Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Music Honours


Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)


Faculty of Education & Arts

First Advisor

Stewart Smith


This study deals with the keyboard percussion works of Serbian composer, Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic, with a special focus on understanding and interpreting two of his concert works: Ultimatum I and Ultimatum II. Part one contextualises these two works by offering the most complete life and works study of the composer to date. This section concludes with some observations regarding Zivkovic's compositional style and musical background. Part two focuses on two of Zivkovic's best-known works, Ultimatum I & II, and offers a descriptive analysis of the music and a guide to performance. This study is informed not only by recourse to the standard secondary literature, but also through interviews with Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic himself, and one of his students, the Australian marimbist, Jamie Adam.