Lucy Thraves


Krzysztof Penderecki dies at 86

8:23, 29th March 2020

Composer and conductor Krzysztof Penderecki has died at the age of 86 after a long illness.

The celebrated composer was perhaps best known for his film scores, which included William Friedkin’s The Exorcist, Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, and David Lynch’s Wild at Heart.

Born in Poland in 1933, he first received acclaim for his 1960 work Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima, which premiered when he was just 26. He went on to win numerous composition prizes, including the Sibelius Gold Medal (1967), the Prix Italia (1968) and the Award of the Polish Composer’s Association.

His subsequent output included eight symphonies, five operas, and vocal and choral works.

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