The Medieval Musical Earworm That Still Scares Audiences Today By editor • Oct 30, 2020 ShareTweetEmail A baton, a watch, and patriotic sheet music (J. Scott Applewhite/AP) Listen Listening... / Musicologist Alex Ludwig joins Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd to discuss the “Dies irae,” the medieval funeral chant that has become popular in film scores. Watch on YouTube. This article was originally published on WBUR.org.Copyright 2020 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org. ShareTweetEmailView the discussion thread.