Published in Discography
The audio collection Med zeleno in vijolično – Amidst Green and Violet, is a colourful walk through the compositions performed in the last three years of the choir’s opus, between the years 2019 and 2022. Most of the recordings were recorded ’’live’’ during competitions and concerts, and some were created from archival recordings, whilst a nuance offers a remote shooting as a highlight of a unique period in 2020.
The anthem-like opening Vivat, crescat, florat! represents the composer’s tribute to the 30 th anniversary of Viva, written in September 2022. In shades of green, popular Slovene folk songs are performed in arrangements by important Slovene composers of different generations.
Compositions of a sacred nature are a part of the remarkable stories of Viva’s last competitive programmes. The thematic transition into purple is marked by two completely diverse compositions, which were a product of distance learning during the Covid-19 period.
The magic of purple is characterized by the last four compositions. Andrej Makor’s Genesis was created in 2017 as part of a cycle of four compositions for a choir and an instrumental ensemble, whiten on the occasion of the choir’s 25 th anniversary, and represents a sound painting of the creation of the world (or Viva). Foremother Luna by Klara Mlakar, Morana by Matej Kastelic, and Vesna; The Goddess of Spring by Krištof Strnad belong to the 2021 Outside the Frame project, arranged for a choir, instrumentalists and folk dance. Original combinations of sounds, music, texts and dance deal with mystical Old Slavic rituals and the worship of various goddesses and gods. The performance of the songs without the dancing part was recorded for the archive of Radio Slovenia.
The green-purple colours have shaped Viva’s visual image for 30 years, and therefore, is the sound image in the same colour renderings.
Published in Viva
In October 2022, Krištof Strnad became the choirmaster of the Viva Brežice Mixed Choir together with Simona Rožman Strnad. He is a student at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana, majoring in Composition and Music Theory, where he composes in the class of the renowned composer prof. Jani Golob.
He is currently a member of the Choir of the Slovenian Philharmonic and The Mixed Choir Viva Brežice. His past accolades include performing in the Chamber Choirs of the Academy of Music University of Ljubljana and the Conservatory for Music and Ballet.
His first choral compositions were premiered with the Mixed Choir Viva Brežice and were later on performed by other choirs. In May 2021, his composition ’’Na nebu zvezde sevajo’’ won the Prleška suite competition, and in the same year, he co-created the unique project Outside the Frame, where his composition ’’Vesna; goddess of spring for a mixed choir, instrumentalists and folk dance’’ depicted the rite of worship of the Old Slavic goddess. Both of the aforementioned compositions were awarded as novelties at the 2022 Naša pesem (Our Song) competition. His instrumental composition ’’Lux et Tenebrae’’ was performed in Ljubljana, Zagreb and Budapest as part of a project of the Academy of Music. In the summer of 2022, the composition ’’Modro’’ written and performed for the project Barve Lare Willewaldt (Colours of Lara Willewaldt), together with the composition Genesis for the Youth Music project, which was also recorded for Radio Slovenia, and published by the Society of Slovene Composers.
In his writing, Krištof does not limit himself to genres and styles; therefore, we may recognize elements of both tonal and contemporary music within his classical compositions.