Venedikt Bobchevski

Venedikt Bobchevski

08.11.1895 г. - 12.07.1957 г.

Varna - Bulgaria

composer, conductor, publicist, translator

Venedikt Bobchevski began to study Piano and Theory of Music in his native town under Professor Dobri Hristov. In 1919 he was appointed assistant conductor at the Renaissance Operetta Theatre in Sofia. From 1920 to 1922 he studied music in Vienna under Professor Y. Marx and Professor V. Grumer. He continued his composition and conducting education under Z. Hauseger in Munich (1922-24). Upon return, he served as a conductor at the Sofia Opera (1926-40). He conducted over 40 operas including the Bulgarian premieres of several of them, as well as symphony concerts. As conductor of operas and symphonies he toured Germany, former Yugoslavia and Austria. From 1940 to 1944 he was Head of the Traditional Music Department of Radio Sofia. He was conductor of the Kaval Choir, Sofia Teachers’ Choir, etc. He also worked as editor of the magazine Music Life, translator of opera librettos, journalist.

He wrote two operas based on his own librettos; works for symphony and chamber orchestra; chamber music; pieces for piano; solo, choral and children’s songs; folksong arrangements, etc.


Stage music:


The Peregrine King (1932, Sofia); The Lie in Life (1944, not staged).

For symphony orchestra:

In the Forest Suite (1928); Prelude (1929); Tsar Simeon Overture (1929); One Day of Triumph – symphonic sketch (1941); Apparition near Tzarevetz – symphonic ballad (1942); Two Bulgarian Dances (1942); Legend of Sofia – symphonic poem (1953), Ballad about the Balkan Mountain (1954); Night in the Mountain – symphonic picture (1955).

For chamber orchestra:

Hadji Dimitar Suite (1942); Near the Mountain Stream (1942); Sad Story (1942); Oriental Dance (1942)

Chamber music:

String Quartet (1949); Concertino for violin and piano (1951).

Film music to:

Cairn, directed by Al. Vazov (1935).

Selected books (published in Bulgarian): Art of Conducting. Historical and Critical Study (Sofia, 1958, posthumous).