Svetlana Kuyumdzhieva. "Singers Sing Here with Voice"
Language: Bulgarian with a summary in English
The book presents some of the most authoritative personalities with significant contribution to both Bulgarian and Eastern Orthodox music, who contributed to the formation and development of this music over the centuries. All of them were both creators and singers. It is stressed that the figure of the creator during the Middle Ages and the Early National Revival in church music, is inseparable from that of the singer-performer: the creator as an author of musical works, but also as a singer, leader of choirs in a church, writer or copyist of musical manuscripts.
The presentation of the personalities begins with St. John of Damascus from the 7th—8th centuries, a key figure in the reformation of the hymnographic repertory intended for liturgical singing in the church. In soma way, this repertory was a bit later assimilated in the newly converted Christian Bulgaria in the 9th century and determined the path of development of it’s church music.
Along with famous writers, the book also includes anonymous chants for two of the most revered Bulgarian saints, St. John of Rila and St. Petka of Turnovo. The chants were discovered recently. The presentation of the personalities concludes with one of the most prominent figures in the history of Bulgarian church music from the 20th century, Dobri Hristov and Petar Dinev. Their works are sung today by almost all Bulgarian choirs.
Table of contents
Св. Йоан Дамаскин (ок.675—749)
Св. Кирил (826/7—869) и св. Методий (ок.815—885)
Св. Климент Охридски (ок.840—916)
Св. Йоан Кукузел (ок.1280—ок.1341)
Митрополит Теолепт Филаделфийски (ок.1250—ок.1322)
Владислав Граматик (XV в.)
Протопсалт Евстатие (XVI в.)
Йеромонах Козма Македонец (XVII в.) и Гавраил Македонец (XVIII в.)
Митрополит Серафим Босненски и йеромонах Дионисий Велешки (XVIII в.)
Йеромонах Йоасаф Рилски (кр.XVIII — първата половина на XIX в.)
Отец Неофит Рилски (ок.1793—1881)
Аноними: св. Йоан Рилски (ок.876—946) и св. Петка Търновска (X—XI в.)
Добри Христов (1875—1941)
Петър Динев (1889—1980)