Tzvetan Radoslavov

composer, philosopher

19.04.1863 – 28.10.1931Svishtov – Bulgaria

Tzvetan Radoslavov graduated in Leipzig majoring in Philosophy, later studied in Vienna and Prague and received a Ph.D. degree. Upon his return, he worked as a high school teacher in Gabrovo, Ruse and Sofia. He was involved in the work of the cultural club Slavyanska beseda and Salza I Smiah Theatre. He was also member of the managing body of the Bulgarian Opera Society.

As a student, during one of his travels to Bulgaria in order to take part in the Serbian-Bulgarian War, he wrote the lyrics and the melody of the patriotic song “Gorda Stara planina” (Proud Balkan Mountain), which in 1964 became Bulgaria’s national anthem. The song was first published in 1895 in the “Textbook of Music. Part One” by Karel Mahan. Later, after Dobri Hristov made its harmonisation, the song was entitled “Mila rodino” (Dear Fatherland). Boris Trichkov used the song in his choral composition “My Dear Fatherland”.

Radoslavov wrote the historical monograph The Titles of the Bulgarian Tsars and the philosophical study The Emotional Factor in Thinking from the Point of View of the Dualistic Positions in Ethics and Religion.


Selected literature on him (in Bulgarian): Arshinkov, Stoyan. Dear Fatherland. Tzvetan Radoslavov (Sofia, 1985).