Polish composer, conductor Krzysztof Penderecki dies at 86

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Krzysztof Penderecki

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Krzysztof Penderecki, an award-winning conductor and one of the world’s most popular contemporary classical music composers whose works have featured in Hollywood films like The Shining and Shutter Island, has died. He was 86. The Ludwig van Beethoven Association said in a statement emailed to The Associated Press that Penderecki had a “long and serious illness.” A Polish newspaper said he died at his Krakow home on Sunday. The statement called Penderecki as “Great Pole, an outstanding creator and a humanist” who was one of the world’s best appreciated Polish composers.