The Artist's Music
Božidar Obradinović was born in 1974 in Belgrade. He studied at the School of Music Slavenski in Belgrade, and he graduated at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade in 2002, Department of Composition and Orchestration where his mentor was Prof. Zoran Erić.
An accomplished pianist, he is active as a composer and performer with his group Ravno Nebo, and as a percussionist he has collaborated with the world music ensemble Shira Utfila. His compositions are performed in Serbia and abroad, including numerous festivals such as: Student Fest – Timisoara, Romania, The International Review of Composers in Belgrade, World Music Festival – Niš, Ring-Ring Festival – Belgrade, BELEF, Interzone Festival – Novi Sad, EXIT FEST – Novi Sad, BEMUS, Harpfest – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Work review Neptun remake for tape and instrumental ensemble was part of the official programme of the celebration of 600 years of the City of Belgrade. Duo for alto flute and English horn was performed in Amsterdam in 2005, as a commission of the Leo Smith Foundation for the project of musical exchange between Amsterdam and Belgrade. Scallywag for flute, bass clarinet, vibraphone, piano, violin and violoncello was performed at the International Review of Composers in Belgrade in 2005 as a commission of the contemporary music ensemble Sentieri selvaggi. Božidar Obradinović collaborated with Serbian electro-pop and rock bands Mistake Mistakeand Deca Losih Muzicara and with the singer Cathy Autrey during The Belgrade Summer Festival. His composition Romar for female choir and piano was commissioned by BEMUS festival and performed at the BEMUS festival in 2006. Together with three other Serbian composers (Anja Djordjević, Igor Gostuški and Vladimir Pejković) he composed music for the music-stage piece called Tesla – Total reflection, which had its premiere in December 2006 at the Yugoslav Drama Theatre in Belgrade. In 2008 he wrote a piece for four harps and string orchestra called Dream, Light, Movement for the closing concert of the Belgrade Harp Festival, and the piece Ceremonijal for string orchestra,commissioned by the Belgrade Chamber Orchestra Ljubica Marić.
Notes on the Musma Composition
“Postman Cheval Conquering Time Autonomosly”
is inspired by the "Ideal Palace" and a story about its origins. Ferdinand Cheval was a French Post Office employee. He crossed 30 kilometres per day and, along the way, collected and brought over on his estate stones and materials necessary for construction. During 33 years of hard work, he has entirely self-created a masterpiece of naive and spontaneous architecture, a house – sculpture of various styles constructed on a thin line between the architectural and sculptural design. The mythical-poetic builder Cheval gradually materialized a house out of his imagination with fanatical persistence and energy, thus conquering both space and time. Inspiration also came out of a story of a “common” man who creatively and meaningfully changed reality with the efforts of his own will and who created a permanent non-functional value, a story of today’s lost type of a dreamer that, despite the misunderstanding and condemnation of the ever existing provincial spirit, finally triumphed. Relation to the subject Liszt and Landscape is defined through a preset program music and the specific inspiration by the "Ideal Palace", as well as through the use and understanding of the word inspiration in terms of the possible meanings for an artist of the nineteenth century. The subject is also reflected in the musical language, content and form of composition that try to correspond and communicate with the romantic pianism and spirit of that time from up-to- date perspective.