Polish composer of music for Oscar-winning "The Pianist," Wojciech Kilar, is laid to rest - InfoNews

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Polish composer of music for Oscar-winning "The Pianist," Wojciech Kilar, is laid to rest

The dark stone urn with the ashes of Poland’s pianist and composer Wojciech Kilar placed in front of the altar during the composer’s state funeral at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Katowice, Poland, on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. Mourners, including Culture Minister Bogdan Zdrojewski, hailed Kilar, a symphonic composer, as a glorious figure in Polish and European music. He gained fame writing film scores for Oscar-winning "The Pianist" and "Bram Stoker's Dracula." Kilar, 81, died of cancer on Sunday Dec. 29, 2013, in his hometown of Katowice. (AP Photo/ Tomasz Dudzinski) POLAND OUT
January 04, 2014 - 3:24 AM

WARSAW, Poland - Poland's First Lady Anna Komorowska and the culture minister are attending the state funeral of pianist and composer Wojciech Kilar, who wrote classical music and scores for many films, including Roman Polanski's Oscar-winning "The Pianist" and Francis Ford Coppola's "Bram Stoker's Dracula."

The 81-year-old Kilar died of cancer on Sunday in his southern hometown of Katowice.

The funeral ceremonies at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Katowice drew musicians and hundreds of fans of Kilar's music.

The dark stone urn with Kilar's ashes will be placed in the grave of his wife of over 40 years, Barbara, who died in 2007.

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