Stavros Koujioumtzis

Dalaras and Anna Vissi with Koujioumtzis.

Stavros Koujioumtzis (Greek:Σταύρος Κουγιουμτζής) is one of the most significant greek music composers of the 20th century. Having an Asian Minor backround from his family, Koujioumtzis was born in Thessaloniki, Greece in 1932. He wrote his first song in 1960. After that, he started composing many songs as well as his co-operations with many new singers. In the late 1960's, he co-operates with the then 19-years old George Dalaras. He wrote Dalaras' first songs and helped him to emerge as one of the most important and successful greek singers.

Koujioumtzis has to show various co-operations with some of the most important greek singers, like Haris Alexiou, Anna Vissi, Yiannis Parios, Eleftheria Arvanitaki and Giorgos Kalatzis.

Some of Stavros Koujioumtzis' most famous songs are:

  • Pou'ne ta hronia (Where are the years)
  • Mi mu thymonis matia mou (Don't be angry with me, my eyes)
  • Enas kompos i chara mou (My joy, a lump in the throat)
  • Natane to 21 (To be 1821)
  • To kokkino foustani (The red dress)
  • Kapou nichtoni (Somewhere the night falls)
  • Sta hronia tis ypomonis (In the times of patience)
  • Kapios htypise tin porta (Somebody knocked at the door)
  • Hronia san vrochi (Years like rain)
  • I eleftheri ke oreoi (The free and beautiful)
  • Kapion allon filises (You kissed someone else)
  • Matia mou Matia mou (My eyes my eyes)
  • Ta hrei tis kardias sou (Your heart's debts)
  • Ola Kala (Everything all right)

Koujioumtzis songs are regarded as top-quality music in Greece. Moreover, in many of his songs he himself wrote the lyrics; wonderful lyrics. Every Koujioumtzis' song contains a message; either of love, poverty or the agony of the poor to live with dignity. According to the famous Greek poet-lyricist Lefteris Papadopoulos, Koujioumtzis "followed the music spirit which was dominant in Greece during the last 25 years through the music of Mikis Theodorakis and Manos Hadjidakis". However, it is clear that Koujioumtzis music is something different; has it's own unique type and character.

It is generally acceptable that Stavros Koujioumtzis was a character of calm disposition and an excellent man in the field of greek music. A bashful character himself, it is characteristic that Koujioumtzis wasn't appearing in the media, except from especial occasions. During the last few years he left Athens and moved back to his birthplace, Thessaloniki, where he continued working on music and songs until he passed away suddenly on March 2005. His funeral took place at the cemetery of Kalamaria, in East Thessaloniki.

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