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Napisano 21 maj 2022 - 23:12

#VANGELIS @ homestudio !


#Polybrute #ASMHydrasynth #Korg's synthesizers ! ...
Frederick Rousseau says goodbye to Vangelis and posted this new photo.
"I lost a friend , a father and son, Have a great voyage to your next world…..
Your always love























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Napisano 22 maj 2022 - 12:03

Very sad to hear about the passing of the great Vangelis.


He was my musical mentor... and a good friend... we created such wonderful music together... he was very funny to be with...
love and 'light' Jon
Hi You wonderful peep's out there in this amazing world
I spent all day yesterday whistling after hearing the news about Vangelis, as it would happen, I smiled at him and remembered so much..
I was also giggling with him in spirit, knowing that his music will live on and on, and our creative work together will never be lost or forgotten...he was my teacher and always smiling whenever we where together... he was the 'fun' in my life in those times......and the first multi keyboard player...instant friendship..
I honestly marveled at his creativity, it was instant symphonic music almost all day long..
One day I walked in the studio when he was playing and fell to the ground stunned by the music he was playing was from another world..I was blown away...
Everything we did, was a first take...we never talked about what we would create, he would switch on the recording console smile at me and it just happened, idea after after song..
I called it chance music..glorious days with such a true musical master..
He was my Mentor, and he will live in my heart and soul forever
I know he is very Happy in heaven, love and 'light' brother jon 1f64f.png



















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Napisano 22 maj 2022 - 22:45

Ο Βαγγέλης μιλάει από το σπίτι του στο Παρίσι για το "The Thread".


Το άλμπουμ θα κυκλοφορήσει φέτος, τουλάχιστον σύμφωνα με την Ελληνική Εθνική Τηλεόραση.





Vangelis talks from his Paris home in Greek about "The Thread".


The album will be released this year, at least according to the Greek National TV.


















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Napisano 26 maj 2022 - 20:18

Vangelis - TV SPECIAL - RARE INTERVIEW (1989 r.)


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Napisano 28 maj 2022 - 12:33

ERT broadcasts #Vangelis Tribute



Greek public TV Channel ERT will dedicate the evening of Monday May 30 to #Vangelis-#ΒαγγέληςΠαπαθανασίου.
The programming starts at 19:00, and includes a rebroadcast of a 1990 interview with Vangelis performing unreleased music (parts of the 1990 broadcast have survived among fans and on Youtube, but parts also have not).
It is followed by the live broadcast of a concert performed at the island of #Delos, which is dedicated to the memory of #Vangelis.
It will be performed by the European Union Youth Orchestra with additional musicians from both Ukraine and Russia, and soloists from #Ukraine and #Greece, to highlight the uncertainty about the future of the planet if we do not act immediately.
The evening closes with a foreign film, not yet disclosed, but this could also be Vangelis related.
The announcement in Greek:



























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Napisano 30 maj 2022 - 14:45

Οι τελευταίες πληροφορίες αναφέρουν πως η κηδεία του #ΒαγγέληςΠαπαθανασίου θα πραγματοποιηθεί στο Παρίσι, όπου ζούσε μόνιμα τα τελευταία χρόνια.




















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Napisano 30 maj 2022 - 14:45

Οι τελευταίες πληροφορίες αναφέρουν πως η κηδεία του #ΒαγγέληςΠαπαθανασίου θα πραγματοποιηθεί στο Παρίσι, όπου ζούσε μόνιμα τα τελευταία χρόνια.






Βαγγέλης Παπαθανασίου περιουσία: Αυτή είναι η μοναδική κληρονόμος
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28.05.2022 | 20:33

Βαγγέλης Παπαθανασίου περιουσία: Αναμφίβολα, η κληρονομιά που άφησε είναι ανεκτίμητης αξίας


Παγκόσμια θλίψη σκόρπισε η είδηση για τον θάνατο του Βαγγέλη Παπαθανασίου.


Ο Έλληνας μουσικός και συνθέτης της ηλεκτρονικής, progressive, ambient, τζαζ και ορχηστρικής μουσικής, γνωστός και ως Vangelis νοσηλευόταν σε νοσοκομείο στη Γαλλία με κορωνοϊό και έφυγε από τη ζωή την Τρίτη 17 Μάϊου.


Αναμφίβολα, η κληρονομιά που άφησε είναι ανεκτίμητης αξίας, ενώ η πραγματική περιουσία του εξίσου μυθική.


Σύμφωνα με την εφημερίδα On Time, η περιουσία του μουσικού αγγίζει το ποσό των 245.000.000 δολαρίων κι έχει ορίσει ως γενική κληρονόμο την επί χρόνια σύντροφό του, Λώρα Μεταξά, της γνωστής οικογενείας ποτοποιίας.


Οι τελευταίες πληροφορίες αναφέρουν πως η κηδεία του θα πραγματοποιηθεί στο Παρίσι, όπου ζούσε μόνιμα τα τελευταία χρόνια.




Η Λώρα Μεταξά


Το δικηγορικό γραφείο του Βαγγέλη Καλαφάτη, όπου ο Βαγγέλης Παπαθανασίου είχε αναθέσει τη διαχείριση των υποθέσεών του και επιβεβαίωσε τον θάνατό του, ανέφερε: «Μολονότι πολύς κόσμος αγωνιά και θέλει να ξέρει λεπτομέρειες, αφού υπήρξε εξαιρετικά αγαπητός, η τελετή θα πραγματοποιηθεί σε πολύ στενό συγγενικό και φιλικό κύκλο.


Πρέπει όμως να γνωρίζετε ότι οι γραφειοκρατικές διαδικασίες στην Γαλλία είναι πολύ πιο χρονοβόρες σχετικά με τις αντίστοιχες στην Ελλάδα.


Όταν οριστικοποιηθεί η ακριβής ημερομηνία, το πότε και το που θα πραγματοποιηθεί η τελετή αποχαιρετισμού του θα ενημερώσουμε σχετικά».



Η περιουσία αφορά και στα πνευματικά δικαιώματα από τις μουσικές του καθώς, επίσης, και τεράστια συλλογή έργων τέχνης, η οποία φυλάσσεται σε αποθήκη στο Λαύριο.


Να σημειώσουμε ότι η Λώρα Μεταξά «είναι μητέρα ενός κοριτσιού, σχεδόν πέντε ετών, που ζούσε και μαζί τους, στο Παρίσι, για μεγάλα διαστήματα», σύμφωνα και με την πηγή μας και με παλαιότερα δημοσιεύματα γαλλικών ΜΜΕ.




















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Napisano 30 maj 2022 - 22:42

The World Grieves



As many people turn to social media to express their emotions, memories or words of tribute to the late Vangelis, we provide a sampling of the posts we could find from public figures, fellow artists, authors, friends and institutions.


Click the authors names to link to the original posts.


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Also, we used computer translation to English (indicated) on some of the entries.


Check their sources for clearer wording in their original languages.





My dear friend Vangelis passed away. Ever since TV-series Cosmos, albums like Albedo 0.39, Spiral, China, Antarctica and movies like Blade Runner, he enriched many space related moments, travels through majestic landscapes and the time in space for me with his magical music. Head filled w/ colorful memories after Vangelis passing. Like our contact from ISS (International Space Station), playing live while showing him our planet, to the warm, joyful dinners in his Paris residence, composing between his paintings, talking about the beauty and wonders of life, music and the universe.



André Kuipers
Scientist and ESA astronaut

I am in tears, devastated by the news of the passing of Vangelis, a legendary musician and a man I was proud to call my friend for many years. It is not easy to find my words at this moment Vangelis was the pioneer of electronic music, a real genius and titan of music, a warm, kind and gentle man, a heartfelt and honest friend.

Professionally, we have worked together on two big projects.

The first was the opening of the Katara Amphitheatre in Doha, Qatar, in December 2011, with his symphony called “Hope”, with music especially composed for me, performed in Ancient Greek language.

Our second collaboration is Vangelis’ last album, “Juno to Jupiter”, released in September 2021 and inspired by NASA’s Jupiter mission by the Juno space probe, where my voice gave life to the goddess Juno/Hera. We were already planning our third project together, a Requiem, and I will keep my promise to still make it happen!

His Music and his Friendship will stay forever in my heart ❤️

My deepest sympathy to his wonderful wife and my friend Laura, to his dear family and friends

Thank you, Vangelis!

Pupici, pupici, pupici….



Angela Gheorghiu
Soprano and opera superstar


My eyes cannot contain the tears when I learned of the death of Master Vangelis, of the splendid human being that I met years ago in Greece; a man who opened his house to me in Athens, the one in Paris and who shared hours of his boundless talent with me as a prelude to a possible joint work. How to imagine that I will never receive hugs from him again?

What a great pity!!




Luz Casal
Spanish pop singer

I’m so sad to hear this terrible news of the passing of Vangelis. I had the privilege to meet him in Paris last year. He was one of my heroes and a big inspiration & a beautiful person. I still listen to his albums a lot. May he rest in peace.



Armin van Buuren
Dutch DJ and producer


Dear Vangelis,

I feel immense sadness and at the same time immense gratitude... Sadness because the loss that I feel and I believe we all feel that such a great man, an inconceivable talent, has left, is unbearable. I also feel immense gratitude though that I was given the opportunity to collaborate with you through our first encounter “The Thread”, that you entrusted me and gave me the gift of your wisdom, but above all, I thank you for allowing me to call you a friend. In an effort to express the value of your contribution beyond your musical genius, I stated that decoding Vangeli's music is like deciphering Pythagoras. Your music is primordial and futuristic together, it captures truths that define our universe and travel them beyond it. You had me listen to the sounds of the earth and I, enchanted every time I left your house, felt grateful that this great man was willing to share with me a small piece of his emotional wealth. Thank you for what you taught me, for the times that I had to replay all our conversations over and over again in my head, to never forget your words. Behind the notes that you have written and that have been recognised and awarded worldwide, lies a huge generosity and a deep love for creation, knowledge, harmony and a love for Greece. The music you composed for the show we did at the Temple of Poseidon in Sounio for the 30 years of the Elpida Association, will forever sound in the minds of those who were in attendance that night. We all felt that through your music the pulse of this sacred Temple was expressed for the first time. It was an anthem of love, joy and optimism. This photo is from one of our meetings, in your home in Paris… I will always have it deeply engraved in my heart. Goodbye Vangelis… I want to believe that in this new journey of yours, a new "Mythodia" will be composed, an eternal soundtrack to a parallel Universe.

My sincerest condolences to his wife Lora, and the people closest to him.



Mary Katrantzou
Greek costumes designer

We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of the great composer Evángelos Odysséas Papathanassíou, known to all simply as Vangelis. Vangelis composed a beautiful piece of music to mark the moment that Professor Stephen Hawking’s ashes were interred at Westminster Abbey, near those of Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin. ESA (the European Space Agency) arranged to broadcast this music into space during the service as a mark of respect and remembrance. The signal was directed towards a black hole so that his beautiful composition, overlaid with the voice of Stephen Hawking, will travel through space and exist on the event horizon for as much of time as is imaginable.

