Society of Slovene Composers
|Društvo slovenskih skladateljev (DSS)|
|Trg francoske revolucije 6/I, SI-1000 Ljubljana|
|Phone||386 (0) 1 241 56 60|
|Fax||386 (0) 1 241 56 66|
|Nenad Firšt, President|
|Klemen Weiss, Head of the Professional Service|
|Phone||386 (0) 1 241 56 62|
|Aleksij Valentinčič, Head of the Concert Service|
|Phone||386 (0) 1 241 56 64|
|Peter Kopač, DSS Editions Editor-in-chief|
- 11 April to 14 April 2017
SIGIC, Slovene Music Information Centre and the Society of Slovene Composers present Slovenian music at the Frankfurt Music Fair, supported by the Slovenian Cultural Centre in Berlin and the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Berlin in ,
- 7 April to 10 April 2016
Society of Slovene Composers presents DSS Edition and SIGIC, Slovene Music Information Centre at the Frankfurt Musikmesse in ,
- 29 May to 1 June 2013
SIGIC, Slovene Music Information Centre presenting Discography Unit, RTV Slovenia (ZKP RTV SLO), Editions by the Society of Slovene Composers, Academy Branimir Slokar, Glasbena matica Ljubljana, and Intek d.o.o. at the Classical:NEXT at in ,
- 24 March 2012
Society of Slovene Composers presents DSS Edition and Kogoj's Black Masks opera partiture at the Musikmesse Frankfurt in ,
Before the DSS came into existence, Slovene composers only sporadically joined forces in smaller, more or less organised groups. The performances and the publishing of their works were taken care of by important cultural institutions and music magazines: Glasbena matica (1872–1945), Novi akordi [New Chords] (1901–14), Pevec [The Singer] (1921–38), Zbori [The Choirs] (1925–34), and Nova muzika [New Music] (1928). In the beginning of the 1930s a few composers, among them, became members of the International Society of Contemporary Music (ISCM) and started working systematically on promoting Slovene composers. The founding of the DSS opened up significant new opportunities for Slovene composers: the society started out by organising public performances, then in 1954 it widened its field of activity by incorporating a publishing section (Edicije DSS) and establishing contacts with other European publishing houses.
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Under its wing, individual sections take care of different music genres: these range from the Section for Church Music (1999), the Young Composers' Club (2000), the Section for Jazz and Popular Music (2001) and the Section for Choral Music (2001) to the Section for Music in Teaching (2002) and the Section for Electro-acoustic Music (2002).
Since 1965 concerts at the society's Concert Atelier have offered first-class world premières of new works by Slovene composers. To date there have been 380 concert performances, many in conjunction with exhibitions of work by Slovene painters and sculptors.
Every year the DSS commissions a number of new works, which are subsidised by the Ministry of Culture. This commissioning is a most important effort, as it aims to conserve the quality of Slovene music and to affirm its reputation both at home and abroad.
Between 1951 and 1954, the society's publishing section, DSS Edition (Edicije DSS - ED. DSS) cooperated with the state publishing house Državna založba Slovenije, and subsequently became affiliated with it as an independent unit.
The Society of Slovene Composers has been publishing the works of its members since 1954. Since 1972 it also represents its members' published works abroad and represents composers' material and legal rights. The Society also publishes records and the record label DSS Edition has emerged as an important resource for Slovene contemporary music.
The house brand DSS Edition also issues CDs with music of Slovene composers. The material has been published in printed catalogues. For the whole of Slovenia DSS Edition acts as the official representative for many foreign music publishers (Peters, Breitkopf & Härtel, Schott, Universal, Boosey & Hawkes, Schirmer, Ricordi etc.).
Since 2003, Edicije DSS has presented its activities each year at the international music fair Musikmesse in Frankfurt.
From 1989–1998 an annual concert called the Night of Slovene Composers was organised by the society. In 1998 this event became part of the Slovene Music Days, arranged by Festival Ljubljana Public Institute and later incorporated into the programme of Bled Festival. Today a line of three concerts (The Chamber Night of Slovene Composers, Slovene Composers to Youth and The Night of Slovene Composers) is organised, providing an opportunity for all members of the society to present their new works in public. The society also participates in Unicum Contemporary Music Festival (its predecessor was Musica Danubiana), a festival of music by composers from countries through which the river Danube flows, namely Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Serbia, Hungary, Germany, Slovakia, Romania, and Slovenia.
Since 1972 the Society of Slovene Composers has acted as the Slovene representative for all the main European music publishers: Editio Musica (Budapest), Edition Peters (Frankfurt), Breitkopf & Härtel (Wiesbaden), Schott Music International (Mainz), Universal Edition (Vienna), and Boosey & Hawkes (London). The society is also the official representative for all loans of scores and material from the above-mentioned publishing houses for the whole of Slovenia.
The society's involvement in exchanging information on the international level and the participation of its members at international festivals, symposiums, congresses and music trade fairs the world over is significant. The DSS founded its own section of the International Society of Contemporary Music (ISCM). As a highlight of the cooperation with the ISCM, the Society of Slovene Composers organised the World Music Days (WMD) in 2003. The society is also a member of European Composers Federation (ECF).