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Polish Composer Wojciech Kilar Dies Aged 81 - Local Media

posted 30 Dec 2013, 08:17 by Mpelembe   [ updated 30 Dec 2013, 08:19 ]

Polish pianist and composer Wojciech Kilar, who wrote the music for many films including 1992's Bram Stoker's Dracula, has died aged 81, according to the Polish news agency PAP.

KATOWICE, POLAND (AGENCJA GAZETA) -  Wojciech Kilar, a Polish pianist and composer of classical music and scores for many films, died on Sunday (December 29) at the age of 81, according to a report by local news agency PAP, quoting Jerzy Kornowicz, the head of the Polish Composers' Association.

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Kilar was one of Poland's most prominent composers, and was known for his film scores for Roman Polanski's movies such as The Pianist, among others.

He also scored the 1992 movie Bram Stoker's Dracula and Jane Campion's Portrait of a Lady in 1996.

Dracula won him the best score composer award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers in 1992.

He wrote scores for more than 130 films in total.

His death followed a long illness, PAP said.