Wednesday, June 04, 2014

"This video tracks one song across 800 years and multiple films"

"What do Star Wars, The Exorcist, and The Lion King all have in common?" asks William Hughes, in an article by the above title:
As demonstrated in this web video from CBC Music, presented by CBC Radio 2 host Tom Allen, they all have soundtracks that feature the Dies Irae, a 13th century Latin hymn that listeners probably know as “that one sad song you’ve heard a thousand times.” The video traces the song, a meditation on death and the ending of the world, from its medieval roots through just a few of the many, many soundtracks it’s appeared on, including The Lord Of The Rings, The Lion King, and “Tubular Bells,” the theme from The Exorcist.

[Hat tip to Nina Brhyn and Fr. David Bechill]

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