Friday, February 27, 2009

Things that Make Me Groan (02/27/2009 Edition)











Things that make me groan: music that quotes the Dies Irae.

Great musicians have done it, in great pieces too (although this list has lots of pieces I haven't heard, there are still a few that I question, i.e. the dreamy, cradle-rocking flute chords of the opening of the second part of Le Sacre), but quoting the famous chant became cliché immediately after Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique. From that moment on, a composer or musician using the melody in his or her piece would effectively be deploying a sort of Rip Taylor on the listener-a brightly adorned, loud entertainer tossing confetti upon your head with "gloom," "doom," and "death" written in big, clever letters on each of the scraps. It's the musicial equivalent of the car driving through the tunnel in a film. Subtle in a way more obvious than obvious.

6 Comments:

Blogger Ben.H said...

That's an impressive list: apparently, former Reading F.C. defender Adrian Williams has also composed a Dies Irae.

Given that it's a musical staple in horror movies, you should know you'd need a pretty damn good reason if you were going to use it in your music.

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