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21 August 2008 @ 11:06 pm
Okay, why didn't I figure this out (http://thefreudianpetticoat.blogspot.com/2008/05/dramatic-fugues.html)?

"In what I consider his best musical, Sweeney Todd, Sondheim takes the opening of bars of the Latin Mass, inverts it and it becomes "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd." Then he takes the Dies Irae and uses it as a repeated counterpoint motif (as musical accompaniment to a different melody) to signify Sweeney's descent into insanity. You can hear it in the background when he sings "We all deserve to die" in "Epiphany" and it appears in the same song when he returns to the tragic fate of his wife ("My Lucy lies in ashes"). It comes back significantly in the very end in the musical surge when he slits the throat of the beggarwoman."

It continues with stuff that, if I was cool and knew the actual chants, I would've caught.  I should've picked up on the Dies Irae, too, since it's used so often in music.  Unfortunately, I can't seem to remember it.

I have more that I've been meaning to say, but I don't really have the time at the moment.