Part II: Apprenticeship (1943-1954)

 


*AST numbers refer to the original catalogue of Theodorakis’s works compiled in Greek by Asteris Koutoulas

 

English version prepared by Gail Holst-Warhaft

 

Internet version prepared by Guy Wagner

 


 

AST 16

 

SYMPHONY NO. 1

 

Symphonic

 

Poem by Mikis Theodorakis

 

For narrator, double string orchestra and four-part mixed choir

 

9 parts

 

Tripolis, Athens, 1943-45

 


 

AST 17

 

FANTASY (FANTASIA)

 

PianoSolo

 

"In the style of Beethoven On a theme from the 5th Symphony"

 

Athens, 1943-44

 


 

AST 18

 

HYMN [incomplete]

 

Choral

 

For string orchestra and four-part mixed choir

 

3 parts

 

Athens, 1944

 


 

AST 19

 

FIVE SAILORS (PENTE NAFTES)

 

Song Cycle

 

Poems by Photis Angoules & Mikis Theodorakis (2)

 

For Voice and Piano

 

3 songs

 

Athens, 1944-45

 

[New arrangement (1957) = AST 107]

 

First performance: Athens, 1945

 


 

AST 20

 

LITTLE SYMPHONY (MIKRI SYMPHONIA)

 

Symphonic

 

For string orchestra

 

3 movements

 

Athens, 1945

 

( Inspired by Prometheus Bound )

 


 

4

 

AST 21

 

EXERCISE (ASKISI)

 

(Study for Two Violins)

 

Chamber Music

 

"On a free development of a theme for two violins"

 

7 movements

 

Athens, 1945

 

First performance: Athens, 1945

 


 

AST 22

 

ANDANTE [sketch]

 

Chamber Music

 

For cello and piano

 

Athens, 1945

 


 

AST 23

 

ELEGY I

 

Chamber Music

 

For cello and piano

 

Athens, 1945

 


 

AST 24

 

ELEGY II

 

Chamber Music

 

Athens, 1945

 

"On the Death of the Freedom-Fighter"

 

For violin and piano

 

3 movements

 

First performance: Athens, 1945

 


 

AST 25

 

THE CEMETERY (TO KIMITIRIO)

 

Symphonic

 

Poem by Dionysios Solomos

 

For choir and string orchestra

 

Athens, 1945

 

[Arrangement for string quartet (1946) = AST 30]

 

[Arrangement for small orchestra and choir (1949-50, incomplete) = AST 60]

 

First performance: Athens, 1945

 


 

AST 26

 

THEATRICAL SONGS [incomplete]

 

Music for Theatre

 

Poem by Vassilis Rotas

 

For chorus, oboe or cor anglais, flute, two cellos and percussion

 

7 parts

 

Athens, 1945

 


 

AST 27

 

FOUR PIECES FOR DECEMBER

 

Chamber Music

 

Poem by Mikis Theodorakis

 

Athens, 1945

 

[Arrangement for string orchestra (1946) = AST 34]

 

First performance: 1946

 


 

AST 28

 

STRING QUARTET

 

Chamber Music

 

4 movements

 

Athens, 1946

 


 

AST 29

 

DUET [sketch]

 

Chamber Music

 

For two violins

 

Athens, 1946

 


 

AST 30

 

THE CEMETERY

 

Chamber Music

 

"To Argyris Kounadis"

 

5 movements

 

Athens, 1946

 

Arrangement for string quartet [see AST 25 & AST 60]

 

First performance: Athens, 1946

 


 

AST 31

 

LOVE AND DEATH

 

Song Cycle

 

"Four songs for Myrto"

 

Poem by Mikis Theodorakis (2) & Lorentzos Mavilis (2)

 

For voice and piano

 

4 songs

 

Athens, 1946-48

 

[Arranged for voice and string orchestra (1955) = AST 94]

 

[Arranged for choir (nos 1 & 2, 1983) = AST 261]

 

[Arranged for 8-voice choir (no. 3, 1983) = AST 262]

 

First performance: Athens, 1952

 


 

AST 32

 

