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New Sound - International Magazine for Music
2012, iss. 39-1, pp. 81-90
article language: English
document type: unclassified

On the guarding of the heart by Đuro Živković: Another view on the symbiosis of religion, state and music
Academy of Arts, Department of Music, Section for Musicology and Ethnomusicology, Novi Sad



On the guarding of the Heart, is an 'instrumental cantata' by Đuro Živković, performed at the 20th International Review of Composers in Belgrade, by the ensemble Klangforum Wien. This 'spiritual' composition, as Živković describes it, is connected to Philokalia, a collection of Orthodox texts assembled in the 18th century around the idea of 'love for beauty'. By linking his compositional actions to the Church and large, important traditions - and today, when the rawness of all these ideas clashes with both the recent past and the actual crisis - Živković offers a Utopia of new stability and order that, within the social chaos, can be found only in society's 'antipode': the individual. However, since a work of art is a phenomenon whose 'ontological' and 'phenomenological' foundation relies on institutional support and social engagement, it stems from the place it occupies in a society's production structure. Thus, the knowledge on 'the guarding of the heart' comes from a composer who mastered the technique, and is not likely to use all of those fantasies to snap the audience out of their lethargy and confront them with the current problems. On the contrary, by eliminating uncertainty he induces us to 'descend' somewhere where 'eternity' overpowers current problems, and that place he calls 'the heart' of 'the spiritual'.


The International Review of Composers; spiritual music; contemporary music; Orthodoxy; society; production