Wojciech Kilar

About Wojciech Kilar

The recipient of numerous international awards, including the Lili Boulanger Memoria Fund Award of Boston (1960), and two awards from the Polish Minister of Culture in 1967 and 1976, Wojciech Kilar was one of Poland's most famous and highly respected composers. Heavily influenced by the music of John Cage, Kilar was known for integrating elements of Polish folk music with classical pieces. His most influential works include A Short Overture, Ode to Bela Bartok in Memoriam and Exodus. Kilar scored many films after he provided the music for Glos Z Tamtego Swiata/The Voice from Beyond in 1962. He worked extensively with such Polish directors as Krysztof Zanussi and Andrzej Wajda, but Kilar also occasionally scores international productions. His work for Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) earned Kilar the ASCAP Award. ~ Sandra Brennan

Lviv, Ukraine
July 17, 1932
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