WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The ashes of award-winning Polish composer and conductor Krzysztof Penderecki lay at a state funeral on Tuesday after a two-year delay caused by the pandemic.
Polish President Andrzej Duda, Penderecki’s widow Elzbieta Penderecka and their two children, musicians, artists and a host of ordinary Polish citizens attended a funeral in the southern city of Krakow.
Penderecki died in Krakow on March 29, 2020, aged 86, but COVID-19 restrictions led to a long postponement of the famous composer’s funeral.
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier did not attend the service after testing positive for COVID019. Penderecki worked and taught in Germany for many years.
Penderecki’s cream-coloured urn will be buried among Poland’s greatest authors and scientists in the National Pantheon at St. Peter and Paul’s Church in Krakow after the mass at which his music will be played.
Penderecki was one of the world’s most popular contemporary classical music composers whose works featured in Hollywood films such as ‘The Shining’ and ‘Shutter Island’.
He was best known for his compositions for orchestra and choir like “St. Luke Passion” and “Seven Gates of Jerusalem”, although his scope was much broader. Rock fans know him for his work with Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood.
A committed violinist and educator, he has built a music center opposite his home in southern Poland, where young virtuosos have the opportunity to perform and learn from world-renowned masters.
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