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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A medieval Latin hymn describing Judgment Day, used in some masses for the dead.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Day of wrath; -- the name and beginning of a famous mediæval Latin hymn on the Last Judgment.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Day of Wrath: the opening words, and hence the name, of a celebrated Latin hymn of the middle ages.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the first words of a medieval Latin hymn describing the Last Judgment (literally `day of wrath')


Medieval Latin Diēs īrae, day of wrath (the first words of the hymn) : Latin diēs, day + Latin īrae, genitive of īra, wrath.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • Britten named his movements for those of the Requiem mass – Lacrymosa, Dies Irae and Requiem Aeternam; while Rachmaninov's obsession with the medieval Dies Irae chant and its connection with death is a factor in this work written just three years before the composer himself died.

    BSO/Karabits – review

  • The hymn, whose majesty of imagery -- a majesty derived from the Scriptures themselves -- and whose resonant cadence gave it much of the character, in English, of the sublime _Dies Irae_, in Latin, was as follows: --

    Neville Trueman, the Pioneer Preacher : a tale of the war of 1812

  • If I ever got married then I think the bride would have to come down the aisle to Dies Irae from Verdi's Requiem, accompanied by randomly flashing yellow lights shining through plumes of black smoke.

    The Guardian World News

  • A subsequent album was released entitled "Saarbruck Live" which featured 3 cuts from the Dies Irae set.

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  • Imo no one knows the exact day and hour of Dies Irae

  • Think of the Dies Irae that might have been wrung by Verdi by the contemplation of the dinosaurs 'fate when, 65 million years ago, a mountain-sized rock screamed out of deep space at 10,000 miles per hour straight at the Yucatan peninsula and the world went dark.

    British Blogs

  • Sara Mohr-Pietsch, darling of the airwaves (and if you don't believe me just read the glowing letters to this newspaper about her) on the musical history of the Dies Irae, the sacred medieval chant, the section of the Requiem Mass that reminds us of the day of judgement, which Berlioz brought into wider musical currency by employing it in his Symphonie Fantastique, which just happens to be coming up in the second half of tonight's live concert from the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, the BBC Philharmonic playing, Yutaka Sado conducting. news, business, sport, the Daily Telegraph newspaper, Sunday Telegraph

  • Rumor has it that Novy, formerly of Behemoth, Vader and Dies Irae is currently putting together a new band, tentatively called Road's End, with lead guitarist Chris Cannella (N17,



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