Short Biography

Croatian composer, melographer and music composer ANTUN DOBRONIĆ (Jelsa 1878 – Zagreb 1955) studied composition and conducting at the Prague Conservatory in the master class of Prof. Vitzslav Novak. He worked as a teacher on the islands of Hvar and Vis, in Drniš, Split and Zadar. After the studies in Prague he went to Zagreb and lectured at the Teacher Training School. In 1918 he was appointed a professor of the Zagreb Academy of Music where he worked until his retirement. His entire creative oeuvre is imbued with folk elements from the region of his origin. He weaved folk music heritage into his work to such an extent that, in terms of style, they can be defined as a synthesis of Neoclassicism based on the folk music ideology. His opus includes some 200 compositions: eight symphonies, five pieces for string quartet, twelve cantatas, a large number of choir music and carols, thirteen operas and five ballets. One of his most impressive works is the symphonic portrait of Carnevale. The composition was premiered in 1916, at the so-called Historical Concert which is considered to have been a turning point towards a new era in the history of the Croatian music.