Greek composer Vangelis, known for music to ‘1492’ and ‘Blade Runner’, dies aged 79

The Greek Prime Minister announced the death of the musician on Twitter.

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The Greek composer Vangelis Papathanasiou, nicknamed Vangelis, author of the music of 1492: Christopher Columbus, blade runner, The chariots of fire and the anthem of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, has died at the age of 79, announced on Twitter (in Greek) Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

“Vangelis Papathanassiou is no longer with us”tweeted the Prime Minister. “The music world has lost [l’artiste] International Vangelis”adds his tweet.

A pioneer of electronic music, this autodidact had found his inspiration in space exploration, nature, futuristic architecture, the New Testament and the student movement of May 1968.

Among the dozen soundtracks he composed are also those of the film by Costa-Gavras missingof gall moons by Roman Polanski andalexander by Oliver Stone. His soundtrack for chariots of fire, by Hugh Hudson, was Oscar-winning against the music of John Williams made for the first Indiana Jones film in 1982.

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