Greece's leading composer Mikis Theodorakis passes away

Greece has lost one of its leading classical music figures.
Composer Mikis Theodorakis died on Thursday.
In a career spanning decades, he was known for political resistance early in his career and grew to personify the modern face of Greek music.
Theodorakis also composed the soundtracks for the globally acclaimed films, Zorba the Greek, Z, and, Serpico.
Al Jazeera's Rory Challands looks back at his life.

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94 comentarios:

Paul Tin
Paul Tin:
One of the best musicians the world has ever known, he wrote so very many songs internationally. A true Greek, RIP Mikis .
А32 L
А32 L:
He is not just a Greek, he is one of the Greek gods. Rest in peace, Mikis.He was also a friend of Bulgaria.Bulgaria will remember you forever. And your songs too.
Mira Radunovic
Mira Radunovic:
Σας ευχαριστώ για όλη την καλοσύνη και την αγάπη για τη Σερβία και τους ανθρώπους της. Αιώνια δόξα σε σένα.
Rest In Peace !!! Palestine loves you & will never forget you !!! Long live Greece 💜💜💜
Listening to him in this very moment in Chiapas, Mexico. Thought about him the other day, listening to "I believe in Angels" by ABBA that is obviously inspired by him. RIP Mikis, viva Hellas!
Marija Đekić
Marija Đekić:
Serbia will always love you! Serbia will never forget your support and speech in ‘99…Rest in peace our dear friend 🙏❤️🇷🇸
What a giant of a human being! A giant life! You have brought me personally so much joy and satisfaction over the years! Thank you for your great contribution! Travel Well Mikis!
Anna Rousiadou
Anna Rousiadou:
A sad day for us Greeks 🇬🇷
Rest with the highest 🕊✨
Truly a legend , his art will forever be heard.
He made us Proud
Miso Vranes
Miso Vranes:
Rest in peace dear Mikis, friend of my people and the humanity.
suger kilo
suger kilo:
all his life he fought for freedom and piece. one of the greatest all over the world. RIP MIKI
He wrote the language of the world. Absolutely amazing man! Well done Mikis! Your music will be preserved in the hearts it touched.
Manos Uchiha
Manos Uchiha:
Ευχαριστώ για όλα και το λέω εκ μέρους όλων των Ελλήνων. Το ταλέντο και ο Ελληνισμός σας θα μείνουν αιώνια. Σήμερα είναι δύσκολη μέρα για όλη την Ελλάδα...
Toni Gigo
Toni Gigo:
Rest in peace serbia never forget you legend ❤❤❤😪😪😪🇬🇷🇬🇷🇬🇷
Farewell Mikis Theodorakis, the Soul and Spirit of Mikis Theodorakis living ever and ever, never Died. Mikis Place is a Creek Olympus 🙏🇬🇷🕊
Neus Barrera
Neus Barrera:
Dear Mikkis Thank you for all the wonderful music you created for the whole world. You are and always will be a very important part of the Mediterranean history, not just as a musician but also as a fighter for Human Rights!! Rest In Peace!!
Serbs will newer forgot what you do for us! THANKS!
goodbye our dear friend!
forever in our Hart 💓
R.I.P. Mikis Theodorakis... a legend.
Jesper Rasmussen
Jesper Rasmussen:
Deep respect to his family mikis theodorakis the king of greece
Radmila Nastic
Radmila Nastic:
Thank you beautiful heart. From Serbia forever. Rest in power 🌹
Ali Saatci
Ali Saatci:
Rest In Peace, big Theodorakis; LEGEND.
🇹🇷❤️🇬🇷 I listened to you for the first time with Zülfü Livaneli. R.I.P. 😞🙏
Hvar - Pharos Island
Hvar - Pharos Island:
Perhaps the only Greek, honoured by humanity all over the world ..... together with Socrates Plato Aristotle Hippocrates and all others
He's composing for angels now
Olita Kähm
Olita Kähm:
Respekt aus Deutschland.
Comrade Hellas
Comrade Hellas:
He was the greatest Greek alive! We say that nobody is non-replacable but Theodorakis had no equals.
V S:
Old man in age,young at in peace❤❤❤
Clifton O.
Clifton O.:
Miroslav Tomic
Miroslav Tomic:
Serbia will never forget this great man and everything he was saying and doing for Serbia.
Tns Bsk
Tns Bsk:
Maybe we will see another Mikis Theodorakis in 200 years from now. Tremendous loss
devrim karacan
devrim karacan:
Güzel insan, Türkiye ve Yunanistan halkının dostluğu ve kardeşliği için verdiğin mücadeleyi unutmayacağız, yıldızlar yoldaşın olsun.
Elena Mamais
Elena Mamais:
Rest in peace great artist. May your memory be eternal and it shall be!
Kosma Zafry
Kosma Zafry:
Mikis Theodorakis cannot be defined in terms of politics whether left or right. First and foremost he was a patriot and a musical genius. His passion for his country was reflected in his music and his humanistic values.
Loai Sultani
Loai Sultani:
I used to listen to his music frequently after returning from work.
Rest in peace..great man ! Respect from turkey..he was a great guy..I am so sad he passed away..
RIP legend. Thank you.
Greek giant we love you. We love you forever and ever. Big huge hug.
He never was a conservative, he always was a real socialist, one of the very few. But it doesn’t matter what he believed, he was above all a GREEK, a very proud GREEK who loved the country above of what he believed with all of his heart and gave his blood for our country, a country that NEVER appreciates her heroes…
katerina katerinaki
katerina katerinaki:
Τιτάνας!!!Καλό ταξίδι Μεγάλε Μίκη Θεοδωράκη!Τα έργα σου πολιτιστική κληρονομιά δική μας αλλά και του κόσμου όλου!Ότι και να πούμε για το έργο σου είμαστε πολύ μικροι!
