Wojciech Kilar, 81, a Polish pianist and composer of classical music and scores for many films, including Roman Polanski's Oscar-winning
and Francis Ford Coppola's
Bram Stoker's Dracula
, died Sunday in his hometown of Katowice, 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," Kornowicz said.