13 Facts About Nikos Skalkottas


Nikos Skalkottas was a Greek composer of 20th-century classical music.

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Nikos Skalkottas produced a sizeable amount of tonal music in the last phase of his musical creativity.

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Nikos Skalkottas was born in Chalcis on the island of Euboea.

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Nikos Skalkottas started violin lessons with his father and uncle Kostas Skalkottas at the age of five, three years after his family moved to Athens because Kostas had lost the post of town bandmaster in 1906 due to political and legal intrigues .

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Nikos Skalkottas continued studying violin with Tony Schulze at the Athens Conservatory, from which he graduated in 1920 with a diploma of high distinction.

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Nikos Skalkottas had been living for several years with the Russian-Jewish violinist Matla Temko ; they had two children, though only the second, a daughter, survived infancy, and the end of their relationship increased his already-present feelings of self-doubt and insecurity .

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In 1930 Nikos Skalkottas devoted considerable effort to having some of his works performed in Athens, but they were met with incomprehension, and even in Berlin his few performances did not make much better headway.

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Nikos Skalkottas did secure some performances, especially of some of the Greek Dances and a few of his more tonal works, but the vast bulk of his music went unheard.

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Nikos Skalkottas's output comprised symphonic works, chamber, vocal and instrumental works including the huge cycle of 32 Piano Pieces.

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Besides his musical work, Nikos Skalkottas compiled an important theoretical work, consisting of several "musical articles", a Treatise on Orchestration, musical analyses, etc.

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Nikos Skalkottas soon shaped his personal features of musical writing so that any influence of his teachers was assimilated creatively in a manner of composition that is absolutely personal and recognizable.

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Nikos Skalkottas's remains in the land of the dead until Konstantis arrives at the end of the work and takes her back to the world of the living.

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Nikos Skalkottas was evidently reluctant to deploy the kind of structural and stylistic tensions that would have betrayed the integrationist ideals of his Schoenbergian inheritance.

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