The good Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis, one of the vital names in music in twentieth century Greece, He died this Thursday on the age of 96.
Theodorakis, who in recent times was a number of occasions on the verge of demise, handed away at his house in Athens, leaving an infinite musical legacy, not solely in Greece.
With his 1964 composition of the soundtrack to “Zorba, the Greek”, directed and edited by Michael Cacoyannis and based mostly on the novel “Life and Adventures of Alexis Zorbas” by Nikos Kazantzakis, Theodorakis managed to deliver Greek common music to the whole world.
Along with his collaboration with Cacoyannis, Theodorakis composed the music for different movies, similar to “Z” and “Siege” by Hellenic director Costas Gavras or “Serpico” by American Sydney Lumet.
He additionally composed “Canto General” by the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. AP Photograph.
One other of his nice worldwide legacies was the composition of the “Canto General” by the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.
its militancy on the left It led him to be arrested and tortured throughout totally different black intervals of Greek historical past, to endure firsthand the implications of authoritarianism and to be compelled into exile.
Theodorakis was a deputy for events as diametrically opposed because the communist KKE and the conservative New Democracy, coming to just accept a ministerial portfolio beneath the mandate of Konstantinos Mitsotakis, the daddy of the present Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. In 2000 he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis talks to Greece’s lead singer Maria Farandouri in 1974. AP Photograph.
Though his coronary heart was loyal to leftist pondering for a very long time, his newest political acts have been directed in opposition to nothing lower than one of many fundamental achievements of the leftist authorities of Alexis Tsipras, reconciliation with North Macedonia, via the settlement that put finish to the dispute over the title of the neighboring nation, a pact in opposition to which Theodorakis joined essentially the most nationalist voices within the nation.
As quickly because the information of his demise was recognized, Parliament decreed a minute of silence in his reminiscence.
Mikis Theodorakis has written every kind of music, from operas, symphonic music, chamber music, oratorios, ballet, and church choirs, to music for theater, movie, artwork, folks tune, and postsymphonic works.
His work will be distinguished in three fundamental intervals: Within the first (1937-1960) he composes symphonic works and chamber music; within the second (1960-1980) he tries to mix the orchestral symphony with folks devices and creates new kinds based mostly on the voice, whereas from 1981 he returns to symphonic kinds and delves into opera.