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Dimitris Dapergolas - Composer

Great Greek composer, music teacher, conductor, symphony orchestra director, founder and director of church choirs.

DIMITRIS DAPERGOLAS (Athens, 20/5/1946 - 11/1/1996)

Since his childhood he was nurtured by church music, while his first musical notes were taught by his uncle, composer Gerassimos Robotis. At the age of 20, he worked as a conductor of a modern orchestra, while studying piano at the Hellenic Conservatory, with Alexandros Tournaisen, advanced theory with Maria Hatoupi, morphology and history of music with Antiochos Evangelatos.

Having received degrees in vocal, harmony, and counterpoint, in 1975 he was admitted to the Royal Conservatory of Brussels where he studied conducting, symphony, opera and choir with Julien Ghyoros and Ghy Barbier, fugue with Marcel Quinet, orchestration with Jacquelline Fontyn, music analysis with Frederik Van Rossum,  taking the title of Symphony Orchestra Director in 1979.

Returning to Greece, he received a Greek degree in fugue (Greek Conservatory), was appointed music teacher of secondary education with an organic position in the 1st high school of Corfu, tought senior music theory and conducted the symphony orchestra of the Corfu Philharmonic conservatory.

Dimitris Dapergolas was the founder of the Symphony Orchestra of the Municipality of Corfu in 1982 and he conducted it until 1990. He performed in many concerts at international festivals in Corfu, Patras and other cities with important works of the symphonic repertoire and of Greek composers, too, amongst them the Opera by Gerasimos Robotis "The daughter of the murderer".

Dimitris Dapergolas has also conducted the State Symphony Orchestra of Belgium, the Orchestra and Choir of the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, the Orchestra of the University of Liège, the Young Tsakalov Symphony Orchestra of Ioannina.

He was the director of the mixed children's choir of the Corfu Conservatory. For many years he was radio producer, a member of award committees such as the "Spyros Montsenigou" Award, member of examination committees of the Ministry of Education, speaker on music issues at conferences of the Municipality of Corfu and the Ministry of Culture. He was the chief musician of the "Spyros Samaras" Philharmonic, he was the founder and director of church choirs.

In the field of writing he has presented:

a) Music diary,

b) Practical Guitar Method,

c) reprints of lectures,

d) articles in the Corfiot press on music issues and

e) the unpublished till now Music Biographical Encyclopedia.

Ten songs accompagned by piano

Two fugues in modern baroque style

15 church compositions for 4 voices male choir

 “A small liturgy for a Great Basílica (Vasiliki)''

Liturgy in Do Minor for Orthodox Church  with tenor and barritone soloists, choir and mixed  choir.

‘’Symphony of Corfu”

 Symphony No I, for orchestra and choir (in 4 parts, dur: 45')

Allegro Concertante for piano and orchestra (dur: 20')

‘Conte Mantoulatos” (Ethographic Operetta)

Concerto for wind band and piano

Musical background in poetry collections (Kavadias, Ritsos etc.)

Music for the tragedy “Iphigenia in Taurus” (Corfu Municipal Theater, May 1992)

Ten choir works (different choir types) amongst them the song “Corfu” (1984)

Twenty six (26) orchestrations of musical works performed by the Symphonic Orchestra of Corfu Municipality

Ten (10) orchestrations

Cantata in the work by Thanassis Fotiadis “The great Goddess Irene (Eirene)”

“Vourdoulia 92”: Ethografic music of Corfu (in theater scetch)

“Corfiot Rhapsody” (dur: 20')

Music for Homer's “Odyssey” adapted for theater

Music for the work by Konstantinos Theotokis “Agapi Paranomi'' (Illegal Love)

Music to the poem by Andreas Kalvos “Ode to Freedom” 

Music to the poem by Konstantinos Kavafis “Ithaca” 

Music for Sophocle's tragedy “Antigone”

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