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Funeral     Back to Musical Occasions

Like music for weddings, music for funerals is very much open to personal taste. It might be possible for recordings to be played, or the music may be performed live by an organist or piano player. It’s perhaps advisable that the music allows room for reflection, so showy virtuosity is probably not a good idea. Often a slow piece in a major key strikes the right balance between serenity and dignity. The following suggestions are beautiful works that might be appropriate.


 Playlist - Funeral Music Play

Schubert 2nd movement of String Quintet in C Play

J S Bach 'Mache dich, mein Herze rein' from St Matthew Passion Play

Richard Strauss 'Beim Schlafengehen' from Four Last Songs Play

J S Bach Goldberg Variations Play

Richard Strauss Death and Transfiguration (Tod und Verklärung)  Play

J S Bach Jesus Bleibet Meine Freude from Cantata No. 147  Play

Ravel Pavane for a Dead Princess  Play

Percy Grainger Irish Tune from County Derry (Danny Boy) Play

Elgar 'Nimrod' from Enigma Variations Play