120 years after his birth, one of the brightest minds in Bulgaria – the brilliant composer, pianist and architect – Dimitar Nenov, is still not well known to the public. On the occasion of the anniversary and with the financial support of the National Culture Fund, as well as with the huge support of my dear friend, the art critic Elisaveta Petrova, together with the video producer Yassen Haralampiev we created a musical documentary about the great intellectual, which tells the fascinating story of Dimitar Nenov. He is among the iconic figures of the first half of the 20th century in the Bulgarian cultural life, but his memory is marked by an inexplicable and shocking act of vandalism – his musical recordings were destroyed.
“Dimitar Nenov and the Dimensions of Elegance” is a short documentary about the life and work of one of the greatest Bulgarian musicians, and the production includes artistically shot documentary and musical parts dedicated to the composer. The film uses previously unseen photos, documents and manuscripts that make it an extremely meaningful, intriguing, as well as emotionally and intellectually enriching audio-visual document. As far as we know, there is no other documentary about Dimitar Nenov, and even more valuable in it is the fact that viewers have the opportunity to hear an excerpt from the pianist’s sole surviving recording.
An encyclopedic figure with interests in the arts, science and society, Nenov is a German-graduated architect with several years of experience in the profession. A legendary Bulgarian pianist with an international career and glamorous reviews in renowned European publications, Dimitar Nenov is also a composer with an original, highly expressive style and works that are exceptional in their quality and variety.
Unfortunately, outside the professional music circles in Bulgaria, his music is unknown and rarely performed in modern concert practice. His iconic Toccata, as well as some other works, are a major part of the video production, and were recorded especially for this film in the most aesthetic way, aiming to fascinate and introduce the audience to the emotional and penetrating music world of Dimitar Nenov.
The film is subtitled in English and is freely available on YouTube:
We are grateful for the financial support of the National Culture Fund, as well as for the partnership with Bulgarian Architectural Modernism Foundation, Bulgarian National Radio and the Science Archive of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.