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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 10-11 | volume II | August-November, 1999



                     Peer-reviewed journal
Blesok no. 10-11August-November, 1999
Sound Reviews

The Genre and Form of the Cantata “The Serdar” by Vlastimir Nikolovski

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Goce Kolarovski

   The voluminous creative opus of the prominent Macedonian composer and pedagogue Vlastimir Nikolovski encompasses almost all genres and forms characteristic for the professional compositional creation of the second half of the XX century. In the course of his prolific creative life the author was drawn with equal intensity to large, massive, voluminous as well as to plastic, mobile, character-driven and as to the timbre in a refine manner combined performing compositions. Equally characteristic to his creative profile is the interest for the instrumental color and the constant returning to the national folkloristic and church coloration and manner in the vocational opus. The author has addressed the genres of the vocal-instrumental music not just once. Within each of them he created works that have assured for themselves place as representative creations in the national compositional treasury – “To Clement”, “To Cyril”, “Insubordination”, the cantatas “ Sun column”, “Piquancy”, “The Serdar”, “Antiliturgy”, the vocal cycles “Through the roads” and “Satyr 2” the fifth symphony, the many choral compositions, the cycles and songs for man and female voices accompanied by piano. In all of them the rich poetic and dramatic line of his many-sided talent is expressed as well as his faculty for deep feeling and theatricalising of the poetic text, for empathy with its dramaturgic line, which stands out clearly in his not yet published poetic work, prose texts and drawings. Among the fundamental works from the huge vocal creation by Vlastimir Nikolovski and within the whole vocal instrumental music of the Macedonian compositional school belongs his cantata “The Serdar” inspired by the most significant work of one of the founder of the Macedonian poetry Grigor Prlicev – the moving literary poem “The Serdar” with the libretto by Gorgi Stalev. This music by Vlastimir Nikolovski is prominent with its deep tragicalness, lamented tonus, expressive coloration, impressiveness of the music characters who at one time very vividly follows the line of the dramatic development of the touching verses and at others they comment musically.
    These properties are felt already at the first listening to the tape of this work whose concert performance unfortunately is remembered only by a few lucky ones. Nevertheless what has been written on “The Serdar” does not correspond to the expressed impressions, and that was one of the reasons for the author of these lines to pay an attention to some aspects of the genre and form of this

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