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The Godfather of Horror Music

  • Опубліковано 21 лют 2024
  • The story of renowned Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki
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    Music talked about:
    Threnody to Hiroshima: • Penderecki: Threnody f...
    Fluorescences: • "Fluorescences" for Or...
    Polymorphia: • Krzysztof Penderecki ...


  • @isadoramoon7521
    @isadoramoon7521 2 роки тому +417

    I was In a concert a couple of years ago (in Finland) where they played horror movie music. One of the music was by Krzysztof Penderecki "Polymorphia" from the movie Shining. It was Incredibly creepy but amazing. When it was over everyone gave a standing ovation.

    • @MarvelousPhilly
      @MarvelousPhilly 2 роки тому +7

      Nice. I would've loved to have been there to hear that music.

    • @LowdownBoy
      @LowdownBoy 2 роки тому +8

      You people with lives should probably stay away from the internet

    • @mirzaghalib8659
      @mirzaghalib8659 Рік тому

      sounds dope

    • @bowlingballz_
      @bowlingballz_ Рік тому +3

      I never saw Polymorphia as being "creepy" I just thought it was a piece that explored really cool and unique sounds.

  • @rickshearer
    @rickshearer 2 роки тому +172

    Respect to creative artists who break the "rules" of music composition!

  • @unhingedskrunkly8512
    @unhingedskrunkly8512 2 роки тому +132

    Thank you for spotlighting such unique artist! The threnody for Hiroshima is so terrifying 😢

  • @madrotter
    @madrotter 5 місяців тому +7

    Check out the three horror jazz albums that Kenyon Hopkins put out in the late 50's and early 60's, they will blow you away.... They're very, very rare, took me years to find them.... Got to mention Gustav Holst's The Planets, I've read that when first performed, I think in 1918 the theatre emptied out, people were terrified by it.... Thanks for letting me know about this composer!

  • @calebcartwright7888
    @calebcartwright7888 2 роки тому +50

    I did a research project over horror movie scores and I researched several of Penderecki’s pieces used in The Shining. His work is so brutal yet beautiful. Thank you for this video.

  • @dognote1554
    @dognote1554 2 роки тому +40

    great video, I always feel smarter at the end of the day when I watch your videos since I learn a lot about musician's lives and what impact they had on pop culture I probably wouldn't have know if it wasn't for your videos

    • @deburke321
      @deburke321  2 роки тому +5

      Thank you I really appreciate that! 😊

  • @simonkawasaki4229
    @simonkawasaki4229 2 роки тому +10

    The piece Penderecki was talking about regarding the church’s issues was the opera Die Teufel von Loudun. It is glorious.

  • @princealigorna7468
    @princealigorna7468 2 роки тому +88

    Penderecki is basically the successor to Arnold Schoenberg. Schoenberg invented serialist/12-tone composition and atonality. Penderecki pushed that style of composition to its limits. Schoenberg composed a piece dedicated to the Jews or Warsaw ghetto that were the first victims of WW2. Penderecki composed one for the victims of the atomic bombing that were the final victims of that war. Both composer's music is eerie and dark and more than a little unhinged. Schoenberg I don't think ever composed for movies, but his influence sure did (see also: Bernard Hermann's score for Psycho). Penderecki, on the other hand, did lend his shit for movies that came in Psycho's wake.

    • @viciousdope66
      @viciousdope66 2 роки тому +5

      I enjoy Schoenberg. Stravinsky is also a favorite. Avant garde/atonal music has a certain unnameable quality which most popular music doesn’t. I recommend you to check out Scott Walker. His stuff from Climate of Hunter onward is the best imo.

