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Wojciech Kilar

Biography

The recipient of several international awards, like the Lili Boulanger Memoria Account Award of Boston (1960), and two awards through the Polish Minister of Tradition in 1967 and 1976, Wojciech Kilar was among Poland’s most well-known and highly respected composers. Seriously influenced from the music of John Cage, Kilar was known for integrating components of Polish folk music with traditional items. His most important works add a Brief Overture, Ode to Bela Bartok in Memoriam and Exodus. Kilar obtained many movies after he offered the music for Glos Z Tamtego Swiata/The Tone of voice from Beyond in 1962. He worked well thoroughly with such Polish directors as Krysztof Zanussi and Andrzej Wajda, but Kilar also sometimes scores worldwide productions. His work with Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) gained Kilar the ASCAP Honor.

Quick Facts


Full Name Wojciech Kilar
Died December 29, 2013, Katowice, Poland
Profession Pianist, Film Score Composer
Nationality Polish
Spouse Barbara Pomianowska
Parents Neonilla Kilar, Jan Franciszek Kilar
Awards Cesar Award for Best Original Score, Polish Academy Award for Best Film Score
Albums Bram Stoker's Dracula, Pan Tadeusz, The Ninth Gate, The Portrait of a Lady, Le Roi et l'Oiseau, Angelus / Exodus / Krzesany, Bram Stoker's Dracula and other film music, We Own the Night, Magnificat / Victoria, IL Sole Nero, Katowicom: Uwertura uroczysta / Hymn Paschalny / V Symfonia "Adwentowa", Death and the Maiden, Napoléon et l'Europe, Kilar - Koscielec, Concert fortepianowy, Bogurodzica, Exodus, Requiem Father Kolbe, Requiem pour le Père Kolbe, Wielcy Kompozytorzy Filmowi: Wojciech Kilar, Musiques originales des films d'Andrzej Wajda
Nominations BAFTA Award for Best Film Music
Movies Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Ninth Gate, The Pianist, Pan Tadeusz, The Promised Land, Leper, The Portrait of a Lady, The Shepherdess and the Chimneysweep, The Shadow Line, Death and the Maiden, We Own the Night, A Woman's Decision, Chronicle of Amorous Accidents, The Revenge, Blind Chance, Sami swoi, Foreign Body, The Cruise, Salt of the Black Earth, Pearl in the Crown, Korczak, Camouflage, At Full Gallop, Life as a Fatal Sexually Transmitted Disease, Salto, The King and the Mockingbird, A King for Burning, Zazdrosc i medycyna, Persona Non Grata, A Year of the Quiet Sun, The Structure of Crystal, The Illumination, Salsa, Spiral, The Constant Factor, Zycie za zycie, Death Like a Slice of Bread, From a Far Country, Our God's Brother, Black Sun, The Doll, The Silent Touch, Nikt nie wola, Hubal (film), The Beads of One Rosary, The Contract, Lokis: A Manuscript of Professor Wittembach, Supplement, And a Warm Heart, Westerplatte, Family Life


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#Fact
1 He was inspired by the works of Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, and fellow countryman Karol Szymanowski. His work incorporated Polish folk songs and Catholic church music. His main interest was composing symphonies and concertos, even though he wrote dozens of film scores.
2 One of Poland's most esteemed classical and film music composers.
3 His father was a genealogist and his mother was an actress.
4 Met his future wife Barbara when she was 18 and he was 22.
5 He studied piano and composition at the State Higher School of Music in Katowice, Poland, graduating with top honors in 1955.
6 Critically acclaimed composer of symphonies, sonatas, chamber music and more than a hundred film scores. He was a member of the Polish avant-garde movement of the 1960's.
7 Studied under Nadia Boulanger in Paris, France.


Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Linia 1975
The Promised Land 1975
A Woman's Decision 1975
Trzecia granica 1975 TV Series
Drzwi w murze 1974
The Catamount Killing 1974
Hipoteza 1973 TV Short
Iluminacja 1973
Zazdrosc i medycyna 1973
Hubal 1973
Opetanie 1973
Wielka milosc Balzaka 1973 TV Mini-Series 7 episodes
Boleslaw Smialy 1972
Szklana kula 1972
Brylanty pani Zuzy 1972
Perla w koronie 1972
Gwiazda wytrwalosci 1971 TV Movie
Zycie rodzinne 1971
Martwa fala 1971
Rola 1971 TV Short
Pierscien ksieznej Anny 1971
Dancing w kwaterze Hitlera 1971
Przystan 1971
Góry o zmierzchu 1970 TV Short
Romantyczni 1970
Rejs 1970
Lokis. Rekopis profesora Wittembacha 1970
Sól ziemi czarnej 1970
Tylko umarly odpowie 1969
Struktura krysztalu 1969
Zbrodniarz, który ukradl zbrodnie 1969
Czerwone i zlote 1969
Sasiedzi 1969
Molo 1969
Czlowiek z M-3 1969
Samotnosc we dwoje 1969
Przygody Pana Michala 1969 TV Series
Lalka 1968
Ostatni po Bogu 1968
Tabliczka marzenia 1968
Wilcze echa 1968
Upiór 1967 TV Short
Wstep do wiedzy o sztuce - Artysta 1967 Documentary short
Stajnia na Salvatorze 1967
Sami swoi 1967
Morderca zostawia slad 1967
Bicz bozy 1967
Westerplatte 1967
Cala naprzód 1967
Chudy i inni 1967
Powrót na ziemie 1967
Maria Sklodowska-Curie 1967 Documentary short
Bumerang 1966
Ktokolwiek wie... 1966
Marysia i Napoleon 1966
Pieklo i niebo 1966
Katastrofa 1966
Jutro Meksyk 1966
Trzy kroki po ziemi 1965
Salto 1965
Wyspa zloczynców 1965
Obok prawdy 1965
Pózne popoludnie 1965
Ciemnogród 1964 Short
Pieciu 1964
Echo 1964
Giuseppe w Warszawie 1964
Kryptonim Nektar 1963
Mansarda 1963
Milczenie 1963
Daleka jest droga 1963
Czerwone berety 1963
Spotkanie w 'Bajce' 1962
Rodzina Milcarków 1962
Glos z tamtego swiata 1962
I ty zostaniesz Indianinem 1962
Tarpany 1962
Milczace slady 1961
Nikt nie wola 1960
Lunatycy 1960
Narciarze 1958 Short documentary
Obce cialo 2014
Light in the Dark 2012 Short
Un Après-midi 2011 Short
Rewizyta 2009
Poste restante 2009 Documentary short
And a Warm Heart 2008
The Blood Is the Life: The Making of 'Bram Stoker's Dracula' 2007 Video documentary short
Il sole nero 2007
We Own the Night 2007
Persona non grata 2005/I
Philosopher's Paradise 2004 Documentary
Vendetta 2003/I Short
The Revenge 2002
The Pianist 2002
Suplement 2002
I Remember 2002 Documentary
Salwa 2001 Documentary short
Zycie jako smiertelna choroba przenoszona droga plciowa 2000
Hidden Treasures of the Weekend Stories Cycle 2000 TV Movie
Pan Tadeusz 1999
Tydzien z zycia mezczyzny 1999
The Ninth Gate 1999
Unwritten Law 1998 TV Movie
Delay Line 1998 TV Movie
The Last Circle 1998 TV Movie
Deceptive Charm 1998 TV Movie
The Soul Sings 1997 TV Movie
Our God's Brother 1997
Little Faith 1997 TV Movie
The Portrait of a Lady 1996
Cwal 1996
Fantôme avec chauffeur 1996
Damski interes z cyklu 'Opowiesci weekendowe' 1996 TV Movie
Legenda Tatr 1995
Death and the Maiden 1994
Faustyna 1994
Smierc jak kromka chleba 1994
König der letzten Tage 1993 TV Mini-Series 2 episodes
Dracula 1992
The Touch 1992
Das lange Gespräch mit dem Vogel 1992 TV Movie
Zycie za zycie. Maksymilian Kolbe 1991
Coup de foudre 1991 TV Series 1 episode
Napoléon et l'Europe 1991 TV Series 6 episodes
Korczak 1990
Stan posiadania 1989
La table tournante 1988
Wherever You Are... 1988
Salsa 1988
Wygasle czasy 1987 Documentary
Przypadek 1987
Kronika wypadków milosnych 1986
Wkrótce nadejda bracia 1986
Paradigma 1985
Na wszystkich niedostepnych drogach 1984 Documentary
Marynia 1984
Na strazy swej stac bede 1984
Rok spokojnego slonca 1984
Blaubart 1984 TV Movie
Capitali culturali d'Europa 1983 TV Series documentary 1 episode
Credo 1983 Documentary
Versuchung 1982 TV Movie
Imperative 1982
Die Unerreichbare 1982 TV Movie
From a Far Country 1981
Ród Gasieniców 1981 TV Series
The Contract 1980 TV Movie
The Constant Factor 1980
Paciorki jednego rózanca 1980
The King and the Mockingbird 1980
Ways in the Night 1979 TV Movie
Z punktu widzenia nocnego portiera 1979 Documentary short
David 1979
Rodzina Polanieckich 1978 TV Series
Spirala 1978
Haus der Frauen 1978 TV Movie
Brigitte Horney 1977 Documentary short
Lekcja anatomii 1977 TV Movie
Ptaki, ptakom... 1977
Camouflage 1977
Tredowata 1976
Smuga cienia 1976
Jaroslaw Dabrowski 1976
Nachtdienst 1975 TV Movie
Znikad donikad 1975

