Part IV: Back to the Roots (1960-1967)

 


*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


30

AST 112

 

EPITAPHIOS (EPITAPH)

Song Cycle

"To my friendship with Vyronas Samios"

Poetry of Yannis Ritsos

8 Songs

Paris, 1958

First performance: Eleusis, 1960

First recording: COLUMBIA, 1960 (Grigoris Bithikotsis) & FIDELITY, 1960 ( Nana Mouskouri)


35

AST 123

 

ARCHIPELAGOS

Song Cycle

Poems by Nikos Gatsos (4), Odysseas Elytis, Panos Kokkinopoulos, Dimitris Christodoulou (2), Yannis Theodorakis & Mikis Theodorakis (4)

13 Songs

Paris, Athens, London, 1959-61 (No. 13, 1957)

First performances: Athens, 1960-61

First recording: COLUMBIA, 1960-61 (minus No. 13) FIDELITY, 1960 (complete)


36

AST 124

 

DISPERSED SONGS, 1959-69 (SKORPIA TRAGOUDIA)

[Anthology no. 2]

Songs

Poems by J. Plante, Kostas Virvos, Nikos Gatsos, G. Papakyriakis, Enricos Thalassinos (3), Michalis Katsaros (3), Christos Kolokotronis (3), Dimitris Christodoulou (2), Klitos Kyrou & Mikis Theodorakis (4)

15 + 6 Songs

Athens, Paris, 1959-65

First performances:1961-3

First recording: No. 21: MINOS, 1975 (on record ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE ) and MINOS, 1976 (on record OF EXILE )

Complete collection of songs: EMI, 1988


AST 125

 

ANTIGONE

Piano Solo

For piano

Paris, ca. 1959


AST 126

 

SUITE No. 5 [sketch]

Symphonic

For orchestra

Paris, 1959-60


37

AST 127

 

AXION ESTI (IT IS WORTHY)

Meta-symphonic

Poetry of O. Elytis

For baritone, popular singer, small choir, santouri, popular and classical orchestra

Paris & Athens, 1960-63

[Second arrangement: Elaboration of choral part and additional instruments added 1993 = AST 292]

First performance: Cyprus, 1964

As ballet: Perth. Australia, 1991

First recording: COLUMBIA,1964; Swedish version: FOLKSANG, 1980; German version: ETERNA, 1983


38

AST 128

 

THE SONG OF THE DEAD BROTHER

Song Cycle

Lyrics by Mikis Theodorakis and Kostas Virvos

Song cycle from the musical tragedy of the same name.

Paris and Athens, 1960-63

[New musical arrangment and addition of songs nos. 10 -12 (1979-80) = AST 244]

First performance: Athens, 1962

First recording: HMV, 1962


39

AST 129

 

ISLAND OF THE AZORES AND BARREL-ORGAN (NISOS TON AZOROS & ROMVIA)

Songs

Texts by Bost

Athens, 1960

First recording: COLUMBIA, 1960


AST 130

 

MICHALIS OF SKIATHOS

Film Score

Film music for flute, clarinet, bassoon, horn, guitar, mandolin, bouble bass, 6 violins and 4 cellos

Athens, 1960

First performance: 1961

Directed by John Ingram


40

AST 131

 

CITY (POLITIA)

Song Cycle

Poems by Dimitris Christodoulou (4), Tassos Livaditis (5), Kostas Virvos

10 songs

Paris & Athens, 1960-61

(songs no. 9 & 10 from the film DREAM DISTRICT )

First performance: Athens, 1960-61

First recording: COLUMBIA, 1960-61


AST 132

 

THE BACCHAE [sketch]

Music for Theatre

Tragedy by Euripides

For choir, winds and percussion

Paris, 1960


AST 133

 

FACES IN THE DARK

Film Score

Film music for ondes Martenot and percussion

London, 1960

First performance: U.K. 1961

Directed by David Eady


41

AST 134

 

AJAX

Music for Theatre

Tragedy by Sophocles

For choir, flute, Bb clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, horn, piano, guitar and percussion

Paris, 1960-61

First performance: Epidaurus, 1961


AST 135

 

MYRTLE (MYRTIA)

Film Score

Film music for voice and popular orchestra

Athens, 1960-61

First performance: Greece, 1961

Directed by Kostas Karagiannis


AST 136

 

DREAM DISTRICT (SYNIKIA TO ONEIRO)

Film Score

Film music for voice and popular orchestra

Lyrics: Tassos Livaditis & Kostas Virvos

Athens 1960-61

First performance: Athens, 1961

First recording (songs): COLUMBIA, 1960

Directed by Alekos Alexandrakis


42

AST 137

 

EPIPHANY (EPIPHANIA)

Song Cycle

Poetry of George Seferis

4 Songs

Paris, 1960-61

[Arrangement for small instrumental ensemble with popular and classical instruments (1979)]

[Arrangement for mixed choir (1983) =AST 260]

[New and extended version of 3 (Epiphany 1937) as EPIPHANIA AVEROF (1968-69) = AST 181]

First performance: Athens, 1961

First recording: COLUMBIA, 1961 & LYRA, 1979


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AST 138

 

THE DESERTERS (LIPOTAKTES)

Song Cycle

Poems by Yannis Theodorakis

Arrangement for harpsichord, classical guitar, 12-string guitar, flute, piano, violin and percussion

Athens, 1960-61

[See AST 74, AST 242 and AST 259]

First recording: COLUMBIA, 1961


AST 139

 

THE SHADOW OF THE CAT

Film Score

Film music for symphony orchestra

London & Paris, 1961

First performance, London, 1961

Directed by John Gilling


AST 140

 

A MEETING ONE NIGHT (SYNANTISI MIAS NICHTAS)

Film Score

Film music for voice and popular orchestra

Athens, 1961

First performance: Athens, 1961

Directed by Enrikos Thalassinos


AST 141`

 

BEAUTIFUL CITY

Music for Theatre - Song Cycle

Musical review

Lyrics by Bost (2), Dimitris Christodoulou (3), Enrikos Thalassinos (6), Akos Daskalopoulos

13 parts

Athens & Paris, 1961-62

First performance: Athens, 1962

First recording: Columbia, 1962


AST 142

 

PHAEDRA

Film Score

Film music for voice, clarinet, 2 guitars, 2 violins, viola, cello and double bass

13 parts

Paris, 1961

First performance: Paris, 1962

Directed by Jules Dassin

First recording: UAS, 1962


AST 143

 

BETRAYED LOVE (PRODOMENI AGAPI)

Film Score

Film music for two voices and popular orchestra

Lyrics: Enrikos Thalassinos

Athens, 1961-2

First performance: Athens, 1962

Directed by Enrikos Thalassinos

First recording: COLUMBIA, 1962


AST 144

 

ELECTRA

Film Score

Film music for voice, piccolo, clarinet, santouri, double bass and percussion

Suites I-XIV

Paris, 1961-2

First performance: Greece, 1962

Directed by Michalis Cacoyannis

First recording: PHILIPS, 1962

(re-recorded without songs: BMG, 1988)