Variations on an Ancient Croatian Folk Song for Tamburitza Orch. - score+parts
Strongly influenced by his roots, Kuljerić often drew inspiration from the musical heritage of Northern Dalmatian islands, with a special emphasis on Glagolitic writing. No less significant was the composer's interest in the traditional music of Northern Croatia, found in his earlier avant-garde work Ballads of Petrica Kerempuh on the lyrics of M. Krleža (he often returned to this poet in his choral compositions - V Megli, Gumbelijum roža) or in the more popular compositions and arrangements written for folk festivals.
In this part of Kuljerić's opus, Variations (Instrumentalne preobrazbe) appear as the only purely instrumental composition, but the composer treats and nuances the tamburitza orchestra almost as a vocal instrumental setting.
Although written in the classical form of variations, the piece echoes composers fascination with the baroque structures. Kuljerić's music is both lyrical and rhythmical, the piece develops in an uninterrupted flow from the arioso theme at the beginning to the furioso ending.