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Mikis Theodorakis (1925-    )

Mikis Theodorakis, composerMikis Theodorakis is a renowned Greek troubadour and one of his country's greatest composers. He wrote many symphonies, cantatas, several ballets and operas, plus popular songs including "Zorba the Greek," famous from Herb Alpert's instrumental hit. Born in 1925 on the Greek island of Chios, Theodorakis began writing songs quite early. He formed his own choir and gave his first performance at the age of 17. An active resistance fighter during World War II, he studied at the conservatories in both Athens and Paris (the latter with Olivier Messiaen). Theodorakis wrote several symphonies during the late '50s, but later returned to Greece to apply his musical knowledge to the traditional Greek music he'd grown up with. After several years of film scoring, in 1964 he composed the music for the film adaptation of the Nikos Kazantzakis novel Zorba the Greek. When 1967 brought a fascist government into control of the country, Theodorakis went underground and formed a revolutionary group to combat abuses -- including a ban on playing or even listening to his music. He was later arrested, exiled, and sent to an internment camp, though the work of a global solidarity movement -- led by Leonard Bernstein, Dmitri Shostakovich, Arthur Miller, and Harry Belafonte -- helped secure his release in 1970. Still exiled from his country, Theodorakis served as the greatest ambassador of Greek music during the 1970s, playing thousands of concerts across the world. After the government toppled, he served as a member of the new parliament, also working as general musical director of the symphony orchestra and chorus of the Hellenic Radio and Television.
-  John Bush/AllMusic

