TRAPPN#142: Krzysztof Penderecki’s “Utrenja Ewangelia”

by jssckr

Krzysztof Penderecki – “Utrenja Ewangelia”

I just finished a course that dealt with music in film and have become fairly obsessed with experimental composers of the 1960s (even though I kind of already was… I<3JHNCGE4EVA). It’s not surprising that most of the experimental stuff gets thrown into either the ert-house or horror films, or that some of the best composers are from [dreary] Eastern Europe. This particular Penderecki piece is allegedly from Kubrick’s The Shining, but don’t ask me from what part, because I don’t know–I was mostly struck by how literally guttural it is. The most fascinating thing about horror film music is that it sometimes has the ability to thrust its viewer into a state of complete disquietude that parallels those of the characters on screen. This piece totally does that!

BTW, Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead fame, and composer for P.T. Anderson’s There WIll Be Blood, cites Penderecki as having influenced him greatly while he was writing the score. Check out Penderecki’s “Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima” and make the comparison yourself. Also, download Jonny Greenwood’s score for There Will Be Blood here and try not to write the best essays while you do.