Tome Mančev

(b. 1950, Gevgelija).

North Macedonian composer of mostly orchestral, chamber, choral, and vocal works that have been performed in Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America.

Prof. Mančev studied at Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje and there earned his BMus in pedagogy in 1973 and his BMus in music theory and pedagogy in 1975, then studied composition there with Vlastimir Nikolovski and earned his BMus in 1979. He then studied composition with Jiří Dvořáček at the Akademie múzických umění v Praze – Academy of Performing Arts in Prague in 1980–81, on a fellowship, where he then had postgraduate studies in composition with Josef Ceremuga and Jiří Dvořáček from 1982–88. He later studied orchestration with Dimitar Sagaev at the Pancho Vladigerov National Academy of Music in Sofia from 1995–99, where he earned his Dr. Sci.

Among his honours are Third Prize twice in the competition for choral music TEHO in Tetovo (1978, for Harvester, Op. 10; 1990, for War, Op. 8), the Panče Pešev Prize for best composition three times from the North Macedonian Composers Association in Skopje (1989, for Symphony No. 2, 'Paganophony', Op. 23; 1995, for Old Song, Op. 27; 2002, for Exodus, Op. 30), a lifetime achievement award from the Society of Music Pedagogues and Teachers of Macedonia (2014), and the Trajko Prokopiev Prize for lifetime achievement from the Macedonian Composers Association (2015).

He has taught analysis, composition, instrumentation, musical instruments, orchestration, and techniques of 20th-century composition at Ss. Cyril and Methodius University since 1990, where he has been Professor of Composition since 2000.


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Sonata (choreography by Ljupčo Georgievski), 6 male dancers, oboe, piano, Op. 17, 1981


Sinfonietta, large orchestra (64 players), Op. 11, 1978

Symphonic Poem, large orchestra (76 players), Op. 16, 1981

Concerto, violin, large orchestra (78 players), Op. 22, 1985

Symphony No. 3, 20 strings, Op. 25, 1988

Old Song (concerto scenes), large orchestra (88 players), Op. 27, 1994

Song and Dance, 20 strings, Op. 29, 2000

Exodus, large orchestra (85 players), Op. 30, 2001

Solemn Heroic Dance, military band, Op. 37, 2007, revised 2013


Contrasts (cycle), viola, piano, Op. 5, 1975

Two Parts, cello, piano, Op. 7, 1976

Three Sketches, flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon, Op. 12, 1978

Sonata, viola, piano, Op. 15, 1980

Dance, piano, percussion, Op. 19, 1981

Sonata, violin, piano, Op. 26, 1989

DD..., flute, Op. 31, 2002

Cadence and Coda, flute, clarinet, bassoon, Op. 32, 2002–03

Monologue and Dialogue, bassoon, Op. 33, 2002–03

Screams, oboe, bassoon, violin, cello, piano, percussion, Op. 36, 2009–10


Land of Stone (text by Ante Popovski), mixed chorus, Op. 2, 1974

Three Elaborations (texts from traditional sources from North Macedonia), mezzo-soprano, female chorus, Op. 3, 1974

War (text by Jovan Koteski), male speaker, mixed chorus, Op. 8, 1976

Harvester (text by Jovan Koteski), mixed chorus, Op. 10, 1977

Slavjanophony (oratorio, texts by Ilija Džadžev, Slavko Janevski), baritone, male speaker, mixed chorus, large orchestra (134 players), Op. 13, 1979

Symphony No. 1 (vocalise), mixed chorus, oboe, Op. 14, 1979

March of the Bicyclists (text by Ilija Džadžev), children's chorus, 1981

The Year 1014 (text by Ilija Karajanov), mixed chorus, Op. 20, 1981

The Fatherland (cantata, texts by Vasil Ikonomov, Georgi Stalev Popovski, Marija Kukubajska), baritone, male speaker, mixed chorus, large orchestra (127 players), Op. 24, 1987


Sanitarium Ballad (song-cycle, text by Mateja Matevski), mezzo-soprano, piano, Op. 4, 1974–75

Flowers of Freedom (song-cycle, text by Ilija Karajanov), mezzo-soprano, piano, Op. 21, 1984

Symphony No. 2, 'Paganophony' (vocalise), baritone, large orchestra (80 players), Op. 23, 1986–87

Intrada and Capriccio (vocalise), soprano, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, Op. 28, 1998–99

Symphony No. 4, 'Requiem' (text by the composer), soprano, male speaker, large orchestra (94 players), Op. 34, 2001–04


Miniatures, Op. 1, 1973

Suite, Op. 6, 1975–76

Sonata, Op. 9, 1977


Why do I have my hands to touch my mother's face? (song for children, text by Ljupčo Trajkovski), child's voice, orchestra of folk instruments from North Macedonia, 1985