COMPOSITIONS                                                            Theodorakis Links     ~ ~ ~     Works by Genre
. . .  For pre-1942 works see  here
Tropario tis Kassianis (Kassiani's Hymn), chorus (1942)
Sonatina, piano (1942)
Symphony No. 1, narrator, chorus and double string orchestra (1943-45) [text: Mikis Theodorakis]
Choral, chorus and string orchestra (1944)
Five Sailors (Pente Naftes) (3 songs), song cycle, voice and piano (1944-45; rev. 1957) [text: Photis Angoules & Mikis Theodorakis]
Little Symphony, string orchestra (1945) [inspired by Prometheus Bound]
Elegy No. 1, cello and piano (1945)
Elegy No. 2, violin and piano (1945) ["On the Death of the Freedom-Fighter"]
To Kimitirio (The Cemetery), chorus and string orchestra (1946) [text: Dionysios Solomos]
    - To Kimitirio (The Cemetery) (String Quartet No. 2) (1946) [arr. from work for chorus and orchestra]
Four Pieces for December, [voice?/chorus? and chamber ensemble?] (1945) [text: M. Theodorakis] [3rd of December????]
    - Four Pieces for December, string orchestra (arr. 1946) [arr. from vocal/choral work]
    - Three Pieces for December, violin and piano (1946)
String Quartet No. 1, "Strophē" (The Turn) (1946)
Duetto, 2 violins (1946)
Promithefs desmotis (Prometheus Bound), orchestra (1946)
Margarita, cantata, narrator, voices, chorus, fl, ob, cl, rec, pf, santouri and perc (1945-46) [text: N. Vretakos]
    - Margarita, piano (1946) [from cantata, 1946]
The Feast of Asi-Gonia, string orchesta (1946) ; arr. for full orchestra(?), 1947; also arr. for piano 4-hands]
    - To panigyri tes Asi-Gonias (The Asi-Gonia Festival), ballet (1946-47)
[Symphonic Work], orchestra (1946-47)
Passacaglia, violin and piano (1946)
Childish Dream (Paidiko Oniro), piano (1947)
Trio, violin, cello and piano (1947)
Sextet, flute, string quartet and piano (1947) [originally titled "Symphony"]
Eleven Preludes, piano (1947)
Suite, piano and wind ensemble (1947)
Theme and Variations, solo violin (1947)
Eros kai thanatos (Love and Death) (4 songs), voice and piano (or string orch) (1945-48/87) [text: Mavilis and Theodorakis]
Symphony in Three Movements (Simfonia Se Tria Meri), orchestra (1947-48)
Oidippous tyrannos (Oedipus tyrannus), string orchestra (1948; rev. 1956-58)
Spring (Anixi), string orchestra (1948)
String Quartet No. 3, "Epoca nocturna" (1948/1958/2006)
Introduction (Isagogi), orchestra (1948)
Theme and Cycles (Themata Ke Kykli), orchestra (1947-49)
Preludio - Penia - Choros (Prelude - Strumming - Dance), string orchestra, celeste, triangle and 2 tympani (1948-49)
Study for Strings, 2 violins and cello (1949)
Five Soldiers (Pente Stratiotes), voice and orchestra (1950) [text: Mikis Theodorakis]
Elegeio kai threnos gia ton Basili Zanno (Elegy and Lamentation for Vasilis Zannos), orchestra (1948-51)
Five Cretan Songs, chorus, [solo violin] and [string] orchestra (1951)
Syrtos Chaniotikos, piano and orchestra (1952) [also arr. for piano and percussion]
Piano Concerto, "Helikon" (1952)
Orpheas kai Eurydike (Orpheus and Eurydice), ballet, chorus and string orchestra (1952)
Lipotaktes (Deserters) (4 songs), voice and piano (1952?) [1950?] [text: Y. Theodorakis] [arr. for SATB chorus, 1984]
Sonatine No. 1, violin and piano (1952) [arr. by Y. Samprovalakis for alto sax and orch as "Cretan Concertino"]
Eva, film score (1952-53)
The Barefoot Battalion (To xypolito tagma), film score (1953)
O golgothas mias orfanis (The Calvary of an Orphan Girl), film score (1953)
Echi Rythmi (Six Rhythms), ballet music, piano (c. 1953)
Symphony No. 1, "Proti Simfonia", orchestra (1943-53)
Petite Suite, string quartet (1952-53)
Greek Carnival, ballet (1947-53) [choreography: Rallou Manou]
    - Elliniki apokrea (Greek Carnival Suite), orchestra (1947-58)
I Imera Tis Labris (East Sunday), cantata, chorus and orchestra (1954) [text: Dionysos Solomos]
Suite No. 1, piano and orchestra (1949-50/1955)
Passacailles, 2 pianos (1955)
Little (Small) Suite, piano (1955)
Sonatine, piano (1955) [1952-53?]
Suite No. 2, orchestra (1956)
Suite No. 3,  "La mere", soprano, chorus and orchestra (1956?) [text: Dionysios Solomos]
Ill Met by Moonlight, film score (1956) [1960?]
Piano Concerto (1957) [1958?]
Honeymoon (Luna de miel), film score (1957) [1960?]
Photia sta baroutia (Fire at the Gunpowder/Le Feu aux Poudres), ballet (1958) [choreography: Paul Goubé]
String Quartet No. 4, "Máza" (Masa) (1958)
Sonatine No. 2, violin and piano (1958) [1959?]
Epitaphios, voice and orchestra (1958) [text: Y. Ritsos]
Archipelagos, voice & orch (1957-59) [texts: Livadites, Gatsos, Christodoulou, Theodorakis, Elytis, Kokkinopoulos &Y. Theodorakis]
Antigone, ballet (1959) [based on Sophocles] [choreography: John Cranko]
Les Amants de Teruel, film score (1959)
    - Les Amants de Teruel, ballet (1958-59) [arr. of music from film score] [choreography: Milko Sparembleck]
Phoinisses (Phoenician Women), incidental music, voice, chorus and orch (1959-70) [Euripides]
Epiphania, voice and piano (1960 [text: G. Seferis]
Faces in the Dark, film score (1960)
Elektra film score (1960) [1961-62?]
Ajax, incidental music (1960-61) [Sophocles]
Shadow of the Cat, film score (1961)
Phaidra (Phaedra), film score (1961)
To tragoudi tou nekrou adelphou (The Ballad of the Dead Brother), incidental music (1960-62) [Theodorakis]
    - To tragoudi tou nekrou adelphou (The Ballad of the Dead Brother), ballet (1962)
Enas omeros (The Hostage), incidental music (1961) [B. Bean, trans. V. Rotas and V. Damianaki]
Les Amants de Teruel, film score (1961-62)
Five Miles to Midnight, film score (1961-62)
Omorphi poli (Beautiful City), incidental music (1961-62) [Y. Theodorakis, Bost, D. Christodoulou, E. Thalassinos and Christofelis]
Prophetika (Prophetic), voice and piano (1963)
Mikres Kyklades (The Tiny Cyclades), voice and piano (1963) [text: Elytis]
Eugeitonia ton angelon (Neighbourhood of the Angels), incidental music (1963) [Cambanelis]
Magiki poli (Magic/Enchanted City), incidental music (1963) [Theodorakis, N. Perialis and M. Katsaros]
The Chinese Wall, incidental music (1963) [Max Frisch]
To Axion Esti (Worth of Being), popular oratorio, popular male voice, Bar, narrator, voices, pop orch, orch (1959-64) [text: O. Elytis]
Politeia A' kai B' (State A' and B'), [voice & piano?] (1959-64) [texts: Livadites, Christodoulou, Kokkinopoulos, Gatsos and Varnalis]
Zobas a Ellenas (Zorba the Greek), film score (1964)
    - Zorbas o Ellinas (Zorba the Greek), ballet (1987-88) [arr. of music from film score, 1964] [choreography: Lorca Massine]
Mauthausen, cantata, mezzo-soprano and piano (1965) [text: Kambanelis] [arr. 3 voices, 1982; rev. SATB chorus, 1984]
Trojan Women, incidental music (1965) [Euripides]
Romiosini (Hellinism), voice and piano (1966) [text: Ritsos]
Lysistrata, incidental music (1966-67) [Aristophanes]
