Ivan Brkljačić: Love! – Saxophone Concerto

  • Asja Radonjić Belgrade Philharmonic
Keywords: Ivan Brkljačić, saxophone, concert music, symphony orchestra, popular music, rock music


The text examines Ivan Brkljačić's most recent orchestral work entitled: Love! – saxophone concerto, composed in 2018 as commissioned by the Belgrade Philharmonic. Love! was chosen as a universal theme, but also as the moving force behind the composer's personal and creative life. The composition corresponds to the stylistic expression that is characteristic of Brkljačić. His contemporary musical language is complemented by own quotes and unambiguous references to popular, primarily rock music, but also to pop, jazz, and other genres that have formed his artistic persona. This work will remain chronicled as the first performed concert for saxophone and symphony orchestra in the history of Serbian music.

Author Biography

Asja Radonjić, Belgrade Philharmonic

Asja Radonjić is a program manager at the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra. She graduated from the Department of Musicology at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, and earned her M.Sc. degree in Cultural Management and Cultural Policy in the Balkans at the University of Arts in Belgrade. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Transdisciplinary Studies of Contemporary Art and Media, Faculty for Media and Communications in Belgrade. Her fields of interest are artistic and strategic planning in cultural institutions and artistic and program policy of symphony orchestras.