Sunday, January 2, 2011

"Dies Irae" ("Day Of Wrath")

OK, back to gloom and doom: This famous 13th century trochaic Latin hymn was originally attributed to Thomas de Celano but, amid controversy, it is now believed to have been written by an unknown Franciscan monk. A reflection upon the Final Judgement, it was inspired by Zephaniah 1:15-16 and by Unetanneh Tokef in the Jewish liturgy. It constitutes the core of Requiem Masses by Mozart, Verdi, Berlioz and Stravinsky, among others. The last two stanzas, "Lacrimosa" and "Pie Jesu" are perhaps the best known. Used by Kubrik in "A Clockwork Orange" and "The Shining".

Yesterday's answer: "Hey Leroy your Mama's Calling You" by Jimmy Castor. Don't ask me why but that tune was pretty popular in P.R. when it came out in '66. Must have been the Latin rhythm.

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