Univerze v Ljubljani
In the Archives of the Republic of Slovenia at
Zvezdarska ulica 1, Ljubljana, there are 27 boxes, contributed by the
Slovenian composer Zvonimir Ciglič (born 20 February, 1921). The work
is based on this legacy and is divided in five main parts describing
his biography, his suffering during the World war II and under the
communist regime which broke his health and prematurely ended his
career as a composer, conductor and teacher, his works, his
correspondence and literature about him and his music.
The biography reveals a short but very tumultuous creative life, with ups and downs from Italian concentration camp in 1942 to imprisonment at the eve of liberation in May 1945 and during his military service in 1950 to the Award of the Presidium of the Slovenian government in 1948. During the war and immediately after it he created a few masterpieces which established his firm place in Slovenian music: Sinfonia Appassionata, Dancers' Shore, Concertino for Harp and String Orchestra, Symphonic Sketches, Nocturno and Bakhanal.
He remained in touch with his students and many contemporary artists, writers, sculptors, actors, composers and conductors which is revealed in his correspondence. The last chapter is devoted to his interviews and other publications about him, which he meticulously collected and preserved. His opinions about music and matters of life reveal the soul of a great artist.