Matt Vangelis. It was he who created the music for “Chariots of Fire”

The Greek composer of electronic music and films died Vangelis. This information was provided by the Greek media, citing his lawyer.

The 79-year-old artist died in a hospital in France, where he was treated for Covid-19.

Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou was born on March 29, 1943 in Agra. His great music career spanned over six decades. There was a piano in his family’s home. He was my first friend. I had to start playing very early. I don’t remember it, but I remember myself sitting at the instrument – He called up the musician years later. When he was four years old, he was supposed to compose his first pieces. Two years later, his first concert was held before 3000. audience.

He had no musical education, in his youth he played in rock bands. He didn’t learn to read or write music – he didn’t want to. His creative process was based mainly on improvisation.

In 1967, after a military coup, he left Greece and settled in Paris. There he became interested in compounds. He enjoyed success on the European scene in the early 1970s, after which he limited his activities and focused on working in a recording studio set up by Hall in London. In the English capital, he created the music “Chariots of Fire” – A film that tells the story of the British runners in the 1924 Olympics. He won an Academy Award for the soundtrack to the film.

However, he did not eagerly wait for the ruling of the American Film Academy. Discovering the win soon after waking up, he fell asleep at the Oscars and didn’t bother collecting the figurine. It had to be handed over to him. He himself belittled his accomplishments that would have made another artist one of Hollywood’s most sought-after composers. As if he was afraid that success would be just a cage for a quarrel. What caused others in his profession to give wings to Vangelis made him skeptical. After receiving an Academy Award, he said he did not consider the Chariots of Fire music to be a special achievement. On the contrary – he has recorded several albums of which he is very proud. But the world of Hollywood has not forgotten him.

The success of Chariots of Fire overshadowed his other works, although Vangelis was a prolific composer. Create music for such films Blade Runner Ridley Scott or the movie “Lost” Costa Javras.

He was also the music creator for the commercials, and along with John Anderson, vocalist of Yes group, he formed the duo John and Vangelis. They have made four albums, incl. “Friends of Mr. Cairo” and “Private Collection”. Their 1982 hit “I’ll Find My Way Home” was performed live on the cult show “Top of The Pops”.

In 1997, he prepared the huge artistic environment for the opening of the World Championships in Athletics at the Olympic Stadium in Athens. He also composed music for the 2002 World Cup.

However, the most interesting project he was involved in was “Methodia”It involves the collaboration of artists, philosophers, and scientists. The pretext was the mission to Mars that launched in August 2001 (“2001 Mars Odyssey”). At the request of the US National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA), he composed a choral symphony, which was first shown at the Temple of Zeus in Athens – for which he was awarded a Special Agency Award.

There are many Polish themes in Vangelis’ works. In 1983, together with John Anderson, he wrote the animated piece “Polonaise”, which was released on the album “Private Collection”. It was intended for the Polish nation under martial law. In 2008, he composed three pieces for the Polish film “Testimony” about John Paul II.

The Greek composer was also a painter, but was reluctant to display his works, let alone sell them. He argued that the visual arts are much more intimate and revealing to the creator than musical compositions.

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