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Dora Pejačević

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Dora Pejačević (September 10, 1885, Budapest – March 5, 1923, Munich) was the first Croatian female composer.

Dora Pejačević was a daughter of an excellent Croatian pianist and singer Lilla Pejačević, who gave her her first music lessons. Dora began to compose when she was only 12. She studied music in Zagreb, Dresden and Münich. She married in 1921. Although she led a lonely life, she met many eminent musicians and writers, and was friends with Austrian journalist and writer Karl Kraus and Czech aristocrat and culture patron Sidonie Nádherná.

She left behind a rich opus of 58 pieces in a late romantic style, mostly for piano or chamber orchestra. Most of it has not been published or recorded yet. There is a symphony in F sharp minor from 1916/20, her opus 41 [1], a piano quartet in D minor opus 25, a piano quintet in B minor opus 40, a piano sonata in B flat minor (her opus 36, published by Hrvatsko muzikološko društvo in 2002) [2] and another in A flat major (her opus 57) , a piano concerto (opus 33 in G minor, 1913, published by Izdanja Muzikološkog Zavoda Muzičke Akademije in 1982) [3], a violin sonata (op. 26 in D major ) and a cello sonata (op. 35 in E minor) .

Pejačević is buried at the local cemetery in Našice (Croatia).

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