Chamber Music of Szilárd Mezei and Diferentiated Congruence in its Composing Layers (I)

  • Nemanja Sovtić University of Novi Sad, Academy of Arts, Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Keywords: Szilárd Mezei, folklore, aleatorics, texture, compositional structure


The composer and violist Szilárd Mezei has made a significant, decades-long contribution to contemporary music in the national and international contexts. Although his artistic approach can be linked to the musical universe of György Szabados, an author who became one of the most influential creative figures in the Central European cultural space during the 1970s and 1980s, Mezei is a special phenomenon on the local music scene. With his ensemble mostly comprising prominent Novi Sad musicians, Mezei has a large number of discographic achievements to his credit in the space between composition and improvisation. Mezei divided his compositional opus into genre corpora of chamber and orchestral music, of which the review of chamber music is the subject of research in this paper.

Author Biography

Nemanja Sovtić, University of Novi Sad, Academy of Arts, Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology

Nemanja Sovtić, Ph.D., is a musicologist and trombonist from Novi Sad. He received his Ph.D. in Musicology from the Faculty of Music in Belgrade. He is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology of the Academy of Arts, University of Novi Sad. Nemanja Sovtić is a member of the Board of the Department of Stage Arts and Music of Matica Srpska and the Board of the Serbian Musicological Society. He is the author of monographs Miroslav Čangalović: Singer-Actor (Serbian National Theatre and Matica Srpska, 2021) and The Non-Aligned Humanism of Rudolf Bruči – the Composer and the Society of Self-Management Socialism (Matica Srpska, 2017), as well as collections of studies, articles and essays titled Musicology as a Reading Reflex (Academy of Arts Novi Sad, 2014).