Zbigniew Preisner
Zbigniew Preisner was born Zbigniew Antoni Kowalski on 20 May 1955 in Bielsko-Biała.  He is one of Poland's foremost leading film score
composers and is best known for his work with film director Krzysztof Kieślowski.

Preisner studied history and philosophy in Kraków. Though he never had any formal music lessons, he taught himself music by listening and
transcribing parts from records. His compositions reflect a distinct form of tonal neo-Romanticism, largely influenced by Paganini and Jean
Sibelius.  

Preisner is best known for his music, composed for films directed by fellow Pole Krzysztof Kieślowski.  His Song for the Unification of Europe,
was based on the Greek text of biblical verses 1 Corinthians 13, which is attributed to a character in Kieślowski's Three Colors: Blue. His
music for Three Colors: Red includes a setting of Polish and French versions of a poem by Wisława Szymborska, a Polish Nobel Prize-
winning poet.

Preisner was then hired by Francis Ford Coppola to write the score for The Secret Garden,  directed by Polish director Agnieszka Holland. h
Preisner  has collaborated with several directors, and won a César in 1996 for his work on Jean Becker's Élisa. He has won  many other
awards, including another César in 1994 for Three Colors: Red, and the Silver Bear from the 1997 Berlin Film Festival 1997 for The Island
on Bird Street.

In 1998 Preisner wrote his first large-scale work, Requiem for My Friend, which was not written for film.  He originally intended it to be a
narrative work to be written by Krzysztof Piesiewicz and directed by Kieślowski. But it turned out to be instead a memorial to Kieślowski after
the director's death.

He composed the theme music a documentary entitled, People's Century. It was a monumental production in 1994, made jointly by BBC in
the UK and PBS in the United States.

Preisner also collaborated with Thomas Vinterberg, the director for the 2003 film It's All About Love. In addition he provided orchestration for
David Gilmour's 2006 album On An Island. Preisners new project, called Silence, Night and Dream is a large scale work arranged for
orchestra, choir and soloists.  It is based on the Book of Job. The recording was released in 2007 with the lead singer of Madredeus, Teresa
Salgueiro and boy soprano Thomas Cully from Libera.


Preisner and Krzysztof Kieslowski jointly created a fictitious Dutch composer of the 18th century, Van den Budenmayer, for attributions in
screenplays. According to Preisner Van den Budenmayer is a pseudonym invented  "because we both loved the Netherlands".  Music "by"
the Dutch composer plays a role in three of Kieślowski films; the first is The Decalogue (1988); the second is Three Colours: Blue (1993) in
which a theme from his musique funebres is quoted in the Song for the Unification of Europe. Its E minor soprano solo is prefigured in the
earlier film The Double Life of Veronique (1991), where circumstances in the story prevent the solo from finishing; the third is Three Colours:
Red (1994).


Works
Orchestral works

Requiem for my friend (1998)
Life (1998)
Silence, Night and Dreams (2007)
Live in Gdańsk (September 22, 2008)

Music for solo instruments

10 Easy Pieces for Piano (2000)
Performed by Leszek Możdżer

Film scores

Prognoza pogody (1981)
Bez konca (1985)
Lubie nietoperze (1986)
Przez dotyk (1986)
The Lullabye (1987)
Ucieczka (1987)
To Kill a Priest (1988)
A Short Film About Killing (1988)
A Short Film About Love (1988)
Kocham kino (1988)
Dekalog (1988-9)
Ostatni dzwonek (1989)
Europa Europa (1990)
Eminent Domain (1991)
The Double Life of Véronique (1991)
At Play in the Fields of the Lord (1991)
Zwolnieni z zycia (1992)
Olivier, Olivier (1992)
Damage (1992)
Three Colors: Blue (1993)
The Secret Garden (1993)
On the Edge of the Horizon (1993)
Mouvements du désir (1994)
Kouarteto se 4 kiniseis (1994)
Three Colors: White (1994)
When a Man Loves a Woman (1994)
Three Colors: Red (1994)
Feast of July (1995)
Élisa (1995)
Foolish Heart (1996)
FairyTale: A True Story (1997)
The Island on Bird Street (1997)
The Last September (1999)
Dreaming of Joseph Lees (1999)
Aberdeen (2000)
Weiser (2001)
Between Strangers (2002)
It's All About Love (2003)
Strange Gardens (2003)
Kolysanka (2003)
SuperTex (2003)
The Beautiful Country (2004)
Sportsman of the Century (2006)
Anonyma - Eine Frau In Berlin (2008)





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