ĐURO ŽIVKOVIĆ (b. 1975)
The White Angel (2006)
An early interest in folklore and Byzantine music led Serbian-Swedish composer and violinist Đuro Živković to develop a variety of compositional techniques such as polyrhythm,improvisation, special harmony-based scales, microtones, layer-polyphony (multiphony), and heterophony, and a recent interest in the harmonic organization has resulted in a new approach to his process. Inspired by a fresco located in Serbia’s Mileševa monastery, Mr. Živković’s 2006 The White Angel, for chamber orchestra, was premiered by the SAMI Sinfonietta, conducted by Katarina Andreasson. The work utilizes what he calls his “harmonic field” technique, which explores how chords exist in relation to each other. In a review, Milorad Marinkovic wrote, “The score of The White Angel is a musical shaping of elements of dynamics, radiation, kinetic and other categories that actually explain the energy, love and moving — the three characteristics of angelic existence.” Mr. Živković’s music has been commissioned, performed, recorded, and broadcast by leading soloists and ensembles across Europe, Japan, and North America. His On the Guarding of the Heart received the Grawemeyer Award in 2014.