Stoyan Babekov

Stoyan Babekov

16.10.1936 г.

Sofia - Bulgaria

composer, conductor

Stoyan Babekov graduated from the State Academy of Music , majoring in Composition under Professor Vesselin Stoyanov and Professor Alexander Raychev, as well as in Choral Conducting under Lazar Maximov and Professor Georgi Dimitrov. From 1962 to 1991 he conducted the world’s first people with poor eyesight choir named since 1986 after Academician Petko Staynov. In 1991 the choir was disbanded. In the same year the first chamber choir Alleluia for performance and recording of orthodox church music was founded. During his long lasting conducting activity, Stoyan Babekov gave over 3,000 concerts in Bulgaria, Germany, Columbia, Hungary, Poland, etc. The choir’s repertoire is mainly focused on Bulgarian music. Stoyan Babekov is a laureate of different choral competitions and festivals. He is the initiator of the first Balkan region competition for new orthodox chants “Let’s Be Better” (1994). As a result, more than 100 new chants were created by Bulgarian composers.

Babekov composed orchestral, chamber and choral music, including two instrumental concertos; two concertinos; three string quartets; sonatas and other piano works; over 400 choral, solo and children’s songs, etc. Ritual and concert religious music has occupied an important place in his choral work since the mid – 1960s. He is the author of two liturgies; Christmas Collections, Antiphons to the Mother of God and Three Cherubim Chants for equal voices choir, the collection Orthodox Traditional Chants. Vol. 1 (2003). His works were awarded at competitions in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Poland and Columbia; published in Bulgaria, Russia, the Czech Republic, Cuba and Columbia. A lot were also recorded on LPs, audiocassettes and CDs for the Bulgarian National Radio, the Bulgarian National Television and Deutsche Welle. 

He is the author of the monograph Bulgarian Instrumental Concerto (1962), the brochure How to Listen to Music, analytical articles on Bulgarian composers song work, reviews, etc.

Works

For symphony orchestra:

Concertos: for violoncello (1985); for trumpet (1989); for piano (1998).

Concertino for piano and small orchestra (1970).

Chamber music:

String quartets: ?1 Shopps (1975), ?2 Danubian (1978), ?3 (1995).

Sonatina for flute and piano Thracian (1965).

For piano: Sonata (1980); Small sonata for piano (1965); Collection of 42 studies written using unequal time beats (1993).

Cycles of songs: for soprano and piano, on poems by Dimcho Debelianov; for mezzo-soprano and piano, on poems by Damian Damianov; for baritone and piano, on poems by Eftim Evtimov; Mother for bass and piano, on the poem by Peyo Yavorov.

Choral music:

For mixed choir:

Church music: Doxology to Peace (dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Bulgarian Patriarchy, 1971); “Peace to Reign” (1975); Amen (1974).

Liturgies: Christmas (2000); Easter (2002); Concert Liturgy ?1 (1998).

Cycles: Construction Songs, lyrics by Rosen Vasilev (1962); The Stone Town, after Hristo Smirnensky (1966); The Honour of the Flag, lyrics by D. Nenchev (1971); The Immortal three April poems, after Ivan Vazov (1975).

Choral songs: Distant Border Post; Evening at the Border (1966); Edna koza si imam (I Have One Goat); Kalino kakina (1970); Mesechinko, vitorojko zlata (Hey, Golden Moon) (1973).

For male voices choir:

Church music: Let Peace Reign (1975).

Songs: Good Night, lyrics by N. Valchev (1970); Swallows, on a poem by Penyo Penev (1978).

For female voices choir: The Birds and Beautiful Dream, on poems by Damian Damianov (1970).