BOKI’S OPEN CLARINET LESSONS / No. 1

BOŽIDAR BOKI MILOŠEVIĆ
OPEN CLARINET LESSONS

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YOU ASK – MR BOKI MILOŠEVIĆ ANSWERS / No. 1
  • Many clarinetists, readers and visitors to this site of the clarinet and clarinetists, contact us and ask all kinds of questions about our famous artist Božidar Boki Milošević.
  • Boki Milošević is now with us for your sake and is happy to answer to all your questions.

Lazić Radivoj, prof. klarneta

Davor from Kruševac asks Boki:

– Tell us maestro Boki, please, what is folk music?
Rad

StojiBoki Milošević answers:

– Dear Davor, folk music is the music that, as the word says, comes from the people. So, the name or surname of the creator is unknown. The creator is – people. However, many composers created their songs and dances based on the folk songs and dances, which have become as valuable as the folk treasure.

The most beautiful pages in the world music literature were based on folklore. Folklore motifs were used by the biggest names in classical music. They took the most beautiful songs and dances from the people and arranged them in an artisticway.

Here are just a few: Beethoven, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Bartok, Mokranjac and many others.

Rad

NOTE:

If you want to ask maestro Boki Miloševića question, feel free to do so via e-mail of the author and owner of this site, a professor Radivoj Lazić:

radivojlazic@yahoo.com

Boki is ready and glad to answer to any question!

Best regards to all!

Love,
yours sincerely
BOKI MILOŠEVIĆ

Božidar Boki Milošević – clarinet & Dušan Radetić’s Sextet
Georgievo Oro (Folk Dance from Macedonia)

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BOKI’S OPEN CLARINET LESSONS

BOŽIDAR BOKI MILOŠEVIĆ
OPEN CLARINET LESSONS

M. Zivanovic-W
YOU ASK – MR BOKI MILOŠEVIĆ ANSWERS
  • Many clarinetists, readers and visitors to this site of the clarinet and clarinetists, contact us and ask all kinds of questions about our famous artist Božidar Boki Milošević.
  • Boki Milošević is now with us for your sake and is happy to answer to all your questions.

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Lazić Radivoj, prof. klarneta

These days, many visitors to this site of the clarinet and clarinetists have sent the greetings and congratulations to the maestro Boki Milošević for a long and successful career, and asked him various interesting questions.

Boki Milošević thanks them and sends his regards.

Please note that the maestro Boki will soon start answering to your questions.
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Support and Likes in facebook given by many clarinetists worldwide speak how much attention BOKI’S OPEN CLARINET LESSONS have drawn.
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Let us mention some of them: Blagoj Lamnjov (Chicago, USA), Gary Morales (San Germán, Puerto Rico), Andrej Zupan (Ljubljana, Slovenia), Taras Poustovgar (Angra do Heroismo), Radovan Cavallin Žerjal (Castillo Del Romeral, Canarias, Spain), Stephen Clark ( Clarksville, Tennessee), Mirjan Hasi (Tirana, Albania), David Griffiths (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) and others.
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THEY HAVE WRITTEN
  • Blagoj Lamnjov (Chicago, USA):

– Best regards to Radivoj and Boki! I hope we’ll meet soon!

  Blagoj

  • Andrej Zupan (Ljubljana, Slovenia)

– Bravo! Congratulations on this idea! Thank you for the opportunity to hear and learn experience and knowledge from such a great artist as Boki is. An excellent world-renowned clarinetist, respected in all music genres and a remarkable man! It is my honor and pleasure to play his music, listen to his brilliant interpretations and hear his views on music and life.

For me, as a clarinetist, Boki is one of the biggest idols. I listened to his LP records as a boy, and am still listening to his recordings today. It would be a great honor for me to meet him personally and to talk to him as a friend.
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      Greetings and respect, Andrej Zupan

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Koncert za klarinet i orkestar.

Boki Milošević
Photo: R. Lazić
September 24, 2013

BOKI MILOŠEVIĆ ANSWERS
TO ALL YOUR QUESTIONS

If you want to ask maestro Boki Milošević a question, feel free to do so via e-mail of the author and owner of this site, a professor Radivoj Lazić:

e-mail: radivojlazic@yahoo.com

Boki is ready and glad to answer to any question.

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Best regards to all!

Love,
yours sincerely BOKI MILOŠEVIĆ

BOŽIDAR BOKI MILOŠEVIĆ – MESSAGE TO YOUNG PEOPLE

RL: Twelve years ago, Draganić publishing house published your autobiography?

– Mirjana Milenkovic, a grandmother of our famous violinist Stefan Milenković, wrote a book about me and my life. I’d been thinking a lot how to name it. Walking along the street, searching for an answer, I came up with the idea that the working title of the book would be: ONLY RAIN FALLS FROM THE SKY, but everything else has to be earned with  honest effort.

