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Aleksandër Stavre Drenova (pronounced [alɛkˈsandər staˈvrɛ drɛˈnova]; 11 April 1872 – 11 December 1947), commonly known by the pen name Asdreni, was an Albanian poet, rilindas, translator, writer and the author of the poem which later became the national anthem of Albania. He is regarded as one of the most influential Albanian writers of the 20th century and composed most of his Albanian Renaissance-inspired known works during that period.

Born in the village of Drenovë, Asdreni completed his academic studies at the University of Bucharest in Romania where he enthusiastically committed himself to the Independence of Albania from the Ottoman Empire. He maintained close liaison with fellow Gjergj Fishta and Lasgush Poradeci and was notably inspired by the patriots Girolamo de Rada and Naim Frashëri.

Rreze dielli, a collection of 99 poems, was his first prominent work which he dedicated to the national hero of Albania Gjergj Kastrioti Skanderbeg. Devoted to Edith Durham a friend of Albania, his second collection of again 99 poems, Ëndrra e lotë, displayed a wider range of themes and motifs as well as his more astonishing maturity.

Birth and Death Data: Born April 11th, 1872 (Drenovë), Died December 11th, 1947 (Bucharest)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1918

Roles Represented in DAHR: author

Notes: Pseudonym of Albanian poet Aleks Stavre Drenova.


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-21711 10-in. 3/28/1918 Betimi mi flamur Giuseppe Mauro Male vocal solo, with orchestra author  


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