Composer Mikis Theodorakis Awarded Korngold Prize


Mikis Theodorakis was presented with the Korngold Prize for film music in Bonn on 28 June, klassik.com reports. The Greek composer was honored for his political commitment as well as his musical achievements, according to the Web site.

Theodorakis has written over 1,000 songs, chamber music, operas and symphonies. His film scores include Zorba the Greek, Serpico and Z.

He was also an important figure in the resistance to the military junta that took power in Greece in 1967. After spending time in jail and in a concentration camp, he was freed and sent into exile as a result of pressure from an international coalition of artists. From exile, he continued to lead the movement for the return of democracy to Greece. After the junta fell in 1974, Theodorakis returned to Greece and served in several government postitions during the 1980s and '90s.

Ben Mattison

 

"Mikis Theodorakis erhält Korngold-Preis"
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