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“Beautiful Child”– an everlasting song about the first day of school

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The first schools in Bulgaria were opened in the 9th century. They were founded by Boris I of Bulgaria, also known as Boris-Mihail, after the arrival of the disciples of Cyril and

During the Ottoman rule, almost every Bulgarian settlement had its own school. The school played a key role during the Bulgarian National Revival, when it served as an educational and a cultural center. Back then, Bulgarian teachers were the first musicians, composers, writers and theatre critics. After the liberation of Bulgaria from the Ottoman rule, many Bulgarians studied in Russia or in prestigious European universities. Some of them became full-time teachers when they returned to their home country.

Stoyan Beshkov, who wrote the music to some wonderful songs about school, was among them. He wrote the music to the popular song “Detentse Hubavo" (Beautiful Child). The lyrics to the song were written by the celebrated Bulgarian poet and writer Ivan Vazov. The song always sounds on the first day of school. Let us listen to “Dententse Hubavo (Beautiful Child)” to the rendition of “Ballerina” children’s choir from the town of Radomir.

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