    • @princealigorna7468
      @princealigorna7468 2 роки тому +7

      @@viciousdope66 Stravinsky is a different kind of unnerving. There is a primitive and primal quality to his stuff that sounds ancient and eldritch. It's not technically atonal but it has moments where things feel like they're coming apart and everything is chaos that had a similar effect. Schoenberg and Penderecki are unnerving because you can't tell where anything is going. There's no center. There is a structure, which is that the piece is going to run through all 12 notes of the chromatic scale, but as an audience YOU can never tell what passage is coming in what key next. And then you have most pieces being of moderate tempo, with all the instruments playing either nothing but high end or nothing but bottom end and it all ends up sounding like something stalking you in a drunken gait. Or the aural equivalent of severe schizophrenia

    • @marcinkepa6180
      @marcinkepa6180 2 роки тому +3

      For the sake of accuracy and historic order.
      The Jews of the Warsaw ghetto were the first victims of this war...
      Were they???
      I believe and hope your strange words to be merely an innocent lapse?
      The Warsaw ghetto was established on October 2, 1940. Even earlier - on February 8 of that year - a ghetto was established in my native Łódź.
      World War II started in the morning of September 1, 1939; it was started by a bombing raid on Wieluń - a civilian city with no military significance, therefore the only goal and result of the bombings was the massacre of defenseless civilians.
      At the same time, the Polish seaside military outpost was shelled by a German battleship, which had anchored there, having recently come on a courtesy visit.
      I have no idea what you meant when you wrote this ridiculous sentence.
      So I can only repeat that this is either the most common slip of the finger, or some (clumsy, unfortunate) metaphor.

    • @christodec
      @christodec Рік тому +1

      true, only far better than Arnold Schoenberg

    • @hellmik
      @hellmik Рік тому +1

      @@marcinkepa6180 That's so polish in a worst sense of the word to get so worked up about history when everyone talks music. The paranoia on display only shows that something's at stake. And Penderecki captures that paranoia too. He always underlined that despite the titles , he never wanted to say anything beyond music.Try to take it to your head.

  • @Jackk82
    @Jackk82 2 роки тому +12

    One of the best composers of my country.

  • @jareknowak8712
    @jareknowak8712 2 роки тому +12

    The Beksinski of Music.
    His cousin: Tadeusz Kantor.

  • @kareliask
    @kareliask 2 роки тому +18

    If philosophy and life experiences are accounted for, it's difficult not to consider Allan Pettersson the king of the morose, pretty much everything is universally bleak, and he received very little attention or rewards during his lifetime. The circumstances of Schnittke's 9th symphony's writing also, the manuscript wasn't fully intelligible and required some interpretation.
    "I think this is music of someone who is already dead - as Schnittke had been, having been pronounced clinically dead on several occasions during his strokes. Much of the music sounds like the exploratory wanderings of a ghost during his first encounter with a new, otherworldly universe.... It is a delicate work, to be sure, and I think there is a lot of richness to keep exploring in its nuances"

  • @ceceliahabeger1124
    @ceceliahabeger1124 2 роки тому +8

    I love that you spotlight different artists! Amazing ❤️❤️❤️

  • @chairylyme
    @chairylyme 2 роки тому +8

    Perfect timing! Recently I heard the thernody fot Hiroshima a day before this video came out. Thanks deburke

  • @enragedkaiser237
    @enragedkaiser237 2 роки тому +19

    My favourite of his is "Utrenja", fantastic piece

  • @kyleemoening8570
    @kyleemoening8570 2 роки тому +8

    Wow thanks for sharing that. What a legend 🥺❤️

  • @damianhelbert3615
    @damianhelbert3615 2 роки тому +4

    Been waiting for a new upload, mad hype

  • @revmo37
    @revmo37 2 роки тому +13

    Whoa my friend. I've always loved your channel. But you might have outdone yourself. What a fantastically original and truly interesting video along with your usual great research. Thank You !

  • @lordjim3109
    @lordjim3109 4 місяці тому +1

    I attended one of the last concerts Penderecki conducted himself. This was in the Gdansk Philharmonic. When was it? 2007 or maybe 2009, I don`t remember exactly. He was very fat, couldn`t move much, wasn`t very agile. Looked very old. An alarm went off in the building. Not in the concert hall itself, but you could hear it. He paused the concert until they switched it off. He was very calm and concentrated on music: a great master - you could feel it. This concert was one of those things that happen only once in a lifetime, and at the time I was vaguely aware it wouldn`t happen again.

    @RAC00NFANGIRL Рік тому +6

    This man is genius I love his art! This man deserves love and support!
    I love dark music! Anything dark I love it! May you rest peace you talented man!

