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The famous Oscar-winning music composer Manos Hatzidakis spent several summers in this villa. Some of his great successes songs were written at the villa’s house. For this the name of the villa, it is “Manu Mykonos”

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. It was a breakthrough international hit that won Hadjidakis an Oscar for his title song, which became a smash success in many parts of the world

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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

In 1962, he staged the controversial musical Street of Dreams, now regarded as a landmark of Greek theater for its frank subject matter, and completed revisions on his score for Aristophanes’ Birds, which subsequently ranked among his finest compositions

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

Hadjidakis scored two more internationally prominent films in Elia Kazan’s America, America (1963) and Jules Dassin’s Topkapi (1964), and struck up a lengthy partnership with choreographer Maurice Béjart of 20th Century Ballets, who collaborated on the composer’s forays into ballet from then on

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