Mauthausen, voice and piano (1967) [text: Kambanelis]
Elios kai Chronos (Sun and Time), voice and piano (1967) [text: Theodorakis]
The Day the Fish Came Out, film score (1967)
Ta Lalka (Popular Songs), voice and piano (1968) [text: M. Eleftheriou]
Ta tragoudia tou Andrea (The Songs of Andreas), voice and piano (1968) [text: Theodorakis]
Nychta thanatou (Night of Death), voice and piano (1968) [text: Eleftheriou]
I adelphi mas Athena (Our Sister Athena), voice and piano (1968) [text: G. Kouloukis] [2nd mvt of Sym. No. 7]
Z, film score (1968) [1969?] [main theme from the incidental music to "The Hostage", 1961]
Katastasis poliorkrias (State of Siege), [voices/chorus and orchestra?] (1968-69) [text: R. Hatzidaki]
    - Katastasi poliorkias (State of Siege), film score (1971) [1972?]
Arkadia I-IX, voice and piano (1968-69) [texts: Theodorakis, Eleftheriou, Kalvos, Sinopoulos, Anagnostakis, Kalantzis & Perialis]
Arkadia V - Pnevmatiko embatirio (Arkadia V - March of the Spirit), oratorio, voices and orch (1969-70) [text: A. Sikelianos]
Hymn for Nasser (1970)
Tragoudia tau agona (Songs of the Struggle), voice & pf (1970-71) [texts: Panagoulis, Deligianni-Athanasiade, Eleftheriou, Perialis]
Epiphania Aberōph, cantata, voice, chorus and piano (1968-71) [text: G. Seferis]
Troaditisses (The Trojan Women), film score (1971)
Biribi, film score (1971)
Antigoni stin Filaki (Antigone in Jail), incidental music (1971)
    - Antigone in Jail, ballet (1972) [choreography: Micha van Hoecke]
18 Lianotragouda tis pikris patridas (18 Little Songs of My Bitter Country), voice and piano (1972) [text: Ritsos]
Hymn for the Socialist Movement in Venezuela (1973)
Hymn for the Students. dedicated to the victims of Polytechnical School in Athens (18.11.) (1973)
Serpico, film score (1973)
Balantes (Ballads), voice and piano (1973-74) [text: Anagnostakis]
Prodomenos Laos (Betrayed People), incidental music (1974) [Vangelis Goufas]
Tis exorias B' (The Exile Songs B'), voice and piano (1973-75) [texts: Anagnostakis, Y. Negrepontis, T. Livadites]
Echtros Laos (Enemy People), incidental music (1975) [Iakovos Kambanelis]
Das Sauspiel, incidental music (1975) [Martin Walser]
Christophorus Kolumbus, incidental music (1975) [Nikos Kazantzakis]
Actas de Marousia, film score (1976)
Iphigeneia, film score (1976) [1977-78?]
Kapodistrias, incidental music (1976) [Nikos Kazantzakis]
Hymn of the French Socialist Party (1977)
The Suppliants, incidental music (1977) [Aeschylus]
O Allos Alexandros ("The Other Alexander"), incidental music (1977) [Margarita Limberaki]
Hymn for Malta (1978)
Oktombris 1978 (October 1978), voice & pf (1978) [texts: Theodorakis, Eleftheriou, Thalassinou, Christodoulou, Papadopoulos]
Ta lyrika (Lyrical Songs), voice and piano (1978) [text: T. Livadites]
Polites B' Katigorias (Second-Class Citizens), incidental music (1978) [Brian Friel]
Elektra, ballet (1979) [choreography: Serge Kenten]
The Knights, incidental music (1979) [Aristophanes]
Papflessas, incidental music (1979) [Spiros Melas]
Caligula, incidental music (1979) [Albert Camus]
Geniko tragoudi (Canto General), popular oratotio, Mez, Bar, chorus, 2 pf, pop orch and perc (1972-80) [text: P. Neruda]
O anthropos me to garyphallo [The Man with the Carnation], film score (1980)
Perikles, incidental music (1980) [Shakespeare]
Symphony No. 2, "The Song of the Earth", children's choir, piano and orchestra (1980-81) [text: Mikis Theodorakis]
Symphony No. 3, mezzo-soprano, chorus and orchestra (1945-81) [texts: D. Solomos, Byzantine hymns, K. Kavafis]
Chairetismoi (Greetings), voice and piano (1978-81) [text: Y. Theodorakis and A. Eleftheriou]
Kata Saddoukaion pathe (Sadducees Passion), cantata, actor, B, T, Bar, B, chorus and orch (1981-82) [text: M. Katsaros]
2e Leitourgia - Gia ta paidia pou skotonontai ston polemo [Liturgy no.2 - For Children who get Killed in the War], chorus (1981-82)
    [text: T. Livaditis and Theodorakis]
Leitourgia tou agiou Ioannou tou chrysostomou (missa greca), cantor, narrator and chorus (1982)
Hymn of P.L.O. (1982)
Politeia A'-B' (State A'-B'), voice and piano (1959-64/1983) [texts: Christodoulou, Livadites, Gatsos, Kokkinopoulou and Varnalis]
Lorca, voice, solo guitar, chorus and orchestra (1982-83) [based on "Romancero Gitano", text: Federico Garcia Lorca]
Sept Danses Grecques, ballet (1983) [choreography: Maurice Béjart]
Symphony No. 7, "Spring Symphony", S, Mez, T, B, chorus and orch (1983) [text: Y. Ritsos and G. Kouloukis]
Akolouthia eis kekoimimenous (Requiem), S, 2 Mez, T, Bar, chorus and chamber organ (1984) [text: J. Damaskinos]
Karyotakis (Karyotakis), voice and piano (1984) [text: Karyotakis]
Dionysos, male voice, chorus and orchestra (1984) [text: Theodorakis)
Phaidra (Phaedra), voice and piano (1984) [text: A. Eleftheriou]
Costas Karyotakis-metamorphosis tou Dionysou (Costas Karyotakis- Metamorphoses of Dionysos), opera (1985-86) ['84-85?]
Santiago, voice and piano (1986)
Ta prosopa tau eliou (Faces of the Sun), voice and piano (1986)
Symphony No. 4, "Symphony of Choral Odes"/"Of Choirs", S, A, narrator, cello, chorus and orch w/o strings (1986-87)
I Beatrike stin ado miden (Beatrice in Zero Street), voice and piano (1987) [as "archaios anemos"/As a~ Ancient Wind, 1987]
Mia thalassa gemati mousiki (A Sea Full of Music), voice and piano (1987)
Hecuba, incidental music (1987) [Euripides]
Oresteia: Agamemnon, Choephorae, Eumenides, incidental music (1986-88) [Sophocles]
Choros Assikikos, solo cello (1989)
Dionysos-Phaidra-To palio teloneio (Dionysos-Phaedra-the Old Custom House), voice and piano (1989)
        [texts: Theodorakis, Eleftheriou, Papadopoulos]
Medeia (Medea), opera, voice, female chorus and orchestra (1988-90) [based on Euripides]
Antigone, incidental music (1990) [Sophocles]
Hymn of the Mediterranean Games (1991)
Prometheas desmotes (Prometheus Bound), incidental music (1991) [1992?] [Aeschylus]
Canto Olympico, voice, solo piano, chorus and orchestra (1991-92) [for Olympic Games, Barcelona, 1992]
Hellenism (1992) [Greek Hymn for the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games of Barcelona]
Elektra, opera (1992-93)
Adagio, solo trumpet (or clarinet; or flute), string orchestra and percussion (1993) ["For the victims of the Bosnian War"]
Raven, mezzo-soprano, flute, harp and strings (1970-94)
Macbeth, incidental music (1994) [Shakespeare]
Rhapsody for Guitar and Orchestra (1995)
Antigone, opera (1995-96)
Melos, piano (1996)
Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra (1996)
Oedipus Rex, incidental music (1996) [Sophocles]
Lysistrata, opera (1999-2001)
Medea, incidental music (2001) [Euripides]
East of the Aegean, cello and piano (2007)
Rhapsody for Trumpet and Orchestra (2008) [orchestrated by Robert Gulya]
Andalusia, mezzo-soprano and orchestra (2010)


