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Jani Christou (Greek: ? ?, Giánn?s Chrstou; 8 or 9 January 1926 - 8 January 1970) was a Greek composer.
There is some disagreement about Christou's birth, the date of which is given by some authorities as 8 January (Lucciano 2000, xv;Leotsakos 2001), while others state 9 January (Slonimsky 1965, 227; Stewart 1999). Most sources agree that he was born in Heliopolis, Egypt, though one states he was born in Alexandria (Angermann 1994, 14), and it has recently been reported that a birth certificate has been found stating that the composer was born in Nicosia, Cyprus, though this certificate is suspected of being a forgery (Lucciano 2000, xv). His parents were Eleutherios Christou, a Greek industrialist and chocolate manufacturer, and Lilika Tavernari, of Cypriot origin (Lucciano 2000, xv). He was educated at the English School in Alexandria and he took his first piano lessons from various teachers and from the important Greek pianist Gina Bachauer. In 1948 he gained an MA in philosophy after having studied with Ludwig Wittgenstein and Bertrand Russell in Cambridge (Leotsakos 2001).
Six T. S. Eliot Songs (for piano or orchestra and mezzosoprano) - 1955 (piano) / 1957 (orch.)
Symphony No. 2 - 1957-58
Toccata for piano and orchestra - 1962
Tongues of Fire (a Pentecost oratorio) - 1964
Persians (Incidental music for Aeschylus' drama) - 1965
Agamemnon - 1965
Enantiodromia - 1965-68
The Frogs - 1966
Mysterion (for orchestra, tape, choir and soloists) - 1965-66
Praxis for 12 (for 11 string instruments and director-pianist) - 1966
Anaparastasis I (The baritone) - 1968
Anaparastasis III (The pianist) - 1968
Oedipus Rex - 1969
Oresteia (unfinished) - 1967-70
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Lucciano, Anna-Martine. 1987. ? ? - ? ? ? ? , translated into Greek and edited by Giorgos Leotsakos. Athens: Vivliosynergatike.
Lucciano, Anna-Martine. 2000. Jani Christou: The Works and Temperament of a Greek Composer, translated into English by Catherine Dale. Contemporary Music Studies 18. Australia and Amsterdam: Harwood Academic. New York and London: Routledge. ISBN9057021587.