Track of the Day: 'Lux Aeterna' by the Kronos Quartet

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

No series on the artful use of songs in cinema would be complete without the haunting violin of composer Clint Mansell, performed by the Kronos Quartet, which stalks the tragic characters of Requiem For a Dream throughout the film and culminates in this closing montage:

The reader who flagged that score, Gary, also submitted the song we posted from Magnolia, “Wise Up.” He ties the two together:

A parallel to the Aimee Mann track, “Lux Aeterna” links all the characters in this film together in their respective tragedies. Beautiful and bleak.

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