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Lacrimosa dies illa
Qua resurget ex favilla
Judicandus homo reus
Pie Jesu, Domine
Dona eis requiem aeternam

Mournful that day
When from the dust shall rise
Guilty man to be judged
Merciful Jesu, Lord
Grant them eternal rest


In Mozart's requiem, only the first eight bars of this were actually composed by Mozart himself. He died before he could finish it. The first year I tried out for the All-State choir this was one of the audition pieces. Almost five years later I still know it. I find it to be absorbing and powerful. One day I want to walk through a castle singing it.

Lacrimosa

Lacrimosa is a German Gothic Rock band leaded by Tilo Wolff and Anne Nurmi. Their unique style mixes heavy metal sounds along with violin, trumpet and more classical instruments, with brilliant compositions from Wolff.

Wolff has a deep, strong voice, and that mixed with the german language give, in my humble opinion, the perfect sound for gothic music. Anne balances it with a cristal-clear, pure voice and her skills on the keyboard.

Timeline

  • 1988 - 1990: Tilo Wolff and Cristian Dorch record two albums that reach very low sales. They begin to use the name "Lacrimosa".
  • 1991: Tilo Wolff founded a new record company called Hall of Sermon, just to edit his own records.
  • 1994: Anne Nurmi joins the band. Tilo's idea was that she will only play keyboard, but with the time she will be a fundamental part of the band.
  • 1998: Lacrimosa's first concert in Mexico. They return to Mexico almost every year since then, building a great relationship with their fans in that country.
  • 1999: The consolidation, with the recording of Elodia, with the Symphonic Orchestra of London.
  • 2001: Fassade brings a softer, purer sound to scene.

There are three important periods: an experimental one, a more metal, heavy period from 1995 followed by a more musical, cleaner period from 1999 to the present.

Discography

Their lyrics are mainly about lonelyness, sadness, darkness, despair and love.


Sources: www.lacrimosa.com, www.angelfire.com/rock/lacrimosa

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