Dies Irae


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Di·es I·rae

 (dē′ās îr′ā′)
n.
A medieval Latin hymn describing Judgment Day, used in some masses for the dead.

[Medieval Latin Diēs īrae, day of wrath (the first words of the hymn) : Latin diēs, day + Latin īrae, genitive of īra, wrath.]

Dies Irae

(ˈdiːeɪz ˈɪəraɪ)
n
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) Christianity a famous Latin hymn of the 13th century, describing the Last Judgment. It is used in the Mass for the dead
2. (Music, other) a musical setting of this hymn, usually part of a setting of the Requiem
[literally: day of wrath]

Di•es I•rae

(ˈdi eɪs ˈɪər eɪ)
n.
a Latin hymn on the Day of Judgment, commonly sung in a Requiem Mass.
[Latin: day of wrath]

Dies Irae

A Latin phrase meaning day of wrath, used to mean a Latin hymn that describes the Day of Judgment.
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Noun1.Dies Irae - the first words of a medieval Latin hymn describing the Last Judgment (literally `day of wrath')Dies Irae - the first words of a medieval Latin hymn describing the Last Judgment (literally `day of wrath')
References in classic literature ?
Jamrach Holobom's translation of the following lines from the Dies Irae :
The walls were all hung with black, but, instead of the white trimmings that usually set off that funereal upholstery, there was an enormous stave of music with the notes of the DIES IRAE, many times repeated.
One thing is certain,--that there is a mustering among the masses, the world over; and there is a dies irae coming on, sooner or later.
Verdi's Requiem has become famous for the thrilling Dies Irae, an unforgettably dramatic evocation of the Day of Judgement.
This work requires an opening mood of profound sorrow, leavened by the hope of deliverance - followed by the wrath of the Dies Irae and a world turned to ashes.
As in the Fiery Lake, Slavicky has created a terrifying Dies irae, made more powerful by a choral element.
I felt terrible leaving certain pieces off my list (the soundtrack to Tousles Matins du Monde, for example, or Schubert's "Erlkonig" sung by Bryn Terfel, the "Dies Irae" from Britten's War Requiem and "I'll Back You Up" by the Dave Matthews Band).
The three movements are entitled Lachrymosa, Dies Irae and Requiem Eternam and, next week, it will be followed by a performance of the 1st Symphony of Mahler.
At the key moment in the "Dies Irae," when the four brass choirs enter at a new tempo, Habeneck set down his baton and started to take a pinch of snuff.
The work's references to plainchant melodies linked it neatly with the Dies Irae used extensively in RaRachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini which followed.
But if the Austrian''s outside approach was seen as idiosyncratic, Petrenko''s reading of his fellow Russian is even more instinctive to the quick-changing dynamics - including the Dies Irae theme of the finale, remembered by those of a certain age as the original signature tune for BBC''s Panorama - now enabling him to take prime possession.
What is the literal meaning of the title of the 13th century Latin hymn Dies Irae? 2.