Greek composer and pedagogue; b. Piraeus, Feb. 11, 1914. He studied with Mitropoulos in Athens and with Casella in Rome. In 1936 he became an instructor at the Athens Cons., and in 1962 was appointed its director. In 1969 he was elected to the Athens Academy. He wrote music to several ancient Greek tragedies, endeavoring to re-create the classical modes in modern investiture.
dramatic: Opera: Antigone (1942). ballet:Pombi ston Aheronta (Procession Towards Acheron; 1942); Prosefhi se archaeo nao (Prayer in the Ancient Temple; 1942); Electra (1944); Penthesilea (1944); 3 Archaic Suites (1949); Greek Triptych (1960). other: Incidental music to Greek dramas; film scores. orch.:Suite in Ancient Style for Strings (1941); Prosefhi stin Akropoli (Prayer on the Akropolis; 1942); Narcissus (1942); Greek Classical Overture (1944); Sym. (1948); Divertimento (1952); Piano Concerto (1958). CHAMBER: 5 Character Pieces for Oboe, Clarinet, and Bassoon (1962); piano music.
M. Pallandios, ed., M.G. P., moussourgos (Athens, 1968).
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire