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Krzysztof Penderecki, Boundary-Breaking Polish Composer, Dies At 86 - NPR

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Krzysztof Penderecki, Boundary-Breaking Polish Composer, Dies At 86

March 29, 20203:42 PM ET

Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki, at the opening of a music center named after him in southeastern Poland in 2013. Janek Skarzynsky/AFP / Getty Images hide caption

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Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki, at the opening of a music center named after him in southeastern Poland in 2013.

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Krzysztof Penderecki , one of the world s leading composers, died Sunday at the age of 86. The Polish Ministry of Affairs announced his passing in a tweet. No cause of death was given.

The Polish-born composer established himself while still in his 20s with jarring atonal works such as Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima, and came to be widely admired by music fans and musicians far outside traditional classical music circles.

Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood noted the passing of one of his idols on Twitter , "Penderecki was the greatest - a fiercely creative composer, and a gentle, warm-hearted man" he wrote Sunday. "My condolences to his family, and to Poland on this huge loss to the musical world."

Untold numbers of people are familiar with Penderecki s music – perhaps without knowing it – thanks to films such as Shutter Island and especially The Shining, the Stanley Kubrick thriller that included the compositions Polymorphia and The Awakening of Jacob to frightening effect.

While Penderecki found instant fame with Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima, an avant-garde piece for 52 strings from 1960, he later broadened his compositional style to embrace tonality. In works like the Second Symphony ("Christmas Symphony") and the violin concerto called Metamorphosen , he displayed a singular post-romantic palette of orchestral colors.

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