The Papathanassiou Odyssey Gospelsbetter known as Vangelis, passed away at the age of 79 years. the famous greek composer He passed away last Tuesday the 17th and the news was only known this Thursday the 19th.
“It is with great sadness that we announce that the great Greek Vangelis Papathanassiou has passed away late on the night of Tuesday May 17th.”, the composer’s lawyer wrote in a statement.
Greek media reported that Vangelis’s death was due to complications caused by coronavirus. Currently the artist was in France, a place he frequented seasonally.
The Prime Minister of Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakisspoke about the sad news: “Vangelis Papathanassiou is no longer with us. The world of music has lost the international Vangelis”.
evangelis nation in 1943 years He developed his taste for music when he was little. In his youth he continued to cultivate this passion, this led him to experiment beyond what he had learned. At the age of 25, he left Greece after the coup that the country suffered. Refugee in France, he began to experiment with new sounds, that’s how using electronic synthesizers he created new melodies, which undoubtedly became a personal brand.
In the early 70’s he joined the band son of aphroditewhere he took care of the keyboards. This band gave birth to the 1972 album 666, which is considered the most influential album of progressive rock and psychedelia.
Not satisfied with what he had obtained with the band, Vangelis left in search of new horizons. This took him to London, where he set up a studio where he would work for years. Considering the fame he had achieved, he was contacted to create the soundtrack for the 1981 film Chariots of Fire. Using what he learned and was inspired by his father, Vangelis created a unique score, which not only graced the film, but also it was worth a Oscar award.
Having an Oscar under his belt catapulted his career even more, this made it possible for Ridley Scott summoned him for the Cyberpunk and neo-noir film, Blade Runner, where he also created a soundtrack that is still in the memory of any movie buff.
Vangelis’s work never ceased, he collaborated with more films like Lost (1982), Generosity (1984), 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992), bitter Moon (1992), among others. In addition, he was always close to her passion to continue experimenting with music, which led to her releasing more albums.
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