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


 

12

 

AST 49

 

 

 

SYMPHONY IN THREE MOVEMENTS

 

Symphonic

 

"For Philoctetes Economides. My revered and beloved teacher"

 

Athens and Ikaria, 1947-48

 

First performance: Athens, 1952

 


 

AST 50

 

 

 

OEDIPUS TYRANNUS

 

Symphonic

 

Ode for string orchestra – First version

 

Athens, 1948

 

["Final version" 1956-58 = AST 103]

 


 

AST 51

 

 

 

SPRING (ANIXI)

 

Chamber Music

 

For string orchestra

 

Athens, 1948

 


 

AST 52

 

 

 

"INTRODUCTION" ("ISAGOGI")

 

Symphonic

 

For symphony orchestra

 

Ikaria, 1948

 


 

13

 

AST 53

 

 

 

ELEGY AND THRINOS FOR VASSILIS ZANNOS

 

Symphonic

 

For large symphony orchestra

 

Ikaria, Makronissos, Alexandroupolis and Chania, 1948-51

 

First performance: Makronissos (Adaptation for mandolin and guitars)

 

Athens, 1952 (Orchestral version)

 


 

14

 

AST 54

 

 

 

FIRST SYMPHONY

 

Symphonic

 

For large orchestra

 

Ikaria, Makronisson, Chania, Athens, 1948-53

 

3 movements

 

First performance: Athens, 1955

 

First recording: DELTA, 1972

 

Second Recording: INTUITION, 1996

 


 

AST 55

 

 

 

STUDY FOR VIOLIN AND CELLO

 

Chamber Music

 

Ikaria, 1948

 


 

AST 56

 

 

 

MAYPOLE (GAÏTANAKI) [sketch]

 

(poco allegro)

 

Piano Solo

 

Small suite for piano

 

Ikaria, 1948

 


 

AST 57

 

 

 

PRELUDE - STRUMMING – DANCE (PRELUDIO – PENIA – CHOROS)

 

Symphonic

 

For string orchestra, celeste, triangle and two tympanum

 

Ikaria, 1948-9

 

[Arrangement for piano - four hands (1950) = AST 63]

 

First performance: 1950 (?), Athens

 


 

AST 58

 

 

 

STUDY FOR STRINGS

 

Chamber Music

 

For two violiins and ‘cello

 

Ikaria, 1949

 


 

AST 59

 

 

 

TENT E 5 - YARD D (SKINI E 5 – KLOVOS D) [sketch]

 

(Andante espressivo - in two slow movements)

 

Symphonic

 

For symphony orchestra

 

Makronissos, 1949

 


 

AST 60

 

 

 

THE CEMETERY [unfinished]

 

Symphonic

 

Poem by Dionysios Solomos

 

Arrangement for small orchestra and chorus

 

3 movements

 

Ikaria and Thessaloniki, 1950

 

[See AST 25 and AST 30]

 


 

15

 

AST 61

 

 

 

SUITE No. 1

 

Symphonic

 

For piano and orchestra

 

5 movements

 

Crete and Paris, 1949-55

 

First performance: Athens, 1957

 

First recording: COLUMBIA, 1963

 


 

AST 62

 

 

 

FIVE SOLDIERS (PENTE STRATIOTES)

 

Symphonic

 

"Symphonic Poem"

 

For voice and orchestra

 

Poem by Mikis Theodorakis

 

Athens, 1950

 

[Arrangement for voice and piano (1957) = AST 106]

 

[Arrangement for baritone, male choir and orchestra as SUITE No. 4 (1958) = AST 115]

 


 

AST 63

 

 

 

PRELUDE - STRUMMING - DANCE

 

Piano Solo

 

Arrangement for piano - four hands

 

Athens (?), 1950 (?)

 

[See AST 57]

 


 

AST 64

 

 

 

THE EAGLE (O AETOS) [unfinished]

 

Symphonic

 

Crete, 1951 (?)

 


 

AST 65

 

 

 

FOLK THEMES (DIMOTIKA THEMATA) [sketches]

 

Songs

 

4 Folk songs

 

Athens and Chania (?), 1950 (?)

 


 

AST 66

 

 

 

FIVE CRETAN SONGS

 

Symphonic

 

Lyrics: Folksongs

 

For solo violin, choir and string orchestra

 

Chania, 1951

 

First performance: Crete, 1951

 


 

AST 67

 

 

 

SYRTOS DANCE FROM CHANIA (SYRTOS CHANIOTIKOS)

 

(Allegro Vivace)

 

Symphonic

 

For piano and orchestra

 

[Arrangement for piano and percussion (1952) = AST 70]

 

Chania, 1952

 

First performance: Crete, 1951

 


 

AST 68

 

 

 

LAMBROS [melodic sketches for opera]

 

Songs

 

Lyrics by Dionysios Solomos

 

4 songs

 

Athens, 1951

 


 

AST 69

 

 

 

CONCERTO FOR PIANO AND ORCHESTRA

 

Symphonic

 

"Helicon"

 

Athens, 1952

 


 

16

 

AST 70

 

 

 

SYRTOS DANCE FROM CHANIA (Allegro Vivace)

 

Chamber Music

 

"For Michailis Katsaros"

 

Athens, 1952

 

Arrangement for piano and percussion [See AST 67]

