Music warms up the blood or calms down the senses. It can influence our moods, inspire us or even makes us cry. The real artist, the composer whose music changes our lives forever can be found everywhere. Through the centuries every nation produced dozens of remarkable musicians, people who were able to compose the music that changed the world. The Slavic countries are rich in the forms of the instruments, styles of music and sources of inspiration. The Slavic lands gave to the world numerous amazing composers. Some of them stay truly underrated, therefore we decided to remind you some of them:
J.A. P. Kaczmarek ( b. 1953)
When somebody asks you about the composers who reached a huge fame and appreciation in Hollywood, you perhaps mention Morricone or Zimmer. However, Polish Composer who has written the scores for more than 60 feature films and documentaries, stays one of the most influential composers in Hollywood. His music to the movie Finding Neverland (2004) won an Academy Award and National Board of Review Award. Als scores like Hachi: A Dog’s Tale, Unfaithful, Evening, The Visitor, and Washington Square were appreciated by the audience and the critics.
Elena Pucić-Sorkočević (1784 – 1865)
This incredible woman is known also as the Countess Elena Pozza-Sorgo. She was the first female composer who lived and worked in the Republic of Ragusa (southern Croatia). In the 19th century, she was able to become an appreciated composer and connect writing a beautiful music with the role of wife and mother. She was a wife of Nikola Lucijan Pucić-Sorkočević, and after the fall of the Republic, her music was an attractive part of many meetings of the noble families in the private houses.
Mladen Milicevic (b. 1958)
The Bośnian Serb – American composer whose experimental music, fabulous sound installations and visionary film music brought him fame, but not as remarkable as he deserves. Malden Milevic is a Professor and the Chair of the Recording Arts Department at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Although in the nineties he concentrated his works on electronic compositions. he is most famous for composing the score to the cult film The Room. AS a researcher and a professor he approaches film music from the neuroscientific and psychological point of view. Milevic won an Emmy in 2016 for a score to documentary Cuba: The Forgotten Revolution.
Marko Ivan Lukačić ( 1587] – 1648)
Croatian born incredibly talented composer of the Renaissance and early Baroque. When he was about ten years old he entered the Franciscan order and accepted the monastic name, Ivan. Later he was sent t Italy where he studied theology and music. He was awarded in Rome the degree of Magister Musices (master of music). After studies, he came back to Croatia and became prior of the Franciscan monastery, but at the same time, he became the director of music at the Cathedral. According to the legends, people from entire Europe traveled to listen to his compositions.
Yuriy Fedynsky (b. 1975)
Although he was born in the USA, he is ethnically Ukrainian. He is a fabulously talented composer, trobanist, singer, bandurist. He is a producer, cultural activist, bandleader, and luthier. He is famous for his performances on instruments like turban, kobza and traditional bandura. He was a student of famous pianist Henry Doskiy and the specialist in bandura Julian Kytasky. He is one of the founding members of the Experimental Bandura Trio, together with Julian Kytasty and Michael Andrec, but doesn’t forget about Ukraine. He often visits Ukraine and composes music that relates to the culture of Eastern Europe. His music was used in a few movies including Comeback from 2009 and Kobzar from 2008.