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Composer and pianist Dobrinka Tabakova performs her own compostion Nocturne.
Dobrinka Tabakova is a Bulgarian born composer living in London. She composed this piece at the age of 15 in 1998


Broadcast november 26th 2017 NPO1 / more music:

This video was recorded in TivoliVredenburg for VPRO Vrije Geluiden: music program made by the Dutch public broadcast organization VPRO

Luce all’Italiana

Luce all'Italiana from David Bruggink on Vimeo.

In Italy, sunlight was my constant companion. I got to know its many personas – fading, reflecting, saturating, revealing. When it came time to leave, I didn't want to part ways.

Music: “Concerto for Violoncello and Strings - II. (Longing)” written by Dobrinka Tabakova.
Filmed on a Canon t3i and edited in After Effects
Thanks to Emma Adams for language consulting.
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Dobrinka Tabakova - Immortal Shakespeare

Performed by Orchestra of the Swan, Tamsin Waley-Cohen- violin, conducted by David Curtis

Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon 21 April 2016 - Part of Shakespeare 400 commemorations

Immortal Shakespeare
Choral symphony for choir and orchestra

Prelude (00'54)
I. Brave new world (03'56)
II. To thine own self be true (08'31)
III. Never doubt I love (14'04)
IV. Be fire with fire (21'35)
V./VI. Truth will come to light / All the world’s a stage (24'08)
VII. Set me free (27'30)
Postlude (Stay passenger) (32'10)

The choral symphony 'Immortal Shakespeare' brings together three artistic strands- words, visuals and music, in celebration of the timeless words of the Bard. Key to the project are a series of sketches made by J.M.W. Turner on a visit to Stratford-upon-Avon in 1833, which I came across when researching this commission in 2011. The sketches can be arranged to form a journey from birthplace to resting place and on one of these Turner inscribes ‘The Immortal Shakespeare was born in this house’, which gave the title of this choral symphony.

The birthplace to resting place idea is mirrored in the choice of text, as I took Jacques’ famous monologue and compiled a selection of texts from Shakespeare’s plays which chart the seven ages of man: from Infant to Old Age. The final hymn sets the words on Shakespeare's funerary monument at Holy Trinity Church, where the work received its premiere.

The work is commissioned by Orchestra of the Swan and Sorel Organization, with special gratitude to Tate Britain for permission to display some of the sketches and Dominic Dromgoole (Artistic Director, Shakespeare's Globe) for his insightful guidance during the choice of text.