It`s with great sadness I became aware of that Vangelis is dead.
Vangelis, the Greek composer whose rousing electronic theme music for the Oscar-winning Chariots Of Fire was one of the best-known film scores of the 1980s, has died at the age of 79, the Athens News Agency said on Thursday.
Citing an announcement from his lawyers’ office, Ana said Vangelis died late on Tuesday, without giving a cause of death. Greek media reported that Vangelis died in a French hospital Wednesday.
Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou (Greek Ευάγγελος Οδυσσέας Παπαθανασίου; born March 29, 1943 in Volos, Greece, died May 17, 2022), known under the artist name Vangelis (Greek Βαγγέλης), is a Greek musician and composer. Vangelis is mainly known as a leading figure in electronic music like Jean Michel Jarre and Mike Oldfield, and as a very successful composer in the genre of film music.
Greek Prie Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and other government officials expressed their condolences Thursday. “Vangelis Papathanassiou is no lo For many, the name Vangelis probably will be synonymous with the reviled Synthesizer collection records from the 80’s. Others remember his music from the TV series Cosmos “or from the movie Chariots Of Fire. The soundtrack to Chariots Of Fire gave him an Oscar in 1981 and a first place on the American album charts. In Norway he may be best remembered for the soundtrack to the 1492 Conquest Of Paradise which topped the VG list in 1992.
In reality, Vangelis has been there as a musical force since the 60’s, when he was in several different Greek bands. Among other things, Aphrodite’s Child together with another famous Greek, Demis Roussos. Since 1970, he has released solo albums, a large part of which have been commissioned works for various films or TV series. Chariots Of Fire (1981), Blade Runner (1982), 1492 (1995), and Alexander (2004) are the best known.nger among us, Mitsotakis tweeted.
Born Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou in 1943 in Volos, the young Vangelis developed an early interest in music and experiments with sounds produced by banging pots and pans or fixing nails, glasses and other objects to the strings of his parents’ piano.
He absorbed the tones of Greek folk songs and Orthodox Christian choral music, but he had no formal musical training, which he later said had helped save his sense of creativity.
After a start with local rock bands, Vangelis left for Paris at the age of 25, joining an exodus of young artists following a 1967 coup which installed a military junta in Greece.
As he found his feet away from home, he was attracted by the then-new field of electronic synthesizers which allowed him to create the lush melodic colors that became his trademark sound.
Despite enjoying success in the European prog rock scene of the early 1970s, he was uncomfortable with the expectations on a commercial performing artist and largely retreated to the recording studio he created for himself in London.
He was a prolific composer over many decades, his work ranging from advertising music and film scores to elaborate symphonic-style compositions and Jon and Vangelis, his duo with Jon Anderson, lead singer of the prog rock group Yes.