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The Bulgarian national specificity of the choral works by Dobri Hristov

Author: Nevzorova Valentina
Degree:doctor of history and Theory of Arts, Cultorology
Speciality: 17.00.01 - Audio-visual Arts (with specification: Theatrical Art; Musical Art; Cinematography, TV and other form of Audio-Visual Arts)
Scientific adviser: Irina Ciobanu-Suhomlin
doctor, professor, Academy of Music of the Theatre and Fine Arts
Institution: Academy of Music of the Theatre and Fine Arts


The thesis was presented on the 15 September, 2016
Approved by NCAA on the 15 November, 2016


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CZU УДК: 78.071.1(497.2):783.6(043.2)

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176 pages


Dobri Hristov, Bulgarian national specificity, choral music, arrangement for choir, Bulgarian musical folklore, rhythm, meter, measure, Bulgarian rhythms, diaphony, song and dancing genre, church music, Liturgy, Vesper, Bulgarian chant, diatonic modes


The thesis structure: introduction, four chapters, main conclusions and recommendations, bibliography of 259 titles, 154 pages of the basic text and 8 appendices including 60 music examples, 7 tables.

The aim and objectives of the work. The aim of the work is to reveal stylistic lines of choral works by D. Hristov in a foreshortening of their Bulgarian specifics reflected in musicaltheoretical writings of the composer.

The objectives are: to identify and to characterize the Bulgarian national specific elements described in scientific and musical-critical works by D. Hristov; to establish the national component of the means of musical expression and genre shape during the analysis of his compositions for choir; to compare the Bulgarian folk songs and composer’s choral works on their basis; to correlate theoretical observations of the composer with the defined stylistic features of his choir music.

Scientific novelty and originality. For the first time in contemporary musicology Bulgarian national specifics come to light by studying of music through a prism of the composer's theoretical positions, thereby, establishing a relationship between music theory and artistic practice in his activities.

The scientific problem resolved in the study consists in justification of a concordance between the scientific-theoretical arguments of D. Hristov concerning the Bulgarian national specifics and the results of their artistic reflection in his music, contributing, on the one hand, to the practical-theoretical judgment of composer's artistic method, by relating the author's aesthetical-theoretical concepts and the creative results, but on the other – to a profound solution of the general problem of national in music in one of its foreshortenings – composer and folklore.

The theoretical value of the thesis consists in its contribution to the understanding of composer’s musical thinking on a national basis as a selection process (in this case – and theoretical fixing) of the elements of the great musical and cultural significance (nationalspecific elements) developed in folk music, and their further reproduction in own composer’s creativity. The results of the research promote further improvement of the universal theory of a meter and rhythm through the appreciations of the achievements of D. Hristov who laid the foundation of systematization of one of its classes – the complex mixed meters that are specific to the Bulgarian music.

The applicative significance of the thesis. Materials and research results can be used in teaching some subjects of music education, such as national music history, analysis of musical forms, history of choral music and other disciplines from the curriculum for the specialties Choral Conducting, Musicology and Music Education.

Introduction of scientific results. The thesis has been discussed on the Musicology and composition chair meetings and on the 29.06. 2015 has been recommended to be obtained. The research results were approved at the national and international scientific conferences held in 2008–2015, in 14 scientific publications edited in the Republic of Moldova, Bulgaria and the Russian Federation as well as in the author's concert activity and teaching at the department of music education at the “G. Tsamblac” State University from Taraclia, the Republic of Moldova.