song without words (Chanson sans paroles), op. 5, originally for piano   
  I believe, my love (Ich glaub’, lieber Schatz), op. 30, no. 3, originally for voice and piano