Vuk Kulenović:Boreas, the God of North Wind, Belgrade Philharmonic commission
W. A. Mozart:Sinfonia concertante for oboe, clarinet, French horn, and bassoon
R. Strauss:Thus Spake Zarathustra
Boreas, the God of North Wind was written as a commission from the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra last year. Although the title Symphony No 8 (similarly as in the case of my Symphony No 7, Four Seasons of Vincent van Gogh, premiered a few years ago in Los Angeles) in a way suggests formal contours of a classical symphony, or rather a classical sonata movement, essentially, in both cases, the piece has very little in common with anything “classical”, except for the fundamental elements of contrast and the development part of the sonata movement. It was the same with my first and second symphonies (Ikar and Slovo o svetlosti), and it seems that I am still obsessed with and drawn to this connection and play between the programmatic and abstract, which leads me to let the music say what the words in the title of the piece cannot convey, and let the words give the name to what only the music can convey. But what exactly I wanted to say – I don’t even know it myself. It is the same in this case, I am leaving it to the musicians and the listeners to find out what I don’t know.