Music by Max Richter
On the Nature of Daylight was first released as a track on Max Richter’s album The Blue Notebooks (2004). He composed the music in the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. He has described it as “a protest album about Iraq, a meditation on violence – both the violence that I had personally experienced around me as a child and the violence of war, at the utter futility of so much armed conflict.”
On the Nature of Daylight has been used in many films: Stranger than Fiction (2006), Disconnect (2012), The Face of an Angel (2014), The Innocents (2016), Arrival (2016), and it’s also used on the soundtrack of Martin Scorsese’s 2010 film, Shutter Island, in its original form and remixed with Dinah Washington’s vocals from her 1960 hit “This Bitter Earth”.
Though originally written for strings, I think this piece sound even more meditative played on the piano.