May they both rest in peace.



The Stephen Hawking Foundation


We are very sad to hear that Vangelis has passed away. Fascinated by music and its connections to science, he was a good friend of ESA and the space community. His work has inspired millions of people, and we were honoured to work with him on the #Rosetta album

European Space Agency

Ad astra, Vangelis.

The film composer contributed scores to explorations by our #JunoMission to Jupiter. Here, ride along with the @NASASolarSystem spacecraft around Jupiter and moon Ganymede, with sound up.

Full playlist:


Epic music befitting an epic journey. Thank you to legendary composer Vangelis for providing the score to so many of the #JunoMission's discoveries at Jupiter.

NASA Solar System

Vangélis was a huge composer, a brilliant inventor of notes. A very good friend, a good man, with whom I loved to discuss music and the beauty of the world. He goes down in history, in the Pantheon of great musicians. An affectionate and emotional thought for his wife Laura.




Jack Lang
Former Minister of Culture of France

"I'm merely a conduit...just a plastic tunnel connected to a Moog." - Evángelos Odysséas Papathanassíou, 1943-2022. Farewell, maestro.



The Bob Moog Foundation

Dear Vangelis,

We will all remember your unique touch and your moving melodies forever. You & I have always shared the same passion for synthesizers and electronic music since so long…

May you Rest In Peace,


Jean-Michel Jarre
French composer and synthesist


We are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Vangelis. May he rest in peace.

Tangerine Dream
German electronic music band


I spent all day yesterday whistling after hearing the news about Vangelis, as it would happen, I smiled at him and remembered so much..

I was also giggling with him in spirit, knowing that his music will live on and on, and our creative work together will never be lost or forgotten...he was my teacher and always smiling whenever we where together... he was the 'fun' in my life in those times......and the first multi keyboard player...instant friendship..

I honestly marveled at his creativity, it was instant symphonic music almost all day long..

One day I walked in the studio when he was playing and fell to the ground stunned by the music he was playing was from another world..I was blown away...

Everything we did, was a first take...we never talked about what we would create, he would switch on the recording console smile at me and it just happened, idea after after song..

I called it chance music..glorious days with such a true musical master..

He was my Mentor, and he will live in my heart and soul forever

I know he is very Happy in heaven, love and 'light' brother jon

Jon Anderson
Jon and Vangelis

RIP Vangelis......your music will live on and on for ever .

Rick Wakeman
English keyboardist

The Roussos family would like to express their immense sadness on this day @Rest in peace my V’

Cyril and Emily V.R



Family of Demis Roussos
Singer-songwriter, member of Aphrodite's Child

This is a hard one for me...

I just heard the sad news that Vangelis is no longer with us. This is a loss for so many reasons. He was a maverick and a pioneer of sound design and as a composer he was a genius. From breaking new ground in alternative rock with my father and Lukas in the band Aphrodite's Child to giving an emotional tone to a story of androids dreaming to be human, his mark has been left on so much of musical and film culture earning him several awards including the Oscars. I cannot count how many times I have seen in a movie or TV show somebody running in a race while the legendary track to Chariots of Fire was playing. That's how much of an effect he had on culture.

He represented his music and his Greek heritage with pride and was always rewarded with applause.

On a personal note, I remember him from my childhood with fond memories. He was like an uncle that I was always glad to see and some of my most cherished childhood memories were of me playing in his studio in London while he and my father worked.

What the world has lost today; the heavens have gained❤


Cyril Roussos
Demis Roussos' son




Personally, I had the pleasure of meeting Vangelis about ten times, of course through Demis, in the early 1980s when Demis lived in London. We were regularly invited to his Nemo Studio but also to his home, in his beautiful white apartment.

I attended the recording of 'Race To the End', saw Jon Anderson walk in, listened to the recordings of the album 'Private Collection' together and later Demis's great vocal on the soundtrack of 'Blade Runner'.

In fact, I witnessed history every time.

What I especially remember is the man Vangelis, I had already heard enough stories from Demis about the period of Aphrodite's Child and Vangelis was also an important pawn of my (musical) youth.

He was a bit distant, everyone said, but luckily not to me. I was included in their circle of acquaintances in the early 1980s, especially Demis, Jiannis Zographos and Vangelis; I heard him say if he won an Oscar he wouldn't go to LA. He won with 'Chariots Of Fire', he didn't go to LA...fear of flying or something. But Vangelis and Demis also took me to Kai or Mayfair for the first time, my favorite restaurant in London to this day.

In 1982 I started my own label and I will never forget looking at those rows of unreleased tapes in the studio and Vangelis' laughing said to me: 'that's a lot of releases for your label'.

I think most of those recordings have still not come out, I hope his fans may see many more releases in the near future because The Maestro was unique in its compositions and recordings.

I got a glimpse of that history, which started for me in 1968 and ended with his passing on Tuesday.

Vangelis turned 79 and his incredible legacy will keep him alive, including with us on 192TV.

Sunday evening at 10 pm we will show his most beautiful clips, he and his music will never be forgotten.


Bert van Breda
Founder of BR Music

Vangelis wrote the Chariots of Fire theme at the very last moment as a tribute to his father. Now it’s a requiem to his own extraordinary talent which will outlive all of us.

Lord David Puttnam
Producer of "Chariots of Fire"

God bless you friend and rest in peace .. your laughter, warm humanity and fantastic presence will stay with us all forever .. not to mention the music .. I have cherished memories of many many hours witnessing your creativity shaping wonderful moments into unforgettable melodies and taking off traveling through this all enveloping sonic space .. I will miss you very much.

If there’s a heaven, I feel the music there will be close to the one you liked and made …

You blessed us all with your constant giving, your breaking of experimental boundaries and creative freedom .. all with a smile .. Thank you so so much .. Nemo was some of the best years of my life .. merci V .. RIP

Raphael Preston
Vangelis' engineer at Nemo Studios

So sad to hear this news. #Vangelis

Mary Hopkin
Sang on Vangelis' "Rachel's Song"

Tears in Rain


Daryl Hannah
American actress, Pris on "Blade Runner"

Much saddened by the death of Vangelis. In the 80's we spent several lazy afternoons together before he came up with Un Apres Midi:

"Un Apres Midi":

Julian Lloyd Webber
British cellist, conductor

My friend the incomparable Vangelis has left us bereft of his genius and presence. He performed my song “The Parting” (in one take no less!) in the Pierre Hotel in 1986, a gift I will always treasure.

Thank you V, you were my mentor, and simply in a class by yourself.

Love eternally.

"The parting":

Michael Hoppe
Composer, former VP A&R at PolyGram

He was a genius, a lovely man whom I adored, and he changed my life forever.

Apart from the records, movies, TV shows and ballets that we worked on, I shall probably remember him more for the fun that we had together.

The years that I spent in his company (along with John Martin) are some of the most treasured memories that I have from my career.

Aside from the many hours we spent together in recording studios in London, Athens, Rome, New York and LA, we spent an equal amount of time hanging out, eating at restaurants, shopping, and cruising around town. He was fun, generous, always entertaining, and most importantly, my friend.

Because of him I met my wife of 35 years, was introduced to the finest hotels in the world (!) , and took my first ride in a convertible Bentley !!!

I shall miss him deeply, and always be grateful for having known and worked with him.

(Sent by mail)

Jess Sutcliffe
Vangelis' Engineer

RIP the great Vangelis. I had the honour of writing three songs with him and spending a little time with him in his studio. Beyond doubt one of the great composers of his nation and his time.

Tim Rice
English lyricist and author

Very sad to hear the news of the recent passing of Vangelis. I’d always loved his soundtrack to Blade Runner. Then in the mid 90’s I had the honour of writing & singing a song on his album “Voices”; an immense talent that will be missed by his family, and the world of music.

Here is Losing Sleep (Still My Heart) which we recorded together.

"Losing Sleep (Still My Heart)":

Paul Young
English pop singer

I'm so sad to hear that Vangelis has left this world. Working with him was one of the happiest times of my life. Dear Vangeli mu rest in peace xx

"Come To Me":

Caroline Lavelle
English singer-songwriter and cellist

All our deepest condolences to Laura and all relatives for this great lost in our planet. We are sure Vangelis and his music are traveling a long way through the Universe sending all his love to all of us



Montserrat Caballe Foundation
Foundation of Spanish operatic soprano Montserrat Caballe

Farewell Vangelis.

I was hoping so much to meet you again.

And play together, sitting side by side, among your thousand keyboards.



Claudio Baglioni
Italian pop singer

My dear friend, no matter how high you go, for me as long as I live, you will be in my soul. That cannot be changed. A small sample of my sad guitar, which will accompany you wherever you go.

For me you are not missing, you are always near me, we will play together as we played and we will dream of the beautiful moments of our lives. Know that up there oxygen is all for you.


Silver Koulouris
Greek musician, member of Aphrodite's Child

I just learned that a renowned musician Vangelis Papathanassiou passed away, the musician who had met with great pleasure in the old days and with "Socrates Drank the Conium" in France. An excerpt from the book by Antonis the Band. Papathanasiou was signed with Polygram and we decided to go and see him to get him to listen to our records and advise us what to do. Vangelis was known for his great success with ARHRODITE'S CHID and he was very well networked. He gladly told us to go to his house to see him. He lived in a luxurious house on Rue Marbeaux in a very beautiful neighborhood. living room we listened to the records and was especially excited about ON THE WINGS. He told us that he would do what he could to help us and that he would soon get in touch with us as soon as he had news. We liked the music because we would be well paid and we would be taught in Europe. We rehearsed in Vangelis's private studio and got ready for a tour. We did a great repertoire and everyone was happy. He laughed a lot. In general, we felt very safe with him and he was sharpening his sword.

Thank you very much for your wonderful collaboration with the wonderful "Socrates Drank the Conium" on the PHOS album where he was the producer of the album in England


(translated - check link for original text)

Thanasis Stathopoulos
Greek rock band "Socrates Drank the Conium"

I was sad to hear the news about Vangelis passing away. The past days he was strongly on my mind, and I had an unpleasant feeling in my heart.

Dear Vangelis, leave it all behind without clinging. You gave much to the world and will be always remembered. Forgive yourself and forgive whatever needs to be forgiven, and rise free above all sorrow and into the all encopassing space of love, light and joy.



Mariangela Celeste
Greek singer-songwriter

Awful news: VANGELIS, the great composer and friend for more than 40 years, has died. No words to explain another terrible lost... What an horrible year in all aspects and also in the near to me musical field. This photo well known by many of you, was taken when we met him for the first time, Carlos Guirao and Nemo Studio in London.

RIP, dear Vangelis. Impossible to forget lovely and funny moments we had too during nice meals together...

