- Danica Petrović
(b Buda, [now Budapest], 18/August 30, 1831; d Buda, 5/April 17, 1865). Serbian composer and folksong collector. He studied in Vienna with Simon Sechter (harmony and counterpoint) and Rudolf Willmers (the piano), and was directly influenced by the Slovenian circle of intellectuals in Vienna at that time. In Serbia, church chant and folk singing, the basic forms of musical practice, survived hitherto mainly through oral tradition, and while still a student Stanković began to write down and harmonize secular music. He published his first adaptations of Serbian folksongs for voice and piano or four-part choir in Vienna between ...