Hmmm. Did my dad get this because of my mom? My mom’s father was Greek (please don’t ask me to spell her maiden name, she yells when I call to make sure I got the Os and Us in the correct order) and so that side of the family is like My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Well, minus the Windex.
Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou (Greek: Ευάγγελος Οδυσσέας Παπαθανασίου; born 29 March 1943), professionally known as Vangelis, is a Greek composer of electronic, progressive, ambient, jazz, pop rock, and orchestral music. He is best known for his Academy Award–winning score for the film Chariots of Fire, composing scores for the films Antarctica, Blade Runner, 1492: Conquest of Paradise, and Alexander, and the use of his music in the PBS documentary Cosmos: A Personal Voyage by Carl Sagan.
Vangelis began his professional musical career working with several popular bands of the 1960s. Throughout the 1970s, Vangelis composed music scores for several animal documentaries; the success of these scores brought him into the film scoring mainstream. In the early 1980s, Vangelis formed a musical partnership with Jon Anderson, the lead singer of progressive rock band Yes, and the duo went on to release several albums together as Jon & Vangelis. His work has continued through to this day, working on music for events like the 2001 Mars Odessey and the 2002 World Cup.
In 1981, he composed the score for the Oscar-winning film Chariots of Fire, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Original Music Score. The soundtrack’s single, Titles, also reached the top of the American Billboard Hot 100 chart and was used as the background music at the London 2012 Olympics winners’ medal presentation ceremonies. In 2012, Vangelis re-tooled and added new pieces to the Chariots of Fire soundtrack, for use in Chariots of Fire, the 2012 stage adaptation of the 1981 film of the same title.
Having had a career in music spanning over 50 years and having composed and performed more than 52 albums, Vangelis is the world’s most celebrated creator of electronic music.
Chariots of Fire – Titles