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Mikis Theodorakis dies at the age of 96.

Mikis Theodorakis, the most famous of Greek contemporary composers, died today, Thursday, in Athens, aged 96. According to his website, he died at 8.35 a.m. of cardiorespiratory arrest. The author of an enormous body of work, he became famous above all for his scores for the films Zorba the Greek (1964) by Mihalis Kakogiannis, Z (1969) by Costa-Gavras and Serpico (1973) by Sidney Lumet. His last major composition was a symphony composed in 2010 for mezzo-soprano and orchestra, entitled Andalusia.

© Photograph downloaded from the composer’s website.