Manolis Kalomiris

Manolis Kalomiris (1883-1962), greek composer. Born in Smyrna, he went to school in Constantinople and studied piano and composition in Vienna. After working for a few years as a piano teacher in Kharkov (Then Russia and now Ukraine) he settled in Athens. An admirer of Richard Wagner and of Rimsky Korsakoff and of Kostis Palamas and Nikos Kazantzakis, he set himself the life goal of establishing a Greek "national school" of music, based on the ideas of the Russian national composers, on western musical achievements and on modern greek folk music, poetry and myth. He wrote 3 symphonies and 5 operas, one piano concerto and one violin concertino, other symphonic works, chamber music and numerous songs and piano works. He founded two conservatoires, held various public posts and was elected member of the Academy of Athens. A passionate composer he has a personal post romantic idiom characterised by his rich harmonies and orchestrations, complex counterpoint, his long eastern melodies and the frequent use of greek folk rythms. A preoccupation with love and death transcends all 5 of his music dramas. See also [1] and [2]

Manolis Kalomoiris

Manolis Kalomiris 11th Music festival August 9th Karlovassi, City Hall - Samos - Greece.

Manolis Kalomiris

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