The film composer was 78 – Deadline
Joanna Bruzdowicz, the Franco-Polish composer whose far-reaching work included several collaborations with Agnès Varda, has died at the age of 78.
His family confirmed to Deadline that Bruzdowicz passed away peacefully in his music studio in the French Pyrenees.
“The shock of his departure is so great and so sudden that it seems impossible to deal with our loss as a family,” commented his son Jörg Tittel. “We can be reassured to know that she will continue to speak to us through her music. I hope his early departure will lead more people to discover his foundational work. “
Born in Warsaw, Bruzdowicz was a child prodigy and wrote her first concerto at the age of 6. She studied at Warsaw Music High School, State Higher School of Music, and obtained her Masters in 1966.
Benefiting from a scholarship from the French government, she continued her studies in Paris and became a pupil of Nadia Boulanger, Olivier Messiaen and Pierre Schaeffer. She joined the Electroacoustic Musical Research Group and wrote her doctoral thesis Mathematics and logic in contemporary music at the Sorbonne.
After completing her studies in France, she moved to Belgium with her late husband, Horst-Jürgen Tittel, former senior adviser to the President of the European Commission. There she worked through opera, symphonic music and chamber music, composing scores for film and television.
Bruzdowicz had a long-standing relationship with revered Polish director Agnès Varda – who died in 2019 – and the couple collaborated on titles including the winner of the Golden Lion of Venice. Vagabond and his documentary The gleaners and me.
Together with her husband Tittel, she created the German episodic series Stahlkammer Zürich, which lasted 36 episodes and for which Bruzdowicz wrote over 15 hours of music.
Later in life, she collaborated with her son Jörg Tittel and her daughter-in-law Alex Helfrecht, including composing the score for their first feature film. The White King.
Bruzdowicz has also co-founded musical organizations such as the Chopin-Szymanowski Association in Belgium, the Jeunesses Musicales in Poland, the GIMEP in France and the Rencontres Internationales de la Musique in Catalonia.
Bruzdowicz leaves three sons: Mark, Jan and Jörg Tittel, four grandchildren and a great grandchild.
Let me tell you how much @thelastworker in @the_Biennale Means to me. My mother, Joanna Bruzdowicz, left Poland for France in 1968 where she built a career as a composer. In 1985, she signed the first of many films by Agnès Varda SANS TOIT NI LAI (VAGABOND). He won the Golden Lion. https://t.co/Vjksaatequ pic.twitter.com/ygUsHpuPrF
– Jörg Tittel (@newjorg) August 17, 2021