Krzysztof Penderecki, Boundary-Breaking Polish Composer, Dies at 86

    Krzysztof Penderecki, one of the world’s leading composers, died Sunday at the age of 86. The Polish Ministry of Affairs announced his passing in a tweet. No cause of death was given.

    The Polish-born composer established himself while still in his 20s with jarring atonal works such as Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima, and came to be widely admired by music fans and musicians far outside traditional classical music circles.

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