Contemporary composer Vladimir Jovanović and his role in the renewal of church Byzantine music in Serbia from the 1990s until today

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Gordana Blagojević

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This work focuses on the role of the composer Vladimir (Vlada) Jovanović in the renewal of church Byzantine music in Serbia from the 1990s until today. This multi-talented artist worked and created art in his native Belgrade, with creativity that exceeded local frames. This research emphasizes Jovanović’s pedagogical and compositional work in the field of Byzantine music, which mostly took place through his activity in the St. John of Damascus choir in Belgrade. The author analyzes the problems in implementation of modal church Byzantine music, since the first students did not hear it in their surroundings, as well as the responses of the listeners. Special attention is paid to students’ narratives, which help us perceive the broad cultural and social impact of Jovanović’s creative work.

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Gordana Blagojević, Institute of Ethnography SASA, Belgrade

Gordana Blagojević – born in 1975 in Belgrade. She graduated (1999) from the Department of Ethnology and Anthropology of the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade, where she also defended MA(2002) and PhD thesis (2007) and the second PhD thesis (2017) from the Music Studies Departmentof the Faculty of Philosophy of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She has been employed in the Institute of Ethnography of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (Belgrade, Serbia) since 2003; since 2018 she works as a Principal Research Fellow. During the academic2003–2004 she was receiving a scholarship of the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation. She graduated in 2006 in the Byzantine music from The School of Athens Archbishopric of Byzantine music Zoodohou Pigi (Athens) in the class of Professor Constantine Angelidis. She is a member of Serbian Ethnological and Anthropological Society and Serbian Musicological Society. She participated in several international conferences, mainly abroad. She published fivemonographic books and many scientific papers in the publications in Serbia and abroad. Her maininterests are issues of multiculturalism, ethnic identity, ceremonial and religious practices, culturalcontacts, ethnic minorities, anthropology of dance and anthropology of music.

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