Bojidar Abraschev

composer, pedagogue, music theoretician, public figure

28.03.1936 - 6.11.2006Sofia - Bulgaria

Bojidar Abraschev graduated from the State Academy of Music in 1960 majoring in Composition under Professor Pancho Vladigerov. He worked as a conductor in DANPT (now NFA “F. Kutev”). Since 1964 he has been a lecturer in symphonic orchestration and instrumental studies at DMA. Professor (since 1990) and Vice-Rector (1999-2001). Doctor of Art (1991). He teaches composition, music analysis and elementary music theory also at VMPI/AMTI Plovdiv, Bishop K. Preslavski Shumen, Sofia University “St. Kl. Ohridski”, SUS “N. Rilski” Blagoevgrad. Member of the Music Expert Council at the Ministry of Culture (since 1990).

Minister of Culture (since 2001).

He composed in a variety of genres focusing on cantatas, oratorios, orchestral and chamber ensemble music. He is the author of five symphonies and other works for symphony orchestra; two oratorios; choral, vocal and chamber music. He arranged over 300 traditional songs and instrumental melodies. He also orchestrated over 20 works by other authors. He won State orders and received various national awards.

He publishes pedagogical and theoretical works, studies, articles, etc.


Choral-orchestral works:

“Psalms about the Tsar” for tenor, male choir and orchestra (1993);
Liturgy Oratorio “St. Ivan Rilski Chudotvorez” (1999);
Ballad about the Balkan for mixed choir and orchestra, lyrics by M. Spasov (1971);
Conjuration – poem for bass-baritone and orchestra, lyrics by Y. Petrov (1991).

For symphony orchestra:


Symphony No. 1 (1964);
Symphony No. 2 “Mountain” (1967);
Symphony No. 4 “Joan Kukuzel” (1981);
Symphony No. 5 “Solaris” (1997).
“Youth Pictures (1985);
Overture with Fanfare (2003);
Concertino for trumpet and orchestra (2000).

For string orchestra:

Symphony No. 3 (1975);
Concherto Grosso (1978);
Concerto for two pianos and string orchestra (1969).

For chamber orchestra:

“Three Poems of Love for soprano and chamber orchestra (1976).

Chamber Music:

Prelude, song and scherzo for 12 violoncellos (1994).
Concerto for clarinet, piano and percussion (1982);
Scherzo for violoncello and piano (1984).

String Quartets:

String Quartet No. 1 (1998);
String Quartet No. 2 (1999);
String Quartet No. 3 (2000).

For flute and piano:

Two Fantastic Plays (1985);
Sonata (1989).

Sonata-Fantasia for solo cello (1971);
Sonata for solo violin (2002).

For piano:

10 preludes (1994);
Sonatas: No. 14 (1996).

Vocal music:

3 poems for soprano and piano based on sonnets by Michelangelo (1981);
“Revelations” vocal cycle for baritone and piano (1999).

Choral music:

“Vocal Symphony in Eight Voices (1971).

For ladies choir:

“Three Frescoes (1987);
“Our Father” – triptych (1996).

Selected literature by Bozhidar Abrashev:

“Orchestral-Sonic Matter” (S., 1976)
“Symphonic Orchestration”: part 1. “Orchestration and Musical Form” (S., 1992); Part 2. “General Provisions” (S., 1996). “Musical instruments”: part 1. (S., 1995); Part 2. (С., 1995).

Arranging and Orchestrating Bulgarian Traditional Music (Sofia, 1991, 1995).

Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Music Instruments – All Epochs and Regions of the World (in co-authorship with Vladimir Gadjev) (Sofia, 2000).