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  • Or as Friedrich Engels used to put it: "This time there'll be a dies irae such as has never been seen before… all the propertied classes in the soup, complete bankruptcy of the bourgeoisie, war and profligacy to the nth degree."

    Why Marx Was Right by Terry Eagleton – review

  • By the same token, the vivid portrayal of the Last Judgment that Verdi incorporated into the "Dies irae" movement of his Requiem, with its minor-key trumpet calls and bomblike thwacks on the bass drum, is as exciting as any of his operas—and as "pictorial" as "Jesus Mocked by the Soldiers."

    How Can Skeptics Make Convincing Religious Art?

  • For an exceptionally fine example of consciously, systematically manipulated materials, look no further than Sondheim's Sweeney Todd; I spent the better part of a semester in grad school happily tracing all the mutations of the Dies irae theme in that score.

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  • Ravel had it stand in for lost pre-WWI Europe in La Valse, Rachmaninoff made a cottage industry lacing his own rich potions with "Dies irae" reminders, Strauss himself followed up Rosenkavalier with another epic trio of send-offs in the 1940s — Capriccio, Metamorphosen, and the Four Last Songs.

    Every night, they say, he sings the herd to sleep

  • For an exceptionally fine example of consciously, systematically manipulated materials, look no further than Sondheim's Sweeney Todd; I spent the better part of a semester in grad school happily tracing all the mutations of the Dies irae theme in that score.

    Archive 2008-02-01

  • Ravel had it stand in for lost pre-WWI Europe in La Valse, Rachmaninoff made a cottage industry lacing his own rich potions with "Dies irae" reminders, Strauss himself followed up Rosenkavalier with another epic trio of send-offs in the 1940s — Capriccio, Metamorphosen, and the Four Last Songs.

    Archive 2008-10-01

  • Those which do survive show that Bruck composed in the Josquin tradition and was a master of liturgical cantus-firmus treatment seen for example, in the sequence Dies irae as well as in the Te Deum, an alternatim setting in which with the exception of verse 16 the even numbered verses are set polyphonically.

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • Here is the full version of the old Gregorian Sequence from the Requiem Mass, Dies irae.

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • Even the first fierce "Dies irae" didn't quite jell.

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • However the Staffarda Codex gives the lie to ‘official’ historiography, since in the Requiem by Engarandus Juvenis, which is certainly earlier that that date – it was probably written in the closing years of the fifteenth century – there is a setting of the Dies irae.

    Archive 2009-04-01

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