As I mentioned in my previous post, I think that music can provide a background and context to scenes in a story.
“Lacrimosa” provides the music for “Gabriel’s Inferno”‘s video trailer, which you can watch here.
You can read the Latin and English lyrics to the Requiem here.
Here are the lyrics to “Lacrimosa”:
Day of Weeping,
On which will rise from ashes guilty man for judgment
So have mercy, oh Lord, on this man.
Compassionate Lord Jesus,
Grant them rest.
Within the context of the story, Julianne learns that Professor Emerson has been playing “Lacrimosa” over and over again in his office, much to the exasperation of his research assistant. (His research assistant later steals the CD in an effort to stop the madness).
If you wish, you can duplicate poor Paul’s experience by replaying the book trailer. Then you can try, like Julianne, to imagine what kind of psychological space Professor Emerson would have to be in in order to listen to that music continually …
I won’t spoil the story.
Although Mozart lived hundreds of years after Dante’s death, his Requiem is a perfect fit for the The Divine Comedy and for the tortured male lead, Gabriel Emerson.
If you’re interested on the background to Mozart’s composition, you can read a short article here.
For a longer article on the life and works of Mozart, click here.
I invite you to share your favourite piece of music from “Gabriel’s Inferno” in the comments below, or perhaps to suggest a piece that should have been included but wasn’t. A playlist and media player are featured here.
Thanks for reading (and listening),
If you haven’t read it yet, you can purchase an electronic version through the publisher for $4.99, $2 less than it’s offered on Amazon.com.