Dora Draganova



29.01.1946Sofia – Bulgaria

Dora Draganova is a daughter of the composer Iliya Draganov. She graduated from the State Academy of Music (1972). She studied Composition under Professor Parashkev Hadjiev and Professor Vesselin Stoyanov. She teaches Harmony at the National Dance Art High School (former State Choreographic High School) and Piano at the Lyubomir Pipkov National Music High School. From 1971 to 1991 she edited the choral literature magazine Native Song.

She wrote stage and chamber music opuses; over 300 songs and pieces for children; choral and pop music; music to 50 cartoon films. The collection of piano pieces Children’s Corner was awarded by the Union of Bulgarian Composers; her musical play Pippi Long Stocking after Astrid Lindgren won the first prize in Dobrich (1999).


Stage music:

Comic Opera The King – Basket-Maker in one act (1972).

Children’s musical plays:

Yan Bibiyan (staged in 1986 and 1987 in Smolyan);
Pippi Long Stockings (staged in 1989 and 1994 in Lovech and in 1998 in Burgas);
Sunny Circles – TV musical play (1989).

Chamber music:

Serenade for flute (violin), oboe, clarinet, viola and violoncello (1996);
String Quartet (1975);
Book of the Specks for violin, viola, piano and reader (1994);
Souvenir from Morocco for violin, guitar and piano (1998);
Waltz for violin and piano (1997).

Cycles for voice and piano:

Reverse River (1980);
Star Drops (1983);
Autumnal Woman (1996).

For piano:

Sonatina (1971);
Sonata (1972);
Children’s Corner Cycle (1972).

Children’s albums:

Pussy Cat Has Read Little Books (released on CD in 1988 and on audiocassette in 1992);
Early-Rising Cock – songs for the youngest (released on audiocassette in 1998);
The Sly Little Mouse (released on audiocassette in 1999).