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Kanas Haralambos

NEO FALIRO (City quarter) PIRAEUS
  Babis (Charalambos) Kanas was born in 1952 and grew up in N. Faliron, near Piraeus. Son of the sea-painter Antony Kanas, he showed interest and love for music, already from his childhood. In 1969 he entered the Athens Conservatory where he studied harmony with Menelaos Pallandios and flute with Urs Ruttiman. He graduated from both studies with distinction, in 1977 and 1990 respectively. Meanwhile, he studied counterpoint, fugue and composition with Yannis A. Papaioannou. Later, in collaboration with Costas Clavvas, he practiced the style and orchestration of modern music. At that time he registrated his titles of study (Kentrikon Odeion, 1994: Diploma of Composition with distinction and First Prize).
  His writing is mostly contrapuntal, although his main purpose is the outmarking of melodic elements. His style is characterized by a balancing on the limits between extended- and multi-tonality which is usually achieved by the use of multi-note chords, as well as antique and/or ethnic modes.
  His up-to-now works include solo and chamber music, choral music, works for orchestra with and without soloist(s), as well as many songs, music for the theatre and radio. Most of them are often performed in Greece and abroad (Tchechia, Hungary, Austria, Holland, Bulgaria, Ukrainia, Italy, Belgique, France, USA), performed and broadcasted by the Greek Radio, twice awarded by composition prizes and edited on cd records. He has had commissions by the Athens Music Hall, the A. Onassis Foundation, the European Cultural Center of Delphi, the Organization for the Cultural Capital of Europe and the Union of Greek Composers where, since 1989, he has been a member of the Administrative Board.
  B. Kanas is a professor in Athens Conservatory and elsewhere, and Artistic Director of Melantheion Odeion in Rhodes. He has been a flute performer in orchestras and solo recitals. He believes in what he calls traditional music.

This text is cited Mar 2003 from the Friends of Music Society "Lilian Voudouri" URL below, which contains image.


Hatzimichelakis Giorgos

  George Hatzimichelakis was born in Piraeus in 1959. He studied Byzantine and New Hellenic Literature (Athens University). He also studied Harmony, Counterpoint and Fuga by the direction of Costas Klavvas, Byzantine and Greek traditional Music by the direction of Costas Katsoulis and Vassilis Nonis, and Composition with Thodoros Antoniou.
  He specialized in Greek folk instruments and has the precious experience of collaboration with several folk musicians of the oldest generation for concerts and for the Greek Radio Broadcast. He also participated in several workshops dealing with free improvisation.
  He composed music for TV educational series (prized in international festivals for the media), songs, music for theater, various Solo Instruments and ensembles. He also composed Symphonic music. He was finalist in 14th international composition competition of the Boston University (1996) with his composition "Samandakas' dance".
  He is assistant director of Municipal Conservatory of Piraeus and art director of Greek Traditional Music Department of the same organization.

This text is cited Mar 2003 from the Friends of Music Society "Lilian Voudouri" URL below, which contains image.


Xanthoudakis Haris

  Haris Xanthoudakis was born in Piraeus in 1950 and studied with Papaioannou, Adamis and Xenakis. As well as his musical interests, he also carries out research into philology, glottology, semiotics and art history. After having taught in various conservatories (in France, Germany and Hungary), in 1992 he became Professor of music at the Ionian University on the island of Corfu.

This text is cited Mar 2003 from the Friends of Music Society "Lilian Voudouri" URL below, which contains image.


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Demetrius of Phalerum (Phalereus 360-280 B.C.)

FALIRON (Ancient demos) PIRAEUS
   (Dimitrios). A native of Phalerum in Attica, and the last of the more distinguished orators of Greece. He was the son of a person who had been slave to Timotheus and Conon. But, though born in this low condition, he soon made himself distinguished by his talents, and was already a conspicuous individual in the public assemblies when Antipater became master of Athens, for he was obliged to save himself by flight from the vengeance of the Macedonian party. He was compelled to quit the city a second time when Polysperchon took possession of it through his son. Subsequently named by Cassander as governor of Athens (B.C. 317), he so gained the affections of his countrymen that, during the six years in which he filled this office, they are said to have raised to him three hundred and sixty statues. Athenaeus, however, on the authority of Duris , a Samian writer, reproaches him with luxurious and expensive habits, while he prescribed, at the same time, frugality to his fellowcitizens and fixed limits for their expenditures. After the death of his protector, Demetrius was driven from Athens by Antigonus and Demetrius Poliorcetes (B.C. 306). The people of that city, always fickle, overthrew the numerous statues they had erected to him, although he had been their benefactor and idol, and even condemned him to death. Demetrius, upon this, retired to the court of Alexandria, where he lived upwards of twenty years. It is generally supposed that he was the individual who gave Ptolemy the advice to found the Museum and the famous Library. This prince consulted him also as to the choice of a successor. Demetrius was in favour of the monarch's eldest son, but the king eventually decided for the son whom he had by his second wife Berenice.
    When Ptolemy II., therefore, came to the throne, he revenged himself on the unlucky counsellor by exiling him to a distant province in Upper Egypt, where Demetrius put an end to his own life by the bite of an asp (B.C. 282). Cicero describes Demetrius as a polished, sweet, and graceful speaker, but deficient in energy and power. Plutarch cites his treatise "On Socrates," which appears to have contained also a life of Aristides. The works of Demetrius are lost. There exists, it is true, under his name a treatise on elocution (Peri Hermeneias), a work full of ingenious observations; but critics agree in making it of later origin. Besides the treatise on elocution, there exists a small work on the apophthegms of the Seven Sages, which Stobaeus has inserted in his third discourse, as being the production of Demetrius Phalereus.

