Varban Varbanov

Varban Varbanov

31.І.1879 - 27.ІХ.1954

Varna - Bulgaria

composer, conductor, pedagouge

Varban Varbanov graduated from the Music Academy in Munich in 1901. Upon his return he taught music in Varna Balchik and Lovech (1901-19). In 1919 he settled in Burgas. Together with Georgi Shagunov, he directed the string orchestra and the choir at the music society Rodni Zvutzi (1913-28). He was Headmaster of the Music High School in Burgas (1921-28).

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Works

Stage music:

Operas: In the Woods (1920); Deliyska shetba (1924); Nadia (1930); Hunters (1934).

Musical scenes: The Blacksmiths (1903), Katunari (Nomad Gypsies) (1934).

For symphony orchestra:

In the Country idyll (1905); Solemn Overture (1930).

Suites: 1 (1930); 2 (1937); 3 (1943); 4 (1945); 5 (1952); 6 (1953).

For wind orchestra:

Fantasy Hunting Party (1910); Overture (1947); marches; Bulgarian traditional dances (horo).

For saloon orchestra:

Pieces (1950-51).

Chamber music:

String Quartet (1901); Wind Quartet for flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon (1942).

Concertino for clarinet and piano (1926); Nocturne for violoncello and piano (1927).

For violin and piano: Concert Mazurka; Elegy (1910); In Loneliness (1928); Lullaby; Song without Words; Why; Expectation (1944); Desire; Awakening (1945).

For piano: Sonata (1910); 24 small compositions and sketches; 3 nocturnes; a polonaise.

Vocal music: Grey mi, mesetz (Shine, Moon) (1902); Do Not Ask Me (vocal duet with piano) (1906); Balkan Night (1908); Nevolyata me lyubi (Misfortune Loves Me) (1908); Romanticist (1939); Otechestvo lyubezno (Dear Fatherland) (1946).

Choral music:

For mixed choir: Hymn (1906); She Is Running Away (1910); Evening; Cloud (1924); The Sea; Hey, Chernyo (1948).

Selected literature on him (in Bulgarian):

Georgi Shagunov. Varban Varbanov. Dimitar Karadjov. Inventory (Burgas, 1980).