Dragan Plamenac

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Dragan Plamenac
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Born (1895-02-08)8 February 1895
Zagreb, Austro-Hungarian Empire, (now Croatia)
Died 15 April 1983(1983-04-15) (aged 88)
Ede, Netherlands
Nationality Croat
Alma mater University of Zagreb

Dragan Plamenac (born Dragan[1] Siebenschein; 8 February 1895 – 15 April 1983) was a Croatian Jewish[2][3] composer and musicologist.

Plamenac was born as Karl Siebenschein in Zagreb on 8 February 1895. His father, Robert Siebenschein, and grandfather, Josip Siebenschein, were leaders of the Israelites Zagreb community.[2] His father was also the president of Croatian Music Institute from 1919 to 1929.[4]

Plamenac studied and finished law school at the University of Zagreb. In 1912 he studied composition in Vienna. In Prague, 1919, he studied composition and piano. Plamenac also studied musicology with Hugo Chaim Adler in Paris. He finished his complete works on Johannes Ockeghem motets and chanson.

In 1928 he began teaching musicology at the University of Zagreb as the private assistant professor. He was also the accompanist at the city opera in Berlin. In 1939 Plamenac went to the United States as the Yugoslav representative to the International Musicological Society Congress in New York City. Plamenac decided to remain in New York due to frequent persecution of Jews in Europe and World War II. Plamenac was professor of music at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign from 1954 to 1963. He received an honorary doctorate in 1976. Plamenac was the first to indicate to the value of the works of Croatian renaissance and baroque periods, as he published them in modern editions. Plamenac died on 15 April 1983 in Ede, Netherlands.[5]

In Plamenac's honor, Croatian Musicological Society awards every year Dragan Plamenac Award to best scientific achievement, primarily related to Croatian musical culture, Croatian or foreign scientists in the field of musicology.[6]


  1. ^ Croatian sources often incorrectly cite his birth name as Karl. The birth register, however, confirms that he was born Dragan Siebenschein. "Geni". Retrieved 22 May 2017.  He must have adopted his new name during the year he spent in Vienna studying with Franz Schrecker (1912-13). His Trois poèmes de Ch. Baudelaire for voice and piano, he published in 1915 already as Plamenac.
  2. ^ a b Snješka Knežević (2011, p. 104)
  3. ^ Ognjen Kraus (1998, p. 242)
  4. ^ "Predsjednici od 1827" (in Croatian). Hrvatski glazbeni zavod. Retrieved 2012-05-24. 
  5. ^ Robert Snow (1977)
  6. ^ Katalinić, Vjera. "Nagrada Dragan Plamenac" (in Croatian). Hrvatsko muzikološko društvo. Retrieved 2012-05-24. 


  • Snješka Knežević, Aleksander Laslo (2011). Židovski Zagreb. Zagreb: AGM, Židovska općina Zagreb. ISBN 978-953-174-393-8. 
  • Kraus, Ognjen (1998). Dva stoljeća povijesti i kulture Židova u Zagrebu i Hrvatskoj. Zagreb: Židovska općina Zagreb. ISBN 953-96836-2-9. 
  • Snow, Robert (1977). Essays in Musicology: In Honor of Dragan Plamenac on His 70th Birthday. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Da Capo Press. ISBN 978-030-677-408-9.