This text is from: Harry Thurston Peck, Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities. Cited Nov 2002 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains interesting hyperlinks


Demetrius Phalereus, the most distinguished among all the literary persons of this name. He was at once an orator, a statesman, a philosopher, and a poet. His surname Phalereus is given him from his birthplace, the Attic demos of Phalerus, where he was born about Ol. 108 or 109, B. C. 345. He was the son of Phanostratus, a man without rank or property (Diog. Laert. v. 75; Aelian, V. H. xii. 43); but notwithstanding this, he rose to the highest honours at Athens through his great natural powers and his perseverance. He was educated, together with the poet Menander, in the school of Theophrastus. He began his public career about B. C. 325, at the time of the disputes respecting Harpalus, and soon acquired a great reputation by the talent he displayed in public speaking. He belonged to the party of Phocion; and as he acted completely in the spirit of that statesman, Cassander, after the death of Phocion in B. C. 317, placed Demetrius at the head of the administration of Athens. He filled this office for ten years in such a manner, that the Athenians in their gratitude conferred upon him the most extraordinary distinctions, and no less than 360 statues were erected to him (Diog. Laert. l. c.; Diod. xix. 78; Corn. Nep. Miltiad. 6). Cicero says of his administration, "Atheniensium rem publicam exsanguem jam et jacentem sustentavit" (De Re Publ. ii. 1). But during the latter period of his administration he seems to have become intoxicated with his extraordinary good fortune, and he abandoned himself to every kind of dissipation (Athen. vi., xii.; Aelian, V. H. ix. 9, where the name of Demetrius Poliorcetes is a mistake for Demetrius Phalereus; Polyb. xii. 13). This conduct called forth a party of malcontents, whose exertions and intrigues were crowned in B. C. 307, on the approach of Demetrius Poliorcetes to Athens, when Demetrius Phalereus was obliged to take to flight (Plut. Demet. 8; Dionys. Deinarch. 3). His enemies even contrived to induce the people of Athens to pass sentence of death upon him, in consequence of which his friend Menander nearly fell a victim. All his statues, with the exception of one, were demolished. Demetrius Phalereus first went to Thebes (Plut. Demnetr. 9; Diod. xx. 45), and thence to the court of Ptolemy Lagi at Alexandria, with whom he lived for many years on the best terms, and who is even said to have entrusted to him the revision of the laws of his kingdom (Aelian, V. H. iii. 17). During his stay at Alexandria, he devoted himself mainly to literary pursuits, ever cherishing the recollection of his own country (Plut. de Exil. p. 602, f.). The successor of Ptolemy Lagi, however, was hostile towards Demetrius, probably for having advised his father to appoint another of his sons as his successor, and Demetrius was sent into exile to Upper Egypt, where he is said to have died of the bite of a snake (Diog. Laert. v. 78; Cic. pro Rabir. Post. 9). His death appears to have taken place soon after the year B. C. 283.
  Demetrius Phalereus was the last among the Attic orators worthy of the name (Cic. Brut. 8; Quintil. x. 1. 80), and his orations bore evident marks of the decline of oratory, for they did not possess the sublimity which characterizes those of Demosthenes: those of Demetrius were soft, insinuating, and rather effeminate, and his style was graceful, elegant, and blooming (Cic. Brut. 9, 82, de Orat. ii. 23, Orat. 27; Quintil. x. 1. ยง 33); but he maintained withal a happy medium between the sublime grandeur of Demosthenes, and the flourishing declamations of his successors. His numerous writings, the greater part of which he probably composed during his residence in Egypt (Cic. de Fin. v. 9), embraced subjects of the most varied kinds, and the list of them given by Diogenes Laertius (v. 80, &c.) shews that he was a man of the most extensive acquirements. These works, which were partly historical, partly political, partly philosophical, and partly poetical, have all perished. The work on elocution (peri hermeneias) which has come down under his name, is probably the work of an Alexandrian sophist of the name of Demetrius. It is said that A. Mai has discovered in a Vatican palimpsest some genuine fragments of Demetrius Phalereus. For a list of his works see Diogenes Laertius, who has devoted a chapter to him. (v. 5.) His literary merits are not confined to what he wrote, for he was a man of a practical turn of mind, and not a mere scholar of the closet; whatever he learned or knew was applied to the practical business of life, of which the following facts are illustrations. The performance of tragedy had greatly fallen into disuse at that time at Athens, on account of the great expenses involved in it; and in order to afford the people less costly and yet intellectual amusement, he caused the Homeric and other poems to be recited on the stage by rhapsodists (Athen. xiv.; Eustath. ad Hom.). It is also believed that it was owing to his influence with Ptolemy Lagi that books were collected at Alexandria, and that he thus laid the foundation of the library which was formed under Ptolemy Philadelphus. There is, however, no reason whatever for calling him the first in the series of librarians at Alexandria, any more than there is for the belief that he took part in the Greek translation of the Septuagint. A life of Demetrius Phalereus was written by Asclepiadas (Athen. xiii.), but it is lost.

This text is from: A dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology, 1873 (ed. William Smith). Cited Aug 2005 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains interesting hyperlinks


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