Vera Baeva (Stefanova)

(born in 1930 in Bourgas, Bulgaria). She graduated from the State Academy of Music majoring in Composition under Professor Marin Goleminov and Professor Lubomir Pipkov, and Piano under Professor Dimitar Nenov and Professor Andrey Stoyanov. As a pianist she gave a number of solo and chamber concerts, as well as concerts with the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra. From 1982 to 1988 she taught Chamber Singing at  the State Academy of Music. Her repertoire focuses on works by Bulgarian composers. She is Chorus Master of the Bulgarian National Radio Mixed Choir. She wrote vocal-instrumental and orchestral works; over 200 choral and solo songs, children’s operettas, etc. She participated in many international festivals. She recorded for the Bulgarian National Radio, on LPs, etc. She is a writer as well, being the author of two books of short stories.
Selected works: Mothers’ Prayer for soprano, flute, trumpet, snare–drum, violoncello, double bass and piano; Vocal Orchestral: Cantatas for mixed choir and orchestra: Pirin (1954); I Bow for soloist, reader, mixed choir and orchestra (1975); My Homeland for choir and orchestra (1985). Choral instrumental : for female voices choir: Butterflies – ritual music based on traditional tunes for female voices, flute, double bass, piano, organ and percussion; Revelation –a cycle of four songs for female voices choir, flute and piano after lyrics by St. Pencheva (1981);  Tangra –ritual dance for male voices choir, flute, double bass, piano and percussion (1991). For symphony orchestra: Modern Tarnovo for piano and orchestra (1980). Chamber music : String Quartet; Piano Trio; Sonata for violin and piano( 1998); Two Impressions for violoncello (1981); Two pieces for violin and piano (2002); Circus for reader, flute, violoncello, piano and percussion (2003). For piano: Five Preludes (1974); Sonata Do- Re for two grand pianos (eight hands) (1976); Sonata for eight hands (1987). Vocal music: three songs for soprano and piano, on poems by Blaga Dimitrova (1976); Three songs for bass and piano “Men’s Moods”, lyrics by Dimitar Metodiev ( 1977); Three Songs for mezzo soprano and piano, lyrics by Emilya Karapetrova (2003).

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