Ristić, Milan , Serbian composer; b. Belgrade, Aug. 31, 1908; d. there, Dec. 20, 1982. He studied in Belgrade with Slavenski and in Prague with Alois Hába. A prolific composer, he wrote mostly instrumental music; his style ranged from neo-Romantic grandiosity to economic neo-Classicism, from epically declamatory diatonicism to expressionistically atonal melos. Some of his works were written in an explicit dodecaphonic technique; in some, he made use of quarter tones.
Orch.: 7 syms. (1941, 1951, 1961, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1972); Violin Concerto (1944); Piano Concerto (1954); Suite giocosa (1956); Symphonic Variations (1957); Burleska (1957); 7 Bagatelles (1959); Concerto for Orchestra (1963); Clarinet Concerto (1964); 4 Movements for Strings (1971). CHAMBER: 2 string quartets; Wind Quintet; Septet; Violin Sonata; Viola Sonata; 24 fugues for various instrumental combinations; Suite for 4 Trombones in quarter-tones.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire