Change Your Tune

Verdi's Dies Irae with Harry Gregson-Williams

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Episode notes

From Mad Max to Django Unchained, Verdi’s Dies Irae gets used in films, TV shows and computer games to summon up drama, chaos and catastrophe. But why was it written in the first place? What makes it so dramatic? And what is a Dies Irae anyway? We reveal all as well as getting inside the musical mind of one of Hollywood’s most sought-after film composers – the creator of soundtracks for Shrek, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Martian, X-Men Origins, House of Gucci and many others, Harry Gregson-Williams.  Listen now! We bet you’re more into choral than you think.


Find our special Requiem-inspired playlist plus a video about the Dies Irae chant and its use in films here -


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