Krzysztof Penderecki (1933–2020)

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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 »

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


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 2016 Persephone (Video short)
 2015 Demon
 2010 Maska (Short)
 2009 Inventorium of Traces (Video documentary short)
 2008 Sisifo (Short)
 2008 Fear Me Not
 2007 Katyn
 2005 Vernost (Short)
 1995 Penderecki's Quartet for Clarinet and Strings (TV Movie documentary)
 1994 Vremena goda (TV Movie)
 1991 Tishina
 1990 Dominus
 1981 Rece do góry
 1974 Dream (Short)
 1971 Unterwegs nach Kathmandu (TV Movie)
 1971 Verish, ne verish (TV Movie)
 1970/II Prologue (Short)
 1969 Die Teufel von Loudun (TV Movie)
 1966 Hamlet x 5 (Documentary short)
 1966 Ikar (Short)
 1966 Ikony (Documentary short) (music by)
 1966 Magic Wheels (Short)
 1966 Szyfry
 1965 Slodkie rytmy (Short)
 1965 Spotkania z Warszawa (Documentary)
 1965 Interpretacje (Documentary short)
 1962 Bezludna planeta (Short)
 1961 General i mucha (Short)
 1961 Wycieczka w kosmos (Short)
 1959 Nie ma konca Wielkiej Wojny (Documentary short)
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All I'm interested in is liberating sound beyond all tradition. See more »


Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood in particular has cited him as a profound influence on the group's more avant work and his own soundtrack work. See more »

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