Vangelis, ‘Chariots of Hearth’ composer, lifeless at 79


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Vangelis, the Greece-born composer, has died. He was 79.

The award-winning composer, born Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou, died at a French hospital in Paris, in accordance with Greek media. A explanation for dying has not been launched.

Vaneglis produced an Oscar-winning rating for “Chariots of Fire.” He additionally produced the rating for “Blade Runner” in 1982. 

Vangelis, a Greek composer of electronic music, has died at 79.

Vangelis, a Greek composer of digital music, has died at 79.
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Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and different authorities officers expressed their condolences Thursday. 


“Vangelis Papathanassiou is no longer among us,” Mitsotakis tweeted.

“For the whole world, the sad news states that the world music firm has lost the international Vangelis. The protagonist of electronic sound, the Oscars, the Myth and the great hits,” the tweet continued.

The opening credit of “Chariots of Fire” roll as a bunch of younger runners progress in sluggish movement throughout a glum seaside in Scotland, as a lazy, beat-backed tune rises to a magisterial declamation. It’s one of the immediately recognizable musical themes in cinema — and its standing in standard tradition has solely been confirmed by the host of spoofs it has sired.

Greek composer Vangelis produced music for

Greek composer Vangelis produced music for “Chariots on Fire” and “Blade Runner.”
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The 1981 British movie made Vangelis, however his preliminary encounter with success got here along with his first Greek pop band within the Nineteen Sixties.

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He developed right into a one-man quasi-classical orchestra, utilizing an enormous array of digital gear to conjure up his enormously standard undulating waves of sound. A personal, humorous man — burly, with shoulder-length hair and a trim beard — he quoted historic Greek philosophy and noticed the artist as a conduit for a primary common drive. He was fascinated by house exploration and wrote music for celestial our bodies, however stated he by no means sought stardom himself.

Nonetheless, a micro-planet spinning someplace between Mars and Jupiter — 6354 Vangelis — will without end bear his title.

Born on March 29, 1943 close to town of Volos in central Greece, Vangelis began taking part in the piano at age 4, though he acquired no formal coaching and claimed he by no means discovered to learn notes.

Vangelis performs on stage at Aan de Maas, Rotterdam, Netherlands, June 18, 1991.

Vangelis performs on stage at Aan de Maas, Rotterdam, Netherlands, June 18, 1991.
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“Orchestration, composition — they teach these things in music schools, but there are some things you can never teach,” he stated in a 1982 interview. “You can’t teach creation.”

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Vangelis later wrote music scores for Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner” (1982) and “1492: Conquest of Paradise” (1992), in addition to for “Missing” (1982) and “Antarctica” (1983), amongst others.

He refused many different affords for movie scores, saying in an interview: “Half of the films I see don’t need music. It sounds like something stuffed in.”

Vangelis stated he didn’t ever experiment along with his music and normally did all the things on the primary take.

Vangelis, a Greek composer of electronic music, surrounded by equipment at a venue in 1976.

Vangelis, a Greek composer of digital music, surrounded by gear at a venue in 1976.
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“When I compose, I perform the music at the same time, so everything is live, nothing is pre-programmed,” he stated.

The composer lived in London, Paris and Athens, the place he purchased a home on the foot of the Acropolis that he by no means dolled up, even when his avenue turned one of the fascinating pedestrian walks on the town. The neoclassical constructing was practically demolished in 2007 when authorities officers determined that it spoilt the view of the traditional citadel from a brand new museum constructed subsequent door, however finally reconsidered.

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Vangelis obtained many awards in Greece, France and the U.S. Little was identified of his private life apart from that he was an avid painter.

“Every day I paint and every day I compose music,” he stated — in that order.

The Related Press contributed to this report.


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