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Composition

Composition is one of N. Kotrokois' activities.

He has composed music for small and larger instrumental ensembles, as well as vocal music. He has also written music for the CD tribute to Greek national poet Dionysios Solomos, issued by the Koutloumous Monastery at Mount Athos, in particular:

a) A melodic introduction to the tribute.

b) The beginning of the 3rd part of The Free Besieged, where the poet asks to hear the voice of The Mother (a personification of Greece, Freedom and Divine Grace).

c) The whole of The Woman of Zakynthos: a bitter satire and vision of evil, with political and social echoes.

d) The poem To A Nun.

e) An epilogue full of light and love: “Easter Day,” from the extensive poem Lambros.

The production was under the artistic direction of tragedian Anna Synodinou, who also read the texts together with Kostas Kastanas and Thodoris Skourtas. All original music was rendered by the Polyphonia vocal and instrumental ensemble, under the direction of Nikos Kotrokois.

The works he has written so far include: “Anatasis” (for piano solo), “Isokratis” (for two melodic organs and voice), “PA.FI.SA.S.” (a collection of pieces a) for three voices, b) for French horn and bassoon, and c) for string quartet), “Mycenae” (for string quintet), “Agra” (for orchestra), “Achlys” (for piano and string orchestra), and “Four Seasons” (for quintet). Many of these compositions belong to the genre of meditation music.

He has also arranged many popular compositions for piano and children's choir, such as the Christmas classics “Christmas Tree,” “Holy Night,” “Jingle Bells,” “Christmas Carol,” “Snow on the Church Tower,” and “Adeste Fideles,” as well as songs like “A Smyrna woman at the window” and “Fair Wind and a Following Sea” by G. Constantinides, “Looting March” by M. Hatzidakis, et al.

2020  Nikolaos Kotrokois