Ivan pl. Zajc
Ivan pl. Zajc

Nikola Šubić Zrinjski, Musical Tragedy in 3 Acts

Publisher: Croatian Music Information Centre
Publish year: 2012

Edition type: piano reduction

Price: 19,91 

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printed edition
Catalogue type:
stage works
Catalogue subtype:
4 S soli MS solo 2 A soli 4 T soli 5 BAR soli 3 B soli – coro (S A T B) – pf.
Number of pages:
Book height:
32 cm
Publication language:
croatian, english
About the music edition:
Ivan Zajc (1832 – 1914), was a Croatian composer, conductor, director, and teacher who dominated Croatia's musical culture for over forty years. Through his artistic and institutional reform efforts, he is credited with its revitalization and refinement, paving the way for new and significant Croatian musical achievements in the 20th century. He is often called the Croatian Verdi. Nikola Šubić Zrinski is an opera written and composed by Ivan Zajc in 1876. It is a retelling of the Battle of Szigetvár of 1566, in which Nikola IV Zrinski, Ban of Croatia and captain of the assembled Croatian and Hungarian forces, took a heroic last stand against overwhelming Ottoman forces, led personally by Suleiman the Magnificent. Though the fortress fell, the defenders inflicted grievous injuries on the assaulting forces, all but crippling the victors' ability to progress past the Croatian-Hungarian border, and causing the death of the sultan himself. The opera premiered in Zagreb on 4 November 1876 at what was then the People's Theater housed in the present-day Old City Hall building. It was well received by audiences and critics alike. Its enduring fame is due in large part to its climactic chorus, "U boj, u boj!" ("To battle, to battle!"), written by the composer ten years prior to the rest of the opera. It has achieved lasting popularity as a Croatian patriotic song, removed from the context of the opera, as well as a Japanese glee club staple.