Part VIII: A Universal Dimension (1985 ff.)

 


 

*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


 

107
AST 271

KOSTAS KARYIOTAKIS (THE METAMORPHOSES OF DIONYSOS)
Opera
Opera in two acts
Lyrics by Mikis Theodorakis, based on Kostas Karyotakis & Kostas Varnalis
For bass, contralto, 2 baritones, 4 tenors, 2 sopranos & chorus
21 scenes
Athens and Vrachati, 1985-6
First performance: Athens, 1987
First recording: SIRIOS/MBI (selections), 1991



108
AST 272

ARE WE LIVING IN ANOTHER COUNTRY? (MIPOS ZOUME S'ALLI CHORA)
Song Cycle
Poems by Manos Eleftheriou
12 songs
Athens, 1985
First performance: Goksoy (Turkey), 1986
First recording: SIRIOS, 1991



109
AST 273

ORESTEIA (Trilogy)
Music for Theatre
I AGAMEMNON
For chorus, classical instruments and percussion
II LIBATION BEARERS
For women’s chorus, bassoon, tuba, Bb clarinet, oboe, trumpet, horn and percussion
III EUMENIDES
For women’s chorus, 3 flutes and 3 cellos
Paris, Athens, Berlin, Moscow, 1986-1988
First performances: I, 1988
II, 1987
III, 1986
Complete trilogy: Epidaurus Theatre, 1990



110
AST 274

THE FACES OF THE SUN (TA PROSOPA TOU ILIOU)
Song Cycle
Poems by Dionysis Karatzas
17 songs
Athens, Vrachati, 1986
First performance: Piraeus, 1987
First recording: IOULIANOS, 1987



111
AST 275

SYMPHONY No. 4 (Choral)
Symphonic
Based on Aichilos (I) and Euripides (II)
"Dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Kapodistrian University of Athens"
For soprano, mezzo, mixed choir and symphony orchestra without violins
2 parts
[See AST 122]
Athens, Vrachati, Israel, and Paris, 1960, 1986-7
First performance: Athens, 1987
First recording: IOULIANOS, 1987



AST 276

THE FEROCITY OF THE BULL (TO TERIOU TOU TAUROU)
Music for Theatre
Social comedy
Play by Aziz Nessin
Athens, 1986
First performance: Athens, 1986



112
AST 277

BEATRICE ON ZERO STREET (I BEATRIKI STIN ODO MIDEN)
Song Cycle
Poems by Dionysis Karatzas (10) & Mikis Theodorakis (2)
"Melodies in the void"
For voice and piano
12 songs
Athens, 1987
[Arrangement for voice, large symphony orchestra and choir (sketches, 1987)= AST 283]
First performance: Patras, 1988
First recording: MINOS / EMI (nos. 1-12), 1994



113
AST 278

MEMORY OF STONE (MNIMI TIS PETRAS)
Song Cycle
Poems by Michalis Bouboulis
12 songs
Athens, 1987
First performance: Piraeus, 1987
First recording: IOULIANOS (nos. 1-11), 1987



114
AST 279

AS AN ANCIENT WIND (OS ARCHAIOS ANEMOS)
Song Cycle
Poems by Dionysis Karatzas
Rhapsody for 2 voices and quintet (oboe, cor anglais, cello, guitar, piano) and double bass
12 songs
Vrachati, Athens, 1987
First performance: Piraeus, 1987
First recording: IOULIANOS, 1987 



115
AST 280

HECUBA (EKAVI)
Music for Theatre
Tragedy by Euripides
For mezzo-soprano, choir, 2 flutes, trombone, double bass and percussion
7 parts
Paris, 1987
First performance: Epidaurus, 1987



116
AST 281

ZORBA THE GREEK
Ballet Music
Based on the novel By Nikos Kazantzakis
Poems by Michalis Cacoyannis, Odysseas Elytis, Nikos Gatsos, Iakovos Kambanellis, Yannis Ritsos, Enrikos Thalassinos & Mikis Theodorakis
Ballet for mezzo soprano, bouzouki/ clarinet, choir and symphony orchestra
[Includes musical material from the Greek Carnival of 1953 and some themes from the 1964 film of the same name, = see AST 47 and AST 159]
2 acts - 21 scenes
Athens, Vrachati, Paris, 1988
First performance: Verona (Arena di Verona), 1988
First recording: BMG, 1989. Also INTUITION, 1996



117
AST 282

SPRING WIND / A SEA FULL OF MUSIC (EARINOS ANEMOS / MIA THALASSA GEMATI MOUSIKI)
Song Cycle
Poems by Dimitra Manda
21 songs
Athens, Paris, 1987
First performance: Patras, 1988
First recording: AUVIDIS, 1994



AST 283

BEATRICE IN ZERO STREET [incomplete]
Symphonic
Poems by Dionysis Karatzas (3) & Mikis Theodorakis
For voice, first and second violins, cellos, basses, oboe, cor anglais, guitar and piano
Also in part for voice, large symphony orchestra and choir
4 parts
Athens, 1987
[See AST 277]



118
AST 284

MEDEA
Opera
"Hommage à Giuseppe Verdi"
Tragedy of Euripides.
Libretto M. Theodorakis
Soprano, two mezzos, two tenors, baritone, two basses, women’s chorus, men’s chorus, children.
2 acts
Athens, and Paris, 1988-90
First performance: Bilbao, 1991



119
AST 285

CHOROS ASIKIKOS (GALLANT DANCES)
Chamber Music
"12 Dances and Songs based on Byzantine Games"
"Dedicated to Yo Yo Ma"
For solo cello
Athens, 1989



120
AST 286

ANTIGONE
Music for Theatre
Tragedy of Sophokles
For mezzo soprano, chorus, guitar and double bass
7 parts
Athens, Vrachati, 1990
First
performance:
Epidaurus, 1990



121
AST 287

CANTO OLYMPICO
Symphonic
"Commissioned by the President of the International Olympic Federation, Mr Samaranch for the Olympic Games of 1992 in Barcelona."
Lyrics by Dimitra Manda & Mikis Theodorakis
In seven parts: for tenor, bass, mixed choir and symphony orchestra.
Athens, 1990-91
First performance: Barcelona, 1992
First recording: LYRA / INTUITION, 1992



122
AST 288

HELLENISM
Symphonic
Poem by Yannis Ritsos (ROMIOSSINI)
For mezzo-soprano, choir and orchestra
3 movements
Vrachati, 1991
First performance: Olympic Games, Barcelona, 1992



123
AST 289

ELECTRA (ILEKTRA)
Opera
"Hommage à Giacomo Puccini"
Lyric Tragedy in 2 acts
Based on Sophokles. Libretto by S. Evangelatos
Athens, Vrachati, 1992-3
First performance: Luxembourg, 1995



124
AST 290

PROMETHEUS BOUND (PROMITHEUS DESMOTIS)
Music for Theatre
Tragedy by Aeschylus
4 parts
Athens, Vrachati, 1992
First performance: Epidaurus, 1992


125
AST 291

SYMPHONY No. 3 (Second Form)
Symphonic
Lyrics: Dionysios Solomos & Constantin Cavafys
For mezzo-soprano, choir and orchestra
4 movements
Athens, 1992
[See AST 250]
First performance: Athens, 1993



AST 292

AXION ESTI (Second arrangement)
Meta-symphonic
Lyrics by Odsyyseas Elytis
For baritone, popular singer, narrator, mixed chorus, santouri, popular and classical orchestras
3 parts
[See AST 127]
First performance: USA and Canadian tour, 1994



AST 293

ADAGIO
Symphonic
"For the victims of the Bosnian War"
First arrangement: For solo trumpet, string orchestra and percussion.

Second arrangement: For solo clarinet, string orchestra and percussion
Third arrangement: For solo flute, string orchestra and percussion
[The melody taken from BEATRICE ON ZERO STREET, see AST 277]
Athens, 1993
First recording: BMG, 1993 (First arrangement)
INTUITION, 1996 (First, second and third arrangements)



AST 294

SYMPHONY No. 7 (SPRING / EARINI) (Second arrangement, rejected)
Symphonic
Lyrics by Yannis Ritsos & Yorgos Kouloukis
For soprano, alto, tenor, bass, mixed choir and symphony orchestra
4 movements
Athens, 1993
[See AST 253]
First performance: Athens, 1994



AST 295

MYTHISTOREMA (MYTHOLOGY)
Symphonic
Poem by Seferis
Arrangement for mezzo-soprano, choir and orchestra
[See AST 182]
4 songs
Athens, 1993
First performance: Athens, 1994



126
AST 296

RAVEN
Meta Symphonic
Arrangement for mezzo-soprano, flute, harp and string orchestra
Poem by George Seferis, based on E.A.Poe
"To Yiannis Christou"
Athens, Vrachati, 1993-94
First performance: Athens 1994



127
AST 297

[LEFTERIS PAPADOPOULOS II]
Song Cycle
Poems by Lefteris Papadopoulos
10 songs
Vrachati, 1994
First recording: MINOS / EMI, 1998



128
AST 298

ANTIGONE
Opera
"Hommage à Bellini"
Lyric tragedy in five acts
Based on Sophocles. Libretto: M. Theodorakis
5 scenes
Paris, Athens, The Hague, Luxembourg, 1996



129
AST 299

CITY 3 (2) /(POLITIA G')
Song Cycle
Poems by Manos Elefteriou (5), Dimitris Kesisoulos (2), Lina Nikolaikopoulos (3)
[Songs no. 3 and 4 from ARCADIA III, see AST 189]
10 songs
Athens, 1994
First performance: Athens, 1994
First recording: POLYGRAM, 1994



130
AST 300

CITY 4 (POLITIA D)
Song Cycle
Poems by Manos Eleftheriou and Spiros Toupoyiannis
"..here is the sweet CITY 4. The CITIES, one after the other, mark the stages of my musical development. In particular the internal, spiritual stages."
10 songs
Vrachati, Athens, 1994-5
First performance: Athens, 1996
First recording: POLYGRAM, 1996



131
AST 301

MORE LYRICAL SONGS (TA LYRIKOTERA)
Song Cycle
Poems by Dionysis Karatzas
10 songs
Athens, Vrachati, 1994-5
First performance: Athens, 1996
First recording: PEREGRINA, 1996 (CD-Title: POETICA)



132
AST 302

MACBETH
Music for Theatre
Play by William Shakespeare
For flute, 2 horns, tuba, trombone, cello, double bass, piano, tympanum and percussion
2 acts - 18 "musics"
Athens, 1994
First performance: Athens, 1994
First recording: ASTI MUSIC, 1995



AST 303

FINALE - STATE OF SIEGE
Symphonic
Poem by Rena Hadzidakis
For symphony orchestra
[See AST 183]
Melbourne, 1995
First performance: Melbourne, 1995)



133
AST 304

MOST LYRICAL SONGS (TA LYRIKOTATA)
Song Cycle
Poems by Yannis Theodorakis
4 songs
Athens, 1996
First performance: Athens, 1996
First recording: PEREGRINA, 1998



134
AST 305

OEDIPUS TYRANNOS
Music for Theatre
Tragedy by Sophocles
For choir and synthesiser
Athens, 1996
First performance: Epidaurus, 1996



135
AST 306

RHAPSODY FOR CELLO AND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Symphonic
[most of the melodies taken from the MORE LYRICAL SONGS, see AST 301]
6 parts
Athens, 1996
First performance: Munich, 1998



AST 307

ROMANCERO GITAN
Song Cycle
Poems of Federico Garcia Lorca (Odysseas Elytis)
Arrangement for voice and piano
7 songs
[See AST 176 and AST 256]
Athens, 1998



AST 308

DIONYSOS
Songs
Lyrics by Mikis Theodorakis
Arrangement for voice and piano
Parts I - IX.
[See AST 270]
Athens, 1998



AST 309

PHAEDRA
Song Cycle
Poems by Angeliki Eleftheriou
Arrangement for voice and piano
12 songs
[See AST 246]
Athens, 1998



AST 310

POEM (KARYOTAKIS)
Song Cycle
Poems by Kostas Karyotakis
Arrangement for voice and piano
17 songs
[See AST 267]
Athens, 1983 



AST 311

LITTLE CYCLADES (MIKRES KYKLADES)
Song Cycle
Poems by Odysseus Elytis
Arrangement for voice and piano
7 songs
[See AST 157]
Athens, 1998 



AST 312

JOURNEY THROUGH THE NIGHT (TAXIDI MESA STIN NICHTA)
Song Cycle
Poems by Yannis Theodorakis (4), N. Botsaris, Dimitris Kesisoulos (2) & Mikis Theodorakis
Arrangement for voice and piano
8 songs
[See AST 228]
Athens, 1998 



AST 313

FARANTOURI CYCLE (SIX SONGS)
Song Cycle
Lyrics by Nikos Gatsos, Dimitris Christodoulou, Tassos Livaditis, Gerasimos Stavrou
Arrangement for voice and piano
6 songs
[See AST 165]
Athens, 1998 



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