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YOUTH AND STUDENT YEARS (1915 - 1924)



 

THE LIFE AND WORK OF PETKO STAINOV

1915-1920 - carries out dynamic youth amateur musical activity in Kazanluk; organizes and conducts a choir, performs as a pianist. Expresses for the first time his creative musical talent.

1915-1916 - writes his earliest works: “Legend” for orchestra; “Fantasy”, a septet for chamber orchestra; “A Hundred-and-twenty men”, a choral song; “Lilyana set off”, a folk-songs medley for a mixed choir; “Night”, a song for baritone and piano; and “A song to my grieving brother”, for soprano, violin and piano.

1919 - writes the choral works (for a mixed choir) “I dreamt a dream” and “Waits”.

1920-1923 - obtains his higher musical education in Germany, at: Dr. Mencke’s private musical lyceum and the “Rosanowski” private conservatory in Braunschweig (1920 - 1921); and the Dresden Conservatory (composition with Alexander Worf and piano with E. Muench). Graduates on April 23, 1923. Concertizes as a pianist in Germany until the end of the year.

1922 - in Vienna, in the month of August, marries Stefanka Mandadjieva (b. April 22, 1897, d. April 10, 1966) also from Kazanluk, who has studied music in Dresden. Until her death, she is his irreplaceable assistant in his work, be it composition, public musical activities, or journalism.

1924 - returns from Germany to Kazanluk. Founds an amateur musical theater.

1924 - becomes member of the Society of the Blind in Bulgaria (later Union of the Blind in Bulgaria).