Friday, May 20, 2022

Vangelis at a piano recital, and then the news of his death

Yesterday, Sara and several other students of her piano teacher (who is retiring) gave a recital at the Music Academy in Basel. Among the pieces the students played was "Conquest of Paradise", by Vangelis, which was part of his score for the 1992 Ridley Scott movie "1492: Conquest of Paradise". I never saw that one or heard the music, but of course it reminded me of the soundtrack to Hugh Hudson's 1981 movie "Chariots of Fire", as well as of my later discovery of Vangelis's earlier band Aphrodite's Child and the 1972 album "666": "Fallen fallen fallen is Babylon the Great". Later, we learned that Vangelis died at 79 on Tuesday. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 20 May 2022)

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