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Classical composter Wojciech Kilar passed away earlier today at 81 years old.

Kilar, famed for composing the score for such films as Roman Polanski's "The Pianist", and Francis Ford Coppola's "Bram Stoker's Dracula", has had a long running battle with cancer, which today sadly ended with his passing in Katowice, Poland.

"The power and the message of his music... will stay in my memory forever," said Jerzy Kornowicz, head of the Association of Polish Composers.

Whilst composing the score for the films mentioned previously, he's also composed for two other of Roman Polanski's films "Death and the Maiden" and "The Ninth Gate". He also composed for Jane Campion's "The Portrait of a Lady" and had one of his pieces featured in "The Truman Show". Mostly though, he composed for Polish films, such as "Ziemia Obiecana" and "Zemsta", with his last being "Il Sole Nero".

As well as composing for films, he also made orchestral and choral music.


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