Analysis and performance presentation of Sonata for violin and piano in G minor by Vasilije Mokranjac
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Vasilije Mokranjac (1923-1984) was one of the most prominent Serbian composers of 20th century. The beginnings of Mokranjac’s work fall in the period immediately after World War II and the socialist revolution in Yugoslavia. His early compositions adhered closely to the traditional romantic and post-romantic formal structures. Along with other Serbian composers of his generation, Mokranjac composed in the neo-romantic and neo-expressionist styles with strong elements of folklore. This presentation of his Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor, written in 1952, contains formal and melodic analyses, commentaries on the edition used for the study, and performance and stylistic suggestions. The purpose of this presentation is to illustrate Mokranjac’s profound and genuine understanding of music and his successful synthesis of tradition and folklore on the one side, and modernity and progressivism on the other. The first part of this presentation is dedicated to Mokranjac‘s biographical information, character and work. Also Included is information on Duo Mihajlovic who premiered the piece in 1955 and to whom the sonata was dedicated.