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Krzysztof Penderecki (Composer)

Born: 23rd November 1933, Debica, Poland

Nationality: Polish

Krzysztof Eugeniusz Penderecki was a Polish composer and conductor. Among his best known works are Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima, Symphony No. 3, his St. Luke Passion, Polish Requiem, Anaklasis and Utrenja. Penderecki composed four operas, eight symphonies and other orchestral pieces, a variety of instrumental concertos, choral settings of mainly religious texts, as well as chamber and instrumental works.

Born in Dębica to a lawyer, Penderecki studied music at Jagiellonian University and the Academy of Music in Kraków.

Further Reading: Penderecki

 Interview, Kent Nagano on Penderecki's St Luke Passion

The American conductor talks to David about his recent recording of the late Krzysztof Penderecki's searing setting of the St Luke Passion with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal.

 Obituary, Krzysztof Penderecki (1933-2020)

The Polish composer, whose talent for creating uncanny sonorities inspired film-directors including Stanley Kubrick and Martin Scorsese, has died aged 86.

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