Vangelis, considered one of the greatest electronic music composers of all time, has passed away

Greek composer Vangelis, whose electronic music for the movie “Chariots of Fire” won an Oscar and one of the most popular soundtracks of the 1980s, has died at the age of 79, it was announced Thursday to the ANA news agency.

Vagelis died on Tuesday night, according to the Greek News Agency, which quoted an announcement by the law firm without specifying the cause of death, according to Agripress.

Vangelis was a Greek composer known for many of his compositions, including the soundtrack for Chariots of Fire (which won him an Academy Award for films), Blade Runner, Bitter Moon, 1492: Conquest of Paradise, and several documentaries. (L’ Apocalypse Des Animaux, La Fête sauvage, Opéra sauvage, Carl Sagan Cosmos, Jacques-Yves Cousteau) and collaborations with Jon Anderson and Irene Papas as well as soundtracks for theater, scientific, sporting and artistic events.

With over 50 years of music producing over 52 albums, Vangelis is considered one of the greatest electronic music composers of all time.

The musical genres covered were electronic rock, film, ambient, classical and progressive.

Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou [Ευάγγελος Οδυσσέας Παπαθανασίου (Evángelos Odhiséas Papathanasíu)] He was born in Agria near Volos, Greece. Vangelis began composing at the age of four and was a self-made musician. He refused classical piano lessons and built his career without much knowledge of music theory. He studied music, painting and film directing at the Academy of Fine Arts in Athens.

In the early sixties he formed the Formynx group, which became very popular in Greece. In 1968, during the French Student Revolution, he moved to Paris where, with Demis Roussos and Lucas Sideras, he formed the Progressive rock group Aphrodite Child. In this format, they achieved European success with the song “Rain and Tears”. Although the group dissolved in 1972, Vangelis also collaborated with Demis Roussos.

Vangelis began his independent career composing soundtracks for two films for French director Frederic Rousseff in 1973. His first official album was Earth in 1974. Meanwhile, he negotiated with British rock group Yes. Although he never joined the group, he became friends with singer John Anderson, with whom he collaborated for many years. After moving to London, Vangelis signed a contract with RCA Records, opened his own recording studio (Nemo Studios) and composed a number of electronic music albums. The debut was the well-received album Heaven and Hell, which was later used for the soundtrack to Carl Sagan’s documentary, Cosmos: A Personal Voyage on PBS.

He composed it on his own, but also had many collaborations. Together with Jon Anderson, he made several albums during the 1980s and 1990s under the name Jon & Vangelis.

In 1982, Vangelis won an Academy Award for his original soundtrack to Chariots of Fire. The album’s topic ranked #1 in the US for a week, after rising for a year.

That year also marked the beginning of his collaboration with director Ridley Scott, with whom Vangelis composed the soundtracks for films such as Blade Runner and 1492: Conquest of Paradise. In 1990 he released the album “The City” in Rome, in collaboration with Roman Polanski, an album designed in a hotel room.

Vangelis is at the intersection of the Olympic torch, in front of the Gielgud Theatre, with the cast of the Chariots of Fire (on stage).

In 1992 he released the album 1492: Conquest of Paradise, the soundtrack to the movie of the same name. Although the film was not a success, Vangelis’ album broke sales records in Europe (especially in Germany) and won an award. In the same year, he was awarded the Knight of Arts and Letters Medal from France.

In 2001 he released the classic album Mythodea which was used by NASA as a musical theme for the missions to Mars. The album was recorded live at the concert at the Temple of Zeus in Athens and is being disseminated in audio (CD) and video (DVD).

In 2004 he composed the soundtrack for the film directed by Alexander Oliver Stone. Blade Runner Trilogy was released in 2007. 25th Anniversary (Blade Runner Trilogy. 25th Anniversary) Consists of 3 CDs containing: 1994 revised edition on CD, CD with unreleased movie music, and CD with original inspired music from the movie.

The University of Athens awarded him the title of Doctor Emeritus Koza and Professor Emeritus in 2008.

On December 11, 2011, Vangelis was invited to compose music and organize the concert at the opening of the outdoor amphitheater in Qatar, Qatar. The ceremony was attended by many heads of state and dignitaries who met in the fourth edition of the Alliance of Civilizations Conference in Doha.[9]. On this occasion, he gave an interview to Al-Jazeera under the title “A Message of Hope”:

“What we need today, more than anything else, is an investment in beauty, because beauty is harmony that comes from chaos. Instead, we invest in chaos, because chaos is much more profitable than peace… Beauty is a kind of safety for people and music. Also, I don’t think today’s music is beautiful, now music is just a way to promote other things, because music is a force and therefore through music we can promote anything… and music becomes a product… which is bad.[…] Interest in education, art, science and culture is the key to the current crisis from my point of view.. the banking crisis is not more important than the cultural crisis. So, the bottom line is we’re really looking forward to it. Everything else, all the chaos, comes from the fact that we don’t have the beauty, the quality of life. Quality of life isn’t about money… it’s something else entirely. “.

In 2012, Vangelis re-released the soundtrack to the movie Chariots of Fire, adding new songs for the theatrical adaptation of the movie Chariots of Fire (On Stage). The main theme of “Chariots of Fire” was also used at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics. This year he also signed the soundtrack for the documentary “Trashed”, directed by Candida Brady.

In March 2013, Vangelis showed his support for Romanian artist Cezar Ouatu, representing Romania at the Eurovision final in Malmö, Sweden.

Rosetta’s album was released in September 2016 and includes songs dedicated to the European Space Agency’s mission of the same name. Three pieces were previously composed to celebrate Comet 67P’s approach through Philae’s test on November 12, 2014: “Arrival,” “Rosetta’s Waltz,” and “Elephant’s Journey,” according to Wikipedia.

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