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Vangelis, legendary composer of Blade Runner, Chariots of Fire and other classics, has died


Greek composer and musician Evangelos Odysseas Papatanassiouknown worldwide by his stage name Vangelis, died May 17 in Parisalthough the news was not made public until today. He was 79 years old.

Vangelis became one of film soundtrack composers most recognizable in the 80s and 90s, creating unforgettable songs that are part of the collective memory.

His most universal theme is the film fire trucksfor which won an Oscar in 1982. Even if you haven’t seen the movie, you’ve probably heard the main theme of Chariots of Fire. It has been used in commercials, television shows, and countless other content. Here:


Vangelis – Chariots of Fire

Born in Greece, coming from a wealthy family allowed him to be one of the first owners of an electronic keyboard in the countryIn the 70s.

He specialized in electronic music and the New Age, although his genius allowed him to compose epic music for films, plays and even NASA space flights.

Vangelis He became world famous in the 80s because his electronic songs were included in Carl Sagan’s legendary television series Cosmos.

It opened the doors of Hollywood for him. After winning an Oscar with Chariots of Fire, beating the soundtrack of Raiders of the Lost Ark by John Williams, he also found great success with Chariots of Fire. soundtrack to another legendary film Blade Runner (1982), from Ridley Scott. You are probably familiar with this topic.


Vangelis: Blade Runner (end title)

For decades, it has served as the main music for the RTVE current affairs program “En Portada”, which has been broadcast since 1984.

Another of Vangelis’ most famous soundtracks is for another Ridley Scott film: 1492, the Conquest of Paradise.

Vangelis was the cousin of Demis Roussos.the most famous Greek melodic singer in the world, who at the same time won.

He leaves us with one of the most eclectic composers in history who was able to create his own style in epic music intended for cinema and is still unsurpassed.

Source: Computer Hoy

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