Hymns to the Night

Hymns to the Night

is the new composition by Aleksandar Kostić, based upon a poem by one of the first German romantics, Novalis (Friedrich von Hardenberg). Partly written in prose and partly as a poem, this philosophical-lyrical work is constantly asking profound questions about the human existence and the world that surrounds us since the beginning of time, between visible and invisible, between day and night.

Driven by the love for his late fiancée, Friedrich von Hardenberg embarks on a mystical voyage through night and its scenery. The destination of his nocturnal journey is to be reunited with his love. The diary, he left behind, about this voyage became “Hymns to the Night”. Today this text by Novalis is considered to be the climax of his lyrical work and the most important poetry of Germany’s early romantic period.

Song of Songs

Song of Songs

Song of Songs is a vocal-instrumental piece written to be performed in five different ancient languages (Hebrew, Old Greek, Latin, Old Slavic and Old English). Composed for an orchestra consisting of two vocal soloists, choir, percussionist and string ensemble. "Performed for the first time in the world at Actor's Church in Covent Garden,London in 2010 by:" Scott Stroman-conductor, Nicole Tibbels-soprano, Heather Cairncross-alto, Paul Clarvis-percussions, Opus 20-string ensemble and Eclectic Voices-choir.

From London concert programme:

“King Solomon’s ‘Song of Songs’, one of the most heart-felt and expressive love poems ever written, resonates over two millennia as a work of beauty, fascination and inspiration for all peoples. From first-century Palestine, when the ‘Song of Songs’ was sung in taverns, to the Middle Ages, when the work was a subject of liturgy for monks and nuns, the poem’s capability to transcend from sensual to spiritual and back, without losing its essential character, purity and beauty, is something that captures the imagination.“

“A voyage through language, life and love, King Solomon's masterpiece has journeyed from its Hebrew origins, across ancient languages no longer spoken, to the languages of our time. Music, timeless as it is and receptive to every emotion, feeling and thought; is the Language of Languages I am speaking through my compositional interpretation of the great ‘Song of Songs’.

Aleksandar Kostić

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“Aleksander Kostic's Song of Songs was a great success at its London premier by Eclectic Voices and OPUS 20 in March 2010. Performed to a full house at St. Paul's, Covent Garden, it drew an enthusiastic response from both its audience and performers. It features two outstanding vocal soloists, a virtuoso string ensemble, and an expressive choir totally engaged in its wonderful poetry and lyrical melodies. It was a pleasure to conduct and deserves to be widely performed.“;

Scott Stroman

Deus Absconditus-symphonic suite

Deus Absconditus-symphonic suite

Deus Absconditus is the 10-movement symphonic suite composed in a period from 1997-1998 as the first orchestral work by composer Aleksandar Kostić. This piece at the same time was a product of composers major change in music interest from Pop, Rock genre to a classical, contemporary orchestral music.

Premiered on December 8, 1999 at famous Belgrade theater Atelje 212 it was the first public perfomance of the composers work and it provoked different opinions among professionals ranging from a very negative to a very positive, while wider audience enjoyed it and found it very receptive.

Recording of the symphonic suite Deus Absconditus that took place in 2003 with the performance by Belgrade Radio Symphonic Orchestra under the conductor Ana Zorana Brajović was published by Serbian National Record Company PGP-RTS in 2004 and had it's radio premiere same year on the oldest and most eminent radio station in the country Radio Belgrade.

As a part of the collaboration between composer and Radio Belgrade's Drama Programme there is production of the dramatical version of the same composition on the text that Deacon Nenad Ilić wrote inspired by the music and with the contribution by the legend of Serbian acting Petar Kralj as a narrator.