  • @LittleMissPantiesInABunch
    @LittleMissPantiesInABunch 2 роки тому +11

    The opening to this with the orchestra, made my dog and neighbors dog very upset 😂 💀

  • @jLo4sho
    @jLo4sho 2 роки тому +4

    Radiohead is one of my favorite bands. This collaboration makes sense.

  • @usernameinvalidforu
    @usernameinvalidforu 2 роки тому +3

    Great new video and subject.
    You are killing it.

  • @Satellite_Of_Love
    @Satellite_Of_Love 9 місяців тому +2

    I remember the chills I felt listening to the Threnody of Hiroshima for the first time. It's certainly one of the most disturbing pieces ever created.

  • @nayster131
    @nayster131 2 роки тому +5

    Wow I've just realised parts of christoph's compositions are in "A plague tale" when you encounter the rats throughout the game

  • @TheVioletBunny
    @TheVioletBunny 2 роки тому +2

    I’m a big fan of avant garde and noise music infact im the guy who suggested jandek to you. Cool stuff

  • @bowlingballz_
    @bowlingballz_ Рік тому +2

    I love Penderecki's music so much.

  • @russellzauner
    @russellzauner Рік тому +1

    Wozzeck is pretty great too. I'm constantly looking over my shoulder when it's on.

  • @jakeohalloran952
    @jakeohalloran952 2 роки тому +2

    I knew I heard that piece somewhere, thank you Twin Peaks.

  • @MsTinkerbelle87
    @MsTinkerbelle87 Рік тому +2

    I read composter, I was so confused…this music is what trauma feels like. It’s very haunting but beautiful!

  • @elviras4378
    @elviras4378 Рік тому +2

    Brutal Orchestra..☠️☠️☠️

  • @hextatik_sound
    @hextatik_sound Місяць тому

    My all time favourite composer.

  • @Spheriment
    @Spheriment 2 роки тому +2

    God I love this channel.

  • @Iwishtheirwasnopain
    @Iwishtheirwasnopain 2 роки тому +2

    What an odd synchronicity you upload this right after I watch the Netflix show archive 81, the first episode being about a dark composer

  • @Alex-op5ow
    @Alex-op5ow 9 місяців тому +3

    I feel like the composer of Hunter X Hunter (2011) got a lot of inspiration from this man's music.

  • @78deathface
    @78deathface 2 роки тому +4

    My cat is apparently not a Penderecki fan

  • @Daniel-lf3jg
    @Daniel-lf3jg 2 роки тому +2

    Goblins work in suspiria always scared me.

  • @nak9953
    @nak9953 2 роки тому +2

    Awesome channel! Cant wait to watch this tonight!

  • @ingawawrzynkowska8695
    @ingawawrzynkowska8695 2 роки тому +2

    1:24 song? It's a piece not a song. Aside from that, great video. It was huge loss to my country when our most famous composed died

  • @ArcherSuh
    @ArcherSuh Рік тому +6

    When I hear Penderecki referred to as horror's favorite composer, I imagine a group of Italian film maestros like Riz Ortolani and Fabio Frizzi standing along with the members of Goblin and looking absolutely dejected and very sad...

  • @rickshearer
    @rickshearer 2 роки тому +2

    1:10 Sounds like 80 professional basketball players playing on the same arena court!

  • @jez_who
    @jez_who 2 роки тому +1

    This was so informative

  • @user-hg1le2tc4g
    @user-hg1le2tc4g 16 днів тому

    Honestly, listening to Penderecki's work outright is 10x scarier than hearing it in a horror film. Shit, his music is scarier than most horror films in general.

  • @realvelikiman1987
    @realvelikiman1987 2 роки тому +3

    Can you cover Imam Alimsultanov? I think his story although hard to find is very interesting

  • @rrsjr
    @rrsjr Рік тому +1

    Reminds me of aspects of some of Ligeti's work.

    • @jeffreyhanc1711
      @jeffreyhanc1711 Рік тому

      A core foundation of both of them was utilizing microtones - all the notes and frequencies between the usual westerns diatonic scales. A bit geeky I know, but It really is a huge part of the ‘scary unsettling’ vibe. 😊

  • @youssefd6187
    @youssefd6187 2 роки тому +3

    Uploaded just in time for my food to be ready

  • @MegaFreebird420
    @MegaFreebird420 Рік тому

    A member of Radiohead worked this guy, amazing! I didn't know that!