Michel Huygen/Neuronium
Keyboardist and synthesist

In memory of the great and unfathomable Vangelis Papathanasiou

Markella Hatziano
Greek mezzo-soprano, vocalist on Vangelis

The music world is in mourning. Vangelis will have been for me much more than an immense musician. He was a light, a spiritual guide, a model.

I measure the incredible luck that I have had, working alongside him for several years. During our long conversations, often lasting all night, I drank from this inexhaustible source of wisdom and humanity. A complete artist, he was above all an exceptional person, such as one meets too rarely.

Goodbye, Maestro. You leave, but your music will remain forever.




Sylvain Morizet

Farewell Vangelis.

With much love and respect.

Our collaboration on The Thread was a real gift..

Russell Maliphant
Choreography director




For 33 years I have accompanied you on this long and beautiful musical path that has been your work.

An intuitive path, strewn with surprises, enthusiasm and sometimes sadness or disillusionment, but a path of creative life, warm and attentive to each other.

With you I learned what made the richness of an inventive, intuitive, experimental musical life, against the current, outside of the fashions, to push always further its difference, to trace its own way towards and against everything to be only oneself.

You were that one, unique, iconoclastic, generous, talented, adventurous, unpredictable and always provided with a unfailing confidence in you.

Your luminous music will remain to heal my pain and accompany my loneliness because without you life will never be the same again.

Rest in peace my best friend.

Philippe Colonna
Vangelis' engineer




I lost a friend , a father and son, Have a great voyage to your next world…..

Your always love

Frederick Rousseau
Vangelis' engineer

Oh man.


One of my all time heroes.

He changed everything.

Very very sad to hear...

it is hard to under estimate the colossus impact of Vangelis on modern film music. It is also hard to understand how ground breaking CHARIOTS OF FIRE was. A period British film with a phenomenal synth score.

Daniel Pemberton
English composer and songwriter

“Chariots of Fire” and “Blade Runner” were among the most innovative and influential scores in the history of the medium. My personal favorite melody of his was “Conquest of Paradise.” A true musical pioneer. Thank you, Vangelis.

Bear McCreary
American musician and composer of film/TV

Wow, an icon leaves us. Farewell Vangelis, who changed an entire era of music, and has subsequently been rediscovered a few decades later by a whole new crop. What a legacy

Austin Wintory
American multi BAFTA-winning composer




Our Electronic music guru who breathed life into circuits is no more

A.R. Rahman
Grammy and Academy Award winning composer

Word comes from the UK that Oscar and Grammy winning composer Vangelis has passed away. To say he has been and is an ENORMOUS influence on me and my music would be the biggest of understatements. I am broken hearted and grateful for the genius he gave us. Thank you maestro. Thank you...

Michael Whalen
Emmy Award winning composer and recording artist

Just read that Vangelis passed away. I was a massive fan. When I was a kid my parents went on vacation to Greece. I requested they go to a record store there and buy up all the Aphrodites Child records we couldn’t get in the states. His Blade Runner score stands as one of the best.

Steve Stevens
Grammy Award Winning Composer & Guitarist

We are so very sad to hear of the passing of the genius synth icon Vangelis. His film scores, solo music and songs with Jon Anderson were truly inspirational.

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
English electronic band

RIP the Maestro Vangelis. Its was such an honour to ‘create’ the first live rendition of Blade Runner Performed by (The Heritage Orchestra) at (Meltdown festival) in 2008

Massive Attack
English trip hop band


John and Benny SAFDIE
American filmmaker and actor duo

Hard to quantify the sheer impact of Vangelis’s innovations and the power of his music. Such a heartbreaking loss. Thank you for the music and the inspiration


Benjamin Wallfisch
British composer, conductor, orchestrator, film producer

Composer Vangelis Papathanassiou (Blade Runner, Chariots of Fire) has died today at the age of 79. An absolute visionary who inspired and influenced an entire generation of composers -- myself included -- I think one of Vangelis's greatest gifts was that he found humanity in the synthesizers he played and programmed. He truly made his machines sing.

Farewell, Maestro. You will be deeply missed.

Eric Whitacre
American composer, conductor

RIP Vangelis, a true legend. I am heartbroken about this. I always hoped to meet him one day. His score for Chariots of Fire inspired me to begin playing the piano when I was 5 years old.

Nicholas Britell
American composer, pianist and film producer

Vangelis has always been a major inspiration for me. He taught me the beauty of simple, emotive melodies that can transport you anywhere. This is Abraham’s Theme from Chariots of Fire. Rest In Peace Synth God.

Abraham’s Theme:

Luke Million
Australian synthesist

The dervish has gone. Only a few weeks after Klaus Schulze passed away, my second musical hero Vangelis has died at the age of 79. I will really need time to understand that the most influental persons in my life are no longer here.

I discovered Vangelis at the age of 11 years, when “Aegian Sea” from Aphrodite’s Child was played by a broadcast station in Berlin. Only a little bit time later he began with “Earth” his unbelievable world career. To me Vangelis was a true composer and maybe the best composer I was alowed to listen to and to discover. He was able to express or better to tell a “story” within three minutes, when others needed for the same 30 or more minutes. He was a dervish on all of his instruments and it was allways pure joy to listen to him and to see him playing.

Your music will stay but I miss you Mr. V.

Bernd Kistenmacher
German composer

Very sad news last night. One of the great pioneers of electronic music, one of the best composers of all times, my main source of inspiration, my model, Vangelis, has gone.

He was not only a genius in mixing machines and acoustic instruments, never following the trades, always trusting his fully original creative enthusiasm, he was like a spiritual father beside me in each steps of my life.

Through unforgettable OST, as Chariots of fire, Blade Runner, Antarctica, 1492, for example, and so many unbelievable tracks (Spiral album, la petite fille de la mer, Missing opening theme, the Bounty main theme, Alexander main theme and so on and so forth), all his sensitivity, soul, divine expertise, his straight talk too and his great intelligence and culture, made him a one of a kind character.

I have no words to properly express my sadness but above all, the absolute gratitude I feel when I think about Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou, known as VANGELIS, 1943-2022.

You will be so missed Maëstro, thank you for all. Welcome in Heaven, Klaus Schulze is waiting for you...

French composer

RIP to the musical genius known as Vangelis and thank you for all the amazing and inspiring music you created particularly this incredible tune. I hope you’re already making new music with Donna up there. We will all be listening…

Leo Sayer
English-Australian singer-songwriter


Midge Ure
Scottish singer-songwriter, Ultravox

Sadly , the the great composer Vangelis has passed away . Vangelis a pioneer in electronic music , his career in music was wide & varied , including a band with Demis Roussos ! ' Bladerunner ' & ' Chariots of Fire ' are unimaginable without his music . I've chosen ' Chariots of Fire ' , such a powerful theme , & such a genius idea to use electronic music to express the drama of the race even though the story takes place in the 1920s ❤ Love tanita

Tanita Tikaram
British pop/folk singer-songwriter

Thank you, thank you, thank you Vangelis Your music has caused endless waves of new music…

KT Tunstall
LA-based Scottish singer-songwriter and musician

I’m so sad !

Vangelis was such a fantastic musician, I can’t find words to express what strong and inspiring heritage he gave us.

He was music..

Deep Forest
French musical group

R.I.P. Vangelis One of my heroes when it does come to electronic music and beautiful Melodie’s

German DJ

Thank you Vangelis for your wonderful music… for many of my generation the soundtrack for Blade Runner was such an inspiration at the time and continues to be to this day and will do into the future. Even “Chariots of Fire” would be in my mind when running at the school Sports Day. RIP

Dave Clark
Brighton born and Amsterdam based techno DJ

Slowly all the good ones leave the party. Rest In Peace Mr. Papathanassiou / Vangelis.

Jerome Froese
Grammy award nominated German composer

All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. But before that they will live on long in the memory of all the millions that your music affects. Rest in peace, Vangelis, and thank you for your amazing music.

Finnish composer and synthesist

What can you write when you lose a poet, a musician, a genius, a talent... nothing... just bear the absence that makes us a little more alone every day...

Bon voyage Mr. Vangelis Papathanassiou.


Francis Rimbert
French composer and synthesist

Vangelis Papathanassíou left us at the age of 79 years on May 17th 2022. Another Icon and one of my big influences is no longer with us. What a year 2022 is becomming.

"Earth" was the first music I listen to from this giant, but it was "Albedo" and "Spiral" that where the eye openers for many of his fans. I never met him. You never want to meet your personal Gods. Vangelis opened the bounderies of Electronic Music together with J.M.Jarre for the masses. He opened the ears for our music to so many new listeners.

Carl Sagan's "Cosmos" tv series filled with Vangelis music still gets a view every few years. "1492" and "Chariots" are among the best film music ever made. But his ground breaking music on "Bladerunner" changed the film music imho.

Yes 79 is a respectable age to leave this earth. But it gives me the same feeling I have when my parents died, my Brother, Klaus Schulze and Edgar Froese. A piece of me that is gone forever. It leaves a big void.A yearning. Yes! I know the music will live on but somehow the world got bleeker with the loss of these men! It has become less!!

Evángelos Odysséas Papathanassíou you where something special. Klaus created an atmosphere of mystic Space music. But you created a music that was BOLD, BIG, small and sensitive, it was universal, it touched the masses and me like no other "Electronic" Musicans solo did! And the Electronic is not even right, this was a musical genieus, multi instrumentalist, a musical companion for so many other musicians and singers. Irene Pappas, Demis Roussos, Jon Anderson and Donna Summer.

It is time to play "Soil Festivities" and sit in a nice chair in a dark room, but even that will not sooth me. Schulze and Vangelis leaving us with in a month. 2 of my biggest influences in music are no longer with us. Only thing I can ask for is to leave Mike Oldfield alone please. My last Musical parent that still walks this Earth !!

(Sent by mail)

Ron Boots
Dutch electronic music composer

R.I.P. Vangelis 1943-2022 One of the greatest musicians and composers of electronic music passed away. An enormous influence on me and muy music. I am broken hearted and grateful for the genius he gave us. THANK YOU MAESTRO.

Bruno Sanfilippo
Argentine classically trained musician & composer

Man… losing Vangelis is just too much. His huge sound and deeply emotional themes have inspiring me in big ways since the beginning. His entire score for “The Bounty” haunts me and always will… I think it’s in my code now ✨✨

David Helpling
Guitarist and keyboardist, and recording artist

Can't believe it What a terrible times... You were one of those who made me fall in love with electronic music. Rest in peace Master

Polish electronic music composer

Many people have influenced my music career. Vangelis is one of them. He has left this worldly existence and has gone forward leaving his musical legacy as a reminder that music truly IS the song of the soul. Thank you, Vangelis for your music. Rest In Peace.

Kori Linae Carothers
Instrumental Music Escape artist

Terribly saddened to hear that Vangelis has passed away. Watched Chariots of Fire in his honour last night & whilst it might not be my favourite track by this genuinely unique composer the opening scene of the athletes running on the beach is truly an iconic moment of cinema.

Ian Boddy
American electronic music composer

R.I.P. Vangelis ...