WORKS BY GENRE                                                            Theodorakis Links     ~ top of page ~
Dramatic/Theater
Costas Karyotakis-metamorphosis tou Dionysou (Costas Karyotakis- Metamorphoses of Dionysos), opera (1985-86) ['84-85?]
Medeia (Medea), opera, voice, female chorus and orchestra (1988-90) [based on Euripides]
Elektra, opera (1992-93)
Antigone, opera (1995-96)
Lysistrata, opera (1999-2001)

Ballet
To panigyri tes Asi-Gonias (The Asi-Gonia Festival), ballet (1946-47) [from original work for string orch?]
Orpheas kai Eurydike (Orpheus and Eurydice), ballet, chorus and string orchestra (1952)
Echi Rythmi (Six Rhythms), ballet music, piano (c. 1953)
Greek Carnival, ballet (1947-53) [choreography: Rallou Manou]
Photia sta baroutia (Fire at the Gunpowder/Le Feu aux Poudres), ballet (1958) [choreography: Paul Goubé]
Les Amants de Teruel, ballet (1958-59) [arr. of music from film score] [choreography: Milko Sparembleck]
Antigone, ballet (1959) [based on Sophocles] [choreography: John Cranko]
To tragoudi tou nekrou adelphou (The Ballad of the Dead Brother), ballet (1962)
Antigone in Jail, ballet (1972) [choreography: Micha van Hoecke]
Elektra, ballet (1979) [choreography: Serge Kenten]
Sept Danses Grecques, ballet (1983) [choreography: Maurice Béjart]
Zorbas o Ellinas (Zorba the Greek), ballet (1987-88) [arr. of music from film score, 1964] [choreography: Lorca Massine]

Orchestra
Little Symphony, string orchestra (1945) [inspired by Prometheus Bound]
Four Pieces for December, string orchestra (arr. 1946) [arr. from vocal/choral work]
Promithefs desmotis (Prometheus Bound), orchestra (1946)
The Feast of Asi-Gonia, string orchesta (1946) ; arr. for full orchestra(?), 1947; also arr. for piano 4-hands]
[Symphonic Work], orchestra (1946-47)
Symphony in Three Movements (Simfonia Se Tria Meri), orchestra (1947-48)
Oidippous tyrannos (Oedipus tyrannus), string orchestra (1948; rev. 1956-58)
Spring (Anixi), string orchestra (1948)
Introduction (Isagogi), orchestra (1948)
Theme and Cycles (Themata Ke Kykli), orchestra (1947-49)
Preludio - Penia - Choros (Prelude - Strumming - Dance), string orchestra, celeste, triangle and 2 tympani (1948-49)
Elegeio kai threnos gia ton Basili Zanno (Elegy and Lamentation for Vasilis Zannos), orchestra (1948-51)
Symphony No. 1, "Proti Simfonia", orchestra (1943-53)
Oidippous tyrannos (Oedipus tyrannus), string orchestra (1946-56)
Suite No. 2, orchestra (1956)
Elliniki apokrea (Greek Carnival Suite), orchestra (1947-58)

Soloist(s) w/Orchestra
Suite, piano and wind ensemble (1947)
Syrtos Chaniotikos, piano and orchestra (1952) [also arr. for piano and percussion]
Piano Concerto, "Helikon" (1952)
Cretan Concertino, alto saxophone and orchestra [arr. of "Sonatine No. 1", violin and piano, 1952, by Y. Samprovalakis]
Suite No. 1, piano and orchestra (1955)
Piano Concerto (1957) [1958?]
Adagio, solo trumpet (or clarinet; or flute), string orchestra and percussion (1993) ["For the victims of the Bosnian War"]
Rhapsody for Guitar and Orchestra (1995)
Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra (1996)
Rhapsody for Trumpet and Orchestra (2008) [orchestrated by Robert Gulya]

