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Polish composer known for horror films pleases pope with Mass score

A Polish composer famous for horror film soundtracks struck a new note when he wrote the music for a solemn Mass and heard it performed for Pope John Paul II.

Wojciech Kilar called the concert at the Vatican last week "the most important event of my life."

The pope called the work "magnificent" and said it was animated by an intense mysticism.

Kilar, 69, is best known in Poland for the musical scores to more than 140 films, many of them horror movies like Dracula and The Voice From Beyond. In recent years, his music has tackled such varied themes as the life of St. Maximilian Kolbe and the magic of The Lord of the Rings.

Wojciech Kilar Missa Pro Pace