Interview with Krzysztof Penderecki

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On the heels of last month's Symphony Space performance celebrating the 80th birthday of Krzysztof Penderecki, the legendary Polish composer joins Phil Kline in the studio to discuss his inspirations, the development of his musical voice, growing up under the shadow of Stalinism and the next stage of his career. Tune in Friday at 12 pm.

Few composers have had as profound an influence on both contemporary classical music and pop culture as Penderecki. Best known for his Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima, St. Luke Passion and Polish Requiem, his music has also been used extensively in the films of Stanley Kubrick, as well as in films by David Lynch, William Friedkin (The Exorcist) and Martin Scorsese (Shutter Island).

His awards include three Grammys, the Prix Italia (1967 and 1968) and a Grawemeyer (1992). In addition to a forthcoming opera and symphony, he's currently co-composing a new piece with Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood.


Celebrating Poland: Lutosławski, Penderecki and New Music Now is supported, in part, by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of Polska Music programme, and is presented in partnership with the Polish Cultural Institute New York.