Midweek Music Moment: This Bitter Earth – On the Nature of Daylight

A fan of German-born, British composer Max Richter, I first discovered him through his groundbreaking 2012 ‘Vivaldi- Four Seasons Revisited’ album.

Lately I have become particularly enamoured with his piece ‘On the Nature of Daylight’ which was introduced to me through the ‘Arrival’ soundtrack. (Although it has also been heard on multiple soundtracks including ‘Stranger than Fiction’, ‘The Face of an Angel’ and ‘Shutter Island’).


Originally published on his ‘The Blue Notebooks’ album in 2003. The album was a protest album about Iraq – the violence that he had personally experienced as a child, the violence of war, and the utter futility of so much armed conflict.


Today’s Midweek Music Moment is the sublime pairing of Dinah Washington’s 1960 hit ‘This Bitter Earth’ with Richter’s soaring ‘On the Nature of Daylight’ (produced in 2010 for the ‘Shutter Island’ soundtrack).

The video has no visuals, so grab a cup of tea, close your eyes and listen to this powerful and emotional piece of music.



And if you enjoyed the weeping violins from Richter, here’s the beautiful ‘Embers’ from his 2002 debut album ‘MemoryHouse’.



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