The ideological notion of promoting Croatian folk art as a means of establishing national pride in a united declaration of a ‘Croatian’ identity was introduced in the nineteenth-century by the Illyrian movement. Franjio Ksaver Kuhaoe (1834-1911), regarded as the founder of Croatian ethnomusicology notated over 2,000 traditional songs, resulting in the publication of five volumes of South Slavic national songs in Zagreb between 1878 and 1881, and the dissemination of this repertoire to generations of musicians and scholars. The quotation of the klapa song Cvit mi je u gori within the work La flor en la colina (The Flower on the Hill) for flute, clarinet, violin, violoncello and pianoforte pays tribute to this great scholar and the city of Zagreb, at the same time attempting to make a contemporary contribution to the preservation of traditional Croatian folk melodies.
Cvit mi je u gori: Cvit mi je u gori, cvit mi je u gori, cvit mi je u gori Kano ruÿa cvate, kano ruÿa cvate
I spomen se vilo, i spomen se vilo, i spomen se vilo Da bi ja umro za te, da bi ja umro za te, cvit mi je u gori (Vis, Croatia)
My flower is on the hill, my flower is on the hill, my flower is on the hill
Blooms like a rose, blooms like a rose Remember, my darling, remember, my darling, remember, my darling I would die for you, I would die for you, my flower is on the hill (Vis, Croatia)