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Chariots Of Fire and Blade Runner composer Vangelis dies

Vangelis, the composer of Chariots Of Fire music, one of the most iconic film scores, has passed away at the age of 79.

Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the Greek Prime Minister, tweeted: “Vangelis Papathanassiou’s not longer with us.”

According to media reports, he died Wednesday at a French hospital.

Evangelos Odysseas, who was born Evangelos Papathanassiou in Greece, also composed the music to many other films and TV programs, including Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner.


Chariots Of Fire (1981), his Oscar-winning best movie, was what gave him his breakthrough.

He was awarded the best original score for The iconic music that accompanies the slow-motion running sequences is a winner.

Millions of movie lovers instantly recognize the opening piano lines and the use of the synthesizer.

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Vangelis didn’t have any formal music training, and after playing in rock bands in Greece at the age of 25, he fled to Paris in the aftermath of a coup in Greece.

He discovered a passion for electronic synthesizers, which were still relatively new at the time. He used them to create the melodic sounds that would become his trademark.

Vangelis was a successful prog rock musician in the 1970s, with Aphrodite’s Children. But he became disillusioned by the commercial pressures and moved to London.

The Chariots of Fire music was born there.

His Oscar for the film’s success followed. The chart success was partially a tribute to his father, who was an avid amateur runner.

He once called it “only another piece music” in an interview, and it would eventually overshadow his later work.

His other notable achievements include the 1982 score for the dystopian sci-fi film Blade Runner and the music for Missing, which was directed by Costa-Gavras in Greece.

Vangelis composed also for advertising campaigns. He formed a duo called Jon and Vangelis with Jon Anderson, a prog rock band.


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