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Lubomir Pipkov (6 September, 1904 – 9 May, 1974) – composer, pedagogue, public figure
He belongs to the second generation of Bulgarian composers. He was among the founding members of the Contemporary Music Society (1933), the predecessor of the Union of Bulgarian Composers. His impressive versatility as a composer, literary man and poet, journalist and public figure, pedagogue and socially involved artist with progressive ideas made his name as one of the leading personalities in the music culture and the intellectual elite in Bulgaria in the period 1930s-1970s.
1. Nani mi nani Damyancho – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BLuzIgBCZ4
2. “Symphony No.1” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMuIZcMzRfE&t=313s
3. Opera Momchil – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wta4PZupOFA
Filip Kutev (13 June, 1903 – 27 November, 1982) – Bulgarian composer, arranger and founder
Filip Kutev together with his wife Maria Kuteva, in 1951, founded Bulgaria’s first professional, state supported ensemble, the State Ensemble for Folk Song and Dance, also known as the Filip Kutev Ensemble. With his ensemble he pioneered a style of arranging folk songs by fusing folk elements with western classical forms and harmonies, and established a new Bulgarian choral tradition.
His choir was one of four who appeared on the album Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares, Volume Two, which won a Grammy Award in 1989.YouTube links:
1. Dimyaninka – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nt3c2EABGK8
2. Lale li si zjumbjul li si – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXyjlpQxens
3. Polegnala e Todora – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MUJaZj2fbI
Parashkev Hadjiev (27 April 1912 – 1992) – Bulgarian composer
He was the son of conductor Todor Hadjiev, an early champion of Bulgarian opera. His versatile creative, pedagogic and social work won him recognition as one of the leading figures that shaped the Bulgarian professional music and music culture in the second half of the 20th century. In 1959, he wrote his masterpiece Lud Gidia (the Madcap). Lud Gidia captivated the audience with its melodic freshness, originality, exuberance, and great vocal and choral parts.
1. Lud Gidia https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1C1oOGKy_KU&t=448s
2. Violin Sonata No.3 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7CECMFe44w
3. Operetta Aika – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3osageMFv0
COMPOSITIONS Nikolay Kaufman (September 23, 1925) – Bulgarian musicologist, folklorist and composer
Kaufman’s compositions include over a thousand arrangements of Bulgarian, Ashkenazi and Sephardi Jewish folk songs, his own songs composed in a Bulgarian folk style and piano pieces. Some of the Bulgarian State Television Female Vocal Choir’s recordings were based on Kaufman’s arrangements of Bulgarian folk songs, including some in the choir’s Grammy Award-winning album Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares, Vol. II. Kaufman’s work as a musicologist covers the recording of over 40,000 Bulgarian folk songs and tunes, the result of his theoretical and field studies.
1. Jewish songs – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLeb4p_ne1w
2. Kalugerine – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8ptpS_oOTE
3. “Tsurne Trunke Kapeioo” (Black Berries Dripping) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VSOXo5-7yc