Posted by: Frederick Cornwell Sanders | 2013/10/26

“October 26, 1795” by Rick Sanders

Nikolaos Mantzaros

Nikolaos Mantzaros (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On this date in 1795, Nikolaos Mantzaros, Greek composer is born. He dies in 1872. From Wikipedia we learn:

His most popular composition remains the musical setting for the poem of Dionysios SolomosÝmnos eis tīn Eleutherían (Hymn to Liberty, 1829–1830), the first and second stanzas of which were adopted initially in 1864 as the Royal Anthem of Greece and on 28 June 1865 as the Greek national anthem.

Mantzaros was an important music theorist, contrapuntist and teacher. From 1841 and until his death he was the Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Society of Corfu.

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