How many delusions in your brain have exploded and how many tears have shed from your music. Thank you for your countless impressions.


Yuki Kajiura
Japanese musician, composer and producer

Rest in peace

Tito Puente, Jr.
Musician ‧ Tito Puente's son

What would any of us be doing without such masters that came before us.. RIP Vangelis ❤️

Ólafur Arnalds
Icelandic multi-instrumentalist and producer

First time I watched Blade Runner I had to check twice because I just couldn’t believe this masterpiece soundtrack was created in 1981-1982. I remember when I was a kid and my mom used to talk to me about Vangelis, it inspired me deeply and it gave me confidence to believe in my own music

Blade runner tonight and we’re turning the volume way up

Rest In Peace pioneer, legend, inspiration, fellow artist


Aero Chord
Greek electronic trap producerp

Farewell to the maestro Vangelis (1943-2022), the Greek composer and musician, who coloured our lives with such synthetic gems as Albedo 0.39, Blade Runner and Chariots of Fire. I still remember seeing him play live in London, attending the show with my mum

Robin Rimbaud - Scanner
British electronic musician

RIP Vengelis . He inspired all electronic musicians across the world for 4 decades and mastered the art of turning noise to divine music to ears.

Harris Jayaraj
Indian composer and producer

RIP Vangelis, thank you for the music. You’re playing CS-80 in heaven now.

Robert Parker
Swedish electronic music composer

When I was 11 years old I saw Blade Runner for the first time. I rode my bike up rockville pike to the movies, I must have watched it three times in a row. That score is what made me want to score films as an adult. Rest In Peace to one of my heroes, Vangelis ❤️

Grammy Nominated DJ, songwriter

can’t really overstate how important vangelis was/is to me.

my first real, tangible experience with his music was blade runner. in the 90s, you could rent VHS tapes from my local library. my grandfather was a huge film buff and got me into sci-fi pretty early on. they had the director’s cut in a big clamshell case, so i checked it out.

i wasn’t old enough to drive, but i had a BMX bike and the librarians were chill so off i went.

to this day, obviously i don’t know if there is a more imbued space where a film compels a composer to create something for ALL TIME. for the AGES. there are great scores. but blade runner was so beyond all of that.

the score manages to feel old and new at once. it elevates an already great film to an even greater place. it doesn’t do anything but exactly what it needs to do; it provides context and depth and texture. it provides soul and mystery. there are no false moves:

the unfurling of a giant fireball and the crash of a cymbal and a sound of a timpani drum. a plume of smoke propelling mead’s police car into the rainy night sky and the blooming sound of a CS-80 billowing out from behind the exhaust.

the lilting emotions of men and machines trying to find their places in a cruel world and the wisping sound of chimes and electric piano awash in reverberant echo, it goes on and on.

vangelis and his music are and will continue to compel people to push further and deeper into synthesis and space and the emotional conduits in between.

longing and embrace and everything in between. godspeed.

makeup + vanity set
American electronic music composer

As far as I'm concerned, Vangelis was the greatest Synth Wizard of them all. No musical schooling or training, all feeling, all vibe. He took the CS-80 and launched it places nobody else ever thought to go-- and the utterly timeless Blade Runner score, among many others, was born. Needless to say, he will always be a massive inspiration. Rest in Peace, Lord of the Cosmic Synth ❤

Dead When I Found Her
American electro-industrial music producer

Amongst all the creative giants to have passed over the years, Vangelis’s passing is the one that hits the most. My absolute idol and inspiration as a boy, in the days before the fame that came with his seminal soundtracks, his music provided the means to travel to other realms. It still inspires me to this day.

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VNV Nation
alternative electronic musicproject

”Another legendary composer/musician has passed. And it is with great sadness we bid farewell to our dear Vangelis Papathanassíou. I have a rather extensive Vangelis section and have enjoyed pretty much every single one of his Lp’s. However, my favorites remain ”Earth” from 1973 and Aphrodite’s child’s ”666” from 1972. The latter has a piece called ”Loud, loud, loud”. Listen to it! So effective in all it’s simplicity. And I can’t help to think of how relevant those lyrics are right now

Swedish progressive metal band

I have absolutely no words. This is probably the most tragic loss to me. It's because of his music that I ended up being an electronic musician. He wasn't just a hero of mine, he was the only one. The one you look up to for the rest of your life. We'll sadly miss him, and his skills in the music scene are irreplaceable. No one could compare to him. I regret even more now never trying to meet him. Need a serious cheer up. #vangelis #RIP

Belgian electronic musician

This hits me hard. I first became aware of his music through the "Cosmos" series and have admired it ever since. If you're only familiar with him through "Chariots of Fire" or "Blade Runner" there is so much else to hear. RIP, maestro.

John Scalzi
American science fiction writer

Saddened to hear musical Maestro VANGELIS, the composer behind iconic soundtracks like BLADE RUNNER, CHARIOTS OF FIRE, and 1492 (among many), has passed away. I know what I will be playing today…

Francesco Francavilla
Italian comic book artist




RIP the one and only Vangelis. Not only was it a privilege to meet you but you welcomed us into your home with such generosity and warmth. Composers have stood on your shoulder to call themselves tall. Your music will live on for ever. #vangelis #rip #musicallegend #chariotsoffire #bladerunner ❤️

Linzi Stoppard
Electric Violinist, one half of violin duo FUSE




Shocked and heartbroken by the passing of one of my dearest friends, Vangelis. We spent so much time together over the years philosophizing, laughing and discussing music… I was always so happy and inspired to spend quality time with this unique and unforgettable personality.

My heartfelt condolences go out to Laura and all of his dear family and friends.

These photos were taken at my 40th birthday party that he hosted at his wonderful home in Paris. I will never forget his warmth and generosity - qualities that are so present in his glorious music.

Julian Rachlin
Violinist, conductor

Dear Vangelis - we will miss you so much! You were one of the kindest, funniest, warmest and most talented people we are proud to call a friend. You have hosted us at your home after our performances, birthdays and you were always open for mischief.

When we asked you to say that you hate our arrangement of your legendary Academy Awards Oscar winning Chariots of Fire, you couldn‘t do it - not even as a joke. When we filmed this reaction video of you, you insisted on watching the reaction video.

And then watching the reaction video of the reaction video.

Link to video :

You had our insane sense of humour and thats why this is our little tribute to you.

You will stay in our hearts forever!

Your Aleksey & Hyung-ki xxx

Igudesman & Joo
Classical musician duo




Very sad to hear that Vangelis has died. It was an honour to work with him on 2 of his albums, especially Juno to Jupiter, where we became good friends. I'll never forget our conversations on art, music and the cosmos. You helped us to listen to the Universe. Thank you Maestro.❤️

Salvador Lavado
Album artwork designer

The brilliant composer Vangelis will truly be missed in both the musical and science community. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity and musical gift to bring excitement to the Juno Mission.

Thomas Zurbuchen
NASA Associate Administrator

Such sad news. Was thinking of Vangelis just yesterday, hoping to get back to Paris soon & spend one of those glorious nights exploring the universe together.

Farewell & ad astra, my friend, & thank you for the music that means so much to so many ‍♂️✨

I’m in shock, to be honest – Vangelis was a huge fan of space & a great friend to both ESA and NASA and also @spacerockslive. It was a privilege to get to know him via @astro_carl & even to work with him on his album for #Rosetta.

Mark McCaughrean
Senior Advisor for Science & Exploration at ESA




Love these pics, taken by Mark McCaughrean. We were trying to get a team selfie, but Mr V couldn’t stay still - they show him modest, unassuming, with playful sense of humour. So many other stories. We’ll miss him.

Corporate Editor, ESA

From Chariots of Fire to Conquest of Paradise and everything beyond and in between, Vangelis was an unparalleled composer whose scores evoked the raw and riveting emtions of listeners around the globe. He will be sorely missed, but we’re grateful that his music will live on.

Sony Music Publishing

We were very sad to hear that composer Vangelis has passed away. Our thoughts are with his loved ones.

London Philharmonic Orchestra




We are saddened to hear about the passing of renowned composer Vangelis, who was best known for his celebrated film scores such as Chariots of Fire, Alexander and Blade Runner.

Sony Music Soundtracks

Vangelis was a trailblazing composer who was BAFTA-nominated for his unmistakable scores for Blade Runner, Missing and Chariots of Fire. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.





The world has lost a genius. Vangelis created music of extraordinary originality and power, and provided the soundtrack to so many of our lives. Decca had the pleasure of partnering with Vangelis and his team for his past three albums and we will miss him enormously. His music will live on forever.

Decca Records

Dear Vangelis,

You never failed to bring synth-driven suspense and drama to our favourite films.

You helped us all achieve moments of harmony through your melodies and will always be remembered in the art you leave behind.

Secret Cinema




Very saddened to hear of the passing of Vangelis, the Greek prog-rocker, Oscar-winning composer for films like Chariots of Fire and Blade Runner, and co-founder of Aphrodite's Child. He will be greatly missed.



Can’t believe he is gone. Blade Runner and Chariots of Fire are two of my favourite soundtracks of all time. He was a legend. RIP Vangelis

Demis Hassabis
CEO and founder of DeepMind

Good night, sweet maestro, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest

Elon Musk
CEO of SpaceX and Tesla




A great Greek.

A world musician who knew the power of music very well, so he went beyond borders.

A citizen of the world who made us proud.

A genius musician who respected, as few as possible, traditional music and our musicians.

A rare friend.


George Dalaras
Greek musician and singer




Vangelis was a friend of mine

Vangelis was the greatest Greek composer I had ever met

Vangelis was my constant and sweet influence

Vangelis was in love with an ideal and global Greece

Vangelis proved that Greek music is not a sirtaki and retsina

Vangelis had humor, kindness and spiritual prowess

Vangelis was hurt by the people of the country he internationally honored and represented.

Little devil.

The reserves of his inspiration and love never stopped.

My Vangelis, thank you for everything.

Both as a musician and as a Greek, instead of applause, I bow.

Vangelis is my friend


Stamatis Spanoudakis
Greek composer

Vangelis Papathanassiou was a great Greek composer who excelled at a global level. We say goodbye with a big "thank you" for what he offered to Music, Culture and Greece. #RIP #Vangelis

(translated - check link for original text)

Nikos Dendias
Foreign Minister of Greece

The great Greek composer Vangelis Papathanassiou will now accompany us from the neighborhood of Angels. Ours #Vangelis with his huge and pioneering discography gave him great notes all over the world. He will always travel with his wonderful melodies.


Eliza Vozemberg
Member of the European Parliament for Greece

Vangelis Papathanassiou is no longer with us. For the whole world, the sad news states that the world music scene has lost the international Vangelis. The protagonist of electronic sound, the Oscars, the Myth and the great hits.

For us Greeks, however, knowing that his second name was Odysseus, means that he began his long journey in the Chariots of Fire. From there he will always send us his notes.

