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Bjelinski, Bruno (opera)

Niall O’Loughlin and Koraljka Kos

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print December 1992 |
Published online January 2002 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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(b Trieste, Nov 1, 1909; d Silba, Nov 3, 1992). Croatian composer. He first studied law at Zagreb University and later music at the Zagreb Academy, where his teachers included Blagoje Bersa. From 1945 to 1977 he was professor of counterpoint and fugue at the Zagreb Academy of Music. Bjelinski developed a vivid neo-classical style, notable for its complex rhythms, strong melodic appeal, inclination towards polyphony and sharply etched harmonic structure. His transparent, vivid and emotionally warm musical idiom, rich in contrasts and interwoven with dance rhythms and playful and sensitive lyrical episodes, has proved its charm and directness particularly in works for children, including several operas and ballets. Many of his stage works have achieved international success.

Reference Entry.  283 words. 

Subjects: Opera

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