SONGS OF SIN

SONGS OF SIN

SONGS OF SIN Op. 50 (1992, unfinished). A cycle of songs for a young popular voice, mens chorus and military band based on the poetry of Dinos Christianopoulos and one poem by Yorgos Chronas. The work was recorded for piano and voice. It is sung by Andreas Karakotas with Dora Bakopoulou at the piano. Composer Manos Hadjidakis dedicated, the work to those on whom music and songs can still have an influence.

The SONGS OF SIN occupied Manos Hadjidakis during the last three years of his life. With the indicative subtitle Sin is of Byzantine Origin and Love is Ancient, the record contains fifteen hitherto songs by the composer, of which, some he recorded with the collaboration of Andreas Karakotas at home, and others remained in written notation. His death prevented him from orchestrating the work, and so it was released in its original form for piano and voice.

Manos Hatzidakis was a Greek composer and theorist of Greek music. He was also one of the main proponents of the “Éntekhno”(ancient Greece) form of music. In 1960 he received an Academy Award for Best Original Song for his song Never on Sunday from the film of the same name.

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