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date: 23 October 2019

Hadjidakis [Hatzidakis], Manoslocked

  • George Leotsakos
  •  and Renata Dalianoudi


(b Xanthi, Oct 23, 1925; d Athens, June 15, 1994). Greek composer and administrator. Almost entirely self-taught as a composer, he attracted notoriety through a lecture on rebetiko (Theatro Technis [Art Theatre], January 31, 1939) in which he gave high praise to a genre that had previously been dismissed by serious Greek musicians. His series of lectures on American composers (Menotti, Copland, and others) in Athens early in 1953 did much to expand the horizons of young Greek composers, who had been isolated by World War II and by postwar conditions. He was active in promoting new Greek music within Greece: in 1962 he financed the Manos Hadjidakis Competition at the Athens Technological Institute, which introduced works by Xenakis, Logothetis, Mamangakis, Antoniou, Ioannidis, and others; in 1964 he founded and conducted the Peiramatiki Orchistra Athinon (Athens Experimental Orchestra), which, although it gave only 20 concerts during its brief life (...

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