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Marios Varvoglis (Composer)

Born: December 10Wikipedia or 22Bakerís, 1885 - Brussels, Belgium
Died: July 30, 1967 - Athens, Greece

The Belgian-born Grekk composer and teacher, Marios Varvoglis, studied in Paris at the Conservatoire with Philippe Leroux and Georges Caussade and at the Schola Cantorum with Vincent d'Indy.

Marios Varvoglis remained in Montparnasse, Paris until 1922 and he maintained close relations with artistic circles that included Alfredo Casella, Ravel, Varèse and Modigliani, whose last painting was a portrait of Varvoglis. Returning to Athens, he taught at the Conservatory there from 1920 to 1924 and from 1924 at the Hellenic Conservatory, where he was co-director in 1947. He became active as a music critic and conductor. He was persecuted for his liberal political views and, after World War II, he was imprisoned in a British concentration camp. From 1957 he served as president of the League of Greek Composers.

Marios Varvoglis belonged to the Greek national school but the French influence (d'Indy, Gabriel Fauré, and Ravel) in the style and structure of his works is obvious..


Aya Varvara (1912; only fragments extant)
Tó apóyeme tís agápis (The Afternoon of Love; 1935; Athens, June 10, 1944)

Incidental Music to 6 Greek dramas:
Agamemnon (Aeschylus; 1932)
The Persians (Aeschylus; 1934)
The Birds (Aristophanes; 1942)
Medea (Euripides; 1942)
The Oath of the Dead (Zacharias Papantoniou; 1938)

Tó panigyri (The Feast), tone poem (1906-1909)
Suite pastorale (The Feast), for strings (1912; also for string quartet)
Sainte-Barbara, symphonic prelude (1912)
Caprice grec, for cello & orchestra (1914; also for cello & piano)
Symphony (c1919; destroyed)
Canon, Chorale and Fugue on BACH (1930)
Prelude, Chorale and Fugue on BACH (1937)
Meditation for strings (1938)
Behind the Barbed Wire Fence, symphonic poem (1945)
Dáphnes ke kyparissia (Laurels and Cypresses), symphonic study (1950)

Doll's Serenade (1905)
Pastoral Suite (1912)
Hommage à César Franck, for violin & piano (1922)
Meditation of Areti, for string quartet (1929)
Stochasmós (Meditation), for string quartet (1932; revised for string orchestra, 1936)
Trio for strings (1938)
Laikó poima (Folk Poem), for piano trio (1943)
Prelude and Fugue on a Byzantine Theme (1953)

Children's Hour, 14 pieces (1930)
Greek Rhapsody (1922)
Sonatina (1927)

Choruses; songs

Source: Bakerís Biographical Dictionary of 20th Century Classical Musicians (1997); Wikipedia Website (December 2010, from The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (October 2012)

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