Krzysztof Penderecki – Polymorphia for 48 String Instruments (The Exorcist: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Polymorphia was originally composed in 1961 by the avant-garde Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki. It was also later used, in addition to several other Penderecki compositions, in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.

Krzysztof Penderecki,


Krzysztof Penderecki, b. Nov. 23, 1933 – Polish composer who is regarded as a ‘difficult’ or ‘demanding’ composer in the grand formats (8 symphonies, numerous concerti for orchestra and solo instruments, 25 choral works, covering all the Latin standard forms: Requiem, Te Deum, Magnificat, Passion etc.) – all the while also having his scores used for film soundtracks (including The Shining and The Exorcist)…

Photo: Krzysztof Penderecki, Studio Elektroniczne Polskiego Radia, Warszawa, 1964 r.