Music: Yannis Markopoulos
Μουσική: Γιάννης Μαρκόπουλος
Yannis Markopoulos was born in Heracleion, Crete, on 18 March 1939. Both his mother, from the town of Sfakia, and his father, from the town of Ierapetra, were descendants of old Cretan families. His father practised law and later in life served as Prefect in the districts of Lassithi, Chania, Eurytania and Preveza. At the age of eight, Markopoulos began to learn to play the violin and the clarinet in the local band of Ierapetra. The traditional Cretan music in conjunction with the symphonic music he would hear from the radio at that time as well as the music of nearby Egypt formed his earliest and most decisive musical experiences.
Yannis Markopoulos was one of the top film composers in Greece during the 1960s and '70s. He began writing scores for movies with Poia Einai i Margarita at the outset of the 1960s — his third film assignment, Young Aphrodites (1963), got wide distribution in the United States on the arthouse circuit. Markopoulos moved to London in the wake of the 1967 military coup in Greece. He returned to his homeland in 1970 and began establishing himself as a popular composer with a series of ambitious musical works, and his film activity became far less frequent after the 1970s.
The last background image is a painting from Charles, Prince of Wales.
Prince Charles has been born on the same moment as me, FondOfGreek, but in another country, and in complete different circumstances..... But he is Fond of Greece also, he even painted it!!!
"Summer Landscape, Greece, 1996"
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