Arsen Dedić

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Arsen Dedić
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Dedić in June 2006
Background information
Birth nameArsenije Dedić[1]
Also known asArsen
Igor Krimov
Luka Juras
Born28 July 1938
Šibenik, Littoral Banovina, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Died17 August 2015(2015-08-17) (aged 77)
Zagreb, Croatia
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • poet
Years active1958–2015
Labels
Associated actsGabi Novak
Websitearsen.hr

Arsenije "Arsen" Dedić (pronounced [ǎrsen děːditɕ]; 28 July 1938 – 17 August 2015) was a Yugoslav and Croatian singer-songwriter. He wrote and performed chansons as well as film music. He was also an award-winning poet and was one of the best-selling poets of former Yugoslavia.

Biography[edit]

Dedić was born in Šibenik, in the Littoral Banovina of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, today Šibenik-Knin County, in region of Dalmatia, within Republic of Croatia, as the second child of Jovan Dedić and Veronika (née Mišković).[2][3][1][4] His father Jovan was an Orthodox Christian ethnic Serb,[1][2] while his mother Veronika (nicknamed Jelka)[4] was a Croat[2] who converted from Catholicism to Orthodoxy after marrying Jovan.[3] His father was a bricklayer, volunteer firefighter, and musician, while his mother was an illiterate housewife, whom Arsen later taught to write and read.

Arsen was baptized in the Serbian Orthodox Church under the name Arsenije, after Serbian Archbishop Arsenije III Čarnojević.[1] He finished music school. He and his older brother Milutin Dedić left Šibenik for Zagreb and Belgrade, respectively, in 1957.[1] Arsen studied law at Zagreb but dropped out in 1959, enrolling in the Music Academy of Zagreb, receiving a diploma in 1964.

Dedić became a household name in the 1960s, thanks to pop music festivals and his brand of music, which was at first influenced by Dalmatian folklore, but is mostly comparable to the French chanson genre. Throughout the decades Dedić became one of the most respected musicians in former SFR Yugoslavia and maintained that reputation all the way to the his death.

Illness and death[edit]

At the beginning of 2014, Dedić fell and had difficulties to walk, so he had to use a stick.[5] Because of the unbearable pain in July 2015, he underwent surgery for hip endoprosthesis in the orthopedic hospital in Krapinske Toplice, followed by a two-week rehabilitation. On 28 July, he spent his 77th birthday with family and friends in Zagreb. At the end of July he got severe inflammation most likely as a complication after the surgery, for which he had the liver transplant since 2004 and had been under immunosuppressive therapy since then, and was taken to intensive care. At first, his condition improved and the medical records were better.

On 8 August, it was reported that his inflammation had calmed down and responded well to drugs. He was expected to be released home, but his wife, Gabi Novak, found him in a serious condition lying on the floor next to the walkerand speaking indistinctly. He was admitted on the emergency neurology of KBC Zagreb, but his condition on 13 August drastically worsened. On 14 August, his lungs failed and he was attached to the respirator, but soon the other organs failed successively. Novak refused a high-risk surgery.[6][7][8][9][10]

Dedić died at KBC Zagreb, at 21 o'clock, on 17 August 2015, at the age of 77.[11][12][13] The commemoration was held at the Croatian National Theatre in Šibenik[14] and at the Croatian Music Institute in Zagreb.[15] He was cremated and buried, according to his own wishes, in the circle of his closest family, far from the public eyes, on 25 August 2015 at the Mirogoj Cemetery in Zagreb.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Arsen has a daughter Sandra from his first marriage (1962-1965) with Vesna Suligoj, a grandniece of Antun Gustav Matoš, one of the greatest Croatian poets. Sandra is married to Alen Slavica, a popular singer-songwriter and they have daughter Ema, born in 2011. Arsen Dedić married to German-born Croatian pop singer Gabi Novak in 1973. Their son Matija Dedić is one of the most respected jazz pianists in Croatia. He has a daughter Lu with Marina Scotti.[17]

Discography[edit]

Albums released on vinyl[edit]

