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Krzysztof Penderecki dies at 86

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Krzysztof Penderecki, the avant garde Polish composer whose works have featured in the Hollywood films "The Exorcist" and "The Shining," died Sunday after a "long and serious illness," the Ludwig von Beethoven Association said. He was 86.

Penderecki was "an eminent artist, humanist, (and) one of the world's best known and most acclaimed Polish composers," the organization said.

One of his most famous works is the 1960 composition "Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima," a wailing, discordant lamentation dedicated to the victims of World War II's atomic bombing. With its shrieking strings, "Threnody" has been incorporated into the soundtracks for anxiety-inducing works such as the 2006 dystopian film "Children of Men" as well as episodes of "Twin Peaks" and "Black Mirror," according to IMDb.


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