Vinko Globokar

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Vinko Globokar (born 7 July 1934) is a French-Slovenian avant-garde composer and trombonist. [1] [2] [3]


Globokar's music uses unconventional and extended techniques, places great emphasis on spontaneity and creativity, and often relies on improvisation. His extensive output is largely unknown outside of experimental music circles.

As a trombonist, he has premiered works by Luciano Berio, Mauricio Kagel, René Leibowitz, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Toru Takemitsu, as well as his own compositions. [4] [5]


Globokar was born in Anderny, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France. In 1947 he moved to Yugoslavia, where he attended DIC in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Here, he played jazz trombone until 1955, at which point he moved to Paris to study at the Conservatoire de Paris. At the Conservatoire, he studied composition with René Leibowitz (a disciple of Arnold Schoenberg) and trombone with André Lafosse. In 1965, he moved to Berlin and began composition lessons with Luciano Berio, whose Sequenza V he later performed. [6]

In the later 1960s he worked with Karlheinz Stockhausen on some of his compositions from the cycle Aus den sieben Tagen , and co-founded the free improvisation group New Phonic Art. From 1967 to 1976 he taught composition at the Musikhochschule in Cologne. In 1974, he joined IRCAM as the director of instrumental and vocal research, a job which he occupied until 1980. [7]

He has conducted his compositions with Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, and Westdeutscher Rundfunk. From 1983 until 1999, he directed 20th-century music with the Orchestra Giovanile Italiana in Florence. [8] [9]

In 2002, Globokar was bestowed with the Prešeren Award for lifetime achievement. [10]

Musical style

Globokar's music is notable for its spontaneity, energy, and innovative use of unorthodox instrumental and compositional techniques. His works often feature indeterminacy and improvisation, reflecting his own background in Jazz and free improvisation. His pieces employ a variety of extended techniques. For example, in his solo percussion piece Toucher, the performer narrates a story while simultaneously playing the syllabic patterns on a percussion array.[ citation needed ]

Works (selection)

Stage works

* Miserere (1982) for five narrators, Jazz trio and orchestra
* Réalités / Augenblicke (1984) for five singers, tape, film and slides
* Sternbild der Grenze (1985) for five singers, mezzo soprano, baritone and 18 musicians

Orchestra works

* Part 1: Zerfall (2000) for two orchestral groups and tape playback
* Part 2: Mars (2001/02) for two orchestral groups, tape and live-electronic
* Part 3: Hoffnung (2003/2004) for two orchestral groups and sampler

Ensemble works and vocal music

Chamber music

Solo works

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  1. John Warnaby, "Vinko Globokar: Revaluing a Phenomenon", Tempo 61, no. 240 (April 2007): 2–18. Citation on p. 2: "Vinko Globokar was born on 7 July 1934, at Anderny, France, of Slovenian parents. He settled in Yugoslavia between 1947 and 1955, and this was decisive, since it was during this period that he made his debut as a jazz trombonist."
  2. Lloyd E. Bone, Eric Paull, R. Winston Morris Guide to the Euphonium Repertoire: The Euphonium Source Book[ full citation needed ] 2007 p461: "Vinko Globokar (1934–) Vinko Globokar was born on 7 July 1934, in a Slovene immigrant family living in Anderny in France. From the age of thirteen to the age of twenty he lived in Ljubljana, where he finished secondary music school."
  3. Goldman, Jonathan (3 January 2014). "'HOW I BECAME A COMPOSER': AN INTERVIEW WITH VINKO GLOBOKAR". Retrieved 19 April 2020.
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  7. "Where from? Where to? Myths – Nation – Identities – Participants – Goethe-Institut". Retrieved 3 September 2017.
  8. "Vinko Globokar: SICPP Composer-in-Residence 2016". Retrieved 3 September 2017.
  9. Duffie, Bruce (November 2000). "Vinko Globokar Interview with Bruce Duffie". Retrieved 3 September 2017.
  10. "STA: Composer Globokar and Poet Jesih Win Highest National Award for Achievement in Arts". Retrieved 3 September 2017.