Lux Aeterna (song)

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"Lux Aeterna"
Single by Clint Mansell
from the album Requiem for a Dream soundtrack
Released 2000
Recorded 2000
Genre neoclassical
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 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.

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.