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Vangelis, Composer of Academy Award-Winning Score of 'Chariots of Fire,' Has Died

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He died in a French hospital at the age of 79.

 

The score for Chariots of Fire was haunting -- among my favorites.

 

May his memory be eternal!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8a-HfNE3EIo

 

From WTOP online: 

 

"Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and other government officials expressed their condolences Thursday. Greek media reported that Vangelis — born Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou — died in a French hospital late Tuesday.

 

“ 'Vangelis Papathanassiou is no longer among us,' Mitsotakis tweeted, calling him an 'electronic sound trailblazer' whose death is 'sad news for the entire world.' ”

 

 

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Re: Vangelis, Composer of Academy Award-Winning Score of 'Chariots of Fire,' Has Died

Chariots of Fire is universally well-loved, he'll be missed.

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Re: Vangelis, Composer of Academy Award-Winning Score of 'Chariots of Fire,' Has Died

What a ringing, noble-sounding birth name he had, @golding76 !   Love the "Chariots of Fire" score.  RIP.

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Re: Vangelis, Composer of Academy Award-Winning Score of 'Chariots of Fire,' Has Died

Oh no!  I still listen to his music and have always been a big fan beyond his Chariots of Fire.  Sad to know he  is gone but he left us much joy and entertainment.

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Re: Vangelis, Composer of Academy Award-Winning Score of 'Chariots of Fire,' Has Died

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That's too bad and sad although I did think he was older.

 

Everyone loves Chariots of Fire and I do too.  It is certainly his most famous piece. And of course there is also Blade Runner which is fabulous too.

 

But my very favorite that I absolutely adore is "Hymne"...

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEXUxVzJhuM

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Re: Vangelis, Composer of Academy Award-Winning Score of 'Chariots of Fire,' Has Died

Farewell Vangelis.  Your creations touched a chord in the world.

I remember first hearing his music on the original COSMOS series.  A theme for the Universe.

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Re: Vangelis, Composer of Academy Award-Winning Score of 'Chariots of Fire,' Has Died

He will always be among us with his music....rest in peace,

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Re: Vangelis, Composer of Academy Award-Winning Score of 'Chariots of Fire,' Has Died

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Re: Vangelis, Composer of Academy Award-Winning Score of 'Chariots of Fire,' Has Died

My favorite piece of music from Vangelis is the incredibly haunting and beautiful Theme from "Missing".  I had my first exposure to the work of this man courtesy of Ernest and Julio Gallo, whose California winery used his "Hymn" in a commercial .  The music played over scenes from the beautiful vineyards.  That commercial became something of a social phenomenon. I believe it was in the late 60s or very early 70s.

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Re: Vangelis, Composer of Academy Award-Winning Score of 'Chariots of Fire,' Has Died

Holy Smoke!  I just looked the commercial up and even though I may be older than dirt that commercial isn't!  It was from the early 80s!