Funeral Music Music Recordings and Sheet Music

Historically, many forms of popular and art music have been intended for usage at funerals and ceremonies for the dead. An example of this is the tombeau, a sort of musical composition mourning the death of a notable individual, which had its origins in France. Similar to the tombeau is the dirge, a lament song usually performed during the service for the dead. Arguably the most popular form of funeral music in Western music is the musical setting of the Requiem. The Requiem, or Mass for the Dead, is a ritual in the Catholic Church, often but not always celebrated in the context of a funeral, and meant to offer repose to the souls of the deceased and peace to their beloved ones. The Requiem Mass has inspired a great number of musical compositions, including settings by names such as Mozart, Verdi, Faure, etc. The dramatic character of the Requiem Mass text and ritual, and its structure, allow for the creation of monumental orchestral and choral works, which are nowadays performed outside liturgical context.

Title Composer Instrument Period Ratings
2 Elegies, Sz.41 (Op.8b) Béla Bartók Piano Early 20th Century
4 Dirges, Sz.45 (Op.9a) Béla Bartók Piano Early 20th Century
12 Élégies et Romances Johann Friedrich Reichardt Voice(s) and Instruments Romantic
A German Requiem, Op. 45 Johannes Brahms Voice(s) and Orchestra Romantic
À la mémoire de notre ami Fr. Chopin Sigismund Neukomm Piano Romantic
Adagio élégiaque, Op.5 Henri Wieniawski Solo Instrument and Piano Romantic
Aerial Requiem, Op. 27 Mark Alburger Voice(s) and Orchestra 20th Century
Am Grabe Richard Wagners, S. 135 Franz Liszt String Quartet Romantic
An Ode on the Death of Mr. Henry Purcell John Blow Voice(s) and Orchestra Baroque
Begräbnis-Musik über Friederich Lente Dietrich Becker Voice(s) and Instruments Baroque
Berceuse élégiaque, Op.42, BV 252a Ferruccio Busoni Orchestra Early 20th Century
Canto Elegiaco Pietro Yon Organ Early 20th Century
Complementarium in memoriam Jonathan Harvey Gabriel Malancioiu Voice(s) and Instruments 21st Century
Coronach, D.836 (Op.52 No.4) Franz Schubert Choir and Instrument Romantic
Deirdre's Lament Roy Agnew Piano Early 20th Century
Dem Andenken Petöfis, S.195 Franz Liszt Piano Romantic
Der Geist hilft unsrer Schwachheit auf, BWV 226 Johann Sebastian Bach Choir and Orchestra Baroque
Dernier adieu, Op.24 Auguste Vincent Piano Romantic
Die Nacht Alphons Diepenbrock Voice(s) and Orchestra Romantic
Die Zelle in Nonnenwerth, S.274 Franz Liszt Piano Romantic
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