- Magdalena Manolova
(b Sliven, May 15, 1921; d 1997). Bulgarian composer. One of the earliest Bulgarian woman composers to be well documented, she graduated in 1945 from the Sofia Academy of Music, where her teachers were Stoyanov (composition), Vladigerov (piano) and Goleminov (orchestral conducting). Her talent revealed itself at an early age through her children’s songs, instrumental pieces and a short operetta. She was an editor, a teacher at the Institute for Music and Choreography in Sofia (1972–83) and a critic. Her large output, embracing many genres, includes over 260 children’s songs, as well as orchestral and chamber works. Her music, based on Bulgarian classical and folk traditions, exhibits clear formal structures and rich melodic invention; it has been performed and recorded in Bulgaria, Poland, Germany, the former Czechoslovakia, Switzerland and the former USSR.