Dessislava Vaughan
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Please, check out my “Nine Watermelons” album. My father, Bulgarian composer Todor Gerov, and I collaborated on this project, with the intention of producing a collection for solo piano that represents a variety of different musical styles. Even though I sometimes write music, my father, is the real talent in this department and he composed all of the pieces in this album, while I performed them.

Why Nine Watermelons? more

In addition to the pieces, which celebrate the spirit of Bulgarian folklore music, famous for its complex and compound rhythms, as well as for the unusual use of intervals and intonations, the rest of the compositions in “Nine Watermelons” entertain with a selection of ragtime, jazz, Latino, classical and romantic treasures.

Here are a couple of samples for you to enjoy:

If you liked the music, you are welcome to go to any of the following on-line music stores to purchase and download the album or the individual pieces:

Here is a short description of the album:
Album name: “Nine Watermelons”
Released by: Riva Sound in 2002, in Sofia, Bulgaria
Composer: Todor Gerov
Solo piano and vocal: Dessislava Vassileva Vaughan
RSCD 3107
MK 12888

More about the pieces:
  1. Dessie - A pleasant blending of folklore mood and jazz intonation
  2. Free and Independent - A jolly piece in the manner of traditional ragtime
  3. Reflections - A modern piece with Romantic flavor
  4. Krivo Sadovsko - Based on a popular folklore theme by Petko Radev and Ivan Kirev
  5. Long Day - A charming composition for piano and vocal, combining the beauty of classical music and jazz
  6. A Whiff from the South - This piece entices with the warm temperament of the Latino rhythms
  7. Based on a Theme by Mozart - This composition is based on the popular Mozart Sonata in C Dur (C Major). The lucid classical melody intertwines with the sophisticated harmonic successions of modern jazz
  8. Jazz Waltz - A stimulating and beautiful waltz
  9. Nine Watermelons - A pleasurable fusion of jazz and ethnic Bulgarian sounds
  10. Romantic - A lyrical piece in the passionate Romantic style
  11. Retronom - The title of the composition was conceived by the composer as a compound word of “retro” and “metronome”, thus best expressing the mood of this elegant ragtime.
  12. 12+11 - This exclusive jazz-folk composition is attractive with the unique sounds and wealth of Bulgarian combined compound rhythms

To learn more about my accomplishments as a musician and music educator or about my father’s professional composing career, please, go to and