Tragic death of Serbian composer, 53

Tragic death of Serbian composer, 53


norman lebrecht

September 29, 2020

The composer Isidora Žebeljan, once named in Berlin among the leading lights of her generation, has died of a protracted illness.

One of the most prominent and most performed Serbian composers of recent times, her opera ‘Dawn D’ was staged in Amsterdam in 2003 by David Pountney and received performances in many countries. She formed her own orchestr for the performance of works by fellow-Serbs. Noted for the aching beauty of her inner contemplations, she leaves 30 compositions, mostly for theatre.


  • John Borstlap says:

    The piece in the video is beautiful and sounds a bit like an emotional Pärt.

    Here is more:

    It is strange music, as if remembered from a dream. It hangs together but not very logically, as in dreams. And its best effects are effective because of being rooted in the tonal tradition and in folklore.