Krzysztof Penderecki (1933–2020)

Up 33,932 this week
0:44 | Trailer
Krzysztof Penderecki was a Polish composer and conductor, whose music was often used in film. He seldom composed original film scores. Among the most notable films to use Penderecki's music are "The Exorcist" (1973), "The Shining" (1980), "Wild at Heart" (1990), "Fearless" (1993), "Inland Empire" (2006), "Children of Men" (2006), and "Shutter ... See full bio »

What to Watch After 'Hamilton'

Once you've memorized the lyrics to Hamilton, check out these TV shows and movies to enhance your experience.

Watch the video

Around The Web


Powered by ZergNet

On Prime Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 308 people
created 04 Jul 2018
a list of 28 people
created 11 Dec 2015
a list of 229 people
created 02 Oct 2016
a list of 488 people
created 10 Apr 2018
list image
a list of 86 people
created 24 May 2018

Do you have a demo reel?

Add it to your IMDbPage

How Much Have You Seen?

How much of Krzysztof Penderecki's work have you seen?

User Polls

Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 8 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »


1 video »

Known For

Children of Men Soundtrack
The Shining Soundtrack
Inland Empire Soundtrack
Ready Player One Soundtrack


Hide Hide Show Show Soundtrack (33 credits)
 2020 Noamia (Short) (music: "Tren ofiarom Hiroszimy")
 2019 Show Kafka's Dudes (TV Mini-Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- How to teach marshmallows to fly!? (2019) ... (writer: "To the Victims of Hiroshima")
 2018 Ready Player One (writer: "Polymorphia", "The Awakening of Jacob for Orchestra")
 2017 Black Mirror (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Metalhead (2017) ... (writer: "3 Pieces in Baroque Style: I. Aria", "The Dream of Jacob", "De Natura Sonoris No. 2", "Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima" - uncredited)
 2017 Martin and Katy Ride the Cyclone: Tooth For An Oyster Edit (Video short) (writer: "Polymorphia")
 2017 Twin Peaks (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- Part 15 (2017) ... (writer: "Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima")
- Part 11 (2017) ... (writer: "Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima")
- Part 8 (2017) ... (writer: "Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima")
 2016 Neruda (writer: "Miniatures for Clarinet and Piano", "Symphony N#3 - Passacaglia, Allegro Moderato", "De Natura Sonoris N#2")
 2013 Diogenes (Short) (writer: "Dimensions of time and silence", "Anaklasis", "Kosmogonia", "De natura sonoris no. 2", "De natura sonoris no. 1", "Polymorphia")
 2012 Radioman (Documentary) (writer: "Symphony No.3: Passacaglia - Allegro Moderato")
 2010 Shutter Island (writer: "Symphony No. 3: Passacaglia - Allegro moderato" (1988), "Fluorescences" (1961-62))
 2008 Psycho Analysis (Short) (writer: "Polymorphia")
 2008 Polyformia (Short) (music: "De natura sonoris 2")
 2007 Way Down Low (writer: "Psalmus")
 2007 Katyn (writer: "Polish Requiem For 4 Solo Voices, Choir And Orchestra", "Parts: Agnus Dei, Lux Aeterna, Chaconne", "Symphony No. 2, Part 1 - Moderato", "Symphony No. 3, Part 3 - Adagio, Part 4 - Passacaglia, Part 5 - Vivace", "Symphony No. 4, Part 1 - Adagio", "Violin Sonata No. 1, Part 2 - Andante", "Violin Sonata No. 2, Part 3 - Adagio", "Concerto For Violin And Orchestra No. 1", "Concerto For Violin And Orchestra No. 2, Metamorphosen", "Concerto For Cello And Orchestra No. 2", "The Awakening Of Jacob")
 2006 Inland Empire (performer: "Fluorescences for Orchestra", "De Natura Sonoris II", "Polymorphia", "Als Jakob Erwachte", "De Natura Sonoris I", "Anaklasis für Streicher und Schlagzeug") / (writer: "Fluorescences for Orchestra", "De Natura Sonoris II", "Polymorphia", "Als Jakob Erwachte", "De Natura Sonoris I", "Anaklasis für Streicher und Schlagzeug")
 2006 Children of Men (performer: "Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima (1959-1961)") / (writer: "Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima (1959-1961)")
 2006 The Fear (El Miedo) (writer: "Utrenja (Kanon Paschy)", "Polymorphia")
 2005 Bang Bang Orangutang ("Fluorescences") / (writer: "Kvartett, stråkar, nr 1")
 2000 Aleph, lectures contades (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Franz Kafka (2000) ... (writer: "Metamorphosen")
 1996/I Twister (writer: "De Natura Sonoris No. 1")
 1993 Fearless (writer: "POLYMORPHIA")
 1991 The People Under the Stairs (writer: "THRENODY TO THE VICTIMS OF HIROSHIMA FOR 52 STRING INSTRUMENTS" - as K. Penderecki)
 1990 Wild at Heart (writer: "Kosmogonia")
 1988 Testament (music: "Magnificat")
 1983 El Norte ("Cello Concerto", "De Natura Sonoris #2")
 1983 China Lake (Short) ("Magnificat") / (performer: "Magnificat")
 1981 Heavy Metal (writer: "Passachaglia")
 1980 The Shining (music: "Utrenja - Ewangelia" (uncredited), "Utrenja - Kanon Paschy", "De Natura Sonoris No. 1", "De Natura Sonoris No. 2", "Polymorphia", "Kanon for 52 String Orchestra and Tape" (uncredited)) / (performer: "The Awakening of Jakob" (uncredited), "Utrenja - Ewangelia" (uncredited), "Utrenja - Kanon Paschy", "De Natura Sonoris No. 1", "De Natura Sonoris No. 2", "Polymorphia") / (writer: "The Awakening of Jakob" - uncredited)
 1979 The Wanderers (music: "Anaklasis", "Fluorescences")
 1973 The Exorcist (writer: "Kanon For Orchestra and Tape", "Cello Concerto", "String Quartet (1960)", "Polymorphia", "The Devils of Loudon")
 1972 Young Goodman Brown (Short) (writer: "Uternja")
 1969 Eika Katappa (music: "Stabat Mater" - uncredited)
 1969 Ternos Caçadores (music: "Polymorphia")
Show Show Composer (36 credits)
Show Show Music department (6 credits)
Show Show Writer (1 credit)
Show Show Self (17 credits)

Related Videos


Personal Details

Publicity Listings:

1 Article | See more »

Official Sites:

Discogs | Encyclopedia | See more »

Alternate Names:

Krystof Penderecki | Penderecki

Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

All I'm interested in is liberating sound beyond all tradition. See more »


Collaborated with jazz trumpeter Don Cherry on the album "Actions.". See more »

Star Sign:


Contribute to This Page

Your Next Binge Watch Awaits

Looking for something to watch? Check out IMDb's "What to Watch" series to find out what's really worth watching.

Recently Viewed