RESONANCE. 2015A Journey of Connections Made by Intuition SEARCHING FOR THE RIGHT KEY. 2009The First Forty Years


Educational Philosophy

Christos Hatzis. The Love Affair of a Late Bloomer (or "Teaching Music Composition at the University Level"). 2013.This essay discusses Christos Hatzis' evolving philosophy about teaching composition.

Compositional Technique

Ethics and Music, Cultural Appropriation, etc.

Christos Hatzis. What Constitutes Authorship in Art Music? 2007.This essay discusses cultural borrowing and quotation in postmodern art music in relation to copyright law. An essay read at the Conference “Ethics, Law and Music” hosted by Société québécoise de recherche en musique (SQRM), Montréal, Quebec, Canada on October 20, 2007. Christos Hatzis. Constantinople: The Aesthetics of Cultural Inclusion. 2007.This essay discusses the history and aesthetics of the 80-minute multimedia work by the same name.

Religion, Spirituality and Music

Christos Hatzis. Music for God's Sake. 2004.This essay discusses the author's spiritual underpinnings of his most recent music. Christos Hatzis. Redemption (Project Description). 2009—ongoing.This detailed project description of Christos Hatzis' pentalogy titled REDEMPTION is still in development. Check the update date at the top of the document to ensure that you have up-to-date information about this project. Christos Hatzis. The Crucible of Contemporary Music: Community Building Through Art Music. 2008.Composer Christos Hatzis’ commitment to social change through music has been long-standing. Earlier works (and writings about these works) approach musical structure as a metaphor for social and psychological processes that can be understood instinctively by listeners with no particular musical training or other educational prerequisites. His recent work aims to take art music out of its traditional habitat of social, economic and educational privilege and actively engage the underprivileged members of our society. In the process, classical music taboos are discarded, perceptions of social legitimacy are reevaluated and borders are crossed. Hatzis’ musical activism stems from his own religious faith and his view of the artist’s social role as an imperfect “imitator of Christ”. Keynote address delivered at the Verge Arts Conference “The Arts and Community” October 16 -18 2008. The Verge Arts Series is an initiative of the Faculty of Professional Studies and Performing Arts at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia, Canada. Christos Hatzis. Η Χοάνη της Σύγχρονης Μουσικής. Κοινωνική Αλλαγή Μέσω της Μουσικής Τέχνης (The Crucible of Contemporary Music: Community Building Through Art Music). 2009.Translation from English to Greek by Constantine Caravassilis. Christos Hatzis. Tongues of Fire: Allegory as a Morphological Element in Composition. (In Greek) 2007.This essay discusses the author's 2007 composition Tongues of Fire for percussion and Orchestra in connection with his religious faith and his use of allegory as a structural element in musical composition. Christos Hatzis. Byzantine, Early Christian and Esoteric Influences in my Compositions (The Troparion of Kassiani). 2006.This essay discusses the author's personal meditations on the principal characters of the Christian drama as they emerge from a number of unconventional witnesses (principally the American prophet Edgar Cayce) and he incfulence these meditations had and continue to have on the author's more recent compositions. Lecture delivered on October 24 2006 in Walter Hall, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto as the inaugural address of a series of events celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Malcove Collection of Byzantine Artifacts at the Art Centre, University of Toronto. Christos Hatzis. "The Idea of Canada": Conceptual and Creative Approaches to the Human Soundscape. 2007.The Idea of Canada, a radio documentary/composition commissioned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in 1992 was the author’s first foray into the world of soundscape composition. This essay examines the author’s distinction between what he calls “natural” and “human” soundscape the theological/philosophical foundations for this distinction and how his philosophy about music composition and the world in general are reflected in, and gave impetus to, this particular project. This essay was first read as a keynote speech at the AIS2: Intersections conference at the University of Regina, Canada on June 18 2007. Christos Hatzis. On Religion, Politics and Contemporary Music. 2006.This essay discusses the ideological and political backdrop against which contemporary music must survive and flourish. Keynote lecture given on May 13 2006 at the Don Wright Faculty of Music Graduate Student Symposium, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario.

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