Vangelis, composer of ‘Chariots of Fire’ and keyboard virtuoso, dies at 79

Greek composer and musician Vangelis, Evangelos Odysséas Papathanassíou, creator of soundtracks for films such as “Chariots of Fire” and “Blade Runner”, died last Tuesday at the age of 79 in France.

This has been transmitted by the musician’s lawyers through a statement issued this Thursday, in which the cause of death has not been specified.

Vangelis created more than one hundred works during the 50 years of his career as a composer, among them, he stood out with the well-known piece ‘Chariots of Fire’ with which he received the Oscar for Best Soundtrack in 1981. Another of the compositions with which he achieved success was with ‘Blade Runner’ in 1982, and accompanying other great productions such as ‘Alexander the Great’.

He has been recognized as a keyboard virtuoso and forerunner of electronic music for everything he has contributed to this discipline. He is noted for introducing synthesizers into music in a sensory way and for his specialty in creating music to accompany movies. Despite this, his beginnings are part of the creation of rock classics in 1960.

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