At the age of 96: composer Mikis Theodorakis has died

Status: 02.09.2021 10:03 a.m.

The Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis died in Athens at the age of 96. He achieved international fame as a musician, writer and politician.

The Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis died in Athens at the age of 96. This was announced by the Ministry of Culture in Athens. Previously, several media in the country had unanimously reported on the death of the composer, who was celebrated as a folk hero in Greece.

After it became known that Theodorakis had died, Greek radio and television stations stopped their current programs to commemorate the artist and play his music.

The man behind the score for “Alexis Sorbas”

The music for the film “Alexis Sorbas”, which was released in 1964, is considered the composer’s best-known work. In total, Theodorakis created hundreds of works, composed symphonies, chamber music and melodies for ballet and operas. Today he is considered the most famous Greek composer of the 20th century.

Theodorakis also wrote several books, including works on music, autobiographies and volumes of poetry.

Resistance fighters during World War II

Theodorakis was born in 1925 on the island of Chios. During the Second World War he joined the resistance against the German occupation. In the civil war that followed, from 1946 to 1949, he fought with the left, which is why he was later interned in a camp and severely tortured. After his fight against the military dictatorship and another internment, Theodorakis went into exile in Paris. He lived there until 1974 and then returned to his homeland.

Theodorakis remained politically active for decades and was elected to the country’s parliament several times. In 1990 he was appointed minister without portfolio to the Prime Minister in the government of Konstantinos Mitsotakis and campaigned against drugs, for culture and a better relationship between Greece and Turkey.

In 1953 Theororakis married his wife Myrto Altinoglou. He leaves behind two children: his son George and his daughter Margarita.

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Wolfgang Landmesser, WDR, September 2, 2021 10:54 a.m.


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