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 Posted:   May 7, 2017 - 6:57 AM   
 By:   fmfan1   (Member)

Not only did he come to the party, but he brought cheese!

Really liked it!

 Posted:   Jul 14, 2017 - 9:20 PM   
 By:   TerraEpon   (Member)

Here's the Gravity Rush 2 track I mentioned above:

 Posted:   Jul 15, 2017 - 4:57 AM   
 By:   fmfan1   (Member)

Here's the Gravity Rush 2 track I mentioned above:

Kohei Tanaka created a fantastic piece of music here. He interpolates a great variation of the Dies Irae, and the writing is exciting throughout the piece, including when the Dies Irae is combined with the song.

 Posted:   Aug 6, 2017 - 12:04 AM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

Fiorenzo Carpi's UN BIANCO VESTITO PER MARIALE' (1972)

@1:14 in the track "Ultimi Passi"

 Posted:   Aug 6, 2017 - 6:28 AM   
 By:   sdtom   (Member)

Lot of good work!!!! I just received from Chandos a CD called "Explosive Classics" and it has a four minute cue from Verdi. I'm going to with your permission of course post a short review and our list.

 Posted:   Aug 12, 2017 - 10:50 AM   
 By:   Dan Roman   (Member)

Tiomkin's "Search for Paradise" track titled "A Thriller of the Sky".

 Posted:   Aug 12, 2017 - 11:34 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

I've just ripped to my NAS, but yet to play: Benjamin Britten's War Requiem, Op.66, the second movement (of six) of which is called Dies Irae and that title is used in two parts of this movement.

I assume this is a contender ... not sure when I'll get to play the work.


 Posted:   Aug 22, 2017 - 4:39 PM   
 By:   fmfan1   (Member)

Over 200 confirmed examples now!

 Posted:   Aug 22, 2017 - 4:45 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

If you are just talking about the four notes, you could find this in tons of scores, by accident.

I thought if this the other day -- I think this is purposeful:
The opening
5:51 in

Thought it occurs more frequently.

 Posted:   Aug 22, 2017 - 6:24 PM   
 By:   fmfan1   (Member)

I've been conservative in what I counted as a reference. The majority of the examples on the list cite the entire first phrase (or multiple phrases) of the Dies Irae tune. There are examples that include only the first few notes, but I only counted them if there was the proper CONTEXT where these notes were clearly referencing "death" or "danger" in a deliberate way. Or like you said, there would be thousands of examples of compositions that stumbled upon the exact 4 notes or the general shape.

Again, I've tried not to include the "iffy" ones on the main list of 201. (Following the list of 201 are the "maybes.")

It's not an exact science to be sure. For example, when John Williams boldly states the 4 notes as Kevin sees the scary neighbor in HOME ALONE, that is almost certainly a reference - a funny one. Likewise, the blaring of the 4 notes when Luke sees the bodies of his aunt and uncle in STAR WARS. The context was certainly there. On the other hand, when the 4 notes appear rapidly in some of the action music of JURASSIC PARK, I currently can't say that it was more deliberate than coincidental, so for now, it is not on the list of 201.

There is a lot of Rachmaninoff on the list. It is well known that he was very interested in the Dies Irae melody and used it in many works. Even so, I have left off the list a number of Rachmaninoff works in which the 4 notes may appear, but because there is no particular emphasis on those passing notes, and because there is no context for using those notes as a reference, I chose not to include them on the main list.

Please let me know if you think any of the 201 examples currently on the list are not references. I want the list to be as accurate as possible.

Also, keep posting other possible examples. (I'll listen to the Morley example tomorrow.)

 Posted:   Aug 23, 2017 - 10:11 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

This is awesome and mind blowing. Had no idea it's been referenced this many times. To be honest what I always hear referenced in films scores is The Rite of Spring. Can anyone put that list together?

 Posted:   Sep 4, 2017 - 1:45 PM   
 By:   mikael488   (Member)

The soundtracks to La terrificante notte del demonio (Alessandroni, 1971) and I Diabolici convegni (Carlo Savina, 1971) both quote the "Dies Irae" (first eight notes) on electric organ.

An almost complete quote of the tune can be heard in Carlo Pes' score to the Italo western "Professionisti per un massacro" (1967). The tune is carried by an electric guitar and bass,

Furthermore, Sante M. Romitelli's Spara, Gringo, Spara (1968) contains variations on the tune performed on distorted electric guitar, harmonica and electric organ respectively.

Then there's a couple of more examples where the Dies irae is sung but using a different melody:
Dio perdona io no (1968, Carlo Rustichelli)
Il Delitto del diavolo (1970, Angelo Francesco Lavagnino)

 Posted:   Sep 12, 2017 - 8:39 PM   
 By:   The Wanderer   (Member)

It's in Yoga Hosers, a dire Kevin Smith film. Near the end and in the end credits.

 Posted:   Sep 12, 2017 - 9:24 PM   
 By:   LordDalek   (Member)

Since we're including video games...

Michael Land: Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis

 Posted:   Nov 6, 2017 - 11:45 PM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

The Dies Irae is interwoven throughout Fernando García Morcillo's score for THE WITCHES MOUNTAIN (EL MONTE DE LAS BRUJAS) (1975). Check out the samples of tracks 12 & 17 in the link below for the most blatant examples:

 Posted:   Nov 7, 2017 - 3:20 PM   
 By:   Les Jepson   (Member)

In Richard Fleischer's COMPULSION there's a scene where the Dean Stockwell character hums the first seven notes of the "Dies Irae" plainchant melody to himself. My apologies if this has already been mentioned.

 Posted:   Nov 7, 2017 - 7:16 PM   
 By:   msmith   (Member)

I'm sorry but my favorite is the use of the Dies Irae from "The Screaming Skull" opening title at 1:35.
I can't help but laugh.

 Posted:   Nov 9, 2017 - 3:16 PM   
 By:   Les Jepson   (Member)

A few weeks ago I picked up a discarded British tabloid in a hotel lobby. I thought I could kill some time with the crossword, at least. An article caught my eye with the story that the Moors Murderer, Ian Brady, had requested in his will that music from Stanley Kubrick’s THE SHINING should be played at his funeral. But the authorities had decreed that there would be no music at all.

The article contained a black-and-white mug shot of Brady, a colour photograph of a manic Jack Nicholson, and another colour photograph of an album cover of Berlioz’s “Symphonie Fantastique” – it was the Decca Colin Davis/Royal Concertgebouw version. It stated that Brady had requested the Witches’ Sabbath movement, as used in THE SHINING.

The “Dies Irae” plainchant melody was not mentioned at all, even though that is the only thing in common between the Berlioz piece and Wendy Carlos’ music for THE SHINING, a common denominator shared with a multitude of other pieces down the centuries. Berlioz was nowhere near THE SHINING; he’s far too romantic for Kubrick’s vision for the film. In fact, I tend to think of that particular Symphonie Fantastique movement in film music as the needle-drop in SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY, otherwise scored by Jerry Goldsmith.

Well, that’s tabloids for you, I suppose. I should have had more sense than to pick up the bloody thing. The crossword was brain-dead, too – a penicillin culture could have done it in thirty seconds.

 Posted:   Feb 18, 2019 - 5:07 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Over 200 confirmed examples now!

It’s used in the “La Ricotta” section of RoGoPaG, the part directed by Pasolini. It appears two or three times, apparently played on an accordion or similar, if there IS anything similar to an accordion.

 Posted:   Feb 18, 2019 - 5:37 AM   
 By:   fmfan1   (Member)

That's 211!

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