Mokranjac, Stevan (Stojanovic)

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Mokranjac, Stevan (Stojanović)

Mokranjac, Stevan (Stojanović), Serbian conductor, musicologist, teacher, and composer; b. Negotin, Jan. 9, 1856; d. Skoplje, Sept. 28, 1914. He studied in Munich with Rheinberger, and in Leipzig with Jadassohn and Reinecke. In 1887 he became director of the Serbian Choral Soc. in Belgrade, with which he also toured. In 1899 he founded the Serbian Music School in Belgrade, and remained its director until his death. He wrote 15 choral rhapsodies on Serbian and Macedonian melodies, a Liturgy of St. John Chrysostomos (publ. in Leipzig, 1901; also with an Eng. tr. as Serbian Liturgy, London, 1919), and a Funeral Service (“Opelo”). He compiled a large collection of church anthems according to the Serbian usage and derived from early Byzantine modes; wrote a collection of songs for Mixed Chorus, Rukoveti (Bouquets).


P. Konjović, S. S. M. (Belgrade, 1956).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire