- Špela Lah
(b Črna na Koroškem, Slovenia, July 11, 1930). Slovenian composer and conductor. Considered one of the greatest Slovenian musicians of the 20th century, he has left a special mark on Slovenian pop song, chanson, and popular music as far as both music composition and interpretation are concerned. His father, Franz Shiffer, was an opera singer, and his mother, Ljudmila Sepe, a music teacher. His music career began when he was a student of piano and trumpet at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana, and a trumpeter at the Dance Orchestra of RTV Ljubljana (1950–70).
His love for jazz is reflected in several of his compositions, which are characterized by a rich harmonic language. For his opus of almost 200 songs and over 40 instrumental works he received numerous awards, and, by participating in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1966 and 1970, he took Slovenian song beyond the boundaries of his homeland. Among his enduring songs are ‘Med iskrenimi ljudmi’ (‘Among Honest People’), ‘Pridi, dala ti bom cvet’ (‘Come on, I’ll give you a flower’), ‘Šuštarski most’ (‘Cobbler’s Bridge’), ‘Zemlja pleše’ (‘Earth Dances’), and many others....