 

First performance: Athens, 1952

 


 

AST 71

 

 

 

[MANOS KATRAKIS’S POETIC EVENINGS]

 

Musical Accompaniments

 

For viola, clarino, santouri and percussion

 

4 movements

 

Athens, 1952

 

First performance: Athens, 1952

 


 

AST 72

 

 

 

ORPHEUS AND EURYDICE

 

Ballet Music

 

Lyrics by Notis Pergyalis

 

For string orchestra and chorus

 

9 parts

 

Athens, Chana, 1952

 

[Arrangement for piano (sketch, 1952) = AST 73]

 

[As a variation entitled LOVE AND DEATH (1956) = AST 102]

 

First performance (music only) : Athens, 1952

 

As a ballet: Mycene, 1952

 

Choreography: Rallou Manou

 


 

AST 73

 

 

 

ORPHEUS AND EURYDICE [sketch]

 

Piano Solo

 

Arrangement for piano

 

Athens, 1952

 

[See AST 72 and AST 102]

 


 

17

 

AST 74

 

 

 

DESERTERS (LIPOTAKTES)

 

Songs

 

4 Poems by Yannis Theodorakis

 

Chania, 1952 (?)

 

[Reworked as a song cycle (1960-61) = AST 138]

 

Paris, 1957

 

[Orchestral arrangement for popular and symphonic instruments (1979) = AST 242]

 

[Arrangement for choir (1983) = AST 259]

 


 

18

 

AST 75

 

 

 

SONATINA NO. 1

 

Chamber Music

 

For violin and piano

 

3 movements

 

Athens, 1952

 

[Arrangment for piano (unfinished, 1952-53) = AST 77]

 

[New arrangement as SONATINA FOR PIANO (1955) = AST 99]

 

First performance: Athens, 1953

 

First recording: FIDELITY, 1960

 


 

AST 76

 

 

 

THE MAGIC FLUTE (I MAGIKI FLOGERA)

 

Musical Accompaniment

 

Sketch for radio broadcast, Athens, 1952

 

Sketch by Rita Boumi-Papa

 

First performance: Athens, 1952

 


 

AST 77

 

 

 

SONATINA No. 1

 

Piano Solo

 

Arrangement for piano, Athens, 1952-3 (?)

 

[See AST 75 and AST 99]

 


 

AST 78

 

 

 

THEME AND VARIATIONS ON POEMS BY CAVAFIS [sketch]

 

Chamber Music

 

Recitation accompanied by orchestra (viola, oboe, clarinet in C, bassoon)

 

4 parts

 

Athens, 1952-53 (?)

 


 

AST 79

 

 

 

INCANTATION [sketch]

 

Piano Solo

 

For piano

 

Athens, 1952-53 (?)

 


 

AST 80

 

 

 

EVA

 

Film Score

 

Film Music for Small Symphonic Ensemble

 

Athens, 1952-53

 

First performance: Athens, 1953

 

Directed by Maria Plyta-Hatzinakou

 


 

AST 81

 

 

 

THE BAREFOOT BATTALION (TO XYPOLITO TAGMA)

 

Film Score

 

Film music for symphony orchestra

 

Athens, 1953

 

First performance: USA, 1953

 

Directed by Greg Tallas

 


 

AST 82

 

 

 

CARMEN

 

Background Music

 

Music for radio sketch

 

Sketch by Iakovos Kambanellis after the novel by Prosper Mérimée

 

Athens, 1953

 

First performance: Athens, 1953

 


 

AST 83

 

 

 

THE CALVARY OF AN ORPHAN GIRL (O GOLGOTHAS MIA ORPHANIS)

 

Film Score

 

Film music for symphony orchestra

 

5 movements

 

Athens, 1953

 

First performance: Athens, 1953

 

Directed by Spiros Nikolaïdis

 


 

AST 84

 

 

 

THE CARNIVAL DANCERS OF THRACE (I KOUKOUGERI TIS THRAKIS)

 

Background Music

 

Radio sketch

 

Sketch by Iakovos Kambanellis

 

Athens, 1953

 

First performance: Athens, 1953

 


 

AST 85

 

THE BELL AND THE SWALLOW (I KAMBANA KE TO CHELIDONI)

 

Background Music

 

Radio sketch

 

Sketch by Iakovos Kambanellis

 

Athens, 1953

 

First performance: Athens, 1953

 


 

AST 86

 

SIX RHYTHMS (ECHI RYTHMI)

 

Ballet Music

 

For piano

 

Athens (?), ca. 1953

 


 

AST 87

 

 

 

EAST SUNDAY (I IMERA TIS LABRIS)

 

Symphonic

 

Cantata for choir and orchestra

 

Based on poem by Dionysos Solomos

 

Athens, 1954

 


 

AST 88

 

VULTURE (AGIOUPA) [sketches]

 

Film score

 

Film music

 

Athens, 1954

 

Directed by Greg Tallis

 


 

AST 89

 

 

 

ASTROPOYIANNOS

 

BackgroundMusic

 

Radio sketch

 

Sketch by Notis Pergialis

 

For two violins, viola, cello and oboe

 

3 movements

 

Athens, 1954

 

First performance: Athens, 1954

 


 

© Asteris Koutoulas, Gail Holst (English adaptation) & Guy Wagner (Internet Site)