There is also a dark side to the Upolsk soul. Here is a list of 10 iconic soundtracks proving that Polish composers can compose music no less creepy than Polish spelling.
1. Krzysztof Komeda – “Rosemary’s Baby”
The legendary Polish composer and prominent jazzman Krzysztof Komeda has composed scores for several famous films, in particular the awe-inspiring soundtrack to Roman Polanski’s classic thriller Rosemary’s Baby. Ominous lullabies are ideally suited to the story of the unborn child of the chosen one of the Prince of Darkness.
2. Krzysztof Penderecki – “Shining”
Another renowned composer Krzysztof Penderecki wrote the music for Stanley Kubrick’s famous film The Shining, as well as for a number of other equally chilling films. This avant-garde composer in demand in Hollywood has helped many filmmakers paralyze audiences around the world with fear.
3. Andrzej Kozhinsky – “Obsessed”
Andrzej Kozhinsky is not as famous outside of Poland as Komeda or Penderecki, but I think he too will not escape world fame when film music lovers discover this masterpiece: Kozhinsky’s dark soundtrack to Andrzej Zulawsky’s surreal thriller Obsessed, referring to the electronic music of the eighties.
4. Wojciech Kilar – “Bram Stoker’s Dracula”
Horror fans have cold blood in their veins from “Dracula”, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, thanks in large part to the music of the classical composer Wojciech Kilar. Kilyar’s symphonic works have been performed in more than a hundred films.
5. Krzysztof Penderecki – “Island of the Damned”
The incredible tension in Martin Scorsese’s film “Isle of the Damned” is largely achieved through the music – Penderecki’s Symphony No. 3 (Passacaglia – Allegro Moderato). And not only in Scorsese’s film: since 1990, this composition has sounded more than once in films.
6. Krzysztof Komeda – “Ball of the Vampires”
Comeda and Polanski met once again on set, resulting in an eerie soundtrack to The Ball of the Vampires. Add here the acting work of Sharon Tate and Polansky himself and we get a masterpiece of the horror genre.
7. Krzysztof Penderecki – “Human Child”
In Cuaron’s thriller, Penderetsky’s Lament for the Victims of Hiroshima is played. The dissonant and shrill sounds fit perfectly into the film’s apocalyptic atmosphere.
8. Zbigniew Preisner – “A short film about a murder”
The melancholy and melodic motif from Kieslowski’s film masterpiece is remembered no less than the story of the protagonist. Preisner’s neo-romantic style lends a chilling sound to an endless murder scene.
9. Krzysztof Penderecki – “The Exorcist”
And again Penderetsky. Filmmakers turn to his ghostly “Polymorphia” over and over again. Perhaps one of the most memorable scenes of Polymorphia is the obsession scenes from The Exorcist.
10. Wojciech Kilar – “The Ninth Gate”
Polanski doesn’t need help creating a demonic atmosphere, but thanks to Kilar’s soundtrack, Satan’s coming to Earth seems inevitable.