Nikolai Bratanov

Nikolai Bratanov

21.09.1930 г. - 20.09.2003 г.

s.Dragomirovo - Bulgaria

composer, conductor, arranger

Nikolay Bratanov graduated from the State Academy of Music of Sofia in 1967. He studied Music Pedagogy under Professor Georgi Dimitrov, Professor Parashkev Hadjiev and Professor Alexander Raychev. From 1954 to 1958 he conducted the city choir and the operetta in Svishtov. Since 1958, for more than 20 years, he served as military bandmaster in various towns in Bulgaria. He was chorus master in Svishtov, Razgrad and Vratza (1958-63); conductor and composer in Sofia (1963-82); chief conductor of the Central Guard Military Orchestra (1972-74). In 1979 he begin teaching Wind Orchestration at the State Academy of Music. He gave concerts with the National Guard Wind Orchestra in Bulgaria and in France. He also toured with children’s and professional wind orchestras Hungary, France, Germany, Russia, Poland, the Czech Republic, etc.

He wrote marches and other works for military wind orchestras. His orchestrations of works by composers from Western Europe and Bulgaria, of Bulgarian traditional dances by Diko Iliev and of other popular traditional melodies are considered emblematic for the modern creative development of the music for wind orchestra in Bulgaria. He was prizewinner at competitions for military songs and works for wind military orchestra.

Works

Marches:

Our Brothers the Russians at Svishtov (1959), Jubilee March on the Occasion of the 100th Anniversary of the First Bulgarian Wind Orchestra (1979); Fatherland; 1300 Years (1981); Memory of Oriahovo (1985); Hello, Moscow (1985).

Bulgarian traditional dances (Horo):

Pravo Horo (1987).

Pieces:

Poem-Fantasy “Legend about Okolchitza” (1985); Romantica Waltz (1979); Suite (1979); Fantasy based on the opera work of Maestro Nikola Atanasov (1987); Retro Waltz (1989); Elegy (1989).