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DIES IRAE

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GEORGE COLERICK takes a look
at secular and romantic uses of the old Latin hymn

 

The Grim Reaper was the medieval personification of death, in black cloak and carrying a large scythe. He appears now mainly in comic sketches, but features respectfully in a symbolic chess-playing role in Ingmar Bergman's Seventh Seal, a film epic of Europe's fourteenth century plague. A revered musical equivalent was for the first time used facetiously in the year 1830. The melody dated back to the thirteenth century, the Dies Irae, giving terrifying warning of the day of wrath, when God will descent to judge all humanity...

Copyright © 31 October 2016 George Colerick,
London UK

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DIES IRAE

HECTOR BERLIOZ

FRANZ LISZT

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS

GEORGES BIZET

OTTORINO RESPIGHI

ALEXANDER GLAZUNOV

PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY

DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH

HAMLET

SERGEI RACHMANINOV

SYMPHONIC DANCES

NICOLO PAGANINI

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