ONLY RAIN FALLS FROM THE SKY

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RL: I wish that Boki Milošević, a very successful man and clarinetist, gave a few useful messages and advice to young musicians.

– Young people are quite impatient nowdays. They want to become artists overnight, to be recognized by the general public, to be popular, to have a lot of money, to be in the papers, to be on TV, but they have not done the basic thing, ie, have not mastered the craft!

For any job you must be skilled, because art is upgrading. The house is not made from the third floor, but from the base.


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ADVICE TO YOUNG PEOPLE:

Work honestly and thoroughly, because that is a condition for long lasting career.
On the contrary, you will be of a short duration, such as wind-blown leaves.

Read books, think about life, take care of your health and exercise your instrument.

Woe to that one who works and looks at the watch to see how much of the working time has passed. That one is having great difficulty, because tomorrow is waiting for him, next week is waiting for him, next month and next year too.

The one who loves his job, does not suffer from any pain.

Boki

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RL: The young clarinetist would certainly be interested in your way of working and how does  your working day look like.

– I am 81 now. Every day I sustain long tunes, play all the major and minor scales  because I always have to be ready to hit the scene. It’s hard to be an instrumentalist. All your life you have to prove yourself over and over again.

To maintain the physical condition and stay fit, every morning I do gymnastics and walk in the fresh air whenever I have the opportunity, which I try to make for myself constantly. Instrumentalists should, unlike the singers, tell a story without words (without text – with the instrument ).

Every day I am invited to perform on a television where we play live. For that, you have  to be in shape, good health, and to prove yourself again.

I equated myself with a boxer, because I used to practice box when I was young. How could I get to the show, if was not ready? How could the boxer spar, if he did not practice? He would not have the strength in his hands and would be knocked out immediately.

Therefore, do not let anyone knock you out, and do not do it to yourself by not working but only enjoying yourself.

Enjoy in what you have done – in the results of your life!

RL: Clarinet readers of this site will certainly be interested in hearing something more about your clarinet, mouthpiece and reeds that you use.

– I have been playing on the great French clarinet Buffet Crampon S1, since 1975, which proved to be excellent. Everthing that I recorded was done on that clarinet.

I have changed a lot of the mouthpiece and now I am using a great old Vandoren 66 which I have kept in a drawer for 20 years.

I use stiffer reeds Vandoren No 3 ½, because dynamic shading is much better performed on it.

RL: Thank you for being a dear guest of this clarinet site to the delight, I am sure, of his many visitors. Best regards and see you soon with new information about you, Mr. Boki Milosevic!

Best regards to all clarinetist and music lovers of Serbia and beyond. Boki Milosevic loves you!

Boki Milošević (right) and the author, Radivoj Lazić (left).

BOŽIDAR BOKI MILOŠEVIĆ ABOUT BRUNO BRUN

RL: When and how did Bruno Brun become a professor of the clarinet at the Music Academy in Belgrade?

Bruno Brun was a military musician, as well as a whole series of musicians who then worked in Belgrade.

Shortly before the war in 1941, at the request of their embassies, musicians from the Czech Republic and Germany left Belgrade. The Opera and the Philharmony just could not continue with their further work. They lacked the staff – musicians. The managers addressed the King’s Guard, in which Brun, Partlić, Kerden, flutist Srejović and others were playing.

There was The Military School of Music in Vršac at that time. Many musicians graduated from that school and had been present for years in the musical life of Yugoslavia. Those musicians were great experts, pioneers and carriers of all cultural events in Belgrade. They were professors of the Music Academy. They took exams for professors one with the other.

RL: Who were the first students of Professor Brun?

– The first generation of great clarinet players, who graduated in the class of Professor Bruno Brun were: Ernest Ačkun, Milenko Stefanović, Mihajlo Živanović and I, Božidar Milošević.

RL: Professor Brun was also my clarinet professor at the Music Academy. He was the embodiment of a true professorial authority. What is your experience about it?

– When I became a student of the Music Academy, I realized the meaning of the word – role model and authority. A synonym for these words was a professor Bruno Brun.

Radivoj Lazić: Bruno Brun, ink wash painting. This drawing of Radivoj Lazić is at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, in care of the clarinet professor Nikola Srdić.

RL: I remember professor Brun’s definition for artists: “Modest in life, – “cheeky” on stage! Boki, had professor Brun told you something like that in previous years?

– Bruno was a great  professor, an excellent pedagogue and a brilliant soloist of the Opera and the Belgrade Philharmony. He was outstanding instrumentalist: superior on the stage, self-confident and imposing, and when the lights went out – he was modest, simple and a quiet man.

