Resources

1st Group

Compulsory literature for the written test

 

Here are the required reading texts and a selection of music recordings of Slovenian origin. They are associated with selected music institutions.

Please, use this material thoroughly when preparing for the written test. Also, listen to all of the included recordings because a part of it will heavily rely on them.

 

Slovenian Philharmonic (Slovenska filharmonija)

Read the text on the following links:

Marjan Kozina (1907–1966)

 

Read the text about Marjan Kozina on the following link

 

 

Marjan Kozina: Bela Krajina / White Carniola (1946)

 

A Tale from a Magic Garden by Slovenian Philharmonics

Listen to the composition on the following link and read the text below:

 

Slovenian Philharmonics visited two marvelous parks, located in the Slovenian countryside. Besides it, we recorded them also in beautiful apartments, designed by famous architects in Ljubljana centre, the capital of Slovenia. Our best professional musicians were accompanied by the ISKRAEMECO folk group. Izidor Kejžar played the lead boys role in a stunning set of ARBORETUM and BRDO parks. Slovenian Philharmonics played their unofficial anthem, called Bela Krajina (White Carniola, located in Slovenian south) composed by famous Slovenian composer Marjan Kozina.

Glasbena matica Ljubljana Music society

 

The year 2022 is a jubilee year for the Glasbena Matica Ljubljana cultural association, which is celebrating 150 years of tradition. The association’s achievements – it was once the centre of Slovene musical life – contributed much to the reputation of the Slovene nation and its recognition and art. The formation of a mixed choir in 1891 was key for the definitive recognition of the Glasbena Matica Ljubljana, which, in its first two decades, had a well-established system of music education and its own publishing.

 

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Ubald Vrabec (1905–1992): Bila je noč / It Was Night

 

Listen to the composition and read the text below:

 

The piece was performed by the Mixed Choir of the Glasbena Matica Ljubljana, conductor Sebastjan Vrhovnik

 

"It Was Night" is a beautiful and magical Slovenian Christmas Carol, composed by Ubald Vrabec. It starts with a dark theme of a crying and suffering soul. In the other half of the song the suffering soul opens towards compassionate God which is full of love and Who sends his only Son to the Earth.

Translated by Tog Hoath.

 

Groove - Ljubljana Academy of Music Big Band

They play with technical brilliancy along with splendid musicality and poetry.

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2nd Group

Compulsory literature for the written test:

 

Here are the required reading texts and a selection of music recordings of Slovenian origin. They range from the early works of the Renaissance composer Jacobus Gallus to contemporary compositions.

Please, use this material thoroughly when preparing for the written test. Also, listen to all of the included recordings because a part of it will heavily rely on them.

 

Jacobus Gallus (1550–1591)

 

Read the text about Jacobus Gallus, on the following link

 

Jacobus Gallus: Musica noster amor (Moralia 28; CD Musica noster amor (SI); Siger Pur - Mp3)

Jacobus Gallus: Ecce quomodo moritur iustus (Opus musicum II/13)

Here are two examples of the composition:

 

 

Marij Kogoj (1892–1956)

 

Marij Kogoj: Črne maske (Black Masks)

Read the text about the opera Črne maske / Black Masks (no need to memorize the Cast)

https://www.sng-mb.si/en/predstave-opera-balet/black-masks/  (Drama Opera Balet Maribor, Slovenian National Theatre, SI).

Don’t forget to watch the trailer of the opera (https://youtu.be/qglGOVng5iY )

 

Marij Kogoj: Piano (Skica/Sketch)

Read about the pianist Bojan Gorišek at https://www.bojangorisek.com/biography

 

 

 

Nina Šenk (1982–)

 

Read the biography of Nina Šenk at https://www.ninasenk.net/biography-en/

Nina Šenk: Art II for Soprano and Trombone (Text: Clara Schumann)

 

Clara’s Letter to Robert Schumann
December 21st, 1837

Treasures are no longer to be got by instrumental art.
How much one has to do in order to bring away a few thaler from a town.
When you are going home, I, poor thing, am arriving at a party, where I have to play to people for a few pretty words and a cup of warm water, and get home, dead tired (at 11 or 12 o'clock), drink a draught of water, lie down, and think,
'Is an artist much more than a beggar?'
And yet art is a fine gift!
What, indeed, is finer than to clothe one's feelings in music, what a comfort in time of trouble, what a pleasure, what an exquisite feeling, to give happy hours to so many people by its means!
And what an exalted feeling so to follow art that one gives one's life to it!
I have done that, and all the rest today,
and I lay myself down, happy and contented.
Yes, I am happy but shall be perfectly so, only when I can fling myself on your heart and say
'Now I am yours for ever - I and my art.'

 

 

Marko Hatlak (1980–)

 

Read the biography of Marko Hatlak at http://markohatlak.org/en/biografija/

 

Marko Hatlak: Ko ni noč in ni dan / When it’s not night and it's not day (Marko Hatlak BAND feat. HAMO, SI)

 

The video for this piece was recorded in Ljubljana.