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Hymn to Liberty

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Hymn to Liberty

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27 June 2021
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2021

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All the important events of the Greek Revolution are summarised in the 158 verses of the work “Hymn to Freedom” written by Greece’s national poet, Dionysios Solomos, in 1823 and which were uniquely set to music by Nikolaos Mantzaros. These are the core of a very special work that combines music with storytelling and toured in Greece in the summer of 2021, orchestrated by the conductor and artistic director of the Dodoni International Festival, Theodoros Lebesis. The direction is signed by Lefteris Giovanidis, while the actor Tassos Iordanidis holds the role of narrator. This particular musical performance concerns Mantzaros’s first version and begins with the national anthem. The fresh proposal of the conductor Lebesis, who wrote the new orchestration for a chamber orchestra with four lyric singers and a male choir, keeps the style of the time. During the play, Iordanidis intervenes in the role of narrator, with references to historical texts inextricably linked to the lyrics of Solomos.

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