Noli, Fan [Theofan] Stilian
- George Leotsakos
(b Ibrik-Tepe, nr Adrianople, Jan 6, 1882; d Fort Lauderdale, FL, March 13, 1965). Albanian composer, writer and politician. His early energies were directed towards the Albanian independence movement. He championed its cause first in Egypt and then in the USA, where he became a priest (1908) and later a bishop (1919) in the Albanian Orthodox Church. In 1920 he headed the delegation which successfully gained admittance for Albania to the League of Nations. He served briefly as foreign minister in the Albanian government of Xhafer Ypi in 1922 and, after the overthrow of the Ahmed Zogu regime in 1924, was prime minister for six months. After Zogu’s return to power, he went into exile, settling in 1932 in the USA, where he became head of the Albanian Orthodox Church. In 1935–7 he studied composition at the New England Conservatory.
Although Noli’s literary output has been amply studied, his work as a composer is less well known: his secular compositions were not performed or recorded in Albania until the 1980s. Nonetheless, works such as ...