Tsvetanov, Tsvetan, Bulgarian composer and teacher; b. Sofia, Nov. 6,1931; d. Paris, April 4,1982. He studied composition with Hadzhiev and Vladigerov at the Bulgarian State Cons. in Sofia (graduated, 1956); in 1958 he joined its faculty, becoming a prof, in composition and harmony in 1976; also was its rector (1976-80). He served as secretary of the Union of Bulgarian Composers (1969-75; 1976-80).
dramatic: Orpheus and Rodopa,ballet (1960; also an orch. suite); incidental music for plays; film scores. ORCH .: Sinfonietta (1956); 4 syms.: No. 1 (1965), No. 2 (1968), No. 3, 1923 (1972), and No. 4 for Chamber Orch. (1975); Overture (1968); Concertino for Piano and Chamber Orch. (1970); Overture of Joy (1971); Festive Concerto (1974); Symphonic Variations (1976). CHAMBER : Variationsfor String Quartet (1953); Violin Sonata (1955); Piano Sonata (1961); Cello Sonata (1973).VOCAL : The Great Beginning,symphonic poem for Narrator and Orch. (1961-63); The Staircase,ballad for Alto, Men’s Chorus, and Orch. (1966); Ballad ofBotev’s Kiss,poem for Chorus and Orch. (1973); Back to the Feat,symphonic poem for Narrator and String Orch. (1977); Immortality,oratorio (1981); songs; vocal pieces for amateurs; folk song transcriptions.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire