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Verdi

Series about classical music. Comedian Vikki Stone fears the end of the world is nigh as she introduces part of Guiseppe Verdi's Requiem.


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Today, film and games are jam-packed with orchestral music.

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You know why?

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Because you name any emotion, any feeling,

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and the orchestra can create it in music.

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From heartache and pain

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to fear and dread.

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MUSIC: Dies Irae by Giuseppe Verdi

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Welcome to the end of the world.

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This is what it sounds like.

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The sky seems to be ripping open with the sound of those drums.

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And those voices...

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I can't seem to get them out of my head.

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Uh-oh.

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MACHINERY BUZZES

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They're singing "dies irae" -

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that's Latin for Day of Judgment -

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and they sing it over and over and over again.

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It isn't a question, it's a statement.

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Life is over.

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It's like disaster movie music.

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An orchestral storm destroying everything in its path...

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including me!

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That's because the Day of Judgment,

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according to some people, is the time when everyone that's ever lived

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will be brought before the throne of God.

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They're summoned by a fanfare,

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a fanfare loud enough to wake the dead,

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and then each person's soul either rises up to heaven

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or descends into the fiery pits of hell.

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SHE GASPS There's the trumpets!

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It's starting.

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This Dies Irae is by Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi,

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who knew that for believers listening to his music in 1874,

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the Day of Judgment was no story...

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it was real.

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So, Verdi brings that terrible day to life for his audience.

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It's his warning in music

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of an incredible power far greater than us.

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Right now, it still makes me feel small...

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fragile...

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scared.

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But maybe because there's another vast power

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that we're all at the mercy of...

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Nature.

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SHE GASPS

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And this music sounds to me like a warning -

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if we don't respect nature - of our own possible dies irae.

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# Dies irae, dies illa

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# Dies irae, dies illa

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# Solvet saeclum in favilla

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# Teste David cum Sibylla

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# Dies irae, dies illa

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# Dies irae, dies illa

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# Solvet saeclum in favilla

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# Dies irae, dies illa

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# Solvet saeclum in favilla

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# Teste David cum Sibylla

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# Dies irae, dies illa

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# Solvet saeclum in favilla

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# Solvet saeclum in favilla

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# Teste David cum Sibylla

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# Dies irae

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# Dies irae

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# Dies irae

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# Quantus tremor est futurus

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# Quando judex est venturus

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# Cuncta stricte discussurus! #

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TRUMPETS PLAY FANFARE

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# Tuba mirum spargens sonum

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# Tuba mirum spargens sonum

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# Per sepulchra regionum

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# Tuba mirum spargens sonum

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# Coget omnes ante thronum. #

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Comedian Vikki Stone fears the end of the world is nigh as she introduces part of Guiseppe Verdi's Requiem. The massed ranks of the Halle Choir join forces with the BBC Philharmonic to perform Dies Irae and Tuba Mirum.


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