Tuesday 24 November 2020

A rare film score by Krzysztof Penderecki to celebrate what would have been his 87th birthday

photo: Adam Mickiewicz Institute

Monday (23/11/2020) would have been the 87th birthday of Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki (1933-2020) and to mark the occasion the Adam Mickiewicz Institute has released a recording of a rare Penderecki film score, his music, for the 1964 documentary film by Marian Ussorowski, The Painters of Gdansk. The recording is being made available free via SoundCloud, as well as a limited edition vinyl.

Whilst Penderecki's music is well known for its use in films such as Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, and William Friedkin’s The Exorcist, he wrote few specific film scores which is what makes The Painters of Gdansk so fascinating.

Alongside The Painters of Gdansk the institute has placed recordings of three contemporary works, specially commissioned to be inspired by works by Penderecki. Paweł Romańczuk, a composer and arranger from Wrocław, was inspired by Penderecki’s The Seven Gates of Jerusalem and the music to the Saragossa Manuscript when composing his piece Tubu Fon. Sound artist, composer and improviser Robert Piotrowicz composed Amateur Music for this project, inspired by Penderecki’s Cello Concerto No. 1, a work he often returns to. Electronic duo Skalpel took inspiration from Penderecki’s Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima and Adagietto when writing their piece Synthesis.

Full details from the Culture.pl website.

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