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Blue Work

Olympic - Athens 2004

for full orchestra and choir

Year:  2003

Year:  2003

Composer:   John Psathas


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This work was composed and arranged music to accompany parts of the opening ceremonies of the 2004 Olympic in Athens.

John Psathas was engaged in 2003 to compose and arrange music for the Games’ opening and closing ceremonies. His music includes a number of especially composed fanfares and processionals to accompany the arrival of the IOC President, the lighting of the Olympic cauldron and to precede the Olympic oaths, and he is responsible for the soundtrack to the entire flame sequence of the ceremony. Psathas has also arranged the National Anthem of Greece, the Olympic Hymn, and music by Shostakovich, Debussy and the foremost living Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis to accompany other parts of the ceremony.

Performance history

13 Aug 2004: Performed at the 2004 Summer Olympic in Athens.