Metasymphonic (works combining pop elements (singers) w/sym music, orch, soloists, choruses and high poetical text)
To Axion Esti (Worth of Being), popular oratorio, popular male voice, Bar, narrator, voices, pop orch, orch (1959-64) [text: O. Elytis]
Katastasis poliorkrias (State of Siege), [voices/chorus and orchestra?] (1968-69) [text: R. Hatzidaki]
Arkadia V - Pnevmatiko embatirio (Arkadia V - March of the Spirit), oratorio, voices and orch (1969-70) [text: A. Sikelianos]
Epiphania Aberōph, cantata, voice, chorus and piano (1968-71) [text: G. Seferis]
Geniko tragoudi (Canto General), popular oratotio, Mez, Bar, chorus, 2 pf, pop orch and perc (1972-80) [text: P. Neruda]

Choral
Tropario tis Kassianis (Kassiani's Hymn), chorus (1942)
Symphony No. 1, narrator, chorus and double string orchestra (1943-45) [text: Mikis Theodorakis]
Choral, chorus and string orchestra (1944)
To Kimitirio (The Cemetery), chorus and string orchestra (1946) [text: Dionysios Solomos]
Four Pieces for December, [voice?/chorus? and chamber ensemble?] (1945) [text: M. Theodorakis] [3rd of December????]
Margarita, cantata, narrator, voices, chorus, fl, ob, cl, rec, pf, santouri and perc (1945-46) [text: N. Vretakos]
Symphony No. 3, mezzo-soprano, chorus and orchestra (1945-81) [texts: D. Solomos, Byzantine hymns, K. Kavafis]
Lipotaktes (Deserters) (4 songs), voice and piano (1950) [text: Y. Theodorakis] [arr. for SATB chorus, 1984]
Five Cretan Songs, chorus, [solo violin] and [string] orchestra (1951)
I Imera Tis Labris (East Sunday), cantata, chorus and orchestra (1954) [text: Dionysos Solomos]
Suite No. 3, "La mere", soprano, voices/chorus and orchestra (1956)
Mauthausen, cantata, mezzo-soprano and piano (1965) [arr. 3 voices, 1982; rev. SATB chorus, 1984]
Symphony No. 2, "The Song of the Earth", children's choir, piano and orchestra (1980-81) [text: Mikis Theodorakis]
Kata Saddoukaion pathe (Sadducees Passion), cantata, actor, B, T, Bar, B, chorus and orch (1981-82) [text: M. Katsaros]
2e Leitourgia - Gia ta paidia pou skotonontai ston polemo [Liturgy no.2 - For Children who get Killed in the War], chorus (1981-82)
    [text: T. Livaditis and Theodorakis]
Leitourgia tou agiou Ioannou tou chrysostomou (missa greca), cantor, narrator and chorus (1982)
Lorca, voice, solo guitar, chorus and orchestra (1982-83) [based on "Romancero Gitano", text: Federico Garcia Lorca]
Symphony No. 7, "Spring Symphony", S, Mez, T, B, chorus and orch (1983) [text: Y. Ritsos and G. Kouloukis]
Akolouthia eis kekoimimenous (Requiem), S, 2 Mez, T, Bar, chorus and chamber organ (1984) [text: J. Damaskinos]
Symphony No. 4, "Symphony of Choral Odes"/"Of Choirs", S, A, narrator, cello, chorus and orch w/o strings (1986-87)
Canto Olympico, voice, solo piano, chorus and orchestra (1991-92) [for Olympic Games, Barcelona, 1992]

Hymns
Hymn for Nasser (1970)
Hymn for the Socialist Movement in Venezuela (1973)
Hymn for the Students. dedicated to the victims of Polytechnical School in Athens (18.11.) (1973)
Hymn of the French Socialist Party (1977)
Hymn for Malta (1978)
Hymn of P.L.O. (1982)
Hymn of the Mediterranean Games (1991)
Hellenism (1992) [Greek Hymn for the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games of Barcelona]

Chamber
String Quartet No. 1, "Strophē" (The Turn) (1946)
To Kimitirio (The Cemetery) (String Quartet No. 2) (1946) [arr. from work for chorus and orchestra]
Duetto, 2 violins (1946)
Passacaglia, violin and piano (1946)
Trio, violin, cello and piano (1947)
Sextet, flute, string quartet and piano (1947) [originally titled "Symphony"]
String Quartet No. 3, "Epoca nocturna" (1948/1958/2006)
Study for Strings, 2 violins and cello (1949)
Syrtos Chaniotikos, piano and percussion (1952)
Petite Suite, string quartet (1952-53)
String Quartet No. 4, "Máza" (Masa) (1958)

Instrument and Piano
Elegy No. 1, cello and piano (1945)
Elegy No. 2, violin and piano (1945)
Three Pieces for December, violin and piano (1946)
Passacaglia, violin and piano (1946)
Sonatine No. 1, violin and piano (1952)
Sonatine No. 2, violin and piano (1958) [1959?]
East of the Aegean, cello and piano (2007)

Piano
Sonatina, piano (1942)
Margarita, piano (1946) [from cantata, 1946]
The Feast of Asi-Gonia, string orchesta (1946) [also arr. for piano 4-hands]
Childish Dream (Paidiko Oniro), piano (1947)
Eleven Preludes, piano (1947)
Syrtos Chaniotikos, piano and percussion (1952)
Passacailles, 2 pianos (1955)
Little (Small) Suite, piano (1955)
Sonatine, piano (1955)
Melos, piano (1996)

Solo Instrument
Theme and Variations, solo violin (1947)
Choros Assikikos, solo cello (1989)