  • @Yatukih_001
    @Yatukih_001 Рік тому

    To me, the darkest, most haunting and horrifying song is the trance song known as The Song of Liberation.

  • @rosecity_chris
    @rosecity_chris Рік тому +1

    Jesus I clicked the video then set my phone down...I wasn't prepared for that intro lol scared the shit out of me

  • @shuruff904
    @shuruff904 2 роки тому +1

    I would've loved to see Trent Reznor team up with Christoph... New Ghosts album anyone?

  • @narria9570
    @narria9570 3 місяці тому

    What is the piece being played at the end that sounds like viola and piano?

  • @zew1414
    @zew1414 2 роки тому +1

    Sounds like the phenomenal string composites from The Exorcist. EDIT: Oh ok, that's why it sounds similar...because it is his. 👍

  • @carlosbuchlein
    @carlosbuchlein 5 місяців тому

    This kind of music hardly couldn´t exist without the precedent of Xenakis.

  • @servo90
    @servo90 2 роки тому +1

    Oh yea - I remember this from Twin Peaks.

  • @dannymiller7187
    @dannymiller7187 Рік тому

    I literally can not listen to music like this. It honestly will make me paranoid wanting it to be day time and my mom to come sit with me, it really might give me nightmares. Movies or images don’t bother me but Sound fucks me right up.

  • @jonj1163
    @jonj1163 2 роки тому +4

    Depends on how you define "darkest", but I find Bela Bartok to be "darker".

    • @jaime_lynn
      @jaime_lynn Рік тому +2

      Agreed. I had to do a full analysis of “Contrasts” for as my contemporary composition as part of my undergrad exit exam. As it also included my discipline, clarinet, I had to perform an excerpt myself, as well as perform the examples of the clarinet lines throughout my oral presentation. I had done comparison analysis of other Bartok pieces, and boy. I needed to walk in the sun afterwards quite a few times. It was rough. However, Penderecki, I feel, is dark in a different way. I’ve always said that to fully grasp the depth ad breath of his works, you need to SEE them performed. The frenetic energy often injected into the performance, NEEDED to perform them, is unparalleled. The world is missing him greatly. A giant among men.

  • @ButterscotchMcBean1995
    @ButterscotchMcBean1995 2 роки тому +1

    He was a legend in music history. :-)

  • @CHEEZE69
    @CHEEZE69 Рік тому

    I'm surprised you haven't did anything on the band SKYND (if you haven't) I just watched your disturbing rap songs, I've been a fan of BLH from day one but SKYND's videos are more disturbing by far because they are based on actual events.

  • @platinumpagoda3079
    @platinumpagoda3079 2 роки тому +1

    Still not appearing on your actual videos list fsr.

  • @Powhart
    @Powhart 2 роки тому +17

    Here's a fun fact :D I once went for a walk with my friend to the cementary at midnight, cause it was a kind of very calm and warm night and the peace at cementary is actually very calming, nothing scary. He decided though that he has to scare me with some music examples, and he started to play me some horror metal or something... you know with whispers and stuff. I was like dude, that's pretentious not scary, but he kept on showing me them, so eventually I was like "OK, if You wanna be scared then liesten to this", and I played him "threnody for victims of hiroshima". The poor guy was terrified :D

    • @bandname
      @bandname 2 роки тому +4

      What a fool. Metal isn't scary, it's either badass or cringe.

  • @negvey
    @negvey 10 місяців тому

    Now I know where "Sebastian - Threnody" came from!!!!

  • @joshuarosenbaum9360
    @joshuarosenbaum9360 9 місяців тому

    I LOVE Penderecki, but I'm not sure he would be "the godfather of horror music" considering the Second Viennese School (Schoenberg, Berg and Webern) came way before him. Also, there were plenty of composers around the same time as Penderecki writing what could be considered "horror music". What about Scelsi, Ligeti or Xenakis for example? Are their contributions completely overshadowed by Penderecki? I think not!
    Nice video, but let's not conflate Penderecki as a godfather of horror music when it's clear that he wasn't the first composer to attempt in writing this kind of music.

