Dimitris Maragopulos: ~A composer depends on a good performance. The performer, the soloist, the orchestra consist the other half of the work that could either undermine it or elevate it~ The composer Dimitris Maragopulos was born in Athens where he started his first studies in theory and composition which he completed with F.M. Beyer at the Music Academy of Berlin (Universitat der Kunste). His compositions have been performed in many countries such as USA, Canada, Turkey, Hungary, Sweden, Russia, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, and UK etc. His symphonic compositions have been performed by such orchestras as the B.B.C. Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic, Sofia Philharmonic, Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra, Athens State Orchestra, Camerata etc, with Operas staged by the National Opera of Greece and special commissions for the opening ceremony of the new Planetarium in Athens together with a special music theatre piece for the opening ceremony of the 2004 Olympics which has been in repertoire at the Laterna Magica Theatre (National Theatre of Prague) in Prague. The composer has also written for film and stage, with productions of the Greek Classics for the Arts Theatre, Athens, under the direction of Karolos Coun together with collaborations with directors Spyros Evangelatos, Iakovos Kampanelis, Andreas Voutsinas and Sotiris Chatzakis. His church music has included performances at the Cathedral of Santa Margarita in Venice, Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral, Canterbury Cathedral, Munich and Linz –Austria (European Capital of Culture). In 1993 he became artistic director of the musical cycle “Bridges” at the Athens Concert Hall. He became also artistic director the period 1996 – 2010 of the International Festival of Music and Performing Arts in Volos (Thessalia). Professor of Composition at the Department of Musical Studies of the Ionian University who has also lectured at Royal Academy of Music, Royal College,King’s College London and University of Music in Vienna. 1) You are a Greek composer with extremely rich and diverse musical work, having composed music for symphonic repertoire, orchestra, chamber music, opera, theatre, cinema, songs and of course for the popular children’s radio program “Lilipoupolis”. What inspires you and prompts you each time to choose what to compose in a specific music form and genre?
worked closely for a long time in the 70s, influenced your musical work? Are there any other Greek or foreign composers whom you admire and you would have liked to have composed yourself some of their works?
Hatzidakis has hardly influenced my musical work in and of itself. However, I was lucky to have met All the above genres are just an external stimulation him and worked with him during the unique period for a composer to express his inner world. The that he was heading the Third Radio Program of composer is like a kind of a music transformer whose State Radio (ERT) and as a result I was influenced thoughts and feelings born through his contact with by his absolute authenticity and unique personality external world, are transformed into structured and by his holistic approach of music. He was one sounds -that is how Stravinsky defines music - that of the most important melody composers of Greek make up this wonderful, non-verbal communication music while at the same time he was well-versed and expression that is music. and he promoted deeply the whole of European artistic music, from Mozart to Mahler, including jazz, External occasions such as commissions specific original traditional music and contemporary avantevents and collaborations have driven me to all garde music. these different genres while I was often pushing myself towards a specific direction that I felt that it I admire works of composers like Riades, Skalkottas, fitted to my musical DNA. Christou, the extraordinary symphonic works of Mikis Theodorakis, works of great Ioanian composers 2) How much has Hatzidakis, with whom you have such as Rodotheatos, and all this only about artistic 20