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Er ist wieder da 2015 writer: "At The Ball"
Knight of Cups 2015 writer: "Exodus"
Augustine 2012 "Mina's Photo"
American Horror Story TV Series 1 episode, 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2011
Scarlet 2011 Short writer: "Mina's Photo", "Lucy's Party"
Welcome 2009/I "Agata's Theme V1", "The Black Sun", "Agata's Theme"
Livshunger 2002 TV Series music - 1 episode
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam 1999 writer: "A Certain Light" - uncredited
The Truman Show 1998 "Father Kolbe's Preaching"
City of Angels 1998 writer: "Angelus"
The Soul Sings 1997 TV Movie music: "Hipoteza", "Bilans kwartalny"
Our God's Brother 1997 music: "ILUMINACJA", "KONTRAKT", "GDZIESKOLWIEK JEST, JESLIS JEST..."

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Welcome 2009/I composer: stock music
Il sole nero 2007 music arranger
Silent Clowns 2006 TV Mini-Series documentary composer - 1 episode
A Janela Aberta 2003 Short composer: additional music
The Ninth Gate 1999 score producer
The Portrait of a Lady 1996 orchestrator: score
Dracula 1992 orchestrator

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Paul Grimault, image par image 2003 Video documentary Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2006 Eagle Polish Film Awards Best Film Score (Najlepsza Muzyka) Persona non grata (2005)
2003 César César Awards, France Best Music Written for a Film (Meilleure musique écrite pour un film) The Pianist (2002)
2003 Eagle Polish Film Awards Best Film Score (Najlepsza Muzyka) The Pianist (2002)
2001 Eagle Polish Film Awards Best Film Score (Najlepsza Muzyka) Zycie jako smiertelna choroba przenoszona droga plciowa (2000)
2000 Eagle Polish Film Awards Best Film Score (Najlepsza Muzyka) Pan Tadeusz (1999)
1993 ASCAP Award ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards Top Box Office Films Dracula (1992)
1978 Best Score Polish Film Festival Spirala (1978)
1975 Best Score Polish Film Festival Ziemia obiecana (1975)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015 Eagle Polish Film Awards Best Film Score (Najlepsza Muzyka) Obce cialo (2014)
2009 Eagle Polish Film Awards Best Film Score (Najlepsza Muzyka) Serce na dloni (2008)
2003 Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music BAFTA Awards The Pianist (2002)
2003 Eagle Polish Film Awards Best Film Score (Najlepsza Muzyka) Zemsta (2002)
1999 FMCJ Award International Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA) Film Score of the Year The Ninth Gate (1999)
1993 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Music Dracula (1992)


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