Alexander Kandov

composer, pianist, pedagouge

Александър Кандов

02.06.1949Sofia – Bulgaria

Alexander Kandov graduated from the State Academy of Music majoring in Composition under Professor Dimitar Tapkoff and in Piano under Professor Liuba Obretenova. He worked as a music editor at the Bulgarian National Radio and in Musica Publishing House, and as a lecturer in Polyphony at the State Academy of Music. From 1982 to 1990 he was Chairman of the Young Composers’ Section at the Union of Bulgarian Composers. Since 1990 he has lived in Spain where he has been teaching and composing.

At the end of the 1970s and in the 1980s his compositions in a variety of genres made his name as one of the most original authors of his generation. His work is marked by a tendency to combine various styles and genre forms. He wrote music stage opuses; symphony music; chamber works; electroacoustic music; choral and children’s songs, etc. His music was several times prizewinning. He recorded for the recording company Balkanton and the Bulgarian National Radio.


Stage music:

Monodrama, lyrics by R. Akugatawa (1983).

A Cube Game – children’s musical.

Tragnal kos (A Blackbird Embarked on a Journey) – ballet.

Short Gramophone Tales.

For symphony orchestra:

Youth Symphony (1976);
Sonata for Orchestra (1979);
Epitaphs for violin, orchestra and organ, after poems by Teodor Trayanov (1981); Music for Orchestra (1985);
Ode for soprano, alt, baritone, organ and orchestra (1987);
Apotheosis for tenor and orchestra (1988).

Chamber music:

Endurance for two voices, viola, flute, French horn and piano, on poems by Emily Dickinson (1979);

Procession for flute, French horn and harp (1995).

For piano:

Variants, a cycle (1975);
Night Butterflies (1993);
Concerto for two pianos (1983)
Fabliau after pictures by Nikolay Maystorov for 5 pianos (1994).

For organ:

Sonata (1976).

Electronic and electroacoustic music:

Heterotempi (1981);
Zodiac of the Crystals for marimba, piano and tape (1989).