Incredible Beauty: Erika Marozsán in Gloomy Sunday
The song she sings is Gloomy Sunday. (1933)
“Gloomy Sunday”, also known as the “Hungarian Suicide Song”, is a song composed by Hungarian pianist and composer Rezső Seress and published in 1933.
The original lyrics were titled Vége a világnak (The world is ending) and were about despair caused by war, ending in a quiet prayer about people's sins. Poet László Jávor wrote his own lyrics to the song, titled Szomorú vasárnap (Sad Sunday), in which the protagonist wants to commit suicide following his lover's death. The latter lyrics ended up becoming more popular while the former were essentially forgotten. The song was first recorded in Hungarian by Pál Kalmár in 1935.
The song has been sung by several singers. I first heard of it by Sarah Brightman in around 2000.
see also Portishead ♪ “The Rip”