To me, the one thing that makes life bearable is the knowledge that it will come to an end, because accepting this is the only way to unconditionally and freely enjoy life. ~Nicholas Lens
I think it’s a little weird to make presumptions about the expectations of others, none the less… I’ve gone for Corpus Inimici from Nicholas Lens‘ Flamma Flamma: The Fire Requiem, because it’s the only album of its kind in my library, it’s a song concerning hatred, and I’ve never discussed music or artists from the world of opera here before, all of which makes it the most likely candidate.
I saw the entire opera performed many years ago, on the banks of the River Torrens, while burning effigies floated on by. Such a powerful experience, and it was the first time I went to any great effort to acquire a CD from overseas, as it wasn’t available in Australia for some reason.
I don’t listen to it excessively, usually when I’m writing fiction that requires some bloodletting, from my characters, which can manifest in a variety of ways – the primal, tribal nature of the entire album awakens and heightens something quite visceral.
The (Latin) lyrics of this song translate to:
I spit on
My enemy’s body
My hate was fire
Be life itself
More from the composer:
The Fire Requiem Flamma Flamma is a ritual, strongly influenced by the magic powers of non-European cultures. The natural quality of primitive death ceremonials often sharply contrasts with the over-organised and therefore spiritually abused ceremonials of the western world.