Alexandar Krastev

Alexandar Krastev

1.ІІ.1879 - 17.VІІ.1945

Vidin - Bulgaria

composer, pedagogue, conductor, public figure

Alexander Krastev graduated from the Zagreb Conservatoire in 1901 majoring in Violin. He taught at the Pedagogical School in Lom until 1907 and in Varna from 1907 to the end of his life. In Varna he conducted the choir and the orchestra of the Gusla Music Society, the Hebrew choir Harmony and the Cathedral Choir. He was Headmaster of the Varna Music School (founded in 1922). In 1919 he organised and managed the choir of the Operetta Society. In 1930 he was among the founding members of the Municipal Opera in Varna. He took part in the organisation of summer conducting courses and training courses for teachers. He read lectures and wrote articles on music problems. He published the Play And Sing Magazine, as well as textbooks of singing. In 1903 he was among the founders of the Bulgarian Union of Music and for many years member of the managing board. In the 1930s he chaired the Club of Radio Fans in Varna and was its Programme Director.

He composed some 50 choral and 20 songs for voice and piano, among which the solo songs “Sto mi ne dohozhdash” and “Konia yaham” are still popular. He is also author of the march “Dobroudja”, the first Concertino for violin and orchestra, medleys and marches for wind orchestra, piano pieces, over 100 children’s and school songs, etc.

Works

For symphony orchestra:

Ivanku Overture (1912).

Concertino for violin and orchestra (1921).

Choral-orchestal:

Inseparable – ballad, on a poem by Pencho Slaveykov.

Chamber music:

For piano:

Little Fantasy 1 (1914); Sorrows and Joys, concert waltz (1914); Bulgarian National Hymn and Dances (1916).

For solo voice and piano:

Kitka ti padna, Deno; Sto me machish, dusho Yano; Konia yaham; Radkinata maika; Den denuvam, lyrics by PeyoYavorov.

Children’s and school songs:

Christmas Carols; Spring Songs; Butterfly; The Old Shepherd; Hymn To Labour.

Selected literature on him (in Bulgarian):

Gaytandjiev, Gencho. Alexander Krastev (Sofia, 1962); Rankova, Velislava. Alexander Krastev (Sofia, 1980).