He scored for the films Zorba the GreekZand Serpico He composed the " Mauthausen Trilogy " also known as "The Ballad of Mauthausen", which has been described as the "most beautiful musical work ever written about the Holocaust " and possibly his best work .
He is viewed as Greece's best-known living composer. Politically, he is associated with the left because of his long-standing ties to the Communist Party of Greece.
Nevertheless, in he ran as an independent candidate within the centre-right New Democracy party, in order for the country to emerge from the political crisis that had been created due to the numerous scandals of the government of Andreas Papandreou and helped establish a large coalition between conservatives, socialists and leftists.
In he was elected to the parliament as in andbecame a government minister under Constantine Mitsotakisand fought against drugs and terrorism and for culture, education and better relations between Greece and Turkey. He continued to speak out in favor of left-liberal causes, Greek—Turkish—Cypriot relations, and against the War in Iraq. Mikis Theodorakis was born on the Greek island of Chios and spent his childhood years in different provincial Greek cities such as Mytilene Cephallonia Patras  Pyrgos  and Tripoli.
His fascination with music began in early childhood; he taught himself to write his first songs without access to musical instruments. He took his first music lessons in Patras  and Pyrgos where he was a childhood friend of George Pavlopoulos and in Tripoli, Peloponnese he gave his first concert at the age of seventeen.
During the periods when he was not obliged to hide, not exiled or jailed, he studied from to at the Athens Conservatoire under Filoktitis Economidis. In he travelled with his young wife Myrto Altinoglou to Paris where he entered the Conservatory and studied musical analysis under Olivier Messiaen  and conducting under Eugene Bigot. His symphonic works: a Piano concertohis first suitehis first symphonyand his scores for the ballet : Greek Carnival, Le Feu aux Poudres, Les Amants de Teruelreceived international acclaim.
InTheodorakis returned to Greece and his roots in genuine Greek music: With his song cycle Epitaphios he started the third period of his composing and contributed to a cultural revolution in his country. He developed his concept of "metasymphonic music" symphonic compositions that go beyond the "classical" status and mix symphonic elements with popular songs, Western symphonic orchestra and Greek popular instruments.
Because of his political ideas, the composer was black-listed by the cultural establishment; at the time of his biggest artistic glory, a large number of his songs were censored-before-studio or were not allowed on the radio stations. Duringhe wrote the music for the Michael Cacoyiannis film Zorba the Greekwhose main theme, since then, exists as a trademark for Greece.
It is also known as 'Syrtaki dance'; inspired from old Cretan traditional dances. On 21 April a right wing junta the Regime of the Colonels took power in a putsch. On 1 June, the Colonels published "Army decree No 13", which banned playing, and even listening to his music.
Theodorakis himself was arrested on 21 August,  and jailed for five months. Following his release end of Januaryhe was banished in August to Zatouna with his wife Myrto and their two children, Margarita and Yorgos. An international solidarity movement, headed by such personalities as Dmitri ShostakovichLeonard BernsteinArthur Millerand Harry Belafonte demanded to get Theodorakis freed.
Theodorakis's flight left very secretly from an Onassis owned private airport outside Athens. Theodorakis was immediately hospitalized because he suffered from lung tuberculosis. They arrived from Greece to France via Italy on a boat. While in exile, Theodorakis fought during four years for the overthrow of the colonels. He started his world tours and gave thousands of concerts on all continents as part of his struggle for the restoration of democracy in Greece.
For millions of people, Theodorakis was the symbol of resistance against the Greek dictatorship. After the fall of the Colonels, Mikis Theodorakis returned to Greece on 24 July to continue his work and his concert tours, both in Greece and abroad. His proposal for the unification of the three parties of the former United Left — which had grown out of the National Liberation Front N.
After his resignation as a member of Greek parliament, he was appointed General Musical Director of the Choir and the two Orchestras of the Hellenic State Radio ERTwhich he reorganised and Always Look For Trouble - Mikis Theodorakis - Zorba The Greek (Original Soundtrack Album) which he undertook successful concert tours abroad.
FromTheodorakis had started the fourth period of his musical writing, during which he returned to the symphonic music, while still going on to compose song-cycles. His most significant works written in these years are his Second, Third, Fourth and Seventh Symphonymost of them being first performed in the former German Democratic Republic between and It was during this period that he received the Lenin Peace Prize.
Inhe started the fifth periodthe last, of his musical writing: He composed three operas lyric tragedies Medeafirst performed in Bilbao 1 OctoberElektrafirst performed in Luxembourg 2 May and Antigonefirst performed in Athens' Megaron Moussikis 7 October This trilogy was complemented by his last opera Lysistratafirst Franco De Vita - Solo Éxitos in Athens 14 Seven Steps To Heaven - Miles Davis - The CBS Years 1955-1985 : a call for peace With his operas, and with his song cycles from toTheodorakis ushered in the period of his Lyrical Life.
Theodorakis is Doctor honoris causa of several universities, including Montreal, Thessaloniki, and Crete. Now Lady Friend - The Byrds - History Of The Byrds lives in retirement, reading, writing, publishing arrangements of his scores, texts about culture and politics. A final set of songs entitled: Odysseia was composed by utilizing poetry written by Costas Kartelias for lyrics.
Created on 30 JanuaryTheodorakis achieved the distinction of producing one of the largest works by any composer of any time. On February 26,Theodorakis was hospitalized due to heart problems. During the invasion of Iraq, Theodorakis called Americans "detestable, ruthless cowards and murderers of the people of the world.
On 1 December Always Look For Trouble - Mikis Theodorakis - Zorba The Greek (Original Soundtrack Album) Theodorakis founded "Spitha: People's Independent Movement", a non-political movement which calls Switch 180 - Shift - Dirty Signal to gather and express their political ideas. The main goal of "Spitha" is to help Greece stay clear of its economic crisis.
Theodorakis released two albums of his songs and song cycles on Paredon Records and Folkways Records in the early seventies, including his Peoples' Music: The Struggles of the Greek People From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from Mikis Theodorakes. Mikis Theodorakis. Paredon Folkways. Ikaria - Paradise in Peril. Dorrance Publishing. Retrieved 1 November The Rosen Publishing Group.
Considered Greece's greatest living composer, Theodorakis has written many scores. National Geographic Traveler: Greece, 3rd Edition. National Geographic Society. Retrieved 27 December Historical Dictionary of Modern Greece. Scarecrow Press. Retrieved 3 November Moscow: Sovetskaya Enciklopediya. Retrieved Retrieved 13 February Retrieved 8 November Mikis Theodorakis: music and social change.
For nearly six months, Mikis remained on the island of Crete trying to put the past behind, and become a human being For too long, he had been a drain on hisfather who was finding it difficult to practice his profession in the tiny village of KatoGalata, or even the larger town of Cha- nia.
April Cook Europe Since An Encyclopedia. The Gramophone. His mother had moved to the Greek islands from Asia Minor just before the Lausanne Peace Conference in obliged 1. Hellenic College Press. While there is no record of a young Mikis Theodorakis being subjected to any serious direct personal physical or psychological trauma, Always Look For Trouble - Mikis Theodorakis - Zorba The Greek (Original Soundtrack Album) did grew up in Journals of resistance.
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