Lux Aeterna (Mansell)

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"Lux Aeterna"
Single by Clint Mansell
from the album Requiem for a Dream soundtrack
Released 2000
Recorded 2000
Genre 21st-century classical music
Length 3:54
Label Nonesuch Records
Songwriter(s) Clint Mansell
Producer(s) Kronos Quartet

"Lux Aeterna" (sometimes "Lux Æterna") (pronounced [lʊks ɛtɛrna]; Latin for "eternal light") is a orchestral composition by Clint Mansell, the leitmotif of the 2000 film Requiem for a Dream, and the penultimate piece in the movie's soundtrack.

In popular culture[edit]

The popularity of this piece led to its use in popular culture outside the film, most notably in film and teaser trailers, such as Sunshine[1] and Waking Madison, and multiple remixes and remakes by other producers. A version of the track was re-orchestrated with a choir and full orchestra for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers trailer.[2] It was arranged by Simone Benyacar, Daniel Nielsen, and Veigar Margeirsson.

Orchestrated version[edit]

The orchestrated version was made available as part of the Requiem for a Tower album release from Corner Stone Cues.[3]


  1. ^ Smith, C. Molly. "The ubiquitous 'Requiem for a Dream' score is 15 years old". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 6 March 2018. 
  2. ^ Ebert, Roger (2002-11-17). "The Movie Answer Man". Retrieved 2014-01-08. 
  3. ^ Jonathan, Jarry (2006-11-08). "Corner Stone Cues Presents: "Requiem for a Tower"". SoundtrackNet. Retrieved 2009-06-18.