  • @bindon4
    @bindon4 Рік тому +1

    Thank you for this video - but i have several problems with it and this is not criticism, but a precursor for discussion?? Firstly - a very pedantic point, it's not a 'song'. Secondly, the fact that he titled 'threnody' afterwards suggests he realised it could have a wider political influence. 3- forget Film Music. He never wrote anything intended for film. He once stated that he wanted to write "liberating sound beyond all tradition". He was a great admirer of Chopin (as am I), but he wanted to break free from all traditional harmonic forms. He is NOT the father of horror music, only that directors discovered his sound (and that of Ligeti and Bartok). Penderecki was amazing, but he has very little to do wit horror music other than the fact that direcotrs/producers used his music for their own ends. Please discuss?

  • @SonicfanTheNightfury5099
    @SonicfanTheNightfury5099 Рік тому +1


  • @thureintun1687
    @thureintun1687 Рік тому

    1:15 how does the sound of strings grinding induce feeling of fear, dread, loneliness, etc etc ...
    Melodrama at its peak..
    What's so scary with the sounds? These are just sounds, meaning the thing*(natural phenomenon) occurs when air molecules vibrates in a given rhythm. That's it. NATURE* So what's so scary?
    F the classical Greeks for innovating drama! which is one of the main distorting factors to human rationality and reasoning, alongside the likes of religion, nationalism, etc etc...
    Disgusting huh?
    Why don't use the energy you get from your food to use your brains in some productive way, like theorising your own scientific research, peer review others', etc etc.. i even have no problem in entrainment. I mean not everything has to be solely contributive towards mankind you know. You can have a time of relaxation and play. I can receive reasonable extent of drama obviously as a homo sapiens myself. But feeling scares, dread and loneliness for sounds????? oh my mmmm
    It's same as getting goosebumps upon seeing arrow rain scenes in medieval movies, bullied kid got his revenge on the bully scene, child riding a dragon and screaming "yaaahoo" "yeeeehaa" scene, and so on ... Right? you get goosebumps from them right??! Disgusting! pfft

    • @MsTinkerbelle87
      @MsTinkerbelle87 Рік тому

      It’s because we are looking at something distressing…

  • @dirtlevel
    @dirtlevel 2 роки тому +1

    Check out Bernard Parmegiani: De Natura Sonorum

  • @reidwhitton6248
    @reidwhitton6248 5 місяців тому

    Penderecki did not compose horror music. People are conditioned to associate dissonant music with horror movies because the great composers have been ripped off for that purpose. I never think of horror when listening to modern composers.

  • @conejoXX209
    @conejoXX209 2 роки тому +1

    Dark music like this sounds more relaxing than alot of other music out their

    • @Phobero
      @Phobero Рік тому

      Out their what?

  • @SPENT77
    @SPENT77 Рік тому

    Sounds lovely

  • @bassoonistfromhell
    @bassoonistfromhell Рік тому

    I've always felt that the retitling of Threnody was somewhat disingenuous and that the piece wouldn't have been as much of a success without that title change. That isn't to say the piece is a bad piece. But that he retitled it after he heard it to be about something he didn't think about when he wrote it always seemed strange to me.

  • @michaelscriver5395
    @michaelscriver5395 2 роки тому +2

    Very different but very interesting and good

  • @brendakrieger7000
    @brendakrieger7000 2 роки тому


  • @ShortbusMooner
    @ShortbusMooner 2 роки тому +2

    He definitely had a panache for the dark senses..

  • @marlonmorrison8530
    @marlonmorrison8530 2 роки тому

    Wooooow yall always tell stuff I don't no about your awesome

  • @davidcutts9079
    @davidcutts9079 2 роки тому +2

    Viowins is SCAWEY!!!

  • @edwarddawson42
    @edwarddawson42 2 роки тому +1

    I saw this title and thought you were going to talk about Varese

    • @jonathanmosebach2921
      @jonathanmosebach2921 2 роки тому

      It took a whole day, but in college one of the pieces that I did for my percussion recital, was a 13 time loop, me playing all the parts, Varese's Ionisation! A difficult but beautiful piece!

