WARSAW — Wojciech Kilar, a Polish pianist and composer of classical music and scores for many films, including Roman Polanski’s Oscar-winning ‘‘The Pianist’’ and Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘‘Bram Stoker’s Dracula,’’ died Sunday. He was 81.
The composer died in his hometown of Katowice, southern Poland, following a long illness, according to Jerzy Kornowicz, head of the Association of Polish Composers.
‘‘The power and the message of his music, as well as the noble character of Wojciech Kilar as a person, will stay in my memory forever,’’ said Kornowicz.
Polish film director Kazimierz Kutz said working with the composer ‘‘was pure pleasure. He would come, see my movie and a month later he would bring extremely good music that was always beyond my expectations.’’ Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.