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Mikis Theodorakis obituary

Classical composer famed for his film scores to Zorba the Greek and Serpico, and for his firebrand politics

For those with only a nodding acquaintance with Greece and Greek music, the name of Mikis Theodorakis, who has died aged 96, still conjures up Zorba the Greek and that moment on a Cretan beach when…

  • Gail Holst-Warhaft
  • The Guardian

It was often hard for the classically trained composer to live down his image as a writer of memorable film scores.

Despite the performance of his operas, symphonies and songs in some of the major concert halls of Europe, Theodorakis remained, for many, the man who wrote the catchy bouzouki music of Zorba and the…

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