I love this Genial Man and Composer and Singer and Freedom Fighter. 💙Farewell Mikis Theodorakis. The Ghost and Soul of Mikis Theodorakis living ever and ever. Bye, Bye Mikis 🥰😢🙏🇬🇷💙🤲☦💜💋🕊🕊
nikola krivokuca
nikola krivokuca:
He didn't died, he lives in heart's of Serb's.
Pit S.
Pit S.:
Δεν θρηνούμε μόνο τον μεγαλύτερο Έλληνα της εποχής, αλλά δυστυχώς θρηνούμε τον τελευταίο μεγάλο Έλληνα. Όταν πέθανε ο Παλαμάς η χώρα έμεινε ορφανή, γρήγορα όμως το κενό γέμισε. Τώρα ποιός θα έρθει να καλύψει το κενό του Θεοδωράκη; Ποιος;
cletusman deletusman
cletusman deletusman:
man greece cant get a break now can it, rest in peace mikis.
Gas Dimitriou
Gas Dimitriou:
I hope some day all the humans will be to Gods kingdom together and listen to mikis music and dancing all together with love and full of light in eternity
Κωνσταντίνος Χελιωτης
Κωνσταντίνος Χελιωτης:
As greek i am proud growing with this music and his wonderful songs.. have a good trip there to paradise
Πάντα στις καρδιές όλων, ΑΘΆΝΑΤΟΣ.!!
Rhawanda Jones
Rhawanda Jones:
The spirit of Greeks a world wide know man and the best composer and politician Fair well Miki 💕 love you for ever
Enrique Barrera
Enrique Barrera:
His music was with me 40 years so great music❤️❤️
First time in Greece recent history that all political parties, from communists to far right said that he was the greatest Greek alive and they all had good things to say.... They always fight, what happened now may never happen again!
degirmenci $
degirmenci $:
Er ist gute man wirklich seine mutter ist geboren İzmir wir vermissen uns groß man🇹🇷🇬🇷
Anastasia Mitsos
Anastasia Mitsos:
Rest in Peace! Thodorakis was the Greatest Greek!
Evern Huro
Evern Huro:
Pay tribute to the great Greek Communist Comrade and musician Mikis!
Rohein Gurung
Rohein Gurung:
RIP my dear soldier
One of the greatest composers of 20th century !
simplified analysis ! theodorakis was. a great human and an even better composer.
Nuket Tuna Keles
Nuket Tuna Keles:
Mikis Theodorakis Word will miss you & my heart cutting with glass pieces because of your lost my camerat always loved you and will always love you 😥💖☮💖
Sky G
Sky G:
He left his mark in all directions...RIP
Κριστυ Κριστυ
Κριστυ Κριστυ:
Αθάνατος ,θα ζεις στις καρδιές μας με τα τραγούδια σου
Mačak u čizmama
Mačak u čizmama:
❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ rest in the calmest peace 🥲🥲🥲, you the greatest legend!
From Novi Sad Serbia, I feel like I lost very very close family member
stephen borsbey
stephen borsbey:
Great score for serpico. 1973.
Damir Kvočić
Damir Kvočić:
R. I. P. maestro
Noasman sept
Noasman sept:
Tom Kairis
Tom Kairis:
Enjoy the Greek joie de vivre!
Kalo taxidi Miki ...!❤
Sohaib Khan
Sohaib Khan:
May Allah Almighty grant him Jannah Ameen
Rest in Peace 🕊 🙏🏻 🇦🇫
Incredibly powerful communist, rest in power comrade
Immortals never die
The Aljazeera interviewer could have endeavoured to get Theodorakis’ name right. It’s not *Theodorikis.
Beate Schlosser
Beate Schlosser:
Die Welt wird Mikis Theodorakis für immer lieben. Er ist ein griechischer Gigant. Seine Musik ist besser, wie alles dagewesene.
Graciela Fernandez
Graciela Fernandez:
R.I.P .MIKIS THEODORAKIS 😘😘🙌🙌💗💗💗💝💝💗💝💝💝👏👏👏👏👏🙋🙋🙋
antje tautkus
antje tautkus:
Rest in P e a c e🌹
Giannis Vellichor
Giannis Vellichor:
Last Letter of Mikis Theodorakis before his death :
''Now, at the end of my life, at the time of the accounts, the details disappear from my mind and the "Large Sizes" remain. This is how I see that I spent my most critical, strong and mature years under the banner of the KKE (Communist Party of Greece). That is why I want to leave this world as a communist. "
K T:
nima gorgin
nima gorgin:
The entire world bows its head in passing of this great humanist / communist🌸❤️
Nektarios Orfanoudakis
Nektarios Orfanoudakis:
We lost everything.
stephen borsbey
stephen borsbey:
Great score for serpico. 1973.
Ansie Muller
Ansie Muller:
Σωκράτης Σωφρονίσκου Αθηναίος
Σωκράτης Σωφρονίσκου Αθηναίος:
Drew Blackmatter
Drew Blackmatter:
Hopa for ever hopa ellas hopa mikis
Thank you mikis
Ufuk Zengin
Ufuk Zengin:
Rip from Turkey Komsi
AntonMuller D' Fernandez
AntonMuller D' Fernandez:
Hvar - Pharos Island
Hvar - Pharos Island:
He actually criticized not only Tsipras but any Greek politician from left to right who sold the Greek name of Macedonia🇬🇷 to slavobulgarians 🇲🇰
Alkis Venetis
Alkis Venetis:
Mikis Theodorakis contributed to Palestinian anthem composition.
Alex K
Alex K:
Nice to see an arab tv network post about a Greek legend
Παυλος Χαραλαμπους
Παυλος Χαραλαμπους:
A giant has fallen, that's why we had an earthquake last night at Athens..
89879237 4583475623
89879237 4583475623:
What song starts playing at 0:50?
Giannis Lekkakos
Giannis Lekkakos:
Not Theodorikis Theodorakis
et in arcadia ego
et in arcadia ego:
Free Palestine 🇵🇸 ♥️ 🇬🇷
Smash Zionism!
Irina Dragolova
Irina Dragolova:
Theodorikis? Did you spend some times in.. without that [email protected]
bill harris
bill harris:
Jazeera seems nothing more than the NYT written with Arabic script: Your greecian poly sci student from London is somewhat of an nobody pulled off the park bench. Without knowledge of either music or poetry, his interview is a tale told by an idiot.

