Athens Concert Hall, 4-6 November 2003
He was born at Thessaloniki in 1930. After pursuing Law studies in Greece, he studied Musicology, Art history, Philosophy and Psychology in Vienna, were he became doctor of Philosophy at 1955. He also studied composition (A. Uhl) and conducting (H. Swarovsky, G. Kassowitz) in 1953. He was assistant professor at the University of Hamburg (1969) after completing his 3-volume study on the Kontakia of the Middle Byzantine period. From 1967 to 1995 he was Professor of Musicology at the University of Hamburg. During the early ’60s C. Floros was the first to decode the oldest Byzantine and Slavonian notations. He participated in a number of symposia on “Musical Hermeneutics” (since 1990). In 1998 he was declared Honorary Doctor at the Music Department of the University of Athens. He is a Honorary Member of Musicology.
Most significant publications:
Universale Neumenkunde, 3 volumes, Kassel 1970.
Gustav Mahler, 3 volumes, Wiesbaden 1977/1985.
Beethovens Eroica und Prometheusmusik, Wilhelmshaven 1978.
Mozart-Studien 1, Wiesbaden 1979.
Brahms und Bruckner, Wiesbaden 1980.
Musik als Botschaft, Wiesbaden 1989.
Alban Berg. Musik als Autobiographie, Wiesbaden 1992.
Györgi Ligeti. Jenseits von Avantgarde und Postmoderne, Vienna 1996.
Johannes Brahms. “Frei aber einsam”, Zürich – Hamburg 1997.
Gustav Mahler. Visionär und Despot, Zürich – Hamburg 1998.
The Greek tradition in music writing of the Middle Ages, Thessaloniki 1998.
Der Mensch, die Liebe und die Musik, Zürich – Hamburg 2000.