Attention, the piece of the day may make you cry, as it is beautiful. At the same time, that is the goal since it is a Lacrimosa. Preisner, a 57-year-old Polish composer, wrote his Requiem for a Friend in 1998, the “friend” in question being the director Krysztof Kiéslowski, who died two years earlier.

The melody that one might, judging by the title, believe to be morbid, is in fact very luminous and meditative, like a cry directed towards the mystery that constitutes the end of life on Earth.

It is also one of the music used in Terrence Malick’s film Tree of Life, during the long poetic scene depicting the creation of the universe.

You will find the lyrics below, with a translation of my own 🙂