I was looking through classical music and noticed Mozart did a composition for the hymn "Dies Irae". I must say, it is a lot different from a traditional Gregorian version. I had heard his work was a little controversial and I can see why. It's beautiful and a masterpiece, but I still prefer the Gregorian version...
The hymn dates to the thirteenth century (1200s) and is about the day of judgement.
Dies iræ! dies illa
Solvet sæclum in favilla:
Teste David cum Sibylla!
Day of wrath! O day of mourning!
See fulfilled the prophets' warning,
Heaven and earth in ashes burning!http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dies_Irae
Gregorian Chant version: http://youtu.be/Dlr90NLDp-0http://youtu.be/-fMHms5Cvsw
Mozart's version: http://youtu.be/pqaARDsiJv4
I just thought it was interesting. I had heard that Mozart was a church composer and had composed entire services, didn't realize it would have included this hymn.