Iconic composer Vangelis dies aged 79 | Movies

The Oscar-winning keyboard genius behind some of the most memorable film scores has died. Vangelis was 79 years old.

Born Evángelos Odysséas Papathanassíou in 1943, Vangelis grew up in Athens and formed his first band in 1963, called the Forminx, who were best known for covering pop music of the time, notably the Beatles.

When the group broke up in 1966, Vangelis became a writer and producer for hire, working on scores for Greek films. For a chance to build his own career, he moved to Paris, forming the progressive rock quartet Aphrodite’s Child alongside other Greek expats such as Demis Roussos.

Still, Vangelis was tired of the commercial pop world and once Aphrodite’s Child disbanded he returned to music for films and TV shows, while becoming a solo artist and moving again, this time to London. His work from the era, including the ‘Heaven And Hell’ album, entered the Top 40 and this particular music was used to mark Carl Sagan. Cosmos TV series.

Continuing his score work, it was in the 1980s that the composer experienced the height of his success, and he won an Oscar for the soundtrack of 1981’s chariots of fire. Music has become synonymous and well used. He also caught the attention of Ridley Scott, who had him work on the score for blade runnerwho helped bring the future Los Angeles seen on screen to life.

He worked again with Scott on 1492: Conquest of Paradiseand would contribute music to a variety of films, including The bounty, francesco, alexander and bitter moon. His most recent score was for 2007 El Greco, a biopic of the Greek artist. Alongside his screen work, he has been commissioned by a number of sports bodies for the soundtrack of major events, including the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea and the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

“Music is the most multidimensional knowledge we have,” he once said. “It is as specific as nature can be. Any form that nature takes contains a specific sound combination. Music is a language. It is a memory of the cosmic system, a memory of the past and the future. Before it’s all science, not entertainment.” It may have been science to him, but he also made great art out of it.

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