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Mikis Theodorakis

1925 - 2021

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Michail "Mikis" Theodorakis (Greek: Μιχαήλ "Μίκης" Θεοδωράκης [ˈmicis θeoðoˈɾacis]; 29 July 1925 – 2 September 2021) was a Greek composer and lyricist credited with over 1,000 works.He scored for the films Zorba the Greek (1964), Z (1969), and Serpico (1973). He composed the "Mauthausen Trilogy", also known as "The Ballad of Mauthausen", which has been described as the "most beautiful musical work ever written about the Holocaust" and possibly his best work. Up until his death, he was viewed as Greece's best-known living composer. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mikis Theodorakis has received more than 894,570 page views. His biography is available in 56 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 50 in 2019). Mikis Theodorakis is the 57th most popular composer (up from 76th in 2019), the 48th most popular biography from Greece (up from 67th in 2019) and the most popular Greek Composer.

Mikis Theodorakis is most famous for his music for the film Zorba the Greek.

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Among composers, Mikis Theodorakis ranks 57 out of 1,216Before him are Arnold Schoenberg, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Orlande de Lassus, Aram Khachaturian, Domenico Scarlatti, and Vincenzo Bellini. After him are Georg Philipp Telemann, Edward Elgar, Astor Piazzolla, Henry Purcell, Johann Christian Bach, and George Gershwin.

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Among people born in 1925, Mikis Theodorakis ranks 6Before him are Malcolm X, Margaret Thatcher, Richard Burton, Pol Pot, and Yukio Mishima. After him are Paul Newman, Albert Bandura, Gilles Deleuze, Patrice Lumumba, Zygmunt Bauman, and Alija Izetbegović. Among people deceased in 2021, Mikis Theodorakis ranks 5Before him are Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Michael Collins, and Gerd Müller. After him are Albert Bandura, Charlie Watts, Chun Doo-hwan, Jacques Rogge, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Desmond Tutu, and Christopher Plummer.

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In Greece

Among people born in Greece, Mikis Theodorakis ranks 48 out of 936Before him are Muhammad Ali of Egypt (1769), Leucippus (-500), Alcibiades (-450), Peisistratos (-600), Draco (-650), and Pindar (-517). After him are Praxiteles (-395), Olympias (-375), Handan Sultan (1574), Theophrastus (-371), Menander (-342), and Pope Sixtus II (215).

Among COMPOSERS In Greece

Among composers born in Greece, Mikis Theodorakis ranks 1After him are Vangelis (1943), Eleni Karaindrou (1941), Spyridon Samaras (1861), Manos Hatzidakis (1925), Nikos Skalkottas (1904), and Nikolaos Mantzaros (1795).