Mikis Theodorakis

Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis is perhaps most famous for his music score for the film Zorba the Greek

Theodorakis (1925-) was born on the Greek island of Chios in the same year as Hadjidakis. He served in the Second World War and was captured in Tripoli. On his release, he joined the Greek Partisans and participated in the 1945-1949 civil war in Greece.In 1953 he went to Paris to continue his musical studies and composed many famous patriotic works. Later he became a Member of Parliament and continued to work for democracy in his home country.

Like his contemporary Hadjidakis, he worked extensively with prominent film directors. He is, perhaps, most famous for his music score for the film Zorba the Greek. In 1992 he composed the Canto Olympico for the Barcelona Olympics.

Compositions by Mikis Theodorakis appear on

Forgotten Dreams

It was in 1999 when Concordia director Basil Hawkins first came across The waltz of forgotten dreams by Hadjidakis. He was struck by its atmospheric and evocative nature and in keeping with this nostalgic ambience, the selection on this disc includes such pieces as Eileen Pakenham's Reverie and Fred Witt's Memories of Bendigo.