One of the leading Polish proponents of avant-garde music, Boguslaw Schaeffer died on Monday in Salzburg. He was 90 years old. Schaeffer made his compositional debut at the age of 17. His output numbers more than 550 works of all kinds, from symphonic, chamber and solo, through sacred music and jazz to music dramas and electronic pieces. He was a member of the avant-garde Cracow Group of Polish composers alongside Krzysztof Penderecki and others.

He taught composition in the southern Polish city of Krakow as well as in Salzburg, where he became a professor at the Mozarteum in the mid-1980s.

He was also a writer and a creator of graphic works.

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