Dobri Chintulov (Bulgarian: Добри Чинтулов) (1822 – 27 March 1886) was a Bulgarian poet, teacher and composer of the Bulgarian National Revival period.
Born in the Thracian town of Sliven in September 1822 to the family of a craftsman, Chintulov studied at the Greek school in his hometown, he also received education in Romania and Russia. Chintulov wrote a number of patriotic and revolutionary songs and poems, some of which became renowned as anthems of the liberation of the Bulgarians from the Ottoman Empire.
Chintulov worked as a teacher for years, but had to quit due to problems with his sight. Although ill and half-blind, Chintulov was among those who welcomed the liberating Russian forces in Sliven during the Russo-Turkish War of 1877–1878. Receiving a pension until the end of his life, Chintulov died in Sliven on 27 March 1886, disappointed with the post-Liberation reality.
Chintulov's poetic legacy is not large in numbers, as only around 20 of his poems have survived, he had to burn his manuscripts twice. Three of his best known works are "Rise Up, Rise Up, Balkan Hero", "The Wind is Resounding, the Mountain is Moaning", and "Where are you, Faithful Love of the People?"
Стани, стани юнак балкански (Rise Up, Rise Up, Balkan Hero)
Стани, стани юнак балкански
от сън дълбок се събуди,
срещу народа отомански
ти българите поведи!
Song video: Стани, стани юнак балкански (Rise Up, Rise Up, Balkan Hero)
Вятър ечи, Балкан стене (The Wind is Resounding, the Mountain is Moaning)
Вятър ечи, Балкан стене,
сам юнак на коня
с тръба зове свойте братя:
всички на оръжие!
Song video: Вятър ечи, Балкан стене (The Wind is Resounding, the Mountain is Moaning)
Dobri Chintulov. Wikipedia.
Image source: Dobri Chintulov. Wikipedia, Михал Орела, Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
Dobri Chintulov in Bulgaria By R. J. Crampton.
Dobri Chintulov in A short history of modern Bulgaria By R. J. Crampton.