Preserving and promoting the greatest part of the rich inheritance of Yugoslav composer Josip Štolcer Slavenski (1896-1955) was entrusted to the Union of Yugoslav Composers' Organizations (SOKOJ) and is located on 1 Nikola Pašic Square in Belgrade, which (since 1997) also houses the Music Information Center (MIC).
The Josip Slavenski Legacy was officialy opened on December 8th 1983 as a memorial room which consists of a collection of books and scores, instruments, personal belongings, letters and manuscripts, which were once located in the composer's study in 33 Svetosavska Street in Belgrade. The aim of this foundation is to preserve the heritage of this composer by looking after his estate and promoting his music by publishing compact discs with his works, using a musicological approach to his lesser known works in our possession, and through concerts and roundtables devoted to his music.
J. Slavenski's personal belongings from his original study reflect his interest in Balkan culture and customs, so one can see naturally dyed rugs form Pirot, a set of traditionally engraved tables from Konjic in Bosnia, authentic hand-made wooden chairs from Montenegro, and many different folk instruments such as the darabuka (Arabian drum), tambourine, gusla...
His library fund contains 3,360 items: 1,271 written and published works of music, 822 books, 153 gramophone records, 16 boxes of tapes, and 1,099 letters. Slavenski's book collection includes literature from many diverse areas such as music theory, physics, astronomy, psychology, linguistics, ethnology, as well as biographies of historic figures such as Ludwig van Beethoven, Richard Wagner, Giovanni Perluigi da Palestrina, Nikola Tesla, and many others.
Slavenski bequethed a very large and interesting correspondence, which today represents a unique document of a bygone era. Slavenski and his contemporaries corresponded in eleven languages: Serbo-Croatian, Slovenian, Russian, Bulgarian, Czech, English, German, French, Hungarian, Greek, and Turkish. This collection preserves authentic letters and autographs of renowned performers, composers, music scholars, and conductors, including Krešimir Baranovic, Jakov Gotovac, Slavko Osterc, Petar Stojanovic, Miloje Milojevic, Stevan Hristic, Ljubica Maric, Edward Dent, Petar Bingulac, Stana Ðuric-Klajn, Zlatko Balokovic, Leopold Stokowski, Alois Hába, Jozef Suk, and Zoltán Kodály.