ΜΙΚΗΣ ΘΕΟΔΩΡΑΚΗΣ / MIKIS THEODORAKIS : ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ΑΠΟΚΡΙΑ / CARNAVAL

Η σουίτα μπαλέτου “Ελληνική Αποκριά” είναι ένα θαυμάσιο δείγμα των δυνατοτήτων ενός νεαρού ακόμα Μίκη Θεοδωράκη στο χώρο της λόγιας μουσικής, σε συνδυασμό με τα απαραίτητα “στοιχεία ελληνικότητας”.
Πρόκειται για σύνθεση που παρουσιάστηκε το 1953 σε χορογραφία Ραλλούς Μάνου, βασισμένη σε σχεδιάσματα του ’47 [εποχή εξορίας του συνθέτη στην Ικαρία]. Ακούμε κάποια μέρη.

The ballet suite “Carnaval” is a wonderful example of a young Mikis Theodorakis’ skills in the field of classical music, combined with the essential “Greek elements”.
It was premiered in 1953 choreographed by Rallou Manou. It was based on drafts that the composer made in 1947 [while in exile for political reasons]. We hear parts of the work.

00:00 Overture / Εισαγωγή
01:40 Men’s Dance / Ανδρικός χορός
04:57 Divertimento / Ντιβερτιμέντο
06:06 Three Carnival Dances, Little Horse/ Τρεις Χοροί του Καρναβαλιού, Αλογάκι
08:18 Three Carnival Dances, Camel / Τρεις Χοροί του Καρναβαλιού, Καμήλα
12:16 Girl’s Dance / Χορός της Κοπέλας

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  1. Resa March 16, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    Love this. Am I understanding correctly? This is a Greek composer.
    This is as brilliant as most. Thank you for the enjoyment of music.

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    1. Oannes March 17, 2021 at 9:47 pm

      Yes, he is. This is one of his early works, unfortunately most of his later “classical” stuff didn’t live up to the promise. A great songwriter, though.

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      1. Resa March 17, 2021 at 10:06 pm

        He wrote popular music, as well?

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        1. Oannes March 17, 2021 at 10:45 pm

          Yes, some of the greatest songs of the last 6 decades.

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          1. Resa March 17, 2021 at 11:08 pm

            OMG! Have you posted any?

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            1. Oannes March 17, 2021 at 11:13 pm

              Nope. I’m not in the mood for Greek stuff at the moment. It’ ll happen sooner or later, God willing.

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              1. Resa March 17, 2021 at 11:15 pm

                Sounds fab!
                I’m half Irish, by descent. So, Happy St. Paddy’s!
                OH! Did you see Marina in the Cubist gown I drew?

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                1. Oannes March 19, 2021 at 8:54 pm

                  [I just discovered that, for some reason, the following answer didn’ t show the moment I posted it, so here I go again:]

                  I swear a recognized her before reading the name!
                  Happy St. Paddy’s – I posted a Marianne Faithful’s song for the occasion – hope you like it!

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