Theodorakis the Symphonist

The recently published video:  “Tatiana Papageorgiou plays Mikis Theodorakis’ Piano Concerto 2 ‘Helikon’ (I)” offers all listeners a “new” Theodorakis composition. The video information is surprising:

Tatiana Papageorgiou in the world premier performance of the completed Second Piano Concerto (‘Helikon’) of Mikis Theodorakis at the Athens Herodes Atticus Theater (September 10, 2008). The Greek National Symphony of ERT was conducted by Loukas Karytinos.

This Concerto was composed by Theodorakis between 1952-55 and was discovered among his early manuscripts by Tatiana Papageorgiou, as part of her doctoral research. (‘Theodorakis the Symphonist’, 2008, p.80). 

The concert was attended by Mikis Theodorakis, who previously attended and supervised the rehearsals.

The American College of Greece writes:

Her groundbreaking doctoral research into the symphonic music of Mikis Theodorakis has resulted in the unearthing of unpublished works, in music editorial work, various arrangements, transcriptions and orchestrations of his works, as well as world first performances and a complete recording of his piano and symphonic music in close collaboration with the composer. Her recent piano arrangements of Theodorakis’ songs, ballets and film scores have been published by Schott International in 2011 and have been praised by the international press.

Sources and additional information

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Photo: Tatiana Papageorgiou (Kathimerini)

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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