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Ten years without Manos Hatzidakis


Few Greeks are as popular 10 years after their death as they were before they died.
Even less frequently the music of a Greek composer is still heard and loved with undiminished success 10 years after his death. Manos Hadzidakis may have left us on June 15, 1994, but his songs and his music are still alive; the music which since the end of the 1950s has indeed changed the aesthetics of Greek song.

On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the composer’s death, the Music Library Lilian Voudouri presents his complete List of Works, which informs a. o. on the availability of scores and sound recordings of the works in the Library. A list of  the relevant books and program books is found at the end of the present text.

The List of Works of Manos Hadzidakis was compiled in accordance with the general rules of the relevant program of the library (see List of works in the present website). In this catalog (which is available in Greek only) users can search with the following keywords:

date of composition or
all 3 keywords combined
and can thus find detailed information about these works.

In the List of Works, users are also informed about the availability of  the various musical scores and recordings that can be studied on the library’s premises. Of special importance is the accompanying  commentary which offers in-depth information on each musical  piece. For instance, searching for the title Το πένθος ταιριάζει στην Ηλέκτρα, the user learns also that the work was composed in 1946 for Eugene O’Neill’s drama “Mourning Becomes Electra”,  translated by A. Solomos and performed by Katerina’s company under the direction of N. Yannopoulos. 

While trying to compile the List of Works of Manos Hadzidakis in accordance with the library’s computer program, there were a number of technical  problems especially in the area of the song cycles as well as the plays and/or movies in which Hadzidakis’songs appear. Thus the songs of a certain play or movie are listed individually if there exist substantial differences between different versions (e. g. words by different poets, various arrangements, editions or recordings). The movie Στέλλα, for instance, is listed four times due to the four different songs it contains.  
In other instances the titles of the songs are included in the title of the play/movie  (see Ο Καπετάν Μιχάλης).

Manos Hadzidakis composed music for 67 plays, 76 movies, 10 ballets. 10 guitar/ piano compositions, 29 song cycles. Αll in all he composed more than 300 songs all of which are included in this List of Works.

Apart from his compositions, the library has a sizable collection of books and articles about Hatzidakis, as well as a number of of publications of his own writings. They are as follows (in greek):

Μάνος Χατζιδάκις, Μυθολογία (Αθήνα: Ύψιλον, 1980)
Μάνος Χατζιδάκις, Ο καθρέφτης και το μαχαίρι (Αθήνα: Ίκαρος, 1995)
Μάνος Χατζιδάκις, Τα σχόλια του Τρίτου (Αθήνα: Εξάντας,1980)
Μάνος Χατζιδάκις, Τα σχόλια του Τρίτου (Αθήνα: Εξάντας, 2003)
Βασίλης Αγγελικόπουλος, Φάρος στη σιωπή (Αθήνα: Καστανιώτης, 1996)
Βασίλης Αγγελικόπουλος, Πες το μ’ ένα τραγούδι (Αθήνα: Καστανιώτης, 1998)
Ανοιχτές επιστολές στον Μάνο Χατζιδάκι, Θάνος Φωσκαρίνης (επ.) (Αθήνα: Μπάτσας-Πλέσσας, 1996)
Φρίντα Μπιούμπι, Προσωπικά 4 + 1 μνήμες (Αθήνα: Terzo books, 1998)
Πορτραίτο ορχήστρας, Μαριλένα  Σταφυλίδου (φωτ.) (Αθήνα: Καστανιώτης 1994) 
Το βιβλίο της ζωής, Συζητήσεις με το Θανάση Λάλα, τ. 8 Μάνος Χατζιδάκις (Αθήνα: Καστανιώτης, 1996)
Οδός Πανός, τ. 75-76, Σεπτέμβριος-Δεκέμβριος 1994, Αφιέρωμα στον Μάνο Χατζιδάκι
Οδός Πανός, τ. 93-94, Σεπτέμβριος-Δεκέμβριος 1997, σσ. 2-42, Αφιέρωμα στον Μάνο Χατζιδάκι
Διαβάζω, τ. 430, Ιούνιος 2002, σσ. 78-128, Αφιέρωμα στον Μάνο Χατζιδάκι
Το τέταρτο, τ. 1, 5-10, 15, εκδότης Μ. Χατζιδάκις (Αθήνα: 1985-1986)
Προγράμματα συναυλιών της Ορχήστρας των Χρωμάτων στο Μέγαρο Μουσικής Αθηνών από τα ετήσια αφιερώματα στον Μάνο Χατζιδάκι.

Note: for further information about Manos Hatzidakis visit his official site (

Stephanie Merakos

Athens 30-03-2004

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