The Lacrimosa is part of the Dies Irae sequence in the Requiem Mass held by the Roman Catholic church. The text comes from the Latin 18th and 19th stanzas of the sequences and is also part of the traditional liturgy of All Soul's Day which is today, November 2.
Ironically enough, Mozart's Requiem Mass K262 - Lacrimosa is alleged to be final piece he ever composed. His wife, Constanze, cites that he was composing this piece while on his deathbed and only finished the first eight bars of the movement. There are many mysteries surrounding Mozart's death and was the inspiration for plot of the 1984 historical fiction drama, Amadeus.
According to witnesses, Mozart knew that he was dying and was convinced he had been poisoned. Even though this Requiem was commissioned by an "unknown man," Mozart was convinced that he had been commissioned to write his own Requiem Mass for his own death (which later proved to be true). Contemporary medical doctors, who have been consulted about Mozart's case, claim he died of Rheumatic Fever.
Lacrimosa Latin-English Translation
Lacrimosa dies illa
Qua resurget ex favilla
Judicandus homo reus.
Huic ergo parce, Deus:
Pie Jesu Domine,
Dona eis requiem. Amen.
Full of tears will be that day
When from the ashes shall arise
The guilty man to be judged;
Therefore spare him, O God,
Merciful Lord Jesus,
Grant them eternal rest. Amen.
Mozart Requiem K626 - Lacrimosa - Piano Transcription
I took a shot at a piano transcription, which, eh...is okay. Nothing is like the original. Here's a link to the video and the sheet music I used.
Mozart's Requiem K626 - Lacrimosa Piano Sheet Music
Evanescence - Lacrymosa
Also, kind of obsessed with this version by Evanescence. I was a huge fan of this group in high school! Does anyone remember them?
Mozart - Requiem in D Minor K626
And of course, the original, in it's entirety. The Lacrimosa movement starts around 24:32.
This movement always sends chills down my spine. Even though Mozart probably (?) didn't write most of it (or if he did, it was put together by someone else). In any event, an excellent piece for connecting with those emotionally deep zones :-). Enjoy!