MIRA COSTA HIGH SCHOOL
MUSIC THEORY & COMPOSITION
Use the following link to answer these questions.
1. In short, what is the Dies Irae and what is it about?
Watch the first 45 seconds of the video below to hear the Dies Irae motif.
2. Describe the Dies Irae motif.
Is it major or minor? Describe how the melody moves.
3. In the following video, describe the instrument family that plays the Dies Irae theme in each film.
Listen to the DIES IRAE and dictate the pitches of the chant.
LISTEN TO THE FIRST FIVE MINUTES OF EACH EXAMPLE BELOW
At what times and with what instruments does the DIES IRAE appear?
In the following examples, other devilish ideas are used.
Explain how the DIES IRAE inspired the Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain.
Cite reference times and instruments heard.
In Danse Macabre, Saint-Saens paints a picture of the devil waking up the dead by playing the violin.
What interval on the violin represents the devil's call to the dead?
Can you find elements of the DIES IRAE?