(translated - check link for original text)

Kyriakos Mitsotakis
Prime Minister of Greece

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Napisano 03 czerwiec 2022 - 17:21

Η ανακοίνωση του δικηγορικού γραφείου «Ευάγγελος Καλαφάτης και Συνεργάτες» που εκπροσωπεί την οικογένεια του συνθέτη είναι η εξής: «Σήμερα, 3 Ιουνίου 2022 και ώρα 13.30 έγινε στο κοιμητήριο Père Lachaise του Παρισιού, πολιτική κηδεία και εν συνεχεία αποτέφρωση του μεγάλου Έλληνα #ΒαγγέληΠαπαθανασίου, σε στενό κύκλο και με λιτή και απέριττη τελετή».



Οι επικήδειοι ξεκίνησαν με ένα συγκινητικό μουσικό κομμάτι που έγραψε και ερμήνευσε ειδικά για την περίσταση ο Λουδοβίκος των Ανωγείων.
Αναφέρθηκαν στην προσωπικότητα και στο έργο του συνθέτη κατά σειρά ο νευροχειρουργός Χρήστος Τέγος, η Συντηρήτρια έργων τέχνης Αγγελική Μαχάον, ο γιατρός και ερευνητής Δημήτρης Σκόκος και τέλος ο δικηγόρος, εκπρόσωπος επί δεκαετίες και στενός φίλος του, Ευάγγελος Καλαφάτης, που ήταν ο μόνος που μίλησε στα ελληνικά.
Μετά το τέλος των ομιλιών ακούστηκαν εμβληματικά μουσικά κομμάτια του συνθέτη – συγκεκριμένα: “Light and Shadow” από το «1492», “Eternal Alexander” από το «Alexander», “One Alone” και “Love Theme” από το «Blade Runner» και το “Prelude” από το έργο «Voices».







Official statement

Today, June 3rd, 2022, at Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, in a close circle and in a simple ceremony took place the civil funeral and cremation of the world renowned composer #Vangelis.#ΒαγγέληςΠαπαθανασίου #EvangelosOdysseasPapathanassiou
It was a beautiful ceremony with friends reminiscing and celebrating his life both as a person and as an artist.
He will be missed by many.
On behalf of his office
Evangelos Kalafatis.














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Napisano 04 czerwiec 2022 - 20:12

Père Lachaise Cemetery ( Cimetière du Père-Lachaise ) is the largest cemetery in ParisFrance.


With more than 3.5 million visitors annually, it is the most visited necropolis in the world.


Notable figures in the arts buried at Pere Lachaise include Frédéric ChopinÉdith PiafSarah BernhardtOscar Wilde and Jim Morrison.


The crematorium was the first built in France.


Inside the columbarium rest the remains of numerous celebrities.



























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Napisano 05 czerwiec 2022 - 12:03

Αυτό το Cd (που περιέχει ακυκλοφόρητη μουσική) δόθηκε σε ανθρώπους που ήταν στην κηδεία του Βαγγέλη Παπαθανασίου.


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Napisano 06 czerwiec 2022 - 12:21

«Το #Vangelis είναι για τους ξένους»..






Γνωστός διεθνώς ήταν ως «Vangelis», αλλά στην Ελλάδα ήθελε να τον αποκαλούμε με το ελληνικό του όνομα.
«Είμαι ο Βαγγέλης Παπαθανασίου.
Το Vangelis είναι για τους ξένους», έλεγε.
Οταν ήταν μικρό παιδί κοιτούσε τους συγγενείς και τους φίλους που επισκέπτονταν τους γονείς του στον Βόλο και τους έλεγε: «Ξέρω τη μελωδία σου». 
Εκείνοι του χάιδευαν αυθόρμητα το κεφάλι ..
Βαθιά μορφωμένος και στοχαστικός, δεν ασχολούνταν με τα «μικρά» και δεν θαμπώθηκε ποτέ από τη φήμη, όσο κι αν απολάμβανε την επιτυχία του.



















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Napisano 06 czerwiec 2022 - 22:42

According to newer information, there was something wrong to the newspaper's Kathimerini report about the fuheral that I translated for you.


The CD given to the attendants does not contain unreleased music as reported but 2 previously released tracks: El Greco (Movement 1) and Messages (from Direct)
However, there were 2 unreleased ambient pieces played at the funeral.
And, "The Bounty" opening theme was played at the beginning.




















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Napisano 06 czerwiec 2022 - 22:42

Friday's ceremony - June 3rd- 2022



Written by Dennis, June 6, 2022 received many requests, inquiring about Friday's private ceremony in Paris.
Here's what can be shared.
As the hall opened and guests entered, an unreleased piece of Vangelis music was playing.
It was ambient music without melody, very solemn and ethereal.
A screen showed a photograph of Vangelis.
The Salle de la Coupole is a beautiful serene hall under a majestic dome.
In the back, a set of stairs lead up to an apse, its walls and ceiling painted with a blueish night's sky over ancient buildings and a Greek temple on a rocky hill.
When guests were seated, the casket was carried in to the hypnotic tones of The Bounty's opening music.
Vangelis' life was then celebrated and remembered in a heartfelt and respectful ceremony.
He was surrounded by loving friends and family. 
Cretan singer Loudovikos Ton Anogeion sang a poem he wrote for the occasion, accompanied on guitar.
There were beautiful words in French, Greek and English, spoken from the heart by a variety of his friends.
Hopefully more about that later.
Then long time collaborator and friend of Vangelis, Frederick Rousseau announced that it was Vangelis' turn to speak, albeit not in words but in his preferred language: Music.
A selection of 25 minutes of his work was played over the speakers: Theme From Bitter Moon, an unreleased track from the score for Alexander (from the scene late in movie, where Alexander dies), Prelude, Blade Runner Love Theme, One Alone, Light And Shadow, Eternal Alexander and Tears in Rain.
After the farewell, while guests left the hall, a second unreleased piece of ambient music by Vangelis played in the background, very heavenly, that felt as if you were among the stars.
We are pleased to report that the private event took place without the tabloid press impeding on the grieving and everyone was free to properly pay their respects.
A commemorative CD created especially for the occasion (artwork below) titled "Vangelis In Memoriam" was handed out to guests attending the reception after the ceremony. 
It contains two tracks, both taken from earlier albums: "El Greco" (the first track from the 2007 score album) and "Messages" (from the 1988 album "Direct").


















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The World Grieves - part 2



We've assembled a second selection of friends, artists, celebrities, institutions and politicians paying their respects to Vangelis.



For part 1, see here





On The Occasion Of The Passing Of Vangelis

It is with a heavy heart that I have come to learn about the passing of #Vangelis, a dear friend that I had known for over 25 years. He was a highly gifted musician, a great Greek film composer and Oscar winner, and a kind, brilliant and exceptional human being in every way. His name will be etched amongst the giant musicians in history.

Link to posted video

H.M Shahbanou Farah Pahlavi


We have lost #Vangelis. but his music and his memory will remain forever.

I was privileged to discover the person behind the public persona.
He loved space and was in love with ESA.

He composed a great symphony to ESA's Rosetta mission

R.I.P. Maestro

Fernando Doblas
Former ESA Head of Communication

He was a man of great integrity, and it was an honor for me to call him my friend. He was also the most generous man I ever knew, and I'm not just talking about material things. I loved him very much, and look forward to seeing him in the next life.

(Direct contribution)

Cherry Vanilla
Voice on "See You Later, ran Vangelis' US office


Very sad to hear of Vangelis’s passing. We had not worked together for many years, but between 1975 and 1992 I worked with him closely on many projects, especially writing arrangements, mainly choral, […] from Heaven and Hell right through to 1492: Conquest of Paradise; and I also sang solo tracks and conducted for very many recordings, films and for concerts ranging from the Royal Albert Hall to Docklands in Rotterdam to Athens in the Olympic Stadium and the Odeon of Herodes Atticus on the Acropolis. He even said, in some early creative sessions, “we are brothers!”, and I helped him through one major personal crisis. So despite our separation for, bizarrely, 30 years now, I still feel very close to him and hugely regret we did not meet again. But I have been involved in his music many times since, and hope that will continue. Here’s a photo of me with him at the first concert we did together: Heaven And Hell in the Royal Albert Hall in February 1976. I am conducting and look really transported by the music (which I was). And a special t-shirt for the concert - still here somewhere!

(submitted by e-mail)

Guy Protheroe
Vangelis' collaborator for 17 years, conductor of the English Chamber Choir

The giant wild beast has gone to bed.
Greetings to you my friend.

Thank You, Great Soul,

to have illuminated our lives on Gaia,

to have enriched our Dreams, our Spirits, our Souls...

to have made our Hearts, our instruments, sing,

to have inspired so many destinies,

To have passed among us.

Goodbye, Vangelis.

Good Road in the AfterLife, Free and Eternal,

With all those who welcome you with Love...


(poem by Hugo De Monfort - translated)

Jean-Philippe Rykiel
French composer, arranger, keyboard playe


Nature endowed you with a gift that made millions of people around the world happy and shudder with your music. I had the good fortune to meet you and offer my voice to your amazing music! I hold these precious memories that we shared together and I wish your soul to rest in peace in the place that gave birth to the sound of your love. #vangelis

Vana Verouti
Greek singer, autho

My Godfather passed away yesterday, my father knew him as a brother.

Vangelis was a giant in the realms of music and I will never forget sitting in his studio as a child as he composed the original score for the feature film, Blade Runner.

Love and only love for a man that left behind some of the most powerful music that pathed the way for others.


Deborah Anderson
Film maker, daughter of Jon Anderson

Vangelis my beloved Vangelis Papathanassiou, you never liked goodbyes ***

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Konstantinos Paliatsaras
Greek operatic tenor, vocals on "El Greco" album and others

Rest in peace Mr. Vangelis
Thank you for everything.


Dimitris Tsakas
Greek saxophone player on "Remembering" and "BR 25"

Great loss of a great composer. Was privileged to be his friend while posted in Greece and later. RIP dear friend and condolences to his family.

Epic music befitting an epic journey. Thank you to legendary composer Vangelis for providing the score to so many of the #JunoMission's discoveries at Jupiter.

Bhaskar Balakrishnan
Indian science diplomacy fellow, voice on "No Expectation Boulevard"

and this without words my only FRIEND. I'm coming soon too. Do not get lost, OK?


Vassilis Bakopoulos
member of "The Forminx"


I know he’s a strong fighter and what is important is he fought hard. The only thing that gives me strength is his love and memories. His words of “forever” may not be possible anymore but his love and help for my family will be imprinted in my mind and heart. I will miss him so much. I will miss how he tells me how beautiful I am every morning. I love you so much Mr. Vangelis❤️

You are at a better place now. I love and miss you so much❤️

Paulette Suayan Valle Tacod
Vangelis' personal assistant


As a big fan of Vangelis, I took his music with me to space. His studio looked like the cockpit of a genuine spaceship in which he composed music themes for movies, concerts and space exploration missions such as the Rosetta mission. On behalf of ESA, I awarded him with his astronaut badge.

