- Anda Palieva
(b Silistra, April 30, 1923; d Sofia, Oct 30, 1988). Bulgarian composer. While on active service in World War II he established and conducted a choir on the front lines. He then started writing marches, many of which became very popular – the March of the First Bulgarian Army was broadcast daily by Sofia radio. In 1946 he started studying civil engineering and also entered the State Academy of Music where he studied the piano with Dimitar Nenov and composition with Stoyanov and Vladigerov. He graduated from the faculty of music theory in 1950 but continued to work there until 1956 as a teaching assistant. He then took a postgraduate course with Aram Khachaturian at the Moscow Conservatory (1956–7). His works were subsequently performed by all leading Bulgarian ensembles and soloists. Characteristic features of his compositions – which are mostly instrumental – include a melodic brightness derived from folk sources, rhythmic inventiveness, emotional immediacy and clear formal procedure. His orchestral works are notable for their dynamic vitality and complex combinations of folk rhythms....