Andrej Jovanić (RS)
French theorbo, baroque guitar
Artist’s message to visitors
Let us imagine a typical summer evening in Versailles, in 1686: His Majesty takes a long walk in his gardens; he always goes to bed at eight o’clock and dines in his bed at ten; he usually calls de Visée at nine to play [French theorbo] and the guitar (from the journal of Philippe de Courcillon, Marquis de Dangeau). Robert de Visée begins playing in a tender and sweet A-minor, continuing in a happy C-major, then serious and magnificent G-minor, devine D-minor, pastoral A-major, amorous E-minor, solitary and melancholic B-minor... (according to the character of keys by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Règles de Composition, 1682). His Royal Highness enjoys the delights of majestic allemande, sophisticated courante, gracious sarabande, quick gigue, trilling gavote, elegant menuet, seducing passacaille, exotic chaconne. Is it possible that this progression represents one evening, one hour in the presence of magnificent Robert de Visée?
My artistic mission
I grew up listening to the music of the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque - my father, Milan Jovanić, was playing the lute and the guitar. The music tells an everlasting story that words cannot describe. Early music has an inspiring passion for learning, provides the necessary basis for new artistic achievements and a contemporary presentation of historically informed musical interpretation. My mission, with the audience, through music, is to achieve an immediate experience of closeness, pleasure, and recognition of past times.
Recording: Radio Slovenija
Chat with Andrej Jovanić (RS)
Questions to artist
With questions to artists and their answers, we want to bring visitors closer to the role of the artists in society, their views and work. There will be too little time on the upbeat to touch on everything that interests you. Upbeat visitors are invited to focus the conversation on those issues that are more interesting to you. You are invited to provide us with additional questions in advance, which we will present to our artists. All the answers of the artists will be collected in a special publication, which will be published at the end of this year's festival. Questionnaire consultants: Vesna Volk (Radiotelevizija Slovenija) and Marina Žlender (Glasna Magazine).
The questions are formulated in three sets: an artist as a person (what your normal day looks like when you are not traveling, what your work on the instrument looks like, what your work with young people looks like and how you perceive their attitude towards music, how you convey it to them), preparation of the programme (how you plan the programming concept, where and how you capture ideas for designing a concert programme and what obstacles you face, how you design a concert programme, how you meet other artists, how you get involved in other ensembles and what it looks like when you put together your own ensemble, how you approach and research archives, how you are received by the institutions that care for this cultural heritage, and what problems you face in the phase when you are looking for and choosing works for the programme), the power of art (how music and any other art can contribute to a better society, what is the impact of art on the challenges of politics and environmental protection, how art can defy state violence against freedom of expression, what are your experiences, how you see the future of art and what its role is in shaping society in the coming centuries, how you see the development of the field we call early music in the coming decades).
Dolenjske Toplice, Cultural and Congress Centre Dolenjske Toplice
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