The Maestro will forever remain in our hearts both on Earth and in space

Jean-François Clervoy
French engineer and ESA astronau


Vangelis was a giant in the music world and I was devastated to learn he had died last week. I became friends with him three years ago when a mutual friend from London introduced us. He invited me to his home in Paris where I met some of his family.

I spent two delightful afternoons and evenings at his spacious apartment where he played me some of his recent videos and I witnessed him working with his engineer on his album “Juno to Jupiter”. He listened with pleasure to my forthcoming instrumental album, knowing that my producer, Peter, and I had been inspired by Vangelis and I had dedicated “Anthema” to him. His assistant cooked us a feast each evening and then was sent out to pick up a box full of rich desserts from a local cafe….yumm! He gifted me one of his sketches and later mailed me his lovely piano album album “Nocturne”. I feel so honoured to have known this creative genius and to have spent that time with him.

Liona Boyd
Classical guitarist, AKA First Lady of the Guitar


2014 with Vangelis in his favourite studio in Paris (working on the track Europa we had written years before) I’d worked on it extensively at Club Ralph with @markralphmusic and just wanted it to be touched by his genius . Set free in the Universe now Maestro . All returned to stardust . #Vangelis #bladerunner #chariotsoffire #china #greek #god

Holly Johnson
English artist, musician, Frankie Goes to Hollywood


Rest In Peace


Googoosh / گوگوش
Iranian singer and actress


A great loss is the death of VANGELIS PAPATHANASSIOU, the GREEK who with his musical genius, honored and will honor Greece worldwide and beyond the borders of planet Earth.

A rare photo I publish is from 1964 in Thessaloniki.
Bottom row the FORMINX. The band of Vangelis Papathanassiou, he is the first from the left.
Top row is the band BRAHMS, the band I started my career with.


Paschalis Arvanitidis
member of "The Olympians", "The Brahms"



The World-renowned Greek

I have a hangover. I have lost him and I am sad because he was a friend of mine ....


Nikos Mouratidis
Greek broadcaster, journalist and blogger

I am very sad that Vangelis passed away, he was super talented and a great man!

Jean Luc Ponty
French jazz violinist and composer

R. I. P. Angel. Have a safe journey Vangelis.


Eleni Karaindrou
Greek film compose


I am deeply grieved to hear of the passing of my primary musical inspiration and possibly the greatest musical genius of my era. Just knowing Evángelos Odysséas Papathanassíou was in the world in real-time with me was always a comfort- as if i could feel the energy of his brilliance whenever i thought of him. I'm sure he will be dearly missed by so many, as the expanse of his legacy is incalculable. The world is a much more beautiful place through the gifts he bestowed in music, inspiration, vision, passion and sheer courage to explore creative universes in his own unique and exquisite way. Today i stand along side my bloodlines in Greece to mourn the loss of one of our great cultural heros.

θα ζήσετε για πάντα στις καρδιές μας και στα πνεύματά μας.

(translated: You will live forever in our hearts and in our spirits.)

Chris Spheeris
Greek-American composer and musician

Totally gutted that #Vangelis has died.

I knew him when I was 18 and used to visit his London studio. He once kindly showed me how he scored #Bladerunner and played it live for me. He also composed the Chariots of Fire soundtrack.

He was a total genius.

Jon Dee
Broadcaster and founder of Planet Ark


Vangelis, the legendary Greek-born electronic composer and musician who was best known for his theme song for Oscar-winning ‘Chariots of Fire’, has died today at the age of 79.

For 40 years his music was the soundtrack of my healing as I played albums such as ‘Oceanic’, ‘1492’, ‘Blade Runner’ and many others, both in private sessions and during healing demonstrations.

He said: “My interest was not to create a symphony orchestra, which I can very easily, but to go further than that and do things that the symphony orchestra can’t do. And I think I succeeded to create something like this.”

I once had the privilege of spending an afternoon with Vangelis at his Nemo Studio in London and we chatted about nature, mythology, reincarnation and music. I’m not often starstruck or tongue-tied but that day I was - until he put me at ease and I forgot that I was talking to a legendary figure.

As one of his greatest fans, I once paid £250 for a signed limited edition album he’d recorded. I’ll always treasure that.

But, more than anything else, thank you Vangelis for all the beautiful and often spine-tingling music that helped lift my healing to heights I couldn’t have imagined. I’ll be playing it until I fall off the stool on which I perch when healing.

Matthew Manning
Bestselling British author and healer


Thank you Maestro for honoring us with your presence in our studios. #Vangelis - photo: 1986 Forum Studios - album "Page of life"

Forum Studios
Recording Studio, Italy

I had the great honor of working on an album with Vangelis as a programmer in the late 80s at RAK studios London.

You can only imagine the nerves I had to deal with when programming synths and samplers for the very guru who wrote the rules in this field. He was a true master to work with, always open to show me the ropes. Sometimes he came across a tad difficult, but it was always due to his commitment to reach perfection !!

Thank you for teaching me so much, plus inspiring generations with your epicness man !!

You will be missed but your music will undoubtedly move people deeply forever ! ✌♥️

We paid homage to him in a track titled “Vangelism” on our album “Modular Baptism”


-Forever grateful--Dan-

Duo DJ

So sorry to hear of one of the greatest composers of our time passed away Vangelis

So privileged to have been inspired and worked with such a wonderful soul.

In 1988 Vangelis and Jon Anderson worked at my home in LA Hollywood to write the page of life album.

Vangelis did a very rare concert at Royce Hall UCLA as a 1 man band, he not only played it but mixed it live from stage in quad which was absolutely stunning!
What a truly amazing eternal being!

One of the true angels that has touched this earth ❤️

Love to Vangelis and to Jon x

David Tickle
British record producer and engineer

I had the privilege to work with him on a very short project, back in the 90’s. Was at his home studio in Athens. Humble and respectful, he was like a child wanted to learn everything. From that day on, I always remember his hands. I cannot explain it, but my feeling was that his hands where playing music also when they where not on the keyboards. RIP #Vangelis. You will always be an artistic magnitude ❤️

Takis Tsonopoulos
Manager at Harman Professional Solutions


There is one name that says it all ...


1943 - 2022

The precursor of electronic music, a genius composer of music for films and not only.

A quiet, modest man.

His music for the movie Chariots of Fire was a breakthrough.

You loved the cosmos, you reached it. You will live forever.

Zbigniew Preisner
Polish film composer, member of the French Film Academy

You moved me to tears on every note and in every moment you were present. Even in this very moment as I sit here writing this. You changed my life. You influenced every note I myself have created and put out into the universe. Man, you were so damn prolific. You were immortal to me and I sit here in absolute disbelief that you are gone. Your legacy will live on forever.

RIP Vangelis. Beautiful musical soul. Thank you for living...

Nicholas Gunn
US-based English songwriter and music producer

Wow, that a loss. The word 'pioneer' is too often used but it’s appropriate in this case because when you shift expectations about what is possible and create multiple works which can be the epitome of both craft and - dare I say it, art - in the way that #Vangelis did it’s sometimes difficult to understand just how influential and significant those works are when they are so often referred to as some of the best, but they really are. Thank you for the music & thank you, most of all, for your creative mind #VangelisRIP

Segun Akinola
English composer for television and documentaries

I’m devastated to learn that Vangelis has just departed this world after battling Covid.

I first became acquainted with his music in the Carl Sagan production, “Cosmos”. Then came Chariots of Fire and Bladerunner, still one of my favorite films largely because of his presence.

Thus began my love affair. I own all of his albums and soundtracks, which are numerous. I remember when the internet came into being, he was one of my first “searches” and I was printing out pages of information dedicated to him with the fear that someone might decide the internet was a bad idea and it would shut down.

His music has been an immeasurable inspiration to me and has certainly influenced my own creative efforts with my Blue Landscapes music and elsewhere. His music has largely been a soundtrack to my life and it has made my life’s experience all the more beautiful and full of marvel and wonder.

His music emphasized beauty in its simplicity, and yet his sense of orchestration was masterful and spontaneous in its creation. Though he didn’t read music, and though I was tickled that 90% of his spontaneous compositions gravitated towards a tonal center of C# or Db, I truly feel he was a genius.

What a gift and musical giant he was to me and millions of others.

Requiesce in pace, Maestro, and thank you for your beautiful and timeless music.

#vangelis #musicalhero #visionary

Robert Thies
American concert pianist

How is it possible that Vangelis never won a Grammy?! I wish I could give him mine-- feeling sad and undeserving today. I hope you are resting peacefuly, in a land as rich as the ones you created with sound. #Vangelis

Vivek J. Tiwary
Grammy Award winner, American author and theater producer

I’m so sorry to hear that Vangelis has passed away. He was a legend, & a huge influence on so many composers. I listened to 1492: Conquest of Paradise so many times when I was growing up, & I love the iconic scores for Chariots of Fire & Blade Runner. Thank you, #Vangelis. #RIP

Emir Isilay
Turkish film composer

Vangelis (1943-2022) As with so many other electronic music musicians, synthesizer fans and film music composers, I too was strongly influenced by Vangelis' outstanding film music and instrumental music. his influence in these areas of music is just immense. I first noticed the name Vangelis with his project "Jon & Vangelis" and his early work with his band "Aphrodite's Child". these chapters are also bursting with his impressive creativity, his love of detail and his surprising soundscapes. at the same time a magician in the studio and a composer with a passion for „playing“ music. thank you for the great music and the numerous hours with the headphones on my head, with my thoughts deep in the worlds and soundscapes of Vangelis.

Σας ευχαριστώ!

Heiko Maile
German musician and composer, member of Camouflage

Absolutely devastated to learn of Vangelis’ passing today. I’ve taken so much inspiration from his work and even just mere days ago, I was deep diving into his writing and programming process yet again to find out more (as I do a couple of times a year). The man was pretty much a self taught musician who was able to convey musically, across a huge spectrum of styles and genres, feelings that many struggle to express: exhilaration, pain, passion, wonderment, trepidation, hope and so much more. A composer and sound designer who pushed boundaries and made machines sing.

This is a loss I will feel deeply for a long time to come. Vale Vangelis ❤️

Jamie Stevens
Electronic dance music

Thank you Vangelis for your inspirational music, the soundtrack to my youth that introduced me to my obsession with synthesisers/ electronic music that in return gifted me my own career. Though I didn’t know him personally, I feel like I’ve lost an old friend. RIP

John 00 Fleming
English trance producer and DJ

RIP Vangelis. A pioneer with a unique sound and style, with his iconic film scores, and his collaborations with Jon Anderson.

Mike Lindup
keyboardist and singer, founder member of "Level 42"

So very hard to take on that #Vangelis has passed on. One of my very favourite composers for so many years. #BladeRunner #ChariotsOfFire #1492 the list is endless. Thank you so much for the power and humanity of your music #VangelisRIP

Peter Irving
London-based actor

rest in peace to a pioneer (and personal musical hero) Vangelis. thank you

American rapper, songwriter and producer

words can't describe how influential Vangelis's music has been in my life and especially on "Yasuke". Yall know this one cuts deep. RIP to the legend!

