Tribute to Film Composer VANGELIS (Blade Runner) 1943 – 2022 | In Memoriam

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Here is my Tribute to Movie Composer Legend Vangelis.

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Evángelos Odysséas Papathanassíou known professionally as Vangelis , was a Greek musician, composer, songwriter and producer of electronic, progressive, ambient, and classical orchestral music.

He was best known for his Academy Award-winning score to Chariots of Fire (1981), as well as for composing scores to the films Blade Runner (1982), Missing (1982), Antarctica (1983), The Bounty (1984), 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992), and Alexander (2004), and for the use of his music in the 1980 PBS documentary series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage by Carl Sagan.

Born in Agria, Vangelis began his career working with several pop bands of the 1960s such as The Forminx and Aphrodite’s Child, with the latter’s album 666 (1972) going on to be recognized as a progressive-psychedelic rock classic.

Throughout the 1970s, Vangelis composed scores for several animal documentaries, including L’Apocalypse des Animaux, La Fête sauvage, and Opéra sauvage; the success of these scores brought him into the film scoring mainstream. In 1975 he set up his new 16-track studio, Nemo Studios in London, which he named his “laboratory”, releasing many solo studio albums on which experimented with music and concepts, including Heaven and Hell and China among others. In the early 1980s, Vangelis formed a musical partnership with Jon Anderson, the lead singer of progressive rock band Yes, and the duo released several albums together as Jon & Vangelis. He also collaborated with Irene Papas on two albums of Greek traditional and religious songs.

For an artist of his stature, very little is known about Vangelis’s personal life and he rarely gave interviews to journalists.[28][88] In a 2005 interview with The Daily Telegraph, Vangelis talked openly about various parts of his life. He stated in the interview that he was “never interested” in the “decadent lifestyle” of his band days, choosing not to use alcohol or other drugs.[5] He was never fond of music industry business, and stardom success, realizing “that success and pure creativity are not very compatible. The more successful you become, the more you become a product of something that generates money”.[9][52][53] Instead, he used it to be as free and independent as possible, release a new album when wished. He often rejected the opportunity available to promote or capitalise on his fame.[52]

Vangelis’s place of residence was not publicly known. He stated that he “travel[ed] around”, rather than settling in one place or in one country for long.
At the time of the Telegraph interview, Vangelis was in his third long-term relationship. When asked why he had not had children, Vangelis replied:

Because of the amount of travelling I do and the nonsense of the music business, I couldn’t take care of a child in the way I think it should be taken care of.

The American Film Institute nominated Vangelis’s scores for Blade Runner and Chariots of Fire for their list of the 25 greatest film scores

Vangelis died on 17 May 2022, aged 79, at a hospital in Paris, due to heart failure

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