Vocal
Theodorakis has written more than 1,000 songs and song-cycles, whose melodies have become part of the heritage of Greek music - Wikipedia
Five Soldiers (Pente Stratiotes), voice and orchestra (1950) [text: Mikis Theodorakis]
Mauthausen, cantata, mezzo-soprano and piano (1965) [arr. 3 voices, 1982; rev. SATB chorus, 1984]
Politeia A'-B' (State A'-B'), voice and piano (1959-64/1983) [texts: Christodoulou, Livadites, Gatsos, Kokkinopoulou and Varnalis]
Dionysos-Phaidra-To palio teloneio (Dionysos-Phaedra-the Old Custom House), voice and piano (1989)
        [texts: Theodorakis, Eleftheriou, Papadopoulos]
Raven, mezzo-soprano, flute, harp and strings (1970-94)
Andalusia, mezzo-soprano and orchestra (2010)

Song Cycles
Five Sailors (Pente Naftes) (3 songs), song cycle, voice and piano (1944-45; rev. 1957) [text: Photis Angoules & Mikis Theodorakis]
Eros kai thanatos (Love and Death) (4 songs), voice and piano (or string orch) (1945-48/87) [text: Mavilis and Theodorakis]
Lipotaktes (Deserters) (4 songs), voice and piano (1952?) [1950?] [text: Y. Theodorakis] [arr. for SATB chorus, 1984]
Epitaphios, voice and orchestra (1958) [text: Y. Ritsos]
Archipelagos, voice & orch (1957-59) [texts: Livadites, Gatsos, Christodoulou, Theodorakis, Elytis, Kokkinopoulos &Y. Theodorakis]
Epiphania, voice and piano (1960 [text: G. Seferis]
Prophetika (Prophetic), voice and piano (1963)
Mikres Kyklades (The Tiny Cyclades), voice and piano (1963) [text: Elytis]
Politeia A' kai B' (State A' and B'), [voice & piano?] (1959-64) [texts: Livadites, Christodoulou, Kokkinopoulos, Gatsos and Varnalis]
Mauthausen, cantata, mezzo-soprano and piano (1965) [text: Kambanelis] [arr. 3 voices, 1982; rev. SATB chorus, 1984]
Romiosini (Hellinism), voice and piano (1966) [text: Ritsos]
Elios kai Chronos (Sun and Time), voice and piano (1967) [text: Theodorakis]
Ta Lalka (Popular Songs), voice and piano (1968) [text: M. Eleftheriou]
Ta tragoudia tou Andrea (The Songs of Andreas), voice and piano (1968) [text: Theodorakis]
Nychta thanatou (Night of Death), voice and piano (1968) [text: Eleftheriou]
I adelphi mas Athena (Our Sister Athena), voice and piano (1968) [text: G. Kouloukis] [2nd mvt of Sym. No. 7]
Arkadia I-IX, voice and piano (1968-69) [texts: Theodorakis, Eleftheriou, Kalvos, Sinopoulos, Anagnostakis, Kalantzis & Perialis]
Tragoudia tau agona (Songs of the Struggle), voice & pf (1970-71) [texts: Panagoulis, Deligianni-Athanasiade, Eleftheriou, Perialis]
18 Lianotragouda tis pikris patridas (18 Little Songs of My Bitter Country), voice and piano (1972) [text: Ritsos]
Balantes (Ballads), voice and piano (1973-74) [text: Anagnostakis]
Tis exorias B' (The Exile Songs B'), voice and piano (1973-75) [texts: Anagnostakis, Y. Negrepontis, T. Livadites]
Oktombris 1978 (October 1978), voice & pf (1978) [texts: Theodorakis, Eleftheriou, Thalassinou, Christodoulou, Papadopoulos]
Ta lyrika (Lyrical Songs), voice and piano (1978) [text: T. Livadites]
Chairetismoi (Greetings), voice and piano (1978-81) [text: Y. Theodorakis and A. Eleftheriou]
Karyotakis (Karyotakis), voice and piano (1984) [text: Karyotakis]
Dionysos, male voice, chorus and orchestra (1984) [text: Theodorakis)
Phaidra (Phaedra), voice and piano (1984) [text: A. Eleftheriou]
Santiago, voice and piano (1986)
Ta prosopa tau eliou (Faces of the Sun), voice and piano (1986)
I Beatrike stin ado miden (Beatrice in Zero Street), voice and piano (1987) [as "archaios anemos"/As a~ Ancient Wind, 1987]
Mia thalassa gemati mousiki (A Sea Full of Music), voice and piano (1987)

