Mokranjac, Vasilije, Serbian composer; b. Belgrade, Sept. 11, 1923; d. there, May 27, 1984. He was brought up in a musical environment (his father was a cellist, a nephew of Stevan Mokranjać) . He studied piano and composition at the Belgrade Academy of Music. His early works are Romantic in style, but he gradually began experimenting with serial techniques, while safeguarding the basic tonal connotations.
Incidental music; Dramatic Overture (1950); Concertino for Piano, 2 Harps, and Strings (Belgrade, March 15, 1960); 5 syms.: No. 1 (Belgrade, Feb. 2, 1962), No. 2 (Belgrade, April 1, 1966), No. 3 (Belgrade, Oct. 25, 1968), No. 4 (1972), and No. 5 (1979); Lyrical Poem for Orch. (1974); chamber music; piano pieces.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire