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The Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis, his publisher Romanos and the publishing house Schott Music, Mainz, have signed a comprehensive partnership agreement, with immediate effect.

Romanos, who publish almost all works by Mikis Theodorakis, will as of now entrust Schott Music and its international subsidiaries with all production, marketing and distribution tasks for his works for hire and on sale. The two publishers will henceforth hold a joint copyright in publications.

Schott Music will as of now be the managing publisher for all sectors and countries, including Greece, as well as the contact for all media partners (orchestras, opera houses, music dealers and private customers). Schott Music will be in charge, without any territorial limitation, of almost the complete works by Mikis Theodorakis, including his world-famous music for the ballet, Zorba the Greek.

Mikis Theodorakis is considered to be the most famous and successful Greek composer in the world. He is not just one of the most prolific composers of the 20th century, but his work covers the entire spectrum of musical composition. He has written over 1,000 songs, ranging from songs of struggle to classically constructed “lieder”, in the tradition of Schubert. The songs have been translated into numerous languages and continue to make great works of Greek literature accessible and popular worldwide.

His musical career can be divided into five distinct periods.

During the first, 1940-53, he wrote songs, oratorios, chamber music, ballets and symphonic works, including his Symphony No. 1.

In the second, so-called “Paris” period (1954-59), during which he studied with Olivier Messiaen, among others, he composed chamber music, ballets and symphonic works. The most important compositions of this period are the First Suite for Piano and Orchestra and the ballet Antigone, commissioned by Covent Garden in 1959.

The third period, from1960 to 1980, is a period of outstanding political commitment, when he turned his attention to popular and traditional music, especially songs. Outstanding works of this period are the oratorios Axion Esti and Canto General.

During the fourth period (1981-1988), Theodorakis continues to compose song-cycles, while at the same time returning to symphonic music. His most significant works from this period are the Symphonies Nos. 2, 3 and 7, Sadducees Passion, his first opera, Kostas Kariotakis (The Metamorphoses of Dionysus), and the Zorba Ballet.

The fifth - “lyrical” - period began in 1989 and has seen the composition of Thedorakis’ three lyrical tragedies, the operas Medea, Electra and Antigone, as well as his most recent work of music theatre, Lysistrata.

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