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 Posted:   Dec 29, 2013 - 3:47 AM   
 By:   gandalf   (Member)

I read a very sad news today morning. My long time favourite composer has died today. He was 81.
It's possibly the only composer, that I liked 100% (even the recent ones, like "Zemsta").
Unfortunately plenty of his music has never been released on CDs (especially old Polish film music, "Hubal", "Sami swoi").
He certainly will be missed.
May he rest in peace!

 Posted:   Dec 29, 2013 - 3:59 AM   
 By:   Althazan   (Member)

Rest in peace, Maestro!

 Posted:   Dec 29, 2013 - 4:00 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

Sad news. I have seen 4 films scored by Kilar - We Own The Night, The Pianist, Death And The Maiden and Dracula.

I remember being surprised that he scored a "standard" Hollywood movie like We Own The Night.

Also, for the longest time I thought John Williams had composed the music in the Schindler's List trailer, until I found out it was Kilar's Exodus, his most remarkable composition IMO.

 Posted:   Dec 29, 2013 - 4:03 AM   
 By:   spielboy   (Member)

very sad news

wonderful composer with beautiful melodies, strong personality, powerful sound...


 Posted:   Dec 29, 2013 - 4:03 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

As we've all got to go I'm pleased to read he reached the good age of 81 ... however sad any passing is.

I have only a few of his scores - and one album of non-score works - and I'm grateful to my good friend TG for introducing me to his material. I shall certainly acquire more of his works and select one of his scores now to play.


 Posted:   Dec 29, 2013 - 4:12 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

Very sad news indeed... at last year's Krakow festival he still seemed to be in good health.

 Posted:   Dec 29, 2013 - 4:12 AM   
 By:   JohnnyG   (Member)

A sad loss.
May he rest in peace.

 Posted:   Dec 29, 2013 - 4:13 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Oh no, that's terrible.

Like Francis, I saw him at Krakow last year, and thought he looked fine.

 Posted:   Dec 29, 2013 - 4:23 AM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

That was a bit of a shock. Great composer.

(By the way, I think for some of us it was easy to forget that he was in his 80s - probably because he only came to "our" attention when he was already about 60).

R.I.P. Mr. Kilar.

 Posted:   Dec 29, 2013 - 4:29 AM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

I'm very sorry to hear this news. I love his score for 'Bram Stoker's Dracula.

May he Rest In Peace.

This cue from 'Dracula' is just sublime.

 Posted:   Dec 29, 2013 - 4:45 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

One of a bunch of fantastic Polish composers, all hugely talented and thoroughly schooled in "proper" composition. Had I thought about it for much longer, I'd have included Kilar in my response to "does any composer bat 1000 for you?" (or whatever it was called). I don't have dozens of his scores or other releases, but ALL the ones I do have are wonderful listening.

And I did include Dracula in my list of brilliantly-scored films recently.

A sad event not just in the world of film music, but for music in general.


 Posted:   Dec 29, 2013 - 5:13 AM   
 By:   David Anthony   (Member)

Rest in peace Maestro. What a great composer. I will be playing some of his wonderful works today for sure. Not only his films scores are great, his classical works are also magnificent.
The first track I will play will be the main theme from Konig der letzten Tage (A King for Burning) it takes my breath away each time I hear it.
Anyone who is only familiar with his score to DRACULA will have some great stuff to discover!

 Posted:   Dec 29, 2013 - 5:41 AM   
 By:   Bill Finn   (Member)

Sad news. Always liked his "Twilight Cellos" from PORTRAIT OF A LADY and others.

He shall be missed.

 Posted:   Dec 29, 2013 - 5:43 AM   
 By:   Shaun Rutherford   (Member)

A sad loss.
May he rest in peace.

GREAT choice, Johnny. Was looking for this piece as well.

 Posted:   Dec 29, 2013 - 6:30 AM   
 By:   WillGoldNewtonBarryGrusin   (Member)

Sad news. Another giant has left us.

 Posted:   Dec 29, 2013 - 7:18 AM   
 By:   Matt B   (Member)

Very sad to read this. He was an amazing composer, one of a kind.

 Posted:   Dec 29, 2013 - 7:24 AM   
 By:   Amer Zahid   (Member)

He was an amazing talent from Europe. Loved his 'Exodus' music also known as the Trailer Music from Schindler's List. His Pan Tadusez is a varied work that is refreshingly rich akin to our own John Barry. A fan favourite being his outlandishly charged dark score for Bram Stoklers Dracula. I hope we get a more complete version of that score some day. RIP!

 Posted:   Dec 29, 2013 - 7:58 AM   
 By:   tyuan   (Member)

Very sad news.
RIP maestro!

 Posted:   Dec 29, 2013 - 8:11 AM   
 By:   ClaytonMG   (Member)

A very, very sad day! I remember being shocked when he scored We Own the Night (and I feel his subtle and emotional music brought the movie to a whole other level).

 Posted:   Dec 29, 2013 - 8:43 AM   
 By:   MKRUltra   (Member)

One of my favorites, both of film music and concert music. One of the greatest of the Eastern European composers. RIP.

My avatar is from the film that contains one of his greatest scores, Jane Campion's criminally underrated The Portrait of a Lady.

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