RL: As a student, I loved the classes of Professor Bruno, and you?

– I still remember them. We attended classes of other colleagues, absorbing knowledge by listening to remarks made by the professor when instructing students.

Bruno was very thorough, demanding and supportative, which meant a lot to students. He was very calm too. I’d never heard him yelling, or even raising the voice at the student. He was always ready to help us. It was a pleasure to be in company with him and listen to his good advices for life and performing. With his friendly relations and real authority, he obliged us all to come to the classes prepared.

RL: How did professor Brun call you?

– Bruno never called me Boki, but Božidar. Everything he gave me to do, I did diligently and appropriately. He told me:

“Božidar, you are an attentive student. Working with you is a holiday and pleasure to me”.

– He asked me to play all the etudes for a major second higher and half tone lower. In other words, I had mastered transposition in C and in A, which helped me a lot when I started working at the Belgrade Philharmony.

Bruno Brun used to say to students:

Clarinet is like
a bird in the hand.

You have to hold it firmly
and take care of it.
If you drop it once,
It’s hard to return it!

RL: When I interviewed my colleague Ante Grgin, he told me that Professor Brun loved good and hardworking students and used to invite them into his home.

Bruno didn’t only teach us the clarinet. He often called us to his house to talk to us about life and our problems. He gave us tips that are very important for every young man: to present himself in the right way, to accept what’s good for him, to cherish and expand it further – for the good of all.

RL: Did you continue seeing the professor Bruno after your graduation?

– As an accomplished artist, I often visited my professor. I always wanted to consult with him and regularly invited him to my concerts, because I frankly aprecciated his criticism.

Professor Bruno assured me of something very important to me, and that is:

what I’m doing, I’m doing well, diligently and honestly. He taught me that a musician – performer must and should be a servant and slave of his instrument.

BOŽIDAR BOKI MILOŠEVIĆ – FESTIVALS AND WORKS

RL: I suggest we should dedicate this page to your participation in numerous festivals in recent years where you won only the first prizes.

– For example, at the Belgrade Festival (Sabor) in 1972 for my composition Cuno’s Round Dance (Čunovo oro), I got the first prize.

Božidar Boki Milošević:
Cuno’s Round Dance (Čunovo oro)

In June 1973, I participated in the International Music Festival of Clarinetists in Tunisia, where, in the fierce competition of clarinetists from around the world (25 nations took part), I took the first prize. The award was handed out to me by the president of Tunisia Habib Bourguiba.

There I performed my composition Kostana’s Mekam Dance.

RL: You mostly played your compositions at the festivals and they brought you fame of an outstanding composer?

– Yes. The same year 1973, at the Festival in Sarajevo, I won the first prize for the same composition, Kostana’s Mekam Dance.

Božidar Boki Milošević: Kostana’s Mekam Dance

RL: Do you easily find ideas for your compositions?

– I wrote Pastoral ballad on the beach in Sutomore. The idea appeared, I made drafts on a blank space of newspapers, and rushed to the hotel to finish the work.

I successfully performed the ballad at the Ilidza Festival in 1974. A musical miracle, which I am very proud of, happened there. For one composition I received 3 awards at the same time! I got the first prize for composition, arrangement and performance.

Božidar Boki Milošević: Pastoral ballad

The same year 1974, at the Belgrade Festival I performed Oriental elegy and won the first prize.

Božidar Boki Milošević: Oriental elegy

In 1975, Television Sarajevo organized the Folk Music Festival at the Theatre Mitualite in Paris. That’s where I played my composition Call from the Mountain, and won the first prize of the jury.

Božidar Boki Milošević: Call from the Mountain

RL: The Belgrade Festival (Sabor) has traditionally been our famous festival of folk music. I am proud of participating in it several times with my group “Dukat” and winning the audience award for my song “In the garden of Belgrade”. But, I am even more proud that in 1975, as a student at the Music Academy in the class of professor Bruno Brun, I sent my composition Pupil’s Round Dance (Đačko oro) for a competition and imposed one condition to the Festival Committee of the Belgrade Festival: If oro was chosen, it could be interpreted by none other but – Božidar Boki Milošević.

– Yes, it was the famous Belgrade Festival in 1975 when I performed the splendid  Pupils’ oro written by Mr. Rade Lazić, and again, I earned the first prize.

By the way, Pupil’s Round Dance used to be a soundtrack of Radio Studio B for the program An Evening of the Folk Music.

Radivoj Lazić – Božidar Milošević:
Pupils’ oro (Đačko oro)

(Sheet music in preparation!)

The composition Pupil’s Round Dance written by Mr. Radivoj Lazić
and Boki Milošević won the first prize at the “Belgrade Festival” in 1975.