“I still work for the next 20 years”, – assured the composer Krzysztof Penderecki in front of not too long ago. But now Poland died the most prominent composers of the present day at the age of 86 years in Cracow (Krakow), as the Agency PAP reported on Sunday, citing his wife.

“I love to go into the unknown,” he once said about his work. His music had a wide range to pick favorites, it is hard for him. “I must be modest, not particularly, admit that I love all my works,” he said. “There are pieces that I have accepted and who are close to me”. Unimportant music, however, he would not write even to the end.

music for Everyone

His works are dedicated to the Victims of the German extermination camp at Auschwitz, the atom bomb attack on Hiroshima and the terrorist attacks on September 11. September 2001. He wrote for fellow Star musicians such as the violinist Anne-Sophie mutter, the violinist Isaac Stern and the cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, the most. Also in films by Directors such as Stanley Kubrick and Andrzej Wajda his compositions appear.

Already known

international fame in the world of music came in 1933 in the South pole niches Debica-born Penderecki at a young age: His composition for the victims of Hiroshima from the year 1959 was awarded the prize of the world cultural organization Unesco, and continues to be one of his most played works.

While he was with his early Work as a representative of the avant-garde, turned to Penderecki in his later years to return to more traditional music – and sound-patterns. A focus he put on chamber music and sacred music.

Penderecki taught at the Krakow music Academy and the Folkwang school in Essen and at Yale University in the United States. He has received numerous awards, including the Grand cross of merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Self-Penderecki’s scores have been exhibited as works of art: The musician made different sounds in different colors, and as a result, the manuscripts were very colorful.

No time to Rest

His estate in the vicinity of Cracow, with its vast Park, the enterprising composer and conductor, enjoyed only rarely, though the trees were next to the music as his great passion. The fully booked calendar, and the many trips to tap into the grid.

After this he did not long even in high age. That he desires peace, must be a joke, said Penderecki before his 85. Birthday in November 2018, he celebrated with a week-long music festival in Warsaw.

There came to him a companion of honour of the international music scene as the conductor Yuri Bashmet and Christoph Eschenbach. Not the Anne-Sophie mutter was not to be missed, with the Penderecki a long and intense artistic friendship Association.

Penderecki’s music is appreciated

Spellbound, the audience listening in the most prestigious concert halls of Warsaw, Penderecki’s music. “What more can you wish for?”, the composer, who considered himself a particularly lucky said: “My music is played in my home and appreciated.” (SDA)