PROMETHEUS BOUND

 

Symphonic

 

Athens, 1946

 

First performance: Athens, 1952

 


 

5

 

AST 33

 

MARGARITA

 

Symphonic

 

"Symphonic poem"

 

Poem by Nikoforos Vrettakos

 

For symphony orchestra, choir and recitation

 

4 movements

 

Athens, 1946

 

[Transcription for piano = AST 39]

 

First performance: Athens, 1977

 


 

AST 34

 

FOUR PIECES FOR DECEMBER

 

Symphonic

 

Arrangement for string orchestra

 

Athens, 1946

 

[see AST 27]

 


 

AST 35

 

THE FEAST OF ASI-GONIA

 

Symphonic

 

"Cretan Piece"

 

For string orchestra

 

3 movements

 

Athens, 1946

 

["Symphonic Scherzo" - arrangement for large orchestra (1947) = AST 38]

 

[Transcription for piano - four hands (sketch) = AST 48]

 


 

AST 36

 

[SYMPHONIC WORK]

 

Symphonic

 

For large orchestra

 

Athens, 1946-7

 


 

AST 37

 

PASSACAGLIA (Adagio)

 

Chamber Music

 

For violin and piano

 

Athens, 1946 (?)

 


 

AST 38

 

THE FEAST OF ASI-GONIA [Sketch]

 

Chamber Music

 

Transcription for piano four-hands

 

1946 (?)

 

[See AST 35 and AST 48]

 


 

AST 39

 

MARGARITA

 

Piano Solo

 

Arrangement for piano

 

1946 (?)

 


 

AST 40

 

CHILDISH DREAM (PAIDIKO ONIRO)

 

Piano Solo

 

For piano

 

Athens, 1947

 


 

6

 

AST 41

 

TRIO

 

Chamber Music

 

For violin, cello and piano

 

"Dedicated to Tatsi Apostolidi"

 

4 movements

 

Athens, 1947

 

[Transcription for wind orchestra = AST 45 and AST 46]

 

First performance: Athens, 1952

 

First recording: MOTIVO, 1986

 


 

7

 

AST 42

 

SEXTET

 

Chamber Music

 

For piano, flute and string quartet

 

[Title in original sketches: "SYMPHONY"]

 

3 movements

 

Ikaria and Athens, 1947

 

First performance: Athens, 1952

 

As "SYMPHONIETTA": Melbourne (Australia), 1995

 


 

AST 43

 

THEMES AND CYCLES (THEMATA KE KYKLI)

 

Symphonic

 

For large orchestra

 

Athens, Makronissos, Athens Military Hospital, 1947-9

 


 

8

 

AST 44

 

PRELUDES (PRELUDIA)

 

Piano Solo

 

For Piano

 

11 Preludes

 

Athens, 1947

 

First performance: Athens, 1952

 

First recording: PHILIPS 1985

 


 

AST 45

 

 

 

SUITE FOR WINDS AND PIANO

 

(Allegro Vivace)

 

Sketch

 

Ikaria, Summer 1947

 


 

9

 

AST 46

 

SUITE FOR PIANO, WINDS AND PERCUSSION

 

Ikaria, 1947

 


 

10

 

AST 47

 

 

 

(GREEK) CARNIVAL (ELLINIKI APOKRIA)

 

Ballet suite for orchestra

 

August, 1947 - 12.5.1953

 

First performance: Athens 15.11.53, KOA, cond.: Andreas Paridis

 

First Ballet performance: 14.3.54, State Opera Rome, Greek Chorodrama

 

Choreography: Rallou Manou

 

[See "Le Feu aux Poudres" = AST 117]

 

[See "Zorba il Greco" = AST 281]

 

First recording: EDA, 1964

 

Edinburgh Symphony Orchestra

 


 

11

 

AST 48

 

 

 

THE FEAST OF ASI-GONIA

 

Symphonic

 

"SCHERZO SYMPHONICO" -

 

Arranged for large orchestra

 

Athens, 1947

 

[See AST 35 and AST 38]

 

First performance: Athens, 1950