    • @edwarddawson42
      @edwarddawson42 2 роки тому

      @@jonathanmosebach2921 hopefully you've seen the Zappa documentary. That's where I found out about Varese.

  • @UndMasMut
    @UndMasMut 2 роки тому +1

    Alfred Schnittke

  • @deluge71
    @deluge71 Рік тому


  • @PowerRangersFanAntiDinoFury
    @PowerRangersFanAntiDinoFury 2 роки тому

    I've heard this piece in many cartoons. I think I heard it in teenage mutant ninja turtles 2012.

  • @julenkoldobika9525
    @julenkoldobika9525 Місяць тому

    Penderecki with black beard gets even darker.

  • @tinoword8566
    @tinoword8566 2 роки тому +4


  • @m0d01
    @m0d01 2 роки тому

    See also: Art Zoyd and Univers Zero

    • @m0d01
      @m0d01 2 роки тому

      I just gave myself goosebumps by thinking about these guys

  • @giossj4fusion87
    @giossj4fusion87 2 роки тому

    Why does this sound like the background music when gon is charging his rockpaper fist to hit pitou in hunter X hunter

  • @robroyce6845
    @robroyce6845 Рік тому


  • @lacedunlaced2319
    @lacedunlaced2319 2 роки тому

    its alive

  • @tomaszjargunna4564
    @tomaszjargunna4564 Рік тому

    Darkest?? I don't think so.
    R.I.P. Mistrzu.

  • @rodolfoayalajr.8589
    @rodolfoayalajr.8589 2 роки тому +1

    Horror move music 🎶.

  • @venusblackmoon6543
    @venusblackmoon6543 2 роки тому +1

    Sounds like music to the movie Friday the 13th!

  • @JNRProfessionalServices
    @JNRProfessionalServices Рік тому +2

    Hi the link

  • @deadhumanisalive
    @deadhumanisalive 2 роки тому

    Comment for the algorithm

  • @Warp75
    @Warp75 7 місяців тому

    I was hoping Nolan would have used Threnody in Oppenheimer, but alas no.

  • @wolfiethedog8342
    @wolfiethedog8342 2 роки тому +1

    This guy sounds Canadian who is narrating....🤔🇨🇦

  • @algeborusas2775
    @algeborusas2775 10 місяців тому

    I nominate Ukrainian composer Sergei Pilutikov. Listen to "Legion" and "Barrier".

  • @CrankyB1tsch
    @CrankyB1tsch 2 роки тому +2

    that first piece works just fine in a movie or as the soundtrack of a documentary but c'mon it's not music, it's pure irritating noise. it makes sense only if related to something else, not on its own. however kudos to him for saying f*uck you to the church

  • @canismajoris6733
    @canismajoris6733 Рік тому +2

    Of the church is trying to stop you you're probably doing something right

  • @minnie8397
    @minnie8397 Рік тому

    I still can't stand the music from the exorcist movie. That movie scared the crap out of me !

  • @jespermortensen3760
    @jespermortensen3760 2 роки тому

    God morgen

  • @mathiasbaldwin
    @mathiasbaldwin 2 роки тому +1


  • @Maximilian0011
    @Maximilian0011 2 місяці тому

    are ya kidding??? true, ONLY a Demon knows hellish sounds of torments..., fact

  • @user-cj2ey4wj1m
    @user-cj2ey4wj1m 2 роки тому


  • @srxiii2261
    @srxiii2261 2 роки тому

    Krzysztof is pronounced kgyshtof not like christoph. And Penderecki is pronounced penderetski.

    • @edwarddawson42
      @edwarddawson42 2 роки тому

      Can you show a phonetic example of how to pronounce the kg part? That is breaking my brain.

    • @biomansmith151
      @biomansmith151 Рік тому +1

      @@edwarddawson42 it's more like kshishtoff but the i should be more like y if you know what I mean. This dude doesn't know what he is saying. Except prononcuation of penderetski is pretty much spot on.

    • @edwarddawson42
      @edwarddawson42 Рік тому

      @@biomansmith151 thank you.