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A Tribute to Krzysztof Penderecki

Posted March 30, 2020

The New York Philharmonic deeply mourns the passing of Krzysztof Penderecki on March 29, 2020, at the age of 86. The leading Polish composer of his generation with a warm and generous heart, he was a good friend of the Orchestra, which performed 14 of his compositions — including his Symphony No. 2 (in its World Premiere) and Seven Gates of Jerusalem (in its US Premiere) — and presented four of his chamber works. He also conducted the Philharmonic 12 times, including during the 1997 Composer Week in which the Philharmonic celebrated him. The New York Philharmonic Musicians, Board, and Staff extend deepest condolences to his wife, Elzbieta, and his family and friends.

You can hear two of the Philharmonic’s more recent performances — the Violin Concerto No. 2 and Cello Concerto No. 2 — at the SoundCloud link above.