Poland prepares for Penderecki’s state funeral

Poland prepares for Penderecki’s state funeral


norman lebrecht

March 28, 2022

Tomorrow, on the second anniversary of his death, the ashes of the composer Krzysztof Penderecki will be borne through his home town Krakow in a rare state funeral.

The last time this honour was granted to a composer in Krakow was 85 years ago, for Karol Szymanowski. Both died on the same date.

Penderecki will be laid to rest in the new National Pantheon, un the Church of St. Peter and St Pauł at ul. Grodzka in Krakow.

His original funeral was a private affair, constricted by the first Covid lockdown.




  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    My physician used to walk his dog with this composer in Krakow and has spoken about what a nice man he was. Didn’t say the same about his music when Penderecki invited him to a performance of his works!!