CD Spotlight. A Very Joyous Disc - Brahms arranged by Kenneth Woods impresses Alice McVeigh. '... this is an excellent performance representing a useful, joyful and even inspired addition to the orchestral repertoire.'
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His compositions consist mostly of chamber and choral works, but he also wrote an opera, Kačji pastir ('The Dragonfly'), and his Violin Concerto received the Prešeren Award in 1972.
In 2007 he received the Kozina Award for his work as a composer. He also received awards for his work in collecting Slovenian folk material, for strengthening Slovenian cross-border identity and for his scholarly and artistic merit.
Pavle Merkù died on 20 October 2014, aged eighty-seven.