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Stevan Stojanović (aka Stevan Mokranjac) is Born

Today in Masonic History Stevan Stojanović (aka Stevan Mokranjac) is born in 1856.

Stevan Stojanović (aka Stevan Mokranjac) was a Serbian musician.

Stojanović was born Negotin, Principality of Serbia on January 9th, 1856. The town of Negotin is on the Serbian border with Romania and Bulgaria. His father passed away two days before he was born. At the age of ten, he was given his first violin. It was growing up that Stojanović gained the nickname "Mokranjac" after the town that his ancestors came from. Stevan would be foreveer known as Stevan Mokranjac.

In 1878, Mokranjac arranged a concert in Belgrade commemorating the twenty-five anniversary of the Belgrade Choir Society. The concert featured Serbian folk songs and was title the "History of Serbian Song."

Starting in 1880, Mokranjac studied music throughout Europe. From 1880 to 1883 he studied in Munich, from 1883 to 1885 he studied in Rome and from 1885 to 1887 he studied in Leipzig for two years.

In 1887, Mokranjac moved to Begrade. There he became the director of the Belgrade Choir Society. He would hold that position until the time of his death. Under Mokranjac, the Society would become well respected throughout Serbia and beyond. They would tour in Bulgaria, Croatia, Montenegro, Ottoman Turkey and Russia. In 1899 they would tour in Germany.

Also in 1899, Mokranjac founded the Serbian Music School. After his passing it would be renamed the Mokranjac Music School and is still in operation today. He also founded the Serbian String Quartet, he played the cello with the group. In 1914, Mokranjac left Belgrade to escape World War I.

Mokranjac is considered the "father of Serbian music." His body of work was large and some of the works that he composed were still being published even after his passing. Mokranjac image can be seen on the currency of the Federal Republic of Yugolavia and Serbia.

Mokranjac passed away on September 28th, 1914 in the town of Skopje.

There are many stories and publications that list Mokranjac as a member of the masonic fraternity. At the time of this article being written, his home lodge could not be determined. As new information is acquired, this article will be updated.

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