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Who was Vangelis?

Evángelos Odysséas Papathanassíou (29 March 1943 – 17 May 2022), known professionally as Vangelis, was a Greek musician and composer of electronic, progressive, ambient, and classical orchestral music. 

He was best known for his Academy Award-winning score to Chariots of Fire (1981), as well as for composing scores to the films Blade Runner (1982), Missing (1982), Antarctica (1983), The Bounty (1984), 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992), and Alexander (2004), and for the use of his music in the 1980 PBS documentary series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage by Carl Sagan.

Vangelis, famed film composer and synth pioneer, dead at 79

Vangelis, famed film composer and synth pioneer, dead at 79
Vangelis, famed film composer and synth pioneer, dead at 79

Vangelis, the Greek electronic composer who wrote the unforgettable Academy Award-winning score for the film “Chariots of Fire” and music for dozens of other movies, documentaries and TV series, has died at 79.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and other government officials expressed their condolences Thursday. Greek media reported that Vangelis — born Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou — died in a French hospital late Tuesday.

“Vangelis Papathanassiou is no longer among us,” Mitsotakis tweeted, calling him an “electronic sound trailblazer” whose death is “sad news for the entire world.”

The opening credits of “Chariots of Fire” roll as a bunch of young runners progress in slow motion across a glum beach in Scotland, as a lazy, beat-backed tune rises to a magisterial declamation.

It’s one of the most instantly recognizable musical themes in cinema — and its standing in popular culture has only been confirmed by the host of spoofs it has sired.

Vangelis Biography, Wiki

Vangelis was born Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou in the Greek town of Agria. He was a self-taught musician who became a young piano prodigy. Then he moved to Paris and co-founded the popular prog-rock group Aphrodite’s Child. The band eventually split and Vangelis got a solo record deal with RCA Records.

In 1981 he composed the score for Chariots of Fire. Its opening theme, with its uplifting inspirational swell and ornate arrangement, was released as a single and reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100. His efforts earned him a win for best original score at the Academy Awards.

The success led him to other film work. Notably, he composed the soundtrack for the original Blade Runner, as well as Carl Sagan’s PBS documentary series Cosmos. Outside of composing scores, Vangelis was prolific in his solo career, regularly releasing albums up until last year’s Juno to Jupiter.

Vangelis Biography Wikipedia
Vangelis
Birth nameEvángelos Odysséas Papathanassíou
Born29 March 1943
Agria, Hellenic State
(present-day Agria, Greece)
Died17 May 2022 (aged 79)
Paris, France
GenresElectronic, ambient, experimental, classical, progressive rock, new-age
Occupation(s)Musiciancomposerproducer
InstrumentsPiano, keyboards, drums, percussion
Years active1963–2022

Vangelis Career

As a teenager, he had an inherent hunger for musical knowledge. He wanted to push all the boundaries, and this included the restrictions of his own country, Greece.

In the late 1960s, he moved to Paris to form an influential Greek progressive rock group, Aphrodite’s Child. As well as working with his band, Vangelis also produced music for film and television.

In 1970, he started a creative partnership with film documentary legend Frédéric Rossif. During this period, he scored music for several art and wildlife films.

The most celebrated was the score for a series of televised wildlife features entitled L’Apocalypse des Animaux. For the soundtrack, Vangelis fused a framework of electronic sounds and acoustic instruments.

The musical score was an excellent opportunity for Vangelis to develop new creative ideas, freeing him from the usual commercial pressures. This project turned out to be the perfect platform to showcase his talents for composing expressive music and the electronic instrumentation he implemented.

The 1968 student riots in Paris had a lasting impression on Vangelis, as he experienced them first-hand when he arrived amid the city’s demonstrations. In 1972, he created an album influenced by these rebellious events.

The album was presented as an audio documentary. The album captured the first-hand reactions of people in the streets. All these sounds were poetically interweaved with chants and dream-like music.

Vangelis Wife

Vangelis married Veronique Skawinska. They both spent a very good marriages life.

Vangelis with wife Veronique Skawinska
Vangelis with wife Veronique Skawinska

Vangelis Net Worth

Vangelis’s net worth is estimated to be around $27 Million dollars.

Vangelis FAQ’s

Who is Vangelis?

Evángelos Odysséas Papathanassíou (29 March 1943 – 17 May 2022), known professionally as Vangelis, was a Greek musician and composer of electronic, progressive, ambient, and classical orchestral music. 

How did Vangelis die?

His representatives said he died in hospital in France where he was being treated.

How old was Vangelis?

Vangelis died at 79.

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