Dimitar Petkov

Dimitar Petkov (1919–1997) graduated from the State Academy of Music in 1952 majoring in Composition under Professor Vesselin Stoyanov and Conducting under Professor Assen Dimitrov. In 1953-54 he specialised in composition at the Moscow Conservatoire under Aram Hachaturian and polyphony under Sergei Skrebkov. He worked as bandmaster at the Army Ensemble. He was twice Director of the Sofia Opera (1954-1962; 1975-78). He was appointed first secretary of the Bulgarian Embassy in Prague (1963-68); vice-president of the Art and Culture Committee (present-day Ministry of Culture) (1980-82); vice-president of the National Committee for Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship (1983-88). From 1972 to 1980, he chaired the Union of Bulgarian Composers.
He composed stage music; oratorios, cantatas and suites for soloists, choir and orchestra; suites for symphony, chamber and traditional music orchestra; chamber pieces; over 1,000 choral and children’s songs, film music. Some of his songs based on traditional tunes from the Rhodope region and several lyrical songs were included in the representative repertoire of several Bulgarian choirs. During the last years of his life he composed church music for mixed and women’s choir performed and awarded at the competition for new liturgical chants Let’s Be Better (1995, 96).

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