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Adamič, Emillocked

  • Jernej Weiss

(b Dobrova, nr Ljubljana, Slovenia; Dec 25, 1877; d Ljubljana, Dec 6, 1936). Slovenian music educator, conductor, and writer on music. Uncle of composer Bojan Adamič. He received his first musical education at the Ljubljana Glasbena Matica society music school, from 1911 to 1912 he studied at the Conservatory in Trieste, and in 1912 he passed the national examination at the Ljubljana Conservatory. During World War I he joined the Austrian Army, and from 1915 to 1920 was a prisoner of war at Tashkent. In 1920 he returned to Ljubljana, where he taught music at the teacher’s college and at the classical gymnasium until his retirement in 1932. From 1925 to 1928 he was conductor of the Orchestral Society at the Glasbena Matica music society, and from January 1928 to December 1929 editor of the Nova muzika (‘New Music’) magazine. He was also active as a music critic and reviewer for the magazines Cerkveni glasbenik (‘Church Musician’), Novi akordi (‘New Chords’), Ljubljanski zvon (‘The Bell of Ljubljana’), and Jutro (‘Morning’).

He is one of the most prominent Slovenian composers of the early 20th century. Initially a Romantic, he gradually came to accept the influences of more modern compositional trends. His compositional technique is predominantly homophonic, and characterized by the simple texture of accompanied melody. He is among the most prolific Slovenian composers, whose compositional legacy comprises more than 1000 works, predominantly vocal pieces for male, female, mixed, and children’s a capella choirs. His orchestral compositions, primarily Tatarska suita (‘Tatarian Suite’, 1918) and the suite Iz moje mladosti (‘From my Youth’, 1922), considerably enriched symphonic music in Slovenia. Stylistically interesting for its modernist orientation is Tri skladbe za godalni orkester (Three Compositions for String Orchestra, 1936). In the instrumental sphere, he was mostly engaged in composing piano pieces in miniature forms.