Josif, Enriko, Serbian composer and teacher; b. Belgrade, May 1, 1924. He studied theory with Milenko Živkovič at the Belgrade Academy of Music (1947–54) and later was a student of Petrassi at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome (1961–62). He was a prof, of composition at the Belgrade Academy of Music from 1957.
dramatic: Ballet: Ptico, ne sklapaj svoja krila (Bird, Don’t Break Your Wings; Belgrade, Oct. 7, 1970). ORCH.: Sinfonietta (1954); Sonata antica (1955); Lyrical Symphony (1956); Piano Concerto (1959); Symphony in One Movement (1964; Belgrade, Jan. 24, 1966); Sinfonietta di tre re (1968). CHAMBER: Improvisations on a Folk Theme for 14 Winds (1949); String Quartet (1953); Dream Visions for Flute, Harp, and Piano (1964); Divertimento for Wind Quintet (1964); Epigram I for Chamber Ensemble (1967) and II for Piano Trio (1967); Chronicles for Wind Quintet (1971); Vatrenja for Piano Trio (1972); piano pieces.VOCAL: Oratorio profano da camera for Narrator, Soprano, Celesta, Piano, and Percussion (1956); The Death of Stefan of Decane, chamber motets for Narrator, Soloists, Chorus, and 16 Instruments (1956; enl. and orchestrated as a dramatic epic, Belgrade, Oct. 7, 1970); Rustikon, cantata (1962).
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire