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The title is a combination of the words "Sade" and "sadness." "Sade" refers to Marquis de Sade, a French novelist whose sexual activities gave us the word "sadism." He believed sex had to be painful in order to be pleasurable.
The background vocals are a Gregorian chant, which is a kind of singing popular in a lot of church music. The lyrics are in Latin, which are how many of the chants were sung in church.
The Gregorian chant on this song came from a recording of The Kapelle Antiqua Choir, which is based in Munich. When this became a hit, the choir sued Enigma, who did not ask permission but did distort the sample. They settled the case.
Enigma is the husband and wife duo of Michael and Sandra Cretu. Michael worked as a studio musician before working on his own material under the group name Enigma, Sandra providing the vocals.
"Sadeness (Part One), is the first of three parts that comprise the 11 1/2 minute track "Principles of Lust." The other two parts are "Find Love", and "Sadeness (Reprise)". (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for above 2)
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