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Petros Petridis
1892 - 1977
Turkey / Greece
P. Petridis
Petros Petridis (28/07/1892 - 17/08/1977), a Greek composer and conductor, born in Nigdé (Capodocia), Turkey. Petros [Petro, John] Petridis was an eminent Turkish-born Greek composer. He studied in Constantinople at the American Robert College, and received instruction in piano from Hegey and in harmony from Selvelli. The he went to Paris and read law at the Sorbonne and political science at the Ecole Libre des Sciences Politiques (1911-1914). Later he studied with Wolff (1914) and Roussel (1919). Petros Petridis became a naturalized Greek citizen in 1913. Subsequently he was a music critic for English, American, and Greek publications, dividing his time between Paris and Athens. His use of Byzantine modalities, adorned with contemporary harmonies, reveals the influence of Greek culture.
Petridis was educated in Constantinople. He studied music in Paris, where he had harmony lessons from Albert Wolff and counterpoint lessons from Albert Roussel.
He composed his first song, Lullaby, in 1917. Some years later he embarked on more important works, especially for orchestra, but several belonging to this period were afterwards destroyed by him, except the Cleftic Dances (1922), the Concerto Grosso for Winds and Timpani, and various songs. The year 1928 marks the beginning of his technical maturity as a composer. At this period he wrote the 1st Symphony and the Greek suite. In 1932 Petridis composed Le Clavier modal for pianoforte, which is a codification of the polyphonic and harmonic possibilities of the old modes. Until 1939, Petridis wrote several new compositions including the Ioanian Suite, two pianoforte Concertos, a Concerto for strings and his most important work so far, Digenis Akritas a dramatic symphony in nine connected parts. The Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello (1933-1934) was also composed during this creative period.
In 1950 Petridis composed the oratorio St. Paul for the celebration of the 1900th anniversary of St. Paul's visit to Greece. His last major works are the Requiem for the last Emperor of Byzantium, the Concert for two pianos and orchestra and the Violin concert. In 1959 he was elected member of the Academy of Athens.
Petridis is one of the most important and original modern Greek composers. The chief element of his style is perhaps his continuous, profound treatment of counterpoint within a personal modal language.
Requiem for the last Emperor of Byzantium
Composed in:1964
His last major works are the Requiem for the last Emperor of Byzantium, the Concert for two pianos and orchestra and the Violin concert.
Requiem ya ton aftorkratora (Requiem for the Emperor) for Soloists, Chorus, and orchestra (1952-1964)