1. Dies Irae

From the recording Music for Future Films Vol. 1

This began as a sound-alike to the well-known ‘O Fortuna’ composed by Carl Orff, but soon took on a life of its own. The libretto follows the standard Dies Irae which appears in the Latin Requiem Mass as interpreted by many great composers including Mozart and Verdi. I composed this primarily as an exercise, and not for the apocalyptic vision it depicts.


Dies irae, dies illa
solvet saeclum in favilla
et teste david cummus sibylla incendus

mors stupebit et natura
resurget creatura
ludicanti responsura

liber scriptus proferetur
totum continetur
unde mundus ludicetur

Dies irae, Dies illa
Dies irae et lacrymosa
solvet saeclum favilla

ludex ergo sedebit
nil inultum remanebit
ludex ergo sedebit
tantus labor non sit cassus
Dies Irae, Dies Illa, Dies Irae