Wolf Prize Laureate in Music 1987
“for his achievements and innovations in the field of composition”.
Because of his achievements and innovations in the field of composition, Krzysztof Penderecki is justifiably being regarded as one of the most noted contemporary composers. His significance and world-wide fame are not less founded on the choice of themes for several of his major works. In them, Penderecki specifically points out the difficulties of human life and draws the attention to wrong and injustice. At the same time, he tries to sensitize the listener to concern for humanism, communication, tolerance towards the phenomena of life, as well as possibly for a “cultural religiosity” in the ecumenical sense.