American rapper and DJ

#vangelis has returned to source. His legacy will continue to inspire us - a true legend and one of my favourite composers of all time ♥️

Kirsty Hawkshaw
English electronic music vocalist and songwriter

Evángelos Odysséas Papathanassíou

The reason I came to be...

#vangelis #rip

New York-based Greek composer and sound designer

The score for Blade Runner is my favorite score of all time. The deeply meditative and magical score by #Vangelis came from somewhere beyond my comprehension. It was just insanely good. Thank you for all the wonderful music, have fun in the cosmos.

Jesper Kyd
Danish composer and sound designer

Such an influential composer - his score for Blade Runner was such a huge influence on us. Freaking genius. #vangelis

British electronic music duo

While Carl Sagan was one of the most influential people in my life, Vangelis provided his soundtrack and so many others. Hopefully their energies can reunite in the next dimension. ✨ Cheers to a legend who will be missed.

Von Hertzog
American synthpop artist and producer


Remembering the late, great VANGELIS. So very sad to hear the news but what an amazing legacy he left us. These are my 2 favourites of his, Opera Sauvage & China, my go to albums when I need to relax and disappear into beautiful, nostalgic soundscapes, but so many more other gems in his back catalogue. What are your favourites?

Minute Taker
English recording artist

RIP maestro Vangelis.

Thank you for the music. It’s simply impossible to convey the vast influence that this man's work has had on us. Gunship would not exist without his inspiration.

Travel safe to the shoulder of Orion. We hope the C-Beams glitter in the dark.


British synthwave band


May he rest in peace, he was my hero and a massive influence, celebrate his outstanding music and hear his spirit continue within the sounds, the intricate textures and beautiful melodies.

The Rosen Corporation
Hamburg-based electronic music composer and artist

I first discovered Vangelis' music, like many I'm sure, as a teenager seeing Blade Runner for the first time. There aren't all that many composers that successfully paint the world we see on screen with music in such a perfect way as Vangelis did with Blade Runner. His direct and improvisational method of translating what he sees and feels instinctively to the keyboard is genius. A rare talent that allowed him to imbue his music with his emotions derived from the visuals, in real time as he experienced them. This would elevate scenes to a level, with atmosphere and emotion that we don't experience very often in movies, and an impression that for many of us lasted a lifetime.

I was forever a fan of Vangelis since those days. His love of improvisation, the fact that he never learned how to read/write music and that he was quite reclusive were all things I could relate to, gain encouragement from, and thanks to him, understand the importance of emotion in music.

He'll be forever missed. Thank you for the music and inspiration.

State Azure
UK electronic music producer

Rest in peace, Vangelis. He was a pioneer, a visionary, a true artist, and one of my biggest inspirations. #vangelis

Electronic dance music

RIP #Vangelis

I remember watching this when I was 14 in a nearly empty ABC cinema in Belfast

I had never seen or heard anything like it...

the music complimented the visuals perfectly

The next day I went back and watched it all again...

Link to posted video

Adrian McKinty
Northern Irish novel writer

The greatest thing any film composer can do is write music that is indelibly associated with images, that could only be for the film it was written for. Vangelis did this many times over. Vale.

Dan Golding
Australian writer, composer and broadcaster

Another master is gone. Goodbye Vangelis… Your music will forever be with us.

❤️ #rip #legend #vangelis

George Perris
Greek-French singer and songwriter

Just learned of the passing of ‘Vangelis’ who created my favorite film score of all time to ‘Bladerunner’. His creative genius of combining acoustic piano, other organic instruments and synthesizers cannot be overstated. Thank you, sir, for blessing this world with your beautiful imagination.

Dan Reed
American musician and artist

The theme from “Chariots of Fire” propels me back to my early adolescent years. What a film score!! It also became one of my favorite movies of all time. Here’s a little tribute to Vangelis.

I wish I’d met him! RIP..

Gabriela Montero
Venezuelan pianist and composer

Thank you for inspiring me to be an electronic musician You are a Legend Vangelis, the impact you had on modern music can’t be measured


Valentina Moretti
Mexican singer, songwriter and musician

R.I.P. to one of the greatest to ever do it~ #Vangelis

정재윤 / Jae Chong
KPop, CPop and JPop composer and producer

Another great composer gone too soon.

The synthesizers and electronic music community has lost one of his pioneer.

His score for Blade Runner was my favorite.

Dani Donadi
Italian composer and music producer

Me & many others in drum-and-bass have been inspired by this absolute genius. When I hit a creative wall I listen to his music.


one half of Matrix & Futurebound

Vangelis passed away. His work, particularly the soundtrack to Chariots of Fire, influenced my passion as a young teenager to just sit down at that upright piano and try to work life out.

Paul Cardall
American pianist and composer

I’m late on Vangelis passing, but still wanted to pay my respects this super talented musician. He made some wonderful tunes both in acoustic and electronic styles. This is one of my faves from his early period. Safe onward journey and I reckon I know what song was playing as he went through the pearly gates. R.I.P

Dave Lee ZR
Disco and house music Dave Lee

Agh! Vangelis has left this world to live on another . RIP master of sound and dreams ,Blade Runner would never have been Blade Runner without your beautiful music Thankyou so much

Luke Slater
English electronic musician and DJ

In memory of Vangelis,

He wrote this beautiful anthem called "Rachel's Song". Just like the 'Nasty Boyz' I did my version of this track and named it 'Angel'. Armin played this two years ago at ASOT 950.

Vangelis passed away may 17th

Richard Durand
Dutch DJ and record producer

Most of the people of my generation grew up listening to his music. Vangelis was an icon, and he will never be forgotten. Today we have lost a truly talent. #vangelis #soundtrack #electronic #music #rip

David Granha
Spanish electronic music producer

A great composer has passed away to join the stars. #Vangelis was a very inspired musician and will still very inspiring. The world of music owe him so much. Keep an ear to listen one more time or for the first time to his music. My thouths goes to his family and people he loves.

Christophe C. Andersen
Composer, Arranger, Sound Designer

Vangelis Papathanassiou

We are bidding farewell to a singular musical mind and a deeply charismatic personality. His contributions are a treasure for humanity and place him among the greatest of greats. For most people, his creations have not yet revealed their full importance in the history of global culture. His lifetime opus, spanning Music, Technology and Painting will manifest its significance as time goes by.

He is by far the most important influence in my life and the one that, through his modus operandi, made me believe early on that pursuing Music is indeed worth it, despite all the difficulties.

Dimitris Menexopoulos
Greek sound desginer and composer

A little known fact of music history: my grandfather conducted the very first recordings of Vangelis Papathanassiou, Demis Roussos and Lucas Sideras, which started their careers as internationally renowned recording artists.

My grandfather had founded what was, to the best of my knowledge, the very first independent recording studio in Athens, Greece, in the 1950s.

The Columbia complex predated it and consisted of a record pressing plant and recording studios, spread out over several buildings on the same plot of land, owned by a major record label. Neither the Columbia facility nor my grandfather’s studio survived. But the music that was recorded within them certainly did.

I guess it runs in the family!

RIP Vangelis!

#analogrecording #vangelispapathanassiou #vangelis

Jesus I. Agnew
Greek-American audio engineer

I grew up with these epic sounds, R.I.P. legend

Vangelis: Open Spotify

Michelle Rodriguez
American actress

My favorite composer has passed away. He wrote the music to chariots of fire and the greatest movie of all time Blade Runner and many others . Rest In Peace Mr Vangelis #bladerunner #vangelis

Reginald Hayes
American actor, screenwriter, and director

Not only is Bladerunner one of my favorite films of all time, I wore that soundtrack out! The atmospheric, evocative, otherworldly yet nostalgic score by Vangelis was the perfect synthesis of vision and emotion. He was an aural genius. #RIPVangelis

Lou Diamond Phillips
American actor and film director

Sad to hear about the passing of Vangelis, his music and scores alike transported me to another plane. May he Rest In Peace

Sasha Grey
American actress and musician


RIP VANGELIS - Godspeed to the Man, the Myth, the Legend. From defining the expressive voice of the CS80 to creating the iconic synth score of Bladerunner, Vangelis’ impact on our world is enormous. One of our proudest days was when we discovered many years ago that he was one of our users! What an honor! In fact, we were so thrilled when he contacted us earlier this week for support. Truly heartbroken to hear the news that one of our biggest synth heroes is gone. For us it’s like hearing about Michelangelo or Picasso passing! Thank you Vangelis for blessing us with all of your music and your boundless imagination. You are now in the place to which your music always took us, among the stars. ❤️

Virtual synth company


A master of creating timeless soundscapes and an inspiration for so many, we are saddened to hear news of the passing of Vangelis. Our thoughts join with the rest of the music community to mourn the loss of an icon.

Yamaha Synths
Synth company

RIP Vangelis - One of the greatest composers and pioneers of electronic music has passed.

In 1980, he composed the score for the Oscar-winning film Chariots of Fire, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Original Score.

He will be greatly missed.

Synth company


Very sad to hear about the death of Vangelis. Not only Vangelis was this incredible composer we all know, but he was -and will remain- an amazing source of inspiration for musicians. He certainly was for us all at #Arturia.

Long after Vangelis is gone his powerful brass will resonate in the heads of many.

Frédéric Brun
Owner of ARTURIA

“He was - and will remain - an amazing source of inspiration for musicians. He certainly was for us all at #Arturia." Rest in power, Vangelis.

Synth company

Yesterday we lost one of the great electronic musicians.

Vangelis was a huge influence on the early development of the sounds of Equator and the Seaboard.

Here's one of our favourites from Blade Runner, found in the ROLI vaults.

Link to video demonstration

#RIPVangelis #Vangelis #Seaboard #BladeRunner

music technology company

R.I.P. Vangelis. His music in the Cosmos and Blade Runner soundtracks was one of the main influences for my career path.

I saw Blade Runner in the Cinerama Theater in Seattle in 1982. Watching this in 70 mm / 6 track Dolby blew my mind. Everything about this was amazing: the synths, the 224 reverb, the huge percussion.

Valhalla DSP
Digital audio tools company

We’re saddened to hear the passing of one of the greatest film composers of all time, the legendary Vangelis.

“All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain...”

Varèse Sarabande Records
Soundtrack record label

We were shocked to hear of Vangelis' passing last week. Vangelis spent 6 months working out of Metropolis in 2012.

Rest in peace Vangelis, our thoughts and prayers are with you, your family and friends.

Metropolis Studios
Recording Studio, UK


I couldn't and didn't want to talk about Vangelis earlier, because I couldn't. But tonight I wanted to write and share with you some memories, anecdotes and what Vangelis represented on a personal level. The immense composer and the friend he was for me.

