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SKALKOTTAS, Nickolaos
b Halkis, Evia, Greece, 21 March 1904
d Athens, 20 September 1949, aged forty-five

He began studying violin at the age of five and entered the Athens Conservatory at ten, graduating in 1920. In 1921 a scholarship took him to the Hochschule fur Musik in Berlin. In 1925 he gave up a promising career as a violinist to concentrate on composition, and studied privately until 1931, financially aided by a wealthy patron. But hard times followed, and he returned to Athens in 1933, poor and ill. He played back-desk violin in an orchestra and wrote in his spare time. He died of a strangulated hernia.

1924 (20)

String Trio (lost)

String Quartet (lost)

1925 (21)

Violin Sonata

1927 (23)

Piano Sonatina

Fifteen Little Variations for piano

1928 (24)

String Quartet No 1

Sonata No 1 for violin and piano (lost)

Symphonic Suite (lost)

1929 (25)

Concerto for wind (lost)

Little Suite for violin and chamber orchestra (lost)

String Quartet No 2 (lost)

Easy Music, for string quartet (lost)

Sonatina No 1 for violin and piano

Octet for flute, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone and piano

trio (lost)

Sonatina No 2 for violin and piano

1930 (26)

Concerto for piano, violin and chamber orchestra (lost)

1931 (27)

Piano Concerto No 1

Octet for woodwind quartet and string quartet

1931-4 (27-32)

Thirty-six Greek Dances for orchestra

1935 (31)

Concertino for two pianos and orchestra

Symphonic Suite No 1

String Quartet No 3

String Trio

Sonatina No 3 for violin and piano

Sonatina No 4 for violin and piano

1936 (32)

Piano Trio

Piano Suite No 1

1937-8 (33-4)

Piano Concerto No 2

Violin Concerto

Five Pieces for violin and piano

Suite for cello and piano (lost)

1938 (34)

Cello Concerto (lost)

The Maiden and Death, ballet

Duo for violin and viola

Eight Variations on a Greek Folk Song, for piano trio

1938-9 (34-5)

Piano Concerto No 3

1939 (35)

Three Pieces for violin and piano

Concertino for oboe and piano

1939-40 (35-6)

Concerto for violin, viola, wind and double-bass

Scherzo for piano quartet

1940 (36)

Ten Musical Sketches for string quartet

Piano Suites No 2, 3 and 4

Sonata No 2 for violin and piano

String Quartet No 4

1940-1 (36-7)

Thirty-two Piano Pieces

Four Piano Studies

1941-2 (37-8)

Two Quartets for oboe, bassoon, trumpet and piano

Concertino for trumpet and piano

19412 (37-8)

Largo, for cello and piano

1942 (38)

Little Suite for strings

1942-3 (38-9)

The Return of Ulysses, overture

Double-bass Concerto

1943 (39)

Sonata Concertante for bassoon and piano

1944 (40)

Symphonic Suite No 2

1944-5 (40-1)

Concerto for two violins (piano arrangement only)

1945 (41)

Mikri Serenata, for cello and piano

Bolero, for cello and piano

1946 (42)

Little Suite No 2 for violin and piano

1947 (43)

Four Parties, for violin and cello

Classic Symphony

1947-8 (43 4)

Henry V, incidental music (lost)

1948 (44)

Sinfonietta

Piano Concertino

1948-9 (44-5)

Little Dance Suite for orchestra

1949 (45)

Nocturne-Divertimento, for xylophone and orchestra

The Sea, for orchestra

Sonatina for cello and piano

Zarte Melodie, for cello and piano

Skalkottas also wrote some choral works and songs.

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