Greek composer

Evángelos Odysséas Papathanassíou (Greek: Ευάγγελος Οδυσσέας Παπαθανασίου [eˈvaɲɟelos oðiˈseas papaθanaˈsi.u]; 29 March 1943 – 17 May 2022), known professionally as Vangelis (/væŋˈɡɛlɪs/ vang-GHEL-iss; Greek: Βαγγέλης [vaɲˈɟelis]), was a Greek musician and composer. His music was electronic, progressive, ambient, jazz, and orchestral.[1] He was best known for his Academy Award-winning score to Chariots of Fire (1981), as well as for composing scores to the movies Blade Runner (1982), Missing (1982), Antarctica (1983), The Bounty (1984), 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992), and Alexander (2004).

He also composed music for documentaries such as Cosmos: A Personal Voyage by Carl Sagan.[1] He was born in Agria, Hellenic State (present-day Agria, Greece). His career began in 1963.

Vangelis died on 17 May 2022 at a hospital in Paris, France from heart failure while receiving treatment for COVID-19, aged 79.[2][3]

Influences change

Vangelis stated composers like Hans Stockhausen, Delia Derbyshire, Michel Legrand, Klaus Schulze, Soft Machine, Brian Eno, Jerry Goldsmith, Morton Subotnick, Max Corbacho and Neu! as influences.

References change

  1. 1.0 1.1 Thomas S. Hischak (2015). The Encyclopedia of Film Composers. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 386–388. ISBN 9781442245501.
  2. Mackenzie, James; Tagaris, Karolina (19 May 2022). "Vangelis, composer of 'Chariots of Fire' score, dies at 79". National Post. Retrieved 19 May 2022.
  3. Vangelis Papathanasiou: Oscar-winning composer passes away at the age of 79