04. “Art-popular” Song and Modern Greek Poets – Interactions and Ideologies: The Case of Mikis Theodorakis

POLINA TAMBAKAKI


 

1. “Meramagiou”

From: Epitaphios, Columbia ‎33GS3, 1964 (initially 1960), Vinyl, 10”.

 

Grigoris Bithikotsis: vocals; Manolis Chiotis: bouzouki; Mikis Theodorakis: conductor.

 

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Based on Giannis Ritsos’ poem Epitaphios.


 

2. “Arnisi” (“Stoperigiali to krypho”)

From: Epiphania, 1966 (initially 1962), Columbia SEGG 2600, 45 rpm.

 

Grigoris Bithikotsis, vocals; Kostas Papadopoulos (initially Manolis Chiotis): bouzouki, Mikis Theodorakis, conductor.

 

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Βased on poetry by George Seferis.


 

3. “Tis dikaiosynisilienoite”

From: The Axion Esti.

 

Grigotis Bithikotsis, vocals; Mikis Theodorakis, conductor.

 

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Βased on Odysseus Elytis’ The Axion Esti. For the whole live performance at the Lycabettus Theatre, August 1977, click here (“Tis dikaiosynisilienoite” at 29.22).


 

4. “Itan 18 Noemvri”, “To gelastopaidi”

From: The Hostage (music for Brendan Behan’s play of that name).

 

Maria Farantouri, vocals; Mikis Theodorakis, conductor.

 

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In this performance of 1974, which took place immediately after the fall of the Junta, the “18 November” of the title was replaced by “17 November”, celebrating the uprising of the students in the Law School in Athens against the Junta.