Myrto and Mikis: a diamond marriage

“Is there always a powerful woman behind a powerful man?  In the case of Mikis Theodorakis this is the case.

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A great truth named Myrto Altinoglou. That girl with the “sweet smile, the childish eyes with the sudden glows… with the greatest finesse and grace…’’, “A fantasy and dreamy figure that arrived proudly and suddenly in order to conquer my existence just like the strange and unexplained elements of nature, just like light and joy…’’. The girl gifted with rare charismas, studiousness, diligence, organizational skills, discipline, vigour, persistence, patience- all inherited by the cradle of culture, Minor Asia, the home of her parents. His perfect supplement. Thus, with her deep love and loyalty she will stand as his pillar in the long, painful odyssey of incredible, tragic proceedings that shook his life at its beginning, up until their coveted marriage.

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“… I cannot live without you anymore. My only comfort is your letter. Worrying if anything is happening to you is killing me… Every moment of my life I remember you and worry. […] I hope this is our last separation and that when we meet we shall marry!”

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According to the official papers of Athens Municipality this happened on March 18, 1953. Though there are many photos available on internet, not one can be found of their marriage.

 

In the documentary broadcasted by SkaiTV Mikis Theodorakis:

“Εγώ δε τον φοβάμαι το θάνατο, αλλά… το πρόβλημά μου είναι η Μυρτώ… τίποτα άλλο, δε μπορώ να την αφήσω μόνη.
Εάν πάλι η Μυρτώ φύγει πρώτη πάλι δεν μπορώ να ζήσω μόνος… είναι πολύ το δέσιμο… πάρα πολύ.”

“I don’t fear death, but… my problem is Myrto… nothing else, I can’t leave her alone.
If Myrto goes away first, I cannot live alone either… we are too deeply connected with each other.”

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Sources and additional information                                                                                    

 

Updated: 13 November 2015

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About "The Music of Mikis Theodorakis"

The blog "The Music of Mikis Theodorakis" started in 2010. The not-for-profit activities of the initiator were and are to collect, create and publish information about the MUSIC of the Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis via YouTube, Google+, Twitter, and this blog. Sources for this information are utterly strictly related with Mikis Theodorakis' Music only. The icon is a bouzouki. It is Greece's national symbol for freedom. During the Regime of the Colonels (Military Junta, 1967-1974) the bouzouki was forbidden. Mikis Theodorakis used this authentic Greek instrument in almost all his compositions, and Greeks were listening to Theodorakis's music in the underground scene, during the Military Junta time.
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