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Slovenia’s 2020 Special Stamps Programme was announced in Bulletin 128, issued in early November 2019, along with preliminary illustrations of most of the designs for to be issued in January.

31 January 2020

Prominent Personalities

Two stamps honoring Adam Bohorič, Slovene Protestant, grammarian and teacher, 500th anniversary of his birth; and Hugo Wolf, composer, 160th anniversary of his birth.

Slovenia: Prominent Personalities, 31 January 2020. Images from Pošta Slovenije, unless otherwise noted.

Prominent Personalities – Adam Bohorič

Slovenia: Prominent Personalities – Adam Bohorič. 31 January 2020. Image from Colnect.

Release date: 31.1.2020
Design: Matjaž Učakar
Motive: Adam Bohorič
Print: Agencija za komercijalnu djelatnost d.o.o., Zagreb, Croatia
Technique: 4-colour offset in sheets of 25 stamps
Paper: Tullis Russell Chancellor Litho PVA RMS GUM, 102 g/m2
Perforation: Comb 14 : 14

Prominent Personalities – Adam Bohorič
500th anniversary of the birth of Adam Bohorič

In 1584 Adam Bohorič wrote (in Latin) the first grammar of Slovene, entitled Arcticae horulae ſucciſivae. The grammatical structures in it are adapted to the structures of Latin. The publication of this work placed Slovene among the first ten cultured languages (according to the understanding of the time) to have its own grammar. In it, Bohorič codified the first Slovene alphabet, which he based on the Latin script. His alphabet – known as the Bohorič alphabet – remained in use until the mid-nineteenth century, when it was replaced by Gaj’s Latin alphabet. The 500th anniversary of Adam Bohorič’s birth is mentioned on the first-day postmark.

His name and the title of his work are printed in an arc on the first-day cover. Red boxes on either side contain the words pravopis [orthography] and skladnja [syntax] in white letters, representing two important parts of the grammar. Printed vertically below the arc is a bilingual quotation taken from the first page of the grammar: “Vſaki jesik bode Boga ſposnal. Omnis lingua confitebitur Deo” [Every tongue shall confess to God]. This underlines the value of every language, including smaller ones.

The stamp itself shows the first page of the grammar, with an indication in Latin explaining that the grammar is also applicable to other Slavonic languages. Attention is also drawn to the orthographic table in the Cyrillic and Glagolitic scripts. This is followed by the sentence “Vſaki jesik bode Boga ſposnal” in various alphabets: Cyrillic (Old Russian or Church Slavonic), Glagolitic (Old Church Slavonic), Latin (Slovene and Latin) and Greek (Ancient Greek).

Metod Čepar

Slovenia: Prominent Personalities – Adam Bohorič (first day cover). 31 January 2020.


Prominent Personalities – Hugo Wolf

Slovenia: Prominent Personalities – Hugo Wolf, 31 January 2020. Image from Colnect.

Release date: 31.1.2020
Design: Maja Tomažič
Motive: Hugo Wolf
Print: Agencija za komercijalnu djelatnost d.o.o., Zagreb, Croatia
Technique: 4-colour offset in sheets of 25 stamps
Paper: Tullis Russell Chancellor Litho PVA RMS GUM, 102 g/m2
Perforation: Comb 14 : 14

Prominent Personalities – Hugo Wolf
The composer Hugo Wolf is considered one of the greatest masters of lieder or art song, a genius in his sense for detailed and highly polished musical expression and refined in his search for a heartfelt and profound melding of text and music.

He was born on 13 March 1860 in Slovenj Gradec, where he received a German education despite coming from a Slovene family: his maternal ancestors were the Orehovnik family from Mojstrana, while his father’s family, originally called Vouk/Vovk, were from Šentjur near Celje. He enrolled at the Vienna Conservatory but his turbulent nature and passionate hot-bloodedness prevented him from graduating. As one of the most prominent music critics of his day, he caused quite a stir in the capital with his merciless and fervent reviews. At the same time he was increasingly establishing himself as one of its leading composers. Even during his lifetime a society bearing his name was established in Vienna and continued to follow his progress despite his advancing mental illness. He died in Vienna on 22 February 1903.

Although Wolf also composed a number of instrumental works, his finest achievements were unquestionably his vocal compositions, including the opera Der Corregidor, choral works and – above all – more than 300 lieder, in which he shows himself to be an unsurpassable master of the musical miniature. He influenced many composers and his music continues to inspire countless interpreters all over the world.

Matjaž Barbo

Slovenia: Prominent Personalities – Hugo Wolf (first day cover), 31 January 2020.

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