The creator of Entekno was Theo's precursor, Hadjadakis. His was a synthesis of folk bizouki with symphonics plus great poetry. Arguably, Theo carried Hadji's invention to higher levels. His ear for symphonics was that of a genius, and he likewsie understood the great poetry which he was using: Ritsos, Anagnostakis, Elytis, Sikelianos, Seferis...

So here you can say that Theo's contribution to Greek Culture was his rendering of poetics into melody. To this end, even today you say that there are two ways of translating the Modern Greek: as sung by Theo's music or...literal!

Lastly. it's to be mentioned the great extent that Theo's music inspired resistance to the fascist junta of 67 to 73. This--far more than party memberships-- is his legacy to Greece. The junta collapsed because each and every decent, thinking Greek--regardless of alignment-- grasped Theo's message of Elutheria. Or rather, do you arabic people constantly need Juila Boutros to remind you of that?
Ford Tragic
Ford Tragic:
Sorry Aljazeera, There is no dispute with MACEDONIA. MACEDONIA is a Greek State and always will be. The dipute is with SKOPJE a Slavic state that has stolen the Greek states name . As Mikis said Alex tsipras committed treason when he agreed to the name North Macedonia. It is nonsense, there is only one MACEDONIA and that is Alexanders in GREECE or better said ELLAS!
Rodolpho De Castro Rodrigues
Rodolpho De Castro Rodrigues:
What is the name of the song after zorbas song??? Thanks
Dharia Lurie
Dharia Lurie:
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It includes gentle exercises and meditation. Thanks to F a l u n  D a f a,
millions of people regain health, peace of mind and obtain spiritual
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persecuted by the CCP in China.
Kadir Özgenç
Kadir Özgenç:
Constantine XI
Constantine XI:
Overrated and very folklore .Vangelis is the greatest Greek composer.
That was his fault. Mix art with politics. Very good musician bad a bad politik figure at the end