the music of dinos constantinides

magni is short for Magdalini,

which was the name of Greek-born composer Constantinides' mother. Although only one word, Magni has two meanings. Not only does it represent Constantinides' family of origin, it also reflects his country of origin.

Constantinides' love of Greek folk music permeates his works. His father Demetrios played the folk tunes from his village Marmara, in Epirus, Greece, on the violin by ear. The composer says, "Now, after so many years, I remember the way he was making music and I look to the sounds he used to make as the source of my inspiration. And they are used in abundance in my musical compositions."

His introduction to folk music was followed by an introduction to Corelli. In his own words, "one day in 1940, I opened the radio and I heard [the Sonata in E minor for violin and piano] by Corelli performed by the French standout of the time, Jacques Thibaud. The sounds I heard made me decide that my life would be music."

Magni Publications was incorporated in 2014 as the publishing arm for Constantinides' music. In addition to scores, Magni has also published several recordings on CD.
Demetrios and Magdalini Constantinides
Demetrios and Magdalini Constantinides


The composer's catalog includes instrumental, ensemble, orchestral, operatic, and vocal works, all of which are provided in PDF format. Scores, individual parts, and librettos are available.


The composer's discography spans more than thirty years. Recordings of his music are available on CD and iTunes. Live performances of his works are also posted on


The composer has taught music composition for more than fifty years at Louisiana State University. Many of his students have analyzed his music and his pedagogy.

upcoming events

Louisiana Sinfonietta

Music of Dinos Constantinides and Students

In the third concert of its 35th season, the Louisiana Sinfonietta, in conjunction with the LSU Composers Forum, will present a young composers concert on Monday afternoon. The concert will spotlight the new music of LSU graduates and current graduate students. Featured composers will include Jingyu Xu, Terrell Jones, Niloufar Iravani, Austin Franklin, and Southern University adjunct professor of composition, Corey Knoll, as well as Sinfonietta Music Director Dinos Constantinides. 

Soloists will include double bassist Yung-Chiao Wei, Professor of Bass at LSU; pianist Chaoi Chou, Professor of General Music at Shih Chien University in Taiwan; soprano McKenzie Miller, resident artist with Opera Louisiane; and cellist Susannah Montandon, DMA graduate from LSU.
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Nov 13,
4:30 pm
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