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The composer and music pedagogue Alexander Tekeliev is the author of musical scenic works, 2 oratorios, vocal and symphonic works, symphonies for string orchestra, chamber and instrumental works, vocal cycles, solo and choral songs; music for children, solo songs for children; arrangements for folk choirs, soundtracks to films, etc.

He studied at the Prof. Pancho Vladigerov State Academy of Music in Sofia and completed his master degree in composition with Prof. Vesselin Stoyanov. Alexander Tekeliev furthered his studies in composition and orchestration in Budapest with Attila Bosai (1980) and in Paris with Michel Filippo (1982). Since 1977 he has been teaching at the Prof. Pancho Vladigerov State Academy of Music and since 1991 he is Professor of Composition and Symphony Orchestration.

A great part of his works have been published in Bulgaria and throughout the world and many of them have been performed in France, Italy, Greece, Japan, Hungary, Portugal, Russia, Ukraine, Sweden, Poland, Germany, Austria, Mexico, Norway, etc.

The three compositions which are included in the present album differ greatly regarding emotional impact and expressive means. While Roots is entirely influenced by the unique Bulgarian way of singing and spirit, Symphony – Requiem No. 4 is a powerful work, dedicated to the victims of terrorism. It was inspired by the tragic events of September 11th, 2001 in New York. Even though the composer uses again the expressive means of the specific folk voices, their purpose is to reinforce the author’s suggestion of the universal tragedy. The third piece Happy Birthday is written in the style of a playful joke. The motif of the well-known song appears from behind some familiar tunes by Liszt, Puccini, Strauss, Mozart, Offenbach, Tchaikovsky… It is full of humour, ingenuity, virtuosity and profound command of the art of composing.


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