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date: 22 September 2020

Sagayev, Dimitarlocked

  • Anda Palieva

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(b Plovdiv, Feb 27, 1915). Bulgarian composer. The son of the writer Konstantin Sagayev, he first studied the piano with Asen Dimitrov and Dimiter Nenov before entering the State Academy of Music. There, he studied composition with Stoyanov and Vladigerov, and the piano with Panka Pelishek and Tamara Yankova. He graduated in 1940 after which he worked variously as music teacher, bandmaster, director of art music for Bulgarian Radio and as director of the music department of the ministry of culture. In 1948 he was appointed to teach at the State Academy of Music; he subsequently served as dean of the theory faculty, deputy rector, director of the chair for music theory and professor of orchestration. His compositional style draws on Bulgarian history and musical traditions. While his earlier works demonstrate a fascination with the intonational peculiarities of folk music, he later turned for inspiration to ancient Orthodox chant and the melodies of Ioan Kukuzel in particular. Although he never sought innovation as an end in itself, his solutions to the various problems he set himself are indeed unusual. His accessible and emotionally direct music – often noted for its colourful instrumentation – is often linked to historical imagery....

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