Dies Irae, Two Ways! (with a lot of other really weird Gregorian chant stuff)

This sounds rather like a MasterChef recipe, but I couldn’t quite resist.  I was in a bit of a silly mood the other day, and went a-Googling to try to capture a memory of some Gregorian chant I remembered from the 1980s or 1990s which had, if I recall correctly, a disco beat.

I didn’t find it (so far – the quest continues.  I do know it wasn’t Enigma, though I had forgotten about them, and it was fun to be reminded).  But I did find ever so many other things that people have done to Gregorian chant.  Some of them are sillier than others.  And I’m amused that there is an entire band that does Gregorian style covers of everything from Simon and Garfunkel to Rammstein (I am not fully convinced of their actual Gregorianishness, but again, points for silliness, and they certainly sound gorgeous.).

Oh, my, and then there’s this, which is kind of both awful and amazing and has everything.  And I do mean everything.  Including the stuff you wish it didn’t have.

… I get the feeling that I’ve just discovered one of those internet rabbit holes from which there is no escaping…


I found this rather gorgeous jazz remix of Dies Irae, which is filling Andrew with such joy that I really had to post it.  So here it is.

Isn’t it stunning?  I love the Carmina Burana-like start, and all the brass, and then the walking bass in the piano and the movement into polyphony at the end. So much fun.  Apparently it started as a joke and then developed  The original Dies Irae can be found here, if you want to know how it sounded before someone decided to play with it.

Which is your favourite?

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0 comments for “Dies Irae, Two Ways! (with a lot of other really weird Gregorian chant stuff)

  1. June 23, 2013 at 7:11 am

    The odd bit of Gregorian chant would not go amiss in Farscpe.

    If you don’t know it already, go and listen to the Pizzetti Requiem. It’s all on YouTube. YOu can start with the Dies Irae (yes, genuine Gregorian chant) and then realise that you need to listen to the whole thing. I sang it at uni, and it was gorgeous.

  2. June 23, 2013 at 7:33 am

    Having now listened to it, yes, the jazz one really is stunning, and the original was fairly blissful too. Now, off you go and listen to Pizzetti, namely this version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0QcwcHkbqY

    • June 23, 2013 at 5:51 pm

      Oh, that is lovely! Thanks for the link!

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