Zbigniew Preisner

Zbigniew Preisner

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Zbigniew Preisner (b. 1955) is one of Poland's leading film score composers, best known for his work with film director Krzysztof Kieślowski. Preisner was born on 20th May 1955 in Bielsko-Biała. He studied history and philosophy in Kraków; never having received formal music lessons, he taught himself about music by listening and transcribing parts from records. His compositional style represents a distinctively spare form of tonal neo-Romanticism. More Info »

Top Albums

  • La Double Vie De Véronique
    La Double Vie De Véronique
  • Requiem for My Friend
    Requiem for My Friend
  • Preisner's Music
    Preisner's Music
  • La Double vie de Véronique (Original Film Soundtrack)
    La Double vie de Véronique (Original Film Soundtrack)
  • The Secret Garden
    The Secret Garden
  • Trois Couleurs - Bleu
    Trois Couleurs - Bleu
  • Trois Couleurs: Rouge
    Trois Couleurs: Rouge
  • Bleu
    Bleu
  • Preisner's Music (Best Of)
    Preisner's Music (Best Of)
  • Aberdeen
    Aberdeen
  • Dekalog
    Dekalog
  • Dekalog (Original Film Soundtrack)
    Dekalog (Original Film Soundtrack)
  • Silence, Night and Dreams
    Silence, Night and Dreams
  • The Beautiful Country
    The Beautiful Country
  • Danse Macabre
    Danse Macabre
  • Trois Couleurs: Blanc
    Trois Couleurs: Blanc
  • 10 Easy Pieces for Piano
    10 Easy Pieces for Piano
  • The Double Life of Veronika
    The Double Life of Veronika
  • Trois Couleurs - Rouge
    Trois Couleurs - Rouge
  • Głosy
    Głosy
  • Trois couleurs - Blanc
    Trois couleurs - Blanc
  • Effroyables Jardins
    Effroyables Jardins
  • It's All About Love
    It's All About Love
  • Damage
    Damage
  • Between Strangers
    Between Strangers
  • Moje Koledy
    Moje Koledy
  • Glosy
    Glosy
  • The Last September
    The Last September
  • At play in the fields of the lord
    At play in the fields of the lord
  • Feast of July
    Feast of July
  • Moje kolędy na koniec wieku
    Moje kolędy na koniec wieku
  • The Secret Garden: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
    The Secret Garden: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  • The Decalogue
    The Decalogue
  • Olivier Olivier
    Olivier Olivier
  • Europa Europa
    Europa Europa
  • Fairytale: A True Story
    Fairytale: A True Story
  • Preisner/Kieslowski
    Preisner/Kieslowski
  • Bleu: Bande Originale Du Film
    Bleu: Bande Originale Du Film
  • Quarter In Four Movements
    Quarter In Four Movements
  • Fairy Tale  A True Story
    Fairy Tale A True Story
  • Trois Colours Rouge
    Trois Colours Rouge
  • Preisner : Requiem for my friend
    Preisner : Requiem for my friend
  • Damage: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
    Damage: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Zbigniew Preisner. Artist Bio

Zbigniew Preisner (b. 1955) is one of Poland's leading film score composers, best known for his work with film director Krzysztof Kieślowski.

Preisner was born on 20th May 1955 in Bielsko-Biała. He studied history and philosophy in Kraków; never having received formal music lessons, he taught himself about music by listening and transcribing parts from records. His compositional style represents a distinctively spare form of tonal neo-Romanticism.

Preisner is best known for the music composed for the films directed by fellow Pole Krzysztof Kieślowski. His "Song for the Unification of Europe", based on the Greek text of 1 Corinthians 13, is attributed to a character in Kieślowski's Three Colors: Blue and plays a dominant role in the story. 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.

After working with Kieślowski on Three Colors: Blue, Preisner was hired by the producer Francis Ford Coppola to write the score for The Secret Garden, directed by Polish director Agnieszka Holland. Although Preisner is most closely associated with Kieślowski, he has collaborated with several other directors, winning a César in 1996 for his work on Jean Becker's Élisa. He has won a number of other awards, including another César in 1994 for Three Colors: Red and the Silver Bear at the 1997 Berlin Film Festival 1997 for The Island on Bird Street.

In 1998, Requiem for My Friend, Preisner's first large scale work not written for film, was premiered. It was originally intended as a narrative work to be written by Krzysztof Piesiewicz and directed by Kieślowski, but it became a memorial to Kieślowski after the director's death. He composed the theme music for The People's Century, a monumental twenty-six part documentary made jointly in 1994 by the BBC television network in the United Kingdom and the PBS television network in the United States. He has also worked with director Thomas Vinterberg on the 2003 film It's All about Love and provided orchestration for David Gilmour's 2006 album On an Island. Silence, Night, and Dreams is Zbigniew Preisner’s new recording project, a large-scale work for orchestra, choir, and soloists, based on texts from the Book of Job. The first recording was released in 2007 with the lead singer of Madredeus, Teresa Salgueiro, and boy soprano Thomas Cully from Libera.

Van den Budenmayer is a fictitious eighteenth-century Dutch composer created by Preisner and director Krzysztof Kieślowski for attributions in screenplays. Preisner said Van den Budenmayer is a pseudonym he and Kieślowski invented "because we both loved the Netherlands". Music by the Dutch composer plays a role in three Kieślowski films: The Decalogue, Three Colours: Blue, and Three Colours: Red . In the second of these, a theme from his musiques funèbres 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, where circumstances in the story prevent the solo from finishing.

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