WORK OF MIHAILO ŽIVANOVIĆ

Mihailo Mika Živanović began composing in 1950. His creative work is enormous:

VOCAL- INSTRUMENTAL LIGHT MELODIES:

„Waiting”, „If we were someone else’s” (Nada Knežević), “Old Oak” and “Traces”(Krunoslav-Kićo Slabinac), „Do not lie” (Dušan Jakšić), „Meeting in the Baš-čaršija”, „Don’t you know that I love you”, „Give me a smile”, „When will you come to me” „I’m  calling you, my love”, „One afternoon”, „One night” (Dragan Stojnić), „Anxiety”, „When are you going to tell me you love me”, „May”, „Our last evening” „The Story of Seville”, „I am waiting”, „Not now” (Belgrade Spring, Arsen Dedić), „Spring day” and „Come when the winter’s gone” (Bisera Veletanlić), „It’s not a dream” and so on.

Photograph from 1960 when Mihailo Živanović composed famous Rhapsody for Clarinet and Orchestra.

INSTRUMENTAL CHAMBER MUSIC:

„Cat game”, „Orient”, „Five giants”, “Midnight sounds”, „Crossroads”, „The merry five” (music for an instrumental octet).

MUSICAL STAGEWORK:

Music for ballet of old American ballad “Frankie and Johnny” for Belgrade Contemporary Theatre in 1962.
Ballet Suite “Biljana” in 1963. Ballet number for musical play “Betina” for Contemporary Theatre.

He also wrote ballet music for Sava Mrmak’s film “Whistle at eight”. For this first show in our film he composed two ballet numbers: „Vespa” and „Amusement park”.

SYMPHONIC MUSIC WITH SOLOISTS:

„Rhapsody for Clarinet and Orchestra”, „Fantasy for Clarinet and Orchestra”, „The part in F minor for Clarinet and Orchestra”, „Sketches for Clarinet”.

With his composition “Blues for Clarinet”, Živanović represented the country at the concert “Jazz in the Elysian Fields” in Berlin.

In 1965 he wrote “Rhapsody for alto saxophone and Symphony Orchestra” for television. The same year, it was performed at the NORD SEE Festival in Ostende (Belgium).

“Ballad for alto saxophone”, “Invention for alto saxophone”.
“Ballad for harmonica”.

MUSICAL WORKS FOR THE STANDARD JAZZ ORCHESTRA:

„Abandoned garden”, „The spring landscape”, „Salome”, „Merry rhythm”, „Song”, „Miniature”, „And so every day”, „Dreams”, „Sutivan nights”.

CHILDREN’S SONGS:

Mihajlo Živanović was a composer who had written the most songs for children on the theme of friendship and camaraderie. „Hand in hand” and „Empire of the fellowship” are certainly the best known of that cycle. These, and other songs were sang by RTB Children’s Choir, Branko Milićević, Predrag Panić and Dragan Laković.

MUSIC FOR TELEVISION SERIES:

The last 10 years of life, he was a regular collaborator of the Children’s Television. He had composed music for children’s TV series: „Cube, cube, little cube”, „Kolaric Panic”, „Around the world in eight notes”, „Cricket’s album” and „Guess”. These children’s compositions were recorded on gramophone records by PGP and on a dozen different records there are compositions interpreted by the popular singers of the time.

For the Belgrade television show “Race”, Živanović composed ballet suite “Biljana was whitening  the linen” based on the motives of the eponymous folk melody. This is one of the first attempts in our country to use popular melodies for writing music for ballet.

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