Mozart’s Lacrimosa Meets the Guitar

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A New Spin on Old Music

One of the numerous things I’ve held with me since the formative years of my childhood has been my interest in classical music. Between my dad and my grandfather I was exposed to a great deal of classical music during my childhood and while as a child a great deal of it went in one ear and out the other some percentage did make its home deep in dark recesses of my mind and as I’ve grown I’ve found myself more and more drawn to the music of centuries passed than any other genre.

Nowadays whenever the three of us are together it becomes a pissing match over who is better between Mozart, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky. I usually win the arguments because I’m the one with a web site so I can just come here and say it’s a fact that Beethoven was remarkable, but that’s a whole different discussion. Regardless of personal preferences one of my favorite songs of all time happens to fall into the classical genre.

Mozart’s Lacrimosa is one of those songs that has the power to change your life with its pure haunting melody that gets bolstered with the power of an entire choir singing the mournful lyrics. While I don’t personally think it’s possible to truly do a song like that justice without a mass of voices singing in harmony that never stops me from looking into what people have done with it on the guitar.

That leads me to these videos. I combed the surface of YouTube and dug up my favorite renditions of Lacrimosa to share them with you. I went with an acoustic version and an electric version because variety is the spice of life, y’know.

The first video is the acoustic rendition of Lacrimosa and features a performance by Maxim Chigintsev (who also made the arrangement you’re hearing. The nylon strings give it a much softer, gentler sound. Even when the dynamics get louder it never comes off as too much. It’s soft and sad. It’s the kind of music you can cry yourself to sleep to.

The second video is the electric version. The side by side comparison between the two is more interesting than I’d previously expected. The sorrowful melody comes through with a passion in both versions, but the timbre of electric makes it sing noticeably different from the acoustic version. The added electronic drums and reverse delayed guitar adds to the saddened mood nicely as well.

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Kyle Smitchens

Kyle Smitchens is the Guitar-Muse Managing Editor, super hero extraordinaire, and all around great guy. He has been playing guitar since his late teens and writing personal biographies almost as long. An appreciator of all music, his biggest influences include Tchaikovsky, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Steve Vai, Therion, and Jon Levasseur of Cryptopsy.

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