Jacob Mendez
Jacob Mendez

Jan AP Kaczmarek: Farewell to an outstanding composer. He was buried in the Avenue of Merit

On May 21, Jan AP Kaczmarek, a legendary Polish composer and Oscar winner for film music, died “Dreamer”. He was 71 years old. The Requiem Mass took place on Saturday, May 25, 2024 at the Church of Saints Peter and Paul. The composer was laid to rest in Avenue of Merit at the Rakowicki Cemetery.

The funeral ceremonies were official and were attended by the composer's relatives and representatives of culture. During the ceremony, speakers included: Piotr Serafin, Hanna Wróblewska, Robert Piaskowski.

“Death of Jan AP Kaczmarek is a severe loss for Polish culture, but the legacy he left behind will be with us forever” – quotes Hanna Wróblewskie, Minister of Culture, Polish Press Agency.

Jan AP Kaczmarek was born on April 29, 1953 in Konin. He began his musical career by founding the Orchestra of the Eighth Day. The group's success led to the recording of their first long-playing album – “Music for the End”. Kaczmarek's musical achievements also include symphonic compositions and compositions for theater performances, including stagings “Dziady” and “Un-divine comedy”.

Independently, the composer directed three multimedia performances: “Waiting for Halley's Comet”, “Solo Symphony” and “Tower of Babel”. In 1993, he received the Drama Desk Award, awarded by New York theater critics for the best theater music of the year – written for a play by Joanne Akalaitis (“This Pity She's a Whore”). Kaczmarek was a regular collaborator with Agnieszka Holland, with whom he produced, among others “Total eclipse”, “Washington Square” and “Third miracle”. In 2005, Jan AP Kaczmarek won an Oscar for the music for the film “Dreamer” (“Finding Neverland”) Marc Forster.

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