Pancho Vladigerov

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Life in Dates

1920 - 1932 Deutsches Theatre, Berlin

In 1920, Pancho Vladigerov started work as a composer and musical director at Deutsches Theatre, Berlin, having been invited by the great German producer Max Reinhardt. For his theatres, Vladigerov wrote music for nine plays. He also wrote his first piece of incidental music for Bernard Shaw’s play Caesar and Cleopatra.

In 1921, the Vienna Philharmonic performed his First Violin Concerto, dedicated to his brother, Lyuben. Soloist: Gustav Haveman. Conductor: Fritz Reiner.

In 1922, he signed a contract for publication of his works with the prestigious music publisher Universal Edition. He wrote Rhapsody Vardar for violin and piano. This piece became emblematic of Vladigerov’s creativity and established itself as the most popular, performed and published composer’s work. Most of his transcriptions scored for different instruments and ensembles were of this piece.

In 1923, in January, the rhapsody received its premiere in Bulgaria.

In 1926, Vladigerov was one of the organisers of the First Bulgarian Musical Festival in Varna. There he performed his own concerto and made his debut as a conductor.

In 1927, he wrote Bulgarian Suite, dedicated to his native country (А ma patrie). He was presented with the St. Alexander’s Order of Merit (Fifth Class).

In 1928, the orchestral variation of Rhapsody Vardar was first performed at the Festival of Bulgarian Music in Prague. It became very popular to the general public.

In 1929, the first gramophone records of Rhapsody Vardar and Bulgarian Suite, produced by the recording company Deutsche Grammophon, were released.

In 1930, Pancho Vladigerov wrote his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra № 2. It received its premiere in Dresden on February 28, 1931, and the author was a soloist.

In 1931, he wrote Seven Symphonic Bulgarian Dances.