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Memorial service for Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki

03.04.2020 07:30
A memorial service was held on Thursday for Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki, who died last month at the age of 86.
An image of Krzysztof Penderecki projected on the facade of the presidential palace in Warsaw.
An image of Krzysztof Penderecki projected on the facade of the presidential palace in Warsaw.Photo: Jakub Szymczuk/KPRP

The mass at a church in the Wola Justowska district of the southern Polish city of Kraków was a private family affair near where Penderecki once lived.

The urn holding the composer’s ashes was then moved from the Church of Our Lady and placed in the crypt of St. Florian’s Church in Kraków.

Its final resting place will be in the National Pantheon, which is located in the crypts of the city’s Church of Saints Peter and Paul.

Penderecki will be laid to rest there with state honours once constraints relating to the coronavirus pandemic are lifted.

In a message on Thursday, President Andrzej Duda and the first lady conveyed their sympathies to the composer’s family, describing Penderecki as an “extraordinary and great artist who charted new avenues for the development of contemporary music.”

Penderecki passed away on Sunday at his home in Kraków after a long and serious illness.

His vast output includes four operas, eight symphonies, and a wide range of instrumental concertos and chamber works.

(mk/gs)