Georgi Goranov

Georgi Goranov

20.V.1882 - 23.ХІІ.1905

Kyustendil - Bulgaria

composer, pedagogue

Georgi Goranov studied Violin and Theory of Music at the Pedagogic School in Kyustendil under Karl Mahan. He took part in the workers’ socialist movement. He conducted a school choir and a small orchestra, as well as the orchestra and the male voices choir of the workers’ educational association Class Conscience (around 1899). After he graduated from the Pedagogic School he went to Zagreb to study music, but he was not admitted there because he had been found suffering from consumption.
He wrote the first mass socialist workers’ song “Let Us Sing All Together” (“Labour’s Song”), lyrics by Georgi Kirkov (1901), which soon won popularity. He wrote choral songs and pieces for mandolin orchestra. He also arranged folksongs and other pieces connected with his professional practice.

Works

Choral music:

For male voices choir:: Labour’s Song (1901).
For equal voices choir:: Ya zapey mi, makedonko (Sing to Me, Macedonian Girl)
For two-voiced choir:: Yunak na gora dumashe (A Youngster Spoke to the Forest).

Selected literature on him (in Bulgarian):

Liondev, Peter. Georgi Goranov (Kyustendil, 1962).