Tag Archives | Theodorakis

Mikis Theodorakis talks about Vasilis Tsitsanis

Mikis Theodorakis talks about Vasilis Tsitsanis in this video from a historic moment in 1983. In August 1983, a tribute to Vasilis Tsitsanis was organized in Athens. In this video we watch a part of Theodorakis' speech about Tsitsanis. It is a very touching speech and a very significant one. Theodorakis starts by saying how […]

Sto perigiali to kryfo - Grigoris Bithikotsis

Grigoris Bithikotsis sings "Sto perigiali to kryfo", a Greek song which translates to "The hidden seashore" in English. The song Sto perigiali to kryfo is also known as Arnisi, and is one of the most known Greek songs composed by Mikis Theodorakis. Arnisi means "Refusal" or "Renunciation" and is actually a poem written by the Nobelist poet Giorgos […]

Myrtia - Mairi Linda

Mairi Linda sings Myrtia, a Greek song composed by Mikis Theodorakis, with lyrics written by Nikos Gatsos. The title of the song Myrtia refers to a female name, Myrto, but also translates to myrtle. The story behind the song is quite interesting: In 1957, Theodorakis was living between Athens and Paris. At some point, when […]

Honeymoon - Mikis Theodorakis

Honeymoon is one of the cutest and most tender songs composed by Mikis Theodorakis. In its original form it was an instrumental song included in the movie Honeymoon , also shown as The Lovers of Teruel in the United States. Honeymoon is a 1959 film by the British director-writer Michael Powell with Anthony Steel, Ludmilla Tchérina and Spanish ballet dancer Antonio, and […]

Dance my troubles away - Dalida

Dalida sings "Dance my troubles away", a song whose melody sounds more than familiar. Dalida puts lyrics to Zorba's dance, one of the most famous music themes not only in Greek music, but also in international music. Zorba's dance, the known sirtaki dance is considered the most recognizable and characteristic Greek songs; in its original version there […]

Life Goes On - Shirley Bassey

Shirley Bassey sings Life Goes on, a song released in 1970 with her album called "Something". The song "Life goes on" is actually "To gelasto paidi" by Mikis Theodorakis. In 1969 Kostas Gavras won the Oscar for Best Foreign Movie and the music of Mikis Theodorakis became famous all over the world. At that time, […]

Mikis Theodorakis

Mikis Theodorakis is undoubtedly one of the most important Greek composers, considered the cornerstone of Greek music. Some people consider Mikis Theodorakis the most important and talented Greek composer ever; and maybe they are right. Theodorakis' work is multi leveled and multi layered, since he was able to compose music in different genres and different […]

Asteri mou feggari mou - Melina Mercouri

Melina Mercouri sings the song Asteri mou feggari mou, a lovely Greek song which means "My star, my moon", in English. Asteri mou feggari mou was composed by Mikis Theodorakis and is also known as the love theme of the movie Phaedra, starring Melina Mercouri and Anthony Perkins. Phaedra was a 1962 motion picture directed by Jules […]

Strose to stroma sou - Nikos Kourkoulos

Nikos Kourkoulos and a choir sing the song Strose to stroma sou, a Greek song which means "Prepare the mattress" or "Make the bed", in a free translation to English. The song was composed by Mikis Theodorakis and was sung by Kourkoulos in the movie "I geitonia ton aggelon" (the neighborhood of the angels) in 1964. […]

Omorfi Poli - Les Amants de Teruel - Edith Piaf

Edith Piaf sings the song Les Amants de Teruel, which is a Greek song adapted in the French language for the song Omorfi Poli, composed by Mikis Theodorakis. It is an exceptional collaboration between the great Greek composer and the amazing French diva Edith Piaf, for one of the theatrical plays in France. You can […]

zorba the greek movie with greek music

Greek Music in Movies

Greek Music in movies has been more popular abroad than most Greeks believe; in fact, many foreign movies have enhanced their story with Greek music and songs that have gained international recognition. Movies have been the perfect vehicle to make Greek Music known worldwide. Up to a point, most foreigners believed that Greek music was […]

To gelasto paidi - Maria Farantouri

Maria Farantouri sings To gelasto paidi, a Greek song that translates to "The Laughing Boy". It is a song composed by Mikis Theodorakis, a song associated with the fight against the fascists of the Greek Junta. On November 17th we pay tribute to the students that died in the Greek Polytechnic School of Athens in […]

Greek Music against the Greek Junta

By Greek Music against the Greek Junta of 1967-1974 we mean the music produced in Greece during the 7-year period that Greece was ruled by the dictator Georgios Papadopoulos and his collaborators. We pay tribute to the Resistance against the Junta on November 17 every year, that day of 1973 when the students of the […]

Tis dikaiosinis ilie noite - Grigoris Bithikotsis

Grigoris Bithikotsis sings Tis Dikaiosinis Ilie Noite, a Greek Song that translates to "Sun of Justice". The song "Tis dikaiosynis ilie noite" is composed by Mikis Theodorakis and its lyrics are actually part of a poem written by the Greek Nobelist Odysseas Elytis in the poetic collection "Axion Esti". The poem was written in 1949 […]

Kaimos - Vicky Leandros

Vicky Leandros sings Kaimos, a historical and significant Greek Song which translates to Sorrow in English. Kaimos is a very popular song, written by the great Greek Composer Mikis Theodorakis. The original version of the song is sung by Grigoris Bithikotsis (and is the best by far) and later by Maria Farantouri. However, the song […]