Certain pieces of music show up throughout the series, but especially in The Book of Life. Both Matthew and Jack play the cello, and vampires often play music in the background so that it masks their conversations from the keen hearing of other vampires.
Fleetwood Mac[edit | edit source]
The Bishop house plays Fleetwood Mac for pregnant Diana, just as it did 34 years earlier for a pregnant Rebecca. [need more information here]
St. Matthew Passion[edit | edit source]
This piece by Johann Sebastian Bach shows up multiple times in The Book of Life: it's what Benjamin plays to torture his captive witch, and it's what Jack is listening to in the beginning of chapter 20, before Matthew intervenes.
Lacrimosa[edit | edit source]
Johann Sebastian Bach's youngest son Johann Christian Bach wrote W E11 Ingresso e Kyrie della Messa de Morti in C minor (often called his Requiem, even though it doesn't include all of the sections of the mass) in 1757, when he was just 22 years old. Matthew starts playing the Lacrimosa section on the cello in chapter 20 of The Book of Life while Jack is in the throes of his blood rage/nightmare-induced drawing spree.
Cello Sonata no. 1 in F Minor[edit | edit source]
Ludwig van Beethoven's first cello sonata was written in 1796 in Berlin. Matthew plays it after finishing the Lacrimosa, to nudge Jack further into the modern day in his furious drawing spree. The text doesn't say, but it's unlikely that Matthew plays the whole piece, since it's almost a half hour long and there doesn't seem to be that much time before Matthew moves on to the next piece.
Requiem[edit | edit source]
Gabriel Fauré composed his great Mass for the Dead between 1887 and 1890. Matthew plays it as Jack is winding down his drawing spree. Matthew mentions that it is one of his favorite pieces of music: "Long before he'd met Diana, one of his great joys had been to go to New College and listen to the choir perform the piece." This piece is also upwards of a half hour long, but Matthew does seem to play the whole thing, because he mentions getting to the last section, In Paradisum.