Dies Irae

Dies Iræ is a Latin hymn describing the day of judgement. The first line is as follows:

Dies iræ, dies illa

Since used in the hymn, the first few notes of Dies Iræ have appeared in a lot of music, especially movie soundtracks, from The Nightmare Before Christmas to It’s a Wonderful Life to Star Wars: A New Hope. Once you hear it, you’ll start noticing it everywhere. This video gives a history of Dies Iræ, from classical music to modern movie soundtracks.



1 Comment

  1. Very cool Chloe! Having been raised Roman Catholic (back in the days when they had the Mass in Latin along w/the songs in Latin and Gregorian Chant, I still love Gregorian Chant. It is hypnotic isn’t it.

    I’ll watch the video tomorrow.

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