Krzysztof Penderecki passed away at the age of 86

At the age of 86, Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki passed away this Sunday morning. While not really being a film music composer, his work and influences had a major impact in the classical world, but also a lot of film music composers, like Elliot Goldenthal and many others, were influenced by his music. His style was very well-suited for horror movies, and his work can be heard, for example, in The Shining, The Excorcist and Shutter Island.

We had the honor to attend a concert with him as the main guest in Krakow, where his music was performed, which was a very interesting experience. His unique approach to music will be greatly missed. We wish his close circle all the best.


  • Anton Smit

    Anton is the editor-in-chief and founder of Soundtrack World. After writing about film music occasionally, he thought it was time to create his own site to celebrate music from film but also other media. Next to working on this website, Anton is a member of the International Film Music Critics Association, has a job in IT and plays the tuba in a local orchestra.

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