Blagoje Bersa

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Benito Bersa

Blagoje Bersa (born as Benito Bersa, 21 December 1873 – 1 January 1934) was a Croatian musical composer of substantial influence.[1]

Bersa was born in Dubrovnik. He studied in Zagreb with Ivan Zajc and at the Vienna Conservatory with Robert Fuchs and Julius Epstein. In 1919 he returned to Zagreb, where he worked as a composition teacher at the music academy. He remained there until his death.



  • Der Eisenhammer (Oganj), Opera, 1911
  • Der Schuster von Delft (Postolar od Delfta), Opera after Hans Christian Andersen, 1914.
  • Jelka

Popular works[edit]

  • Sablasti (Apparitions) & Sunčana polja (Sunny Fields), symphonic diptych
  • Sinfonia tragica "Quattro ricordi della mia vita" (Tragic symphony - Four memories of my life) in C-minor
  1. Overture drammatica (Dramatic Overture), Op. 25a
  2. Idillio "Il giorno delle mie nozze" (Idyll - The Day of my Wedding), Op. 25b
  3. Capriccio-Scherzo, Op. 25c
  4. Finale "Vita nuova" (Finale - New Life), Op. 25d (unfinished; piano sketch. Orchestrated by his student Zvonimir Bradić, who Bersa gave the exclusive right to do so before he died)
  • Hamlet, symphonic poem
  • Povero Tonin, elegy for violin and piano
  • Andante sostenuto for orchestra


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