Funeral Music 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.
Popular composers Johann Sebastian Bach  ·  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ·  Ludwig van Beethoven  ·  Frédéric Chopin  ·  Franz Schubert  ·  Johannes Brahms  ·  Franz Liszt  ·  Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ·  Felix Mendelssohn  ·  Claude Debussy  ·  Georg Friedrich