The Greek composer Vangelis Papathanassiou has died at the age of 79 in a Paris hospital, where he was being treated for COVID-19, as announced by his representative and reported by the EFE agency. The death took place, as reported by the Greek agency Athens News Agency, on the afternoon of last Tuesday.
Vangelis, a pioneering author of electronic and ambient music, stood out for the composition of the soundtracks of the films Fire cars (Oscar winner in 1981), bladerunner (1982) or Missingby his compatriot Costa-Gavras (1982). Its characteristic surround sound, the result of the use of analog synthesizers in the 1970s, was nurtured by the roots of Greek folk music and the choral music of the Orthodox religion.
In his youth he was part of rock groups and at the age of 25 he went into exile in Paris, after the 1967 coup that established a military junta in Greece, the Dictatorship of the Colonels. He jumped from rock to progressive rock, which was at the forefront of popular music in the 1970s and contributed to a non-dance electronic music scene that he shared with other authors such as Jean-Michel Jarre or Mike Oldfield.