Mara Petrova

composer, pianist

15.05.1921 – 07.06.1997Sliven – Bulgaria

Mara Petrova graduated from the State Academy of Music majoring in Composition under Professor Vesselin Stoyanov and Piano under Professor Pancho Vladigerov. She specialised in Choral Conducting with Professor Marin Goleminov. She taught at the Institute for Music and Choreographic Specialists. She wrote articles. She edited song collections.

She composed in a variety of genres. Her works were performed in Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Poland, Russia and Switzerland and won prizes.


Stage music:
Children’s operetta: Podranilo (Early Bird).

Works for symphony orchestra:
Youth Suite (1953);
My Fatherland Overture; Dance-Poem (1966);

Symphony “April 1876” (1981).

Works for string orchestra:
Junior suite for string orchestra and timpani;
Triptych for voice, string orchestra and snare drum;
“Sineokata” and “Lulchina song” for voice and string orchestra.

Chamber Music:
Sonata for violin and piano (1976);
Sofia Suite for oboe, clarinet, bassoon and small drum;
Sketches for wind trio;
Song and Scherzo for flute and piano;
Dance for three bassoons, scherzo for clarinet and piano (1988) etc.

For piano:

Sonata and Theme with Variations;
Children’s album.

Choral music:

For mixed choir:
Legend about the Apostle;
Hristo Botev;
Winter Tale;
Poem for my Native Town.

For children’s choir:
Bulgaria, lyrics by Hristo Chernaev.