Lux Aeterna (song)

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This article is about the leitmotif of Requiem for a Dream. For other musical compositions called Lux Aeterna, see Lux Aeterna.
"Lux Aeterna"
Song by Kronos Quartet from the album Requiem for a Dream
Length 3:54
Composer(s) Clint Mansell
Requiem for a Dream track listing
"Lux Aeterna"
"Coney Island Low"

"Lux Aeterna" (sometimes "Lux Æterna") (pronounced [lʊks ɛtɛrna]; Latin for "eternal light") is a 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 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.[1] It was arranged by Simone Benyacar, Daniel Nielsen, and Veigar Margeirsson.[citation needed]

Orchestrated version[edit]

The orchestrated version was made available as part of the Requiem for a Tower album release from Corner Stone Cues.[2]


  1. ^ Ebert, Roger (2002-11-17). "The Movie Answer Man". Retrieved 2014-01-08. 
  2. ^ Jonathan, Jarry (2006-11-08). "Corner Stone Cues Presents: "Requiem for a Tower"". SoundtrackNet. Retrieved 2009-06-18.