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date: 22 September 2020

Atanasov, Nikolalocked

  • Anda Palieva

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(b Kyustendil, 13/Oct 25, 1886; d Sept 30, 1969). Bulgarian composer. From 1906 he studied in Zagreb with F. Dugan, V. Hummel, K. Junek and V. Ruzic, gaining his diploma in 1912 for the first three movements of his First Symphony (the fourth movement, a rondo, was completed on his return to Bulgaria). He then taught at grammar schools in Stara Zagora, Pleven and Sofia before joining the newly established Music Academy as a teacher of theory, later serving as professor (1929–58). During the early stages of Bulgarian concert music when most composers contented themselves with smaller genres, Atanasov stood alone in tackling large forms – he wrote the first Bulgarian symphony and piano sonato. With his first essays in the genre he took the first steps in Bulgarian symphonism. His thinking proceeded from purely instrumental lines, and he endeavoured to combine an accessible language with a national character with dynamic Classical form. The influences of Classical and Romantic music intertwine with Bulgarian folk sources....

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