Abstracts of issue 19 (2007)Ion Zottos
The “Athens Ballet” in South
Africa in 1948. Skalkottas and Dora Vlastou
The present essay is clearly divided into two main sections. Section I deals with (a) Skalkottas’ tonal,
“impressionistic” piano piece Echo and its adaptation for two pianos by the Greek pianist and champion of Manos Hatzidakis’
music Yannis Papadopoulos; (b) a restitution of the erroneous dating of Echo given by the musicologist Yannis G. Papaioannou;
(c) the performance of works by Greek composers (Mitropoulos, Hatzidakis, Evanghelatos, Palantios, Skalkottas, Kydoniatis, G. Lambelet) arranged for two pianos by Y.
Papadopoulos and performed by K. Kamkoutis-Nicols’ “Athens Ballet” in South Africa in 1948, with Dora Vlastou as prima ballerina; (d) reviews, as well as Nicols’
view on the originality of Greek ballet dancing. Section II deals with reminiscences of Skalkottas by Dora Vlastou, written in 1961, giving a vivid portrait of him both
as a man and as a composer.