Rousi Kodzhamanov

Rousi Kodzhamanov

16.ІV.1866 - 1.Х.1933

s.Vardoun, Targovishki okr. - Bulgaria

Russi Kodjamanov graduated from the pedagogic high school in Shumen. From 1884 to 1887 he worked as vocal teacher and concurrently conducted a school choir in Vidin; later he taught in Ruse (1887-91). In 1891 he received a high school vocal teaching qualification certificate and was appointed at the Aprilov High School in Gabrovo, where he gave concerts. From 1894 to the end of his life he worked in Vidin. He founded there the first Bulgarian mixed church music choir (1894), which gave a lead to the founding of similar ensembles throughout the country. He wrote notices on topical issues concerning the music culture. He hunted for folksongs and noted them down. He published them in the Sbornik za narodni umotvorenia, nauka I knijnina (Bulgarian Folklore Collection), vol. IV, VI and XI. He noted down Christmas rituals with songs and songs and rituals for the Saint Lazars Day. Several of them were later published in the collection New Songs for Mornings and Evenings (1922) and in the Music Life Newspaper (March 8, 1931).

He wrote a substantial quantity of solo songs based on traditional tunes, choral medleys and marches; church music; about 80 children’s songs, etc. Most of his compositions were published.


Choral songs:

“Manush Voivoda”, “Who’s That Girl” (Chie E Onova Devoiche)

Solo songs:

“Let’s Play The Shepherd’s Flute, Grandfather” (Ya Nadui Dyado Kavala), “For My First Love” (Do Moeto Parvo Libe), “To The Mother” (Maitzi Si), Children’s songs, church music