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Janez Dovč & Sounds of Slovenia – ST. JOHN’S EVE

Over the next seven days, to mark the 29th anniversary of Slovenia’s statehood, we would like to share with you some videos illustrating Slovenia’s rich culture.

Janez Dovč & Sounds of Slovenia – St. John’s Eve

St. John’s Eve is a poem by Josip Murn Aleksandrov, a poet of the Slovenian Moderna, relating modern spirit to the ancient, almost ritual tradition in the mystical time of midsummer night. The poem begins with the stars lighting in the sky and fireflies rising into the summer night – a simple, yet powerful impression that evokes deep emotions even in modern readers. Softly trickling streams and swaying bracken weave wreaths of almost dream-like images, which the poet intertwined with rhyme and repetition of the “into the summer night” refrain.

Like the original poem, this musical rendering revives the ancient customs, folk beliefs and nature at the summer solstice in a fresh and modern way.

Under the artistic leadership of the accordion player and composer Janez Dovč, the musical ensemble Sounds of Slovenia brings to life the Slovenian folk tradition in vivid new arrangements.