Everyone remembers the "Chariots of fire" for which he had won an Oscar against another giant, John Williams (and his music by Indiana Jones), or for his magnificent music for the film "1492, Conquest of paradise one of my favorite songs. The public generally knows only a tiny part of his work. He had actually composed so much, so much experimented. Including for me... and I find it hard to realize as I write these lines the immense honor he did me, but the last time we saw each other, he had made me listen with my astronaut friend Jean-François Clervoy a music he had composed inspired by the digital paintings of my book HOPES that he loved so much he told me. (And since Vangelis was also a great painter, a friend of Dali, you can imagine the pleasure it could have). We then sat in the armchairs of his office with Jean-François, and closed our eyes to listen to the recording he had made just before going to supper. This memory will live on forever.

Nor will I ever forget those whole nights spent philosophizing on the state of the world, sometimes in the smoke of his cigars, until the early morning when he usually lost me around 6 or 7 a.m. I would then go to bed near his piano (I loved that). His incredible piano, unique in the world, with which he explored, composed, imagined, created, invented...

When I came to his office, there was always an innumerable amount of awards that he had had throughout his career. Diplomas and documents from NASA (his music has indeed inspired the space world so much within all the agencies, from NASA to ESA, for which he composed the music for the Rosetta probe), but also his famous oscar - an Oscar is heavy! – and so many others… I remember asking him one day which one he was most proud of. He then showed me the olive branch (if I'm not mistaken, but I'm pretty sure it was an olive tree) under glass, which came from the village of his childhood. It had been given to him years later, when he had returned there, to Greece. A return that had sounded for him like a kind of revenge, because he had always been very critical of the education he had received at school and often explained to me that he had learned everything in the end by himself. and that the school was in no way responsible for his success (on the contrary). We also shared this critical look at school and studies and the discrepancy between what is taught there, and what we should basically expect from it.

I remember lots of anecdotes he told me, light discussions we had about the stupid things we had done in our respective youths (in fact we had found some points in common on this level, it was quite amusing to the most serious and serious topics about the state of the world and the path that humanity was on. Vangelis was lucid about the state of our planet, and worried, it is the least that can be said. As a warning sign, the music he had made me listen to that famous evening, around the paintings of Hopes was very dark, it gave me the impression of a world in the midst of chaos with at times, like in the middle of a storm, sort of small musical clearings despite everything, a musical metaphor for what was going to happen in the following months...

And then there were those surreal moments, when he talked to me about his friend Slavador Dali (because Vangelis was also a great painter himself and I was always stunned by his paintings which were everywhere in his house) or other personalities whose he had crossed the whole within the framework of his long career. I remember that day when he wanted to call Sean Connery, to offer him to participate in Hopes. Or that day when he showed Hopes to Oliver Stone who had stopped by the house. Because it was also this Vangelis person, someone generous who tried to help, to advise... and who, I could see, also worried about me in the complicated times I was going through, which really touched me..

Finally come back to me those moments when he played his musical works for us. This same Vangelis who had played in front of hundreds of thousands of people at the opening of the Olympic Games in Athens or in the pharaonic concerts he gave in his country and which we had for ourselves, at his home. Watching him play was a real spectacle in itself, unique on the myriad of devices around him. I have never seen anything comparable in music.

I regret that we had time to collaborate more. But I consider myself so lucky already to have crossed his path and to have spent these moments with him.

This evening I write these words I confess with tears in my eyes listening to his Album "Nocturne", and in particular his rewriting of "Conquest of Paradise", because it is the music that made me know him and "the petite fille de la mer” from “l'Apocalypse des Animaux” because I like the peaceful and melancholy side of this album that I listened to with my little nephew at night, looking at the sky in summer.

Thank you for everything Maestro. Thank you for your music, thank you for these countless discussions, thank you for your friendship,

Thank you for everything.

Rest in peace

Laura, I'm thinking of you very much tonight. Thank you to my friends Jean-François, and to Fernando Doblas for having allowed this beautiful meeting a few years ago without knowing that this beautiful friendship was going to result from it.


Yannick Monget
Founder of Symbiom Group

Greece and the world are sadly saying goodbye to a musical genius.

Vangelis Papathanassiou, one of the leading Greek composers, passed away today at the age of 79.

A pioneer of electronic sound, he experimented with all genres and grew internationally as a musician and composer of electronic, progressive, ambient, jazz and orchestral music.

He won an Oscar for his original soundtrack to "Chariots of Fire"" in 1982, and has composed a number of other major films, including Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner".

Athens Epidaurus Festival
Annual arts festival

Rest in Peace, ‪ Vangelis, a true Legend and great man who carried Music and culture around the world for decades! Your music will live forever!

World Music Awards

It's sad news that the composer Vangelis has passed away. Amongst the beautiful music that he composed were albums related to solar system exploration. He worked extensively with Scott Bolton, leader of the Juno project, and produced an album "Juno to Jupiter" (Decca, 2020), of inspiring soundscapes to accompany the Juno mission. I recommend it! He had earlier written music for the Rosetta mission.

BAA Jupiter Section
Jupiter Section of the British Astronomical Association


Enormous grief.
A huge loss.
End of an Era.

Addio my friend

#RIPVANGELIS #ΒαγγέληςΠαπαθανασίου

Aspasia Leventis
International Foundation for Greece

He had honored me many times with his friendship, his love and his trust, but I will miss his presence very much for many more reasons. I add here the words of my wife Karen, who describe him much better than my own pen could do: "A gentleman and a gentle person. Twinkling and sparkling eyes like the stars he listened to. An engaging personality and a “persona” which filled the room as well as his music. His honors and awards hidden among his books, not ostentatiousλy displayed. An honor to have sat around his table with Laura and his friends. »

Link to video


Dionysis Simopoulos
Eugenides Planetarium's director

His music has inspired all of us, and we were honoured to work with him for our commercials: directly from our historical archive our tribute to #Vangelis, who with this unforgettable melody brought #Barilla pasta into the homes of all of you.

Link to video

Thanks for everything, Maestro!

Barilla Group
Food company

What an amazing moment we shared! How nice to have met and collaborated with you. We shall miss you Vangelis.

Red Design Consultants
Greek branding agency

Vangelis, the Greek composer and musician whose synth-driven work brought huge drama to film soundtracks including Blade Runner and Chariots of Fire, has died aged 79.

Hailed as a pioneer of electronic sound he was continually celebrated for his evocative Oscar winning 1981 Chariots of Fire soundtrack as well as his score for the film Blade Runner.

We had the pleasure of interviewing him in the June 2020 edition and you can read it here.

RIP Vangelis, what a sad loss for music

Sound on Sound
UK audio magazine

rest in peace to a pioneer and personal musical hero

Link to NME article

UK music magazine

Rest In Peace King. A huge loss to our community. Take your synth goodness to the skies and we’ll catch you in another world #vangelis

Attack Magazine
London-based electronic music online magazine


A giant of music has departed. Rest in peace, Vangelis.

Classic FM
UK classical radio station


29 March 1943 - 17 May 2022

We are absolutely devastated to be told of the death of Vangelis.
Evángelos Odysséas Papathanassíou was born on 29th March 1943 in Agria, Greece. He was best known to us as a progressive electronic composer and musician of the highest calibre, who passed away on 17th May 2022 in France having enjoyed a career spanning more than 50 years. Rest in peace Vangelis, your music will live on forever.

Progressive rock Facebook page

My biggest disappointment making DANGEROUS DAYS was being unable to get Vangelis for an interview. His music, not just in BLADE RUNNER, was otherworldly in beautiful and haunting ways I lack the words to describe. He created lush dream states I still love getting lost in.

Charles de Lauzirika
Film maker of "Blade Runner" documentary film

Sad to hear of the passing of Oscar-winning composer #Vangelis. His futuristic synth score to #BladeRunner remains an unmatched masterpiece. May He Rest In Peace.

Drew Struzan
American artist, and designer on "Blade Runner" film poster

Vangelis' music is the soundtracks of dreams. His music made men run faster, made cars fly. Scores stolen from another dimension to expand ours, each a gift.

Michael Green
Screenwriter on "Blade Runner 2049


RIP Vangelis

Thank you for the music!

Alex Solman
German illustrator

Everyone remembers something from Vangelis Papathanassiou. In my memory remains something public and personal at the same time. Our collaboration in the presentation of his work "Mythodea" organized on June 28, 2001, in the center of Athens, at the Temple of Olympian Zeus, by the Ministry of Culture and Sony Classical. This music accompanied the same year, the NASA mission to Mars and became a worldwide success. It was the opening event of the Cultural Olympiad in view of the 2004 Olympic Games. An impressive universal message. But also a difficult artistic, organizational, technical, communicative and (as it happens, fortunately or unfortunately, with all the important things) political bet. Now Vangelis Papathanassiou is becoming his music. This unique musical wave that came from his talent.


Evangelos Venizelos
Former Greek minister of Culture and Sport


Vangelis Papathanassiou, a great Greek, a great creator of contemporary music is "gone".

I was lucky to have met him. His stories and artistic sensibilities were unique.

We will continue to travel in its unique sounds, to the rhythm "Chraiots of Fire".


Tasos Chatzivasileiou
Member of the Greek Parliament


Our condolences to the family of Vangelis Papathanasiou and to music lovers all over the world mourning the loss of one of Greece’s most celebrated artists. Vangelis shaped the music landscape of the 20th century and was a pioneer in fusing contemporary sounds with classical compositions and musical traditions. His legacy has been recognized by the most important performing artists and institutions around the world, and his award-winning music will remain forever a treasure for humanity. He wrote the timeless scores for Chariots of Fire and Blade Runner, among numerous other classics. Through his music, we journeyed to the stars. May you rest in peace, and may your music and memory live on.

US Embassy Athens

The great Greek composer, "Vangelis" Papathanassiou, left this world at the age of 79, who died in Paris. The cultural world, Greece, has lost one of the precursors of electronic music, which Le Monde describes as the "wizard of synths".

To name just one title, listen again to "La Petite fille de la mer" from her album "L'apocalypse des animaux".

Link to "La Petite fille de la mer"

Ambassade de France en Grèce
Embassy of France, Greece


We mourn Greek Oscar-winning composer Vangelis who passed away at the age of 79. He will be remembered for his wonderful work in the music and film scene, as well as his musical contributions to ballet, theatre and even football.

Embassy of Belgium in Greece and Cyprus

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Napisano 19 czerwiec 2022 - 13:18

One month ago was made the announcement that the world has lost a genius.


#Vangelis created music of extraordinary originality and power, and provided the soundtrack to so many of our lives.


His music will live on forever. 








Πριν από ένα μήνα έγινε η ανακοίνωση ότι ο κόσμος έχασε μια ιδιοφυΐα.


Ο #Βαγγέλης δημιούργησε μουσική εξαιρετικής πρωτοτυπίας και δύναμης και έδωσε το soundtrack σε τόσους πολλούς από τη ζωή μας.


Η μουσική του θα συνεχιστεί για πάντα.























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