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Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou (born 29 March 1943), better known as "Vangelis", is a Greek composer.

He is most famous for making incredible music with synthesizers since The '70s. He famously scored films such as Chariots of Fire, Blade Runner and The Bounty.

  • Earth (1973)
  • Heaven and Hell (1975)
  • Albedo 0.39 (1975)
  • Spiral (1977)
  • Hypothesis (recorded 1970, released 1978)
  • Beaubourg (1978)
  • China (1979)
  • See You Later (1980)
  • Soil Festivities (1984)
  • Mask (1985)
  • Invisible Connections (1985)
  • Direct (1988)
  • The City (1990)
  • Voices (1995)
  • Oceanic (1996)
  • El Greco (1998)
  • Mythodea (recorded 1993, released 2001)
  • Rosetta (2016)
  • Nocturne: The Piano Album (2019)

    Film soundtracks  


Tropes related to this artist and his work:

  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: Some of his choral works, such as "Symphony to the Powers B" from Heaven and Hell and the main theme from 1492: Conquest of Paradise use an invented musical language reminiscent of Canis Latinicus.
  • Author Appeal: Vangelis is a dedicated environmentalist, and as such many of his works deal with environmental themes, such as Soil Festivities and some of his documentary soundtracks.
  • Boléro Effect: "Alpha" from Albedo 0.39 employs a variant in which a simple theme of a few bars is developed through increasingly complex instrumentation.
  • Electronic Music: A forerunner in the use of electronic instrumentation to create beautiful, classical-style music.
  • Never Learned to Read: He can't read sheet music.


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