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date: 20 August 2019

Sfakianaki, Mariellilocked

  • George Leotsakos

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(b Athens, Jan 12, 1945). Greek composer, singer and writer. The daughter of the composer and pianist Kostas Sfakianakis, she studied singing at the Athens Conservatory (1963–71) and then composition with Yannis Andreou Papaioannou (1971–84). She has devoted herself almost exclusively to the composition of vocal and especially choral music, drawing on her long experience as a member of the Hellenic Radio chorus since its inception in 1978. Her flowing, melodious musical style tends towards neo-classicism, and the formal balance and occasional harmonic boldness evident in her works reflect the shape and character of the poetic texts, several of which she has written herself. Most of her works have been performed at the Mousikos Avgoustos Festival in Heraklion, Crete. Her works include two operas (both to her own texts), The Pagic Muper (performed at Iraklion, 1988) and Minos (1988–93); Exi Aigaiopelagitika tragoudia...

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