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Wife

Barbara Kilar née Pomianowska (1936–2007), the composer’s beloved life companion, muse, first listener and severe critic. They met at music academy (Kilar called this encounter a “strike of thunder”) and became inseparable. The composer credited his wife’s influence with kindling religious fervour in him (“My wife – like Mary – led me to God”). When she died, Kilar dedicated three compositions to her memory: Veni Creator, Te Deum and Sonnets to Laura.