Todays featured composer is Krzysztof Penderecki (Pronounced Kristof Penderezki). Penderecki was born in Poland on November 23, 1933. He began publishing compositions in the late 1950's and by 1960 he had gained international attention for his unsettling music.
This blog often features horror soundtracks and this makes Penderecki a natural addition. His music has been featured in films such as The Shining and The Exorcist. Critically acclaimed weirdo David Lynch has also used Krzysztof's music in films such as Wild at Heart, Inland Empire, and Children of Men.
Penderecki often used "tone clusters" in his music. This means he would sound several notes located closely together that created extremely dissonant and unsettling music. This is the same thing as hitting all the notes you can at once on a piano.
One of Penderecki's best known works "Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima" is a good example of this...
Around 1970 Krzysztof started writing tonal or, "normal", music making him somewhat of a sell out. Still, what he wrote in the first decade and a half of his career has yet to be surpassed as some of the creepiest music ever created. He is still alive and composing today. He also is an active conductor.
Check out this two CD compilation of his early work here and here.
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