  • Čovjek kao ja (1969)
  • Arsen 2 (1971)
  • Homo Volans (double album) (1973)
  • Vraćam se (1975)
  • Porodično stablo (1976)
  • Arsenal (1976)
  • Otisak autora (1976)
  • Pjesme sa šlagom (1976)
  • Dedić-Golob (1977)
  • Kuća pored mora (instrumentals) (1978)
  • Rimska ploča (1980)
  • Pjevam pjesnike (1980)
  • Naručene pjesme (1980)
  • Gabi i Arsen (1980)
  • Carevo novo ruho (1981)
  • Arsen pjeva djeci (1982)
  • Provincija (1984)
  • Kantautor (double album) (1985)
  • Moje popevke (1986)
  • Kino Sloboda (1987)
  • Arsen & Bora Čorba Unplugged `87 (1987)
  • Hrabri ljudi (Gabi i Arsen) (1988)
  • Glazba za film i TV (1989)
  • Svjedoci priče (1989)

Albums released on CD[edit]

  • Najbolje od Arsena (1991)
  • Tihi obrt (1993)
  • Der Gesang der Narren von Europa (1995 - with Dževad Karahasan and Herbert Gantschacher)
  • Ko ovo more platit (1995)
  • Ministarstvo (1997) / Ministarstvo straha (2000, 2005)
  • Herbar (1999)
  • Čovjek kao ja (1969/1999)
  • Kino Sloboda (1987/2000)
  • Kinoteka (2002)
  • Homo volans (1973/2003)
  • Imena žena (2003)
  • Na zlu putu (2004)
  • Ministarstvo straha (2006)
  • Rebus (2008)

Poetry[edit]

  • "Brod u Boci" (Croatia Concert, Zagreb, 1971)
  • "Hotel Balkan" (Znanje, Zagreb, 1987)
  • "101 Pjesma" (Svjetlost, Sarajevo, 1989)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Lopušina 2008.
  2. ^ a b c Fuka & Kegelj 2015.
  3. ^ a b Info, Kurir (24 May 2005). "MOJ BRAT ARSENIJE Intimna ispovest beogradskog slikara Milutina Dedića, rođenog brata poznatog zagrebačkog šansonjera srpskog porekla". Kurir Info (in Serbian). Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  4. ^ a b Polimac, Nenad (19 August 2015). "NENAD POLIMAC PIŠE O JEDINOJ TAJNI ARSENA DEDIĆA Jednom je rekao: 'Ja se smrti ne bojim'". Jutarnji list (in Croatian). Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  5. ^ Arsen ponovno na operacijskom stolu - Gabi bdije uz postelju: 'Dobro je prošlo, ali sada opet mora učiti hodati', Lada Novak, Jutarnji list, Retrieved: 13 July 2015
  6. ^ „Arsen Dedić u kritičnom stanju: kantautoru su otkazala pluća", Slobodna Dalmacija, 14 August 2015
  7. ^ "Predsjednik Vlade Zoran Milanović uputio brzojav sućuti obitelji Arsena Dedića", Vlada RH, Objavljeno: 18 August 2015
  8. ^ "Videoalbum: sjećamo se Arsena Dedića", HRT.hr, 18 August 2015
  9. ^ "Arsenu Dediću pozlilo, sumnja se na sepsu", Goranka Jureško, Jutarnji list, objavljeno: 30 July 2015
  10. ^ "Arsen Dedić ponovno u bolnici", HRT.hr, Author: D.P., 30 July 2015
  11. ^ "Odlazak glazbenog velikana: Arsen Dedić umro u 78. godini života". www.24sata.hr (in Croatian). 17 August 2015. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  12. ^ "Arsen Dedic, Musical Legend, Dies in Zagreb". 18 August 2015. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  13. ^ „Drastično se pogoršalo stanje Arsena Dedića: legenda hrvatske glazbe u kritičnom stanju!", HINA, vijesti.hr, 13 August 2015
  14. ^ "Komemoracija u Šibeniku: Prijatelji i kolege oprostili se od Arsena Dedića", Gloria, 21 August 2015
  15. ^ "Zabrinuta Gabi odbila je da Arsena ponovno operiraju", 24sata, 16 August 2015
  16. ^ Volarić, Toni: "Sprovod u Zagrebu: Arsenu su zbogom rekli obitelj i prijatelji", 24sata.hr, 25 August 2015
  17. ^ Svet.rs,9 Arsen Dedić i Gabi Novak: Na putu je još jedno unuče, Izvor: "Vecernji.hr" Objavljeno: 31 May 2010 – 20:12

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