Kostic, Dušan, Croatian composer; b. Zagreb, Jan. 23, 1925. He studied at the Belgrade Academy of Music (1947–55), and later took a course in conducting with Scherchen in Bayreuth (1955). He was music ed. for Radio Belgrade (1957–59), then taught at his alma mater (from 1964). He incorporated neo-Classical, impressionistic, and serial techniques in his music; also wrote occasional pieces on national folk themes.
dramatic: Opera Buffa: Majstori su prvi ljudi (Belgrade, April 23, 1962). ORCH.: Contrasts, symphonic poem (1954); 2 syms. (1957, 1961); CrnogorsL suita (1957); Kragujevac, symphonic poem for Voices and Orch., commemorating the execution of the schoolboys at Kragujevac in 1941 by the Nazi occupation forces (Belgrade, Feb. 5, 1962). other: Chamber works, including Sonata amorosa for Violin and Piano (1957); piano pieces; choruses; songs.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire