Part VII: The Symphonic Dimension (1980-1985)

 


*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 247

THE MAN WITH THE CARNATION (O ANTHROPOS ME TO GARIPHALO)

Film Score

Lyrics by Yannis Theodorakis

Film music for voice, choir, harmonica and orchestra

Parts I - X

Athens, 1980

First performance: Greece, 1980

Directed by Nikos Tzimas

First recording: LYRA, 1980


92
AST 248

SYMPHONY NO. 2: THE SONG OF THE EARTH

Symphonic

For children’s choir, solo piano and orchestra

Poem by Mikis Theodorakis

4 movements

Paris, 1980-81

[Embodies the SUITE No. 1 and music from ANTIGONE = See AST 61 and 119]

First performance: Halle, 1982


93
AST 249

PASSENGER (EPIVATIS)

Song Cycle

Poems by Kostas Tripolitis

For voice, piano, electric guitar, double bass and percussion

12 songs

Athens, Paris, 1980-81

First recording: MINOS, 1981


AST 250

SYMPHONY No. 3 (First Form)

Symphonic

Lyrics by Dionysios Solomos & Kostas Cavafy

For mezzo-soprano, choir and orchestra

4 movements

Paris, 1980-81

[See "Second Form" (1992) = AST 291]

First performance: Berlin, 1982

First recording: ETERNA, 1984


94
AST 251

PASSION OF THE SADDUCEES

Symphonic

Poems by Michalis Katsaros

"To the memory of Dimitris Despotidis"

Cantata in seven parts for tenor, baritone, bass, narrator, choir and orchestra

Damascus, Vrachati, Paris, Athens, 1981-2

First performance: Berlin, 1983

First recording: MINOS, 1983


95
AST 252

RADAR

Song Cycle

Lyrics by Kostas Tripolitis

12 songs

Paris, 1981

First recording: MINOS, 1981


96
AST 253

SYMPHONY No. 7 (SPRING / EARINI) (First form)

Symphonic/Choral

Lyrics by Yannis Ritsos & Yorgos Kouloukis

"Dedicated to Jean Jaurès and Konrad Wolf"

For soprano, alto, tenor, bass, double mixed choir and symphony orchestra

4 movements

Vrachati, Athens, 1982

[See "Second form (rejected)" (1993) = AST 294]

First performance: Dresden, 1984

First recording: LE CHANT DU MONDE, 1984


97
AST 254

LITURGY No. 2

Choral

Lyrics by Tassos Livaditis (11) & Mikis Theodorakis (3)

"For the children killed in the war"

[Transcription for choir of the LYRIC SONGS and other songs = See AST 224 and 231]

14 parts

Vrahati, 1982

First performance: Dresden, 1983

First recording: ETERNA, 1985 (in German); IOULIANOS, 1987 (in Greek)


98
AST 255

HOLY LITURGY (MISSA GRECA)

Choral - Ecclesiastical

Verses by Ioannis Chrysostomos

For mixed choir

19 parts

Athens, 1982-3

First performance: Tripolis, 1983

First recording: MINOS, 1984


99
AST 256

CONCERTO FOR GUITAR (LORCA)

Symphonic

Arrangement of "ROMANCERO GITAN"

Lyrics by F. G. Lorca (Odysseas Elytis)

6 parts

First arrangement: For contralto, solo guitar small mixed choir and symphony orchestra

Paris, Vrachati, 1982-3

Second arrangement: For contralto, solo guitar, and symphony orchestra

Third arrangement: For solo guitar and symphony orchestra

2nd and 3rd arrangements: Vrachati, 1995

First performance: Berlin, 1983


AST 257

 

TROPARION OF KASSIANI

Choral - Ecclesiastical

Arrangement for four-voiced mixed choir

2 parts

Vrahati, 1983

[See AST 15]

First performance: Athens, 1983


AST 258

MAUTHAUSEN

Choral

Poems by Iakovos Kambanellis

Arrangement for choir

4 parts

Athens, 1983

[See AST 168]

First performance: Thessaloniki, 1983



AST 259

 

DESERTERS (LIPOTAKTES)

Choral

Poems by Yannis Theodorakis

Arrangement for choir

4 parts

Vrachati, Athens, 1983

[See AST 74, AST 138 and AST 242]

First performance: Thessaloniki, 1983


AST 260

EPIPHANIA (EPIPHANY)

Choral

Poems by George Seferis

Arrangement for mixed choir

4 parts

Athens, Vrachati, 1983

[See AST 137]

First performance: Thessaloniki, 1983


AST 261

 

LOVE AND DEATH (EROS KE THANATOS)

Choral

Poems by Mikis Theodorakis

Arrangement for four-voiced choir

2 parts

Athens, 1983

[See AST 31 and AST 94]


AST 262

 

OF LOVE (TIS AGAPIS) [sketches]

Choral

Poem by Mikis Theodorakis

For 8-voiced mixed choir

Athens, 1983

[from the cycle LOVE AND DEATH , see AST 31 and AST 92]


AST 263

 

SIX ELUARD

Choral

Poem by Paul Eluard

Arrangement for choir

3 parts

Athens, 1983

[See AST 111]


100
AST 264

BITTER SATURDAYS (PIKROSAVVATA)

Song Cycle

Poems by Lefteris Papadopoulos

12 songs

Athens, 1983

First recording: PHILIPS, 1984


101
AST 265

THE MEETING (I SYNANTISI)

Song Cycle

Poems by Lefteris Papadopoulos

5 songs

Athens, 1983

First recording: MINOS, 1985


102
AST 266

REQUIEM (AKOLOUTHIA IS KEKIMIMENOUS)

Choral-Ecclesiastical

"Dedicated to the memory of those killed in the war-time slaughter of the inhabitants of Kalavryta"

For soprano, contralto, tenor, bass, mixed choir and children’s choir

[Arrangement with the addition of symphony orchestra by Nikos Platyrarcho, 1993]

[New orchestration of No. 73: Paris, 1995]

8 parts - 73 numbers

Athens, 1983-4

First performance: Athens, 1985

First recording: IOULIANOS, 1989


103
AST 267

POEM (KARYOTAKIS)

Song Cycle

Poems by Kostas Karyotakis

For voice, 2 bouzoukis, flute, oboe, electric guitar acoustic guitar, classical guitar, 2 cellos, double bass and percussion

12 songs

[See AST 310]

Athens, 1983

First recording: MINOS, 1984


104

AST 268

 

[LEFTERIS PAPADOPOULOS I]

Songs

Poems by Lefteris Papadopoulos

39 songs

Athens, 1983-4

(Song no. 3 appears in the opera KOSTAS KARYIOTAKIS with other words. Some songs with new texts by Michailis Ganas appear on the CD GALLANT LITTLE BIRD )

First recording: MINOS-EMI, 1998 (some songs on the CD SERENADES )


105
AST 269

THE GALLANT SONGS (TA ASIKIKA)

Songs

Poems by Lefteris Papadopoulos & Mikis Theodorakis

A selection of songs arranged for piano, electric guitar acoustic guitar, flute, cello, bass and drums

"The ‘Gallant’ is a dance-rhythm of my own imagination. I gave it a strict form, though, based on the rhythmic permutations and development of 3 + 2 and 8 + 16. So we have the first section with 8 or 16 bars of 3/8, a second section, where the 3/6 alternate with 2/8, and a third (climactic section) where meters of 3/16 are interspersed between 3/8 and 2/8, a device that gives a sudden jolt to the rhythm, which is the reason I called it Asikiko , i.e. dance for Gallant Lads. This rhythm, combined with the modes I have used, takes us straight to the coast of Asia Minor, where Greek civilisation once flourished in lovely Ionia, my mother’s birthplace."

22 songs

Athens & Vrachati, 1984

First performance: Selected songs used for a performance of Büchner’s WOYZECK , Larnaca, 1987

Songs from the record GALLANT LITTLE BIRD (ASIKIKO POULAKI), Athens, 1996

First recording: SIRIOS, 1985 (6 songs with verses by Theodorakis)

SONY, 1996 (Selected songs to verses by Michalis Ganas on the record GALLANT LITTLE BIRD (ASIKIKO POULAKI)


106
AST 270

DIONYSOS

Songs

Religious musical drama

Lyrics by Mikis Theodorakis

For baritone, electric guitar, classical guitar, 12-string guitar, electric bass, flute, oboe, 2 cellos, percussion for 2 players and 2 bouzoukis

Parts I - IX.

[See AST 308]

Athens, 1984

First performance: Athens, 1985

First recording: SIRIOS, 1985


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