Exploring the often surprising links between concepts, themes and people in classical music, from medieval to modern
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Jack Nicholson in The Shining, which uses the "Dies Irae" theme as underscoring
The music is foreboding and unsettling—perfect for the opening of Stanley Kubrick’s horror masterpiece, The Shining. So perfect, in fact, that most people assume it was written for the film.
But in fact, the melody is from a 13th thirteenth-century Latin hymn that describes God’s “Day of Wrath,” the Judgment Day when the faithful will be saved, and the others cast into eternal flames.
Sung originally in the Christian Mass for the Dead, by the 19th century, the tune symbolized not only human mortality, but the forces of evil—sometimes in serious fashion, sometimes not.
In this hour, the “Dies Irae” melody in works by Liszt, Berlioz, Saint-Saens, Rachmaninoff, and many more.
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1000 Years of Gregorian Chant
Harmonia Mundi HMX2908165
Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique
London Symphony, Colin Davis
LSO Live LSO0007
Liszt: Piano Concertos 1 & 2, etc. [for Totendantz]
Deutsche Grammophon D 105620
Pictures at an Exhibition, etc [for Night on Bald Mountain]
Chicago Symphony, Fritz Reiner
RCA 09026 61958 2
L'Apprenti Sorcier [for Danse Macabre]
Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, Michel Plasson
EMI France 5 55385 2
Dmitri Bashkirov : Brahms [for Intermezzo, Op. 118, No. 6]
Harmonia Mundi HMC 5167
Rhapsody on A Theme Of Paganini, etc.
Artur Rubenstein, Chicago Symphony, Fritz Reiner
RCA Victor 09026-68886-2
Castelnuovo-Tedesco: 24 Caprichos de Goya,
24 Caprichos de Goya, track 24
Khachaturian: Symphony No. 2 in E Minor
USSR State Symphony Orchestra, Aram Khachaturian
Melodya CD 10 01706
Daugherty: Metropolis Symphony
Nashville Symphony, Giancarlo Guerrero
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