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OPERA MOBILE & circus musicus
JANKO JEZOVŠEK - CONTEMPORARY COMPOSER
Janko Jezovšek
Born 28 February 1945 in Maribor, Slovenia.
In 1963 he began studying composition and conducting in Zagreb. In 1965 he went to Germany to study singing and electronic music in Frankfurt and Cologne.
Jezovšek (pronounced: Yezoushek) considers himself to be self-taught, although “officially” he did have a number of distinguished teachers. He works with his musical theatre OPERA MOBILE ® as a “Gastkünstler” (or “guest artist”) predominate also in other parts of Europe and in America.
He has initiated creative festivals in Germany (sang&klang, laboARTorium Bayreuth), Austria (Tyrolia, Styria) and Slovenia (SCHOLA CANTORUM).
He first attracted notice through his piano peaces, songs and choral works while a twelve-year-old musical novice in Maribor. He himself ranks his first short program-composition,
THE BROOK, as one of his best works.
The existence of the group - Ensemble for Contemporary Music - which he and the Croatian composer Silvio Foretiæ, formed in Zagreb in 1963 was denied or concealed by “...necrophiliac musicology”, Jezovšek says.
After 1965 this first Balkan Group for modern Music played a few “farewell” concerts.
Some of the titles of Jezovšek’s multimedia works point to the variety of musical forms he employs:

LET’S MAKE AN OPERA!
SKAZIMIR-RAZJAROMIR

parody of romantic chivalric opera, first performing at
TAMS-Theater München 1976
nothing is easier as to sing and to play
CARMILHAN
quadraphonic electronic opera for one breathing human -
F.J. Bogner (35-60’) 1969-75,
first performing at Steirischer Herbst Graz
BUNKER
the bio-opera 1984, first performing at Festival of contemporary chamber music Radenci
AUTHENTIC PERSONALITY OPERAS
for different persons
LOOK OUT! MUSIC!
musical cabaret 1945-2045, first performing at Stadttheater Ingolstadt
UGLY DUCKLING OR THE SWANS EGG
dance fairy tale 1966, first performing at Schauspielhaus Frankfurt/Main
KASPAR KOMMT NIE WIEDER
totals figurentheater
MARTIN KRPAN
große Volksoper eines kleinen Volkes, 1985
NEBELPSALTER / FOG PSALTERIUM
a church music “hearbarium”, first performing at Peterskirche Frankfurt
TEMPELREINIGUNG?
PURIFICATION OF THE TEMPLE ?

kirchenmusikalisches theater 1968, first performing at Hochstädter Kirche
WE ARE THE ORCHESTRA
1957, first performing at Casino Hall Theatre Maribor
KREUZWEG
WAY OF THE CROSS

1969, first performing at Alte Nikolaikirche Römerberg Frankfurt/M
JESUS BIRTH
Christmas Mikrooratorium for soli, choir and Obligati, 1971
CREPITACULUM
8 scenes from a child room (konkurrenz, agression und gewalt im sandkasten) 1978, first performing at Hannover




FOREST OF FARY-TALES
MÄRCHENWALD

gesamtkunststückwerksingspielpuzzle 1983, first performing at Fulpmes
MY FAVORIT PLAY
MEIN LIEBSTES SPIEL

psychodrama aus dem kinderzimmer 1984, first performing at Fulpmes
SOUNDSCAPES
KLANGSCHAFTEN/ZVOKRAJINE/ZVUKOBRAZI

since 1963
HALF PRELUDE FOR MAGNETIC TAPE
1964
THREE VILLAGE PRELUDES FOR ORGAN
1967
MARCH&FUNEBRE
1964
REQUIEM
first secret performing 1963
REQUIEM IVANA JEZUSA
1965-74, first performing at Concert Studio Istra Zagreb
MOZARTYRIUM
imagin mass for piano solo, soloists, choir and orchestra 1975,
first performing at Mozartheum Salzburg
MUSIC FOR DORE HOYER
1967, first performing at Theater des Westens Berlin
MUSIC FOR YURIKO KIKUCHI 1967
MUSIC FOR IRIS SCACCHERI 1968
MUSIC FOR WALTRAUD LULEY 1970
THE GREAT HALLELUJAH
Messias-story with and without G.F.Haendel, 1988
first performing Marienkirche Gelnhausen & Friedenskirche Hanau
SCHIRTEL SCHARTEL
Nursery tunes
BALKANAL
synthetical folk-oratorium - with Silvio Foretiæ (47’) first performing at Musikhochschule Köln 1969
SPEVI - SONGLINES
Festival mixtur (15’) from Schola Cantorum at Hugo Wolf’s birthplace Slovenj Gradec 1974
ENDLESS SYMPHONIE
for all kind of voices and/or instruments.
 
Trough his work, as the composer himself says, he ”...appears as a guest, animates, evokes, challenges - embryios, pregnant mothers and the babys in their wombs, fathers, children of all ages, men in suits, and pensioners”.
Janko Jezovšek is his own publisher - ROTE NOTE ®, arranger,
performer and patron. He prefers to work with and for automatic mechanical
music instruments - LOCHOMOTIVE ® and movie machines
(with Edo Lukman’s ANIMATED FILM WORKSHOP Èakovec), non musicians, actors, puppeteers, dancers and those who think they have no ear
for music - or who at least do not imagine themselves to be exeptionally musical. 
His work could be classiefied as an artistic/teaching activity for all:
from electronical and mechanical multimedia workshop
international academies of childhood and creativity.

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Ulrike Dietrich von Siebenstern & Don Mokelke
 
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