Emil Glavnik, photo provided by Ervin Hartman

The Slovenian composer Emil Glavnik died in his home town of Celje on 17 October 2019. His compositions for wind orchestra, such as Rhapsodie Logar Tal (Logarska dolina), Suite In the Silent Valley, Lapidarium, Romantic Variations for Tenor Saxophone and Wind Orchestra (which was even chosen as a compulsory piece for Intermusika in Birkefeld), which are often performed not only in Slovenia, are demanding and worth listening to.

Emil Glavnik took his first steps in music at the Ljutomer Music School, and then he graduated from the Military Music School in Vukovar and Rijeka. For 18 years he played in the brass band and the Salon Orchestra of the Guard in Belgrade. Later he completed his knowledge at the Academy of Music in Belgrade in the Department of Folklore with Professor I. Devčić.

After this study he had joined the orchestra of the Belgrade Symphony Orchestra. As a musician, he was on the road a lot in various formations: from symphony, salon and revue orchestra to Dixieland and Big Band, he mastered all styles. His work as a composer includes light, children’s, choir and film music and has won many prizes at various festivals. For example, he won the “Mokrajnc” prize at the festival in Belgrade for choral music “Prepirljivke”. He received an international prize from “Geneve Radio Diffusion” for composition for wind orchestra “In the Valley of Hero”. He wrote and performed the music for the film “Father on the Service Way”.