Famous for his work in the opera, ballet, vocal, and orchestral music genres, this Serbian composer is remembered for pieces such as The Ballad of the Vagabond Moon; The Scull-Tower; Love, That's the Main Thing; and Gungulice.
His notable early works include Sonata Lesta, The Name List, and the three movement Sinfonietta.
During the last three decades of his life, he taught music composition at the University of Novi Sad's Academy of Arts.
He was raised in Sombor and Belgrade, Serbia.
Early in his career, he studied with the renowned French composers Olivier Messiaen and Darius Milhaud.