Manos Hadjidakis is modern Greece’s greatest composer and songwriter, rivaled only by Mikis Theodorakis for the title. Hadjidakis helped usher in a new era of Greek music in the post-WWII era, elevating the earthiest strains of Greek folk and popular song into respected art forms
In 1959, Hadjidakis began working with the Jules Dassin-directed film Never on Sunday.
He found tremendous popular success in his home country, chiefly through his work as a pop songwriter, and became familiar to international audiences through his movie soundtracks, winning an Oscar in 1960. He also composed contemporary classical pieces for ensembles small and large, often inspired by Greek poetry, and wrote for theater and ballet
He completed one of his major modern classical works in 1954’s The C.N.S. Cycle, a song cycle for piano and baritone vocalist. The following year, he scored the motion picture, Stella, with starring actress Melina Mercouri, which would prove to be one of his major successes in that area