Monday, 30 December 2013


Polish-born composer Wojciech Kilar died yesterday, the 29th of December. One of the 20th Century's most influential and accomplished composers, he belonged to the Polish avant-garde movement toward the beginning of his career, alongside Henryk Gorecki and Krzysztof Penderecki. Like those two, his contribution to classical music was considerable, but his contribution to film music was more marked then theirs. Embracing the ascent of Polish cinema in the 1960s, he made international waves by memorably scoring Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula. This led to several collaborations with Roman Polanski, and working with Jane Campion on The Portrait of a Lady and James Gray on We Own the Night. He was a widower since 2007. This is one of the most regrettable posts that I've had to make this year. There were few talents working in film composing than Kilar.