Alexandеr Popov

composer, performer

14.07.1927 – 04.03.2010Shumen – Bulgaria

Alexander Popov graduated from the State Academy of Music in 1959. He studied Violin with Professor Petar Hristoskov, Viola with Professor Stefan Sugarev and Composition with Professor Vesselin Stoyanov. From 1948 to 1963 he was member of the orchestra of Sofia Opera (1948-1963). In 1962 he joined the Sofia Soloists Chamber Ensemble.

He composed an oratorio; two cantatas; pieces for string orchestra; chamber music; film music, etc. He was prizewinner at national competitions.

His works were performed in the UK and the Czech Republic.


Choral-orchestral works:

Oratorio: The Green Tree of Life for soloists, mixed choir and symphony orchestra (1978).

Cantata for the April Uprising for soprano, mixed choir and symphony orchestra (1952);
To Bulgaria for children’s choir and string orchestra (1968).

Works for string orchestra:

Sinfonietta (1972);
Concertos: 1 (1962), 2 (1969).

Prelude and dance (1958);
The Painter for string quartet and string orchestra (1961);
Concerto grosso (1966);
Passacaglia and Fugue (1981);
Divertimento for string orchestra and bagpipe (1986);
Introduction and Rachenitza (1973);
Variations (1973);
Balkan suite (1980);
Fugue (1976).

Chamber Music:

Wind quintets: 1 (1948), 2 (1982).

String quartets: 1, 2 (1981); 3 (1985), 4 (1991), 5 (2001).

The Small Elephant for voice, clarinet and piano (1983).
Playing for violin and viola (1994).

Vocal music:

Four children’s songs for soprano, two violins and viola, on poems by Pencho Slaveykov (2002).

Choral music:

For mixed choir: The Seasons (1974).
For voice, choir and piano: Slaveikov’s Songs (1988).

Children’s songs: collected in three volumes.