Have you heard the “Dies Irae”? My bet is that you have, even if you don’t realize it. The chant describes the “Day of Wrath,” and has consequently permeated Western music as a song of the dead. Even John Williams, in his score for Star Wars, uses it, as does Howard Shore in The Lord of the Rings. Tom Allen and the CBC present a video to demonstrate just how pervasive this particular chant is.
Lori Archer Sutherland earned a Bachelor of Music in Theory and Composition degree from the Ohio State University and a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She composes, performs, and teaches clarinet. She plays bass clarinet with the Crystal Lake Community Band and the Woodstock City Band, clarinet with Winds Off the Lake Woodwind Quintet, and is the founder and organizer of the Knock on Wood Clarinet Choir, where she plays an even bigger clarinet. Check out her site and podcast at tonaldiversions.com