Film
Eva, film score (1952-53)
The Barefoot Battalion (To xypolito tagma), film score (1953)
O golgothas mias orfanis (The Calvary of an Orphan Girl), film score (1953)
Ill Met by Moonlight (Night Ambush), film score (1957)
Honeymoon (Luna de miel), film score (1959)
Michalis of Skiathos (1960)
Faces in the Dark, film score (1960)
Myrtia (1960-61)
Synikia To Oneiro (1960-61)
Shadow of the Cat, film score (1961)
Synantisi Mias Nichtas (1960)
Phaidra (Phaedra), film score (1961)
Prodomeni Agapi (1961-62)
Elektra film score (1961-62)
Manolis (1961-62)
Les Amants de Teruel (The Lovers of Teruel), film score (1961-62)
Five Miles to Midnight (La Troisieme Dimension), film score (1962)
Zobas a Ellenas (Zorba the Greek), film score (1964)
Islan of Aphrodite/To Nisi Tis Aphroditis (TV, Cyprus) (1964)
Greeece Without Ruins (1964)
Une Balle au Coeur (1964)
To Bloko (The Blockade) (1965)
The Day the Fish Came Out, film score (1967)
Z, film score (1969) [main theme from the incidental music to "The Hostage", 1961]
Partizan (1970)
Troaditisses (The Trojan Women), film score (1970-71)
Biribi, film score (1971)
Katastasi poliorkias (State of Siege), film score (1971-72)
The Story of Jacob and Joseph (TV) (1973)
Sutieska/The Fifth Offensive (1973)
Serpico, film score (1973)
The Rehearsal, film score (1974)
Edo Polytechnio (Doc.) (1974)
Ta Tragoudia Tis Fotis (1975)
Geheimnistraferf (1976)
Actas de Marousia, film score (1976)
Iphigeneia, film score (1977)
Hell River (1978)
Easy Road (1979)
Kostas (1979)
Nela (1980)
O anthropos me to garyphallo [The Man with the Carnation], film score (1980)
Belladonna (1981)
The Savage Hunt (1981)
Mod Att Leva (1983)
Les Clowns de Dieu (1986)
Sis (1989)


Honeymoon (The Lovers of Teruel) (1959) (from ballet "Los Amantes de Teruel") ... aka "Luna de miel"
Faces in the Dark (1960)
The Shadow of the Cat (1961)
Synoikia to Oneiro (1961)
Betrayed Love (1962) ... aka "Prodomeni agapi" - Greece (original title)
Les amants de Teruel (1962) ... aka "The Lovers of Teruel" - USA (literal English title)
Electra (1962/I) ... aka "Ilektra" - Greece (original title)
Phaedra (1962)
Five Miles to Midnight (1962) ... aka "Le couteau dans la plaie" - France (original title)
Zorba the Greek (1964) (music by) ... aka "Alexis Zorbas" - USA (original title)
Kataigida (1965)
Angels Without Wings (1965) ... aka "Angeloi horis ftera" - Greece (original title)
The Roundup (1965) ... aka "To bloko" - Greece (original title)
I ellas horis ereipia (1965)
Von Griechenland (1966)
Devil at My Heels (aka A Bullet Through the Heart) (1966) ... aka "Une balle au coeur" - (original title)
The Greeks (1967) (TV)
The Day the Fish Came Out (1967)
A Member of the Firing Squad (1968) ... aka "Karatel" - Soviet Union (original title)
Az élö Antigoné (1968) (TV)
The Lost Generation (Walls) (1968) ... aka "Falak" - Hungary (original title)
Z (1969)
Der Maler mit dem Stern (1969) (TV)
Nausicaa (1970) (TV)
Liesbeth List zingt Brendan Behan (1970) (TV)
Onvoltooide democratie (1970) (TV)
Biribi (1971)
The Trojan Women (1971)
State of Siege (1972) ... aka "État de siège" - France (original title)
Reidarin värilliset aistimukset (1973) (TV)
The Battle of Sutjeska (1973) ... aka "Sutjeska" - Yugoslavia (original title)
Serpico (1973)
The Rehearsal (1974)
Edo Polytehneio (1974)
The Story of Jacob and Joseph (1974) (TV)
Tactical Guerilla (1974) ... aka "Partizani" - USA (original title) ... aka "Hell River" - USA (video title)
Christophe Colomb (1975) (TV)
Evidence (1975) ... aka "Martyries" - Greece (original title)
Order: Kill Makarios (1975) ... aka "Dolofoniste ton Makario" - Greece (original title)
Der Geheimnisträger (1975)
O Thanasis sti hora tis sfaliaras (1976) (segment 7 hronia gypsos)
Actas de Marusia (1976)
Makarios, i megali poreia (1977)
Iphigenia (1977) ... aka "Ifigeneia" - Greece (original title)
Kostas (1979)
Gia ena poukamiso adeiano, gia mia Eleni (1979)
Easy Road (1979) ... aka "O asymvivastos" - Greece (original title)
The Man with the Carnation (1980) ... aka "O anthropos me to garyfallo" - Greece (original title)
I exelixi tis tehnis stin arhaia Ellada (1981)
Cavafis (1981)
Athens, Return to the Acropolis (1983) (TV) ... aka "Athina, epistrofi stin Akropoli" - Greece (original title)
Les clowns de Dieu (1986)
Misioni përtej detit (1988)
The Fog (1988) ... aka "Le brouillard" - Sweden (original title)
Cerimònia d'inauguració jocs olímpics Barcelona '92 (1992) (TV)
Barluschke (1997)
Tenussian Vacuvasco (2000)
"Peri anemon kai ydaton" (2000) TV series
Beware of Greeks Bearing Guns (2000) ... aka "Fovou tous Ellines..." - Australia (original title)
The Seventh Sun of Love (2001) ... aka "O 7os ilios tou erota" - Greece (original title)
"An thymitheis t' oneiro mou" (2003) TV series
"Le dernier seigneur des Balkans" (2005) TV mini-series
Modern Greeks: Mikis Theodorakis (2007) (TV)
People of Peace (2007) ... aka "Filanthropos eirini" - Greece (original title)
Mariza (2008)

Incidental
Phoinisses (Phoenician Women), incidental music, voice, chorus and orch (1959-70) [Euripides]
Ajax, incidental music (1960-61) [Sophocles]
To tragoudi tou nekrou adelphou (The Ballad of the Dead Brother), incidental music (1960-62) [Theodorakis]
Enas omeros (The Hostage), incidental music (1961) [B. Bean, trans. V. Rotas and V. Damianaki]
Omorphi poli (Beautiful City), incidental music (1961-62) [Y. Theodorakis, Bost, D. Christodoulou, E. Thalassinos and Christofelis]
Eugeitonia ton angelon (Neighbourhood of the Angels), incidental music (1963) [Cambanelis]
Magiki poli (Magic/Enchanted City), incidental music (1963) [Theodorakis, N. Perialis and M. Katsaros]
The Chinese Wall, incidental music (1963) [Max Frisch]
Trojan Women, incidental music (1965) [Euripides]
Lysistrata, incidental music (1966-67) [Aristophanes]
Antigoni stin Filaki (Antigone in Jail), incidental music (1971)
Prodomenos Laos (Betrayed People), incidental music (1974) [Vangelis Goufas]
Echtros Laos (Enemy People), incidental music (1975) [Iakovos Kambanelis]
Das Sauspiel, incidental music (1975) [Martin Walser]
Christophorus Kolumbus, incidental music (1975) [Nikos Kazantzakis]
Kapodistrias, incidental music (1976) [Nikos Kazantzakis]
The Suppliants, incidental music (1977) [Aeschylus]
O Allos Alexandros ("The Other Alexander"), incidental music (1977) [Margarita Limberaki]
Polites B' Katigorias (Second-Class Citizens), incidental music (1978) [Brian Friel]
The Knights, incidental music (1979) [Aristophanes]
Papflessas, incidental music (1979) [Spiros Melas]
Caligula, incidental music (1979) [Albert Camus]
Perikles, incidental music (1980) [Shakespeare]
Hecuba, incidental music (1987) [Euripides]
Oresteia: Agamemnon, Choephorae, Eumenides, incidental music (1986-88) [Sophocles]
Antigone, incidental music (1990) [Sophocles]
Prometheas desmotes (Prometheus Bound), incidental music (1991) [1992?] [Aeschylus]
Macbeth, incidental music (1994) [Shakespeare]
Oedipus Rex, incidental music (1996) [Sophocles]
Medea, incidental music (2001) [Euripides]


THEODORAKIS  LINKS                                                            Works by Genre      ~ top of page ~
[under construction]
The Kokkalis Foundation Honors Mikis Theodorakis
Mikis Theodorakis Interview (Lyn Gallacher, Encounter/ABC.net.au)
Two Greek Composers At Their Diamond Jubilees (Don Mager, Making Time)

Writings
Cia tin Elliniki mousiki (For Greek Music) [Athens 1952-61]
Mousiki gia tis mazes (Music for the Masses) [Athens, 1972]
'Les fiances de Penelope: conversations avec Dents Bourgeois' [Paris, 1975; Gr. tans., Oi mnystires tis Penelopis, Athens, 1976]
Peri technis (About Art) [Athens, 1976]
G. Giannaris (trans. and ed. as "Music and Theater") [Athens, 1983]
Liederbuch (Songs) [Berlin, 1983]
Anatomia tis mousikis (Anatomy of Music) [Athens, 1983; Ger. trans. as "Anatomie der Musik", Esternach, 1985]
Meine Stellung in der Musiksrene [Leipzig, 1986]
Ola ta tragoudia (All the Songs) [Athens, 1987]

Composer's website    . . .   contact Mikis Theodorakis:  
Composer website (by inekemaa@xs4all.nl) (original in Dutch/translated by Google)

Theodorakis @ Wikipedia
Theodorakis @ Answers.com
Theodorakis @ CITWF / Complete Index to World Film
Theodorakis @ Classical Archives
Theodorakis @ Classical Composers Database
Theodorakis @ Classical Net (via Google)
Theodorakis @ ClassicsToday
Theodorakis @ Crete Greece Holidays
Theodorakis @ Facebook
Theodorakis @ Fandango
Theodorakis @ Film Reference
Theodorakis @ Film Score Monthly (via Google)
Theodorakis @ IMDb (Internet Movie Database)
Theodorakis @ InstantEncore
Theodorakis @ mfiles
Theodorakis @ Modern Classical
Theodorakis @ MSN Music
Theodorakis @ Music Library of Greece
Theodorakis @ MusicWeb International
Theodorakis @ MySpaceMusic
Theodorakis @ Naxos
Theodorakis @ The New York Times
Theodorakis @ The New York Times/movies
Theodorakis @ PlayBillArts
Theodorakis @ Schott Music
Theodorakis @ SoundtrackCollector
Theodorakis @ SoundtrackNet
Theodorakis @ SoundUnwound
Theodorakis @ Starpulse.com
Theodorakis @ Turner Classic Movies

Publisher
Theodorakis @ Boosey & Hawkes
Theodorakis @ Breitkopf and Härtel
Theodorakis @ Romanos [see Schott Music]
Theodorakis @ Schott Music

Streaming Audio
Theodorakis @ Classical Archives
Theodorakis @ last.fm
Theodorakis @ PRX (Public Radio Exchange)
Theodorakis @ Rhapsody.com

Recordings
Theodorakis @ Composer's website
Theodorakis @ ArkivMusic
Theodorakis @ ClassicsOnline
Theodorakis @ Discogs
Theodorakis @ Tropical Music

Video
Theodorakis @ YouTube
Theodorakis @ Google Video
Theodorakis @ Vimeo

 Composer on Composer: On Composing (streaming audio)
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