Via this page interesting articles, reviews and websites about “The Music of Mikis Theodorakis” will be shared.
“The symphony are very, very difficult things. I start to write symphonies when I discovered European music as I was a student in Athens and in Conservatoire de Paris with Messiaen. The symphony for me is the last great art after the tragedy, after the poetry. The symphony comes in the eighteenth century, so it is very modern. For me, it is the fruit of the German realism. They do architecture with sounds only. They construct bridges, big bridges. They form fugue, they form sonata, they form symphony, they form quartet. But this is very big, only with sound, and is very difficult, I think, for the common people to take — to see the fantasy vision of the Ninth Symphony of Beethoven or the Fifth Symphony of Mahler. It is very difficult, very difficult. This is the fruit of the time where there was the big separation between classes, who at this moment had much free time… you know, the princes. They had all the time hear music; they speak with Beethoven, with Mozart. Frederick the Great played music with C.P.E. Bach. This is aristocracy, the aristocracy of music.”
-Mikis Theodorakis, about composing his symphonies, in the interview with Bruce Duffie (photo) For the complete interview go here.
Bruce Duffie interviewed many world famous musicians and composers, like Steve Reich, Pierre Boulez, Philip Glass, Karel Husa, Alfred Reed, John Cage, Ludovico Einaudi, John Luther Adams, John Adams, John Rutter, Luciano Berio, André Previn, Claudio Abbado, Jean Fournet, Antal Dorati, Daniel Barenboim, Charles Dutoit, Edo de Waart, Leonard Slatkin, Lorin Maazel, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Mariss Jansons, Esa-Pekka Salonen, sir Georg Solti, Kurt Masur, Riccardo Chailly, Maxim Shostakovich, Valery Gergiev, Zubin Mehta, Bernard Haitink, Ton Koopman, and hundreds more….
An interesting article, with many very interesting historical details. Summary: It was in fact not ‘Theodorakis’ “laughing boy”‘, because it is the creation of the then twelve year young Irish Brendan Behan (painting). Brendan Behan became a successful Irish writer (1923-1964).
“The Laughing Boy” was about Michael Collins, who was assassinated during the Irish civil war, in August 1922.The article goes into the depths of the Irish, and also the Greeks, because it was Mikis Theodorakis who added notes to the poem “The Laughing Boy”, translated for him by Vasilis Rotas into “Το γελαστό παιδί”, “To Gelasto Paidi”. The article mentions the times and reasons where this song was used, to sing, as Greeks, massive, on the streets. With funerals of well known, beloved Greeks. For instance. Or in concert halls. Read the article here. Playlist: here. The Hostage: here. Ένας Όμηρος (The Hostage): here
“The Museum of Mikis Theodorakis is located in the village Vrakades. It is actually the old stone house of Mikis Theodorakis, known as the “House with scorpions.” An old Ikarian farmhouse that hosted the famous music composer and his companions, during his exile on the island. This house is now a museum and has been oficially recognized by the Greek state, as listed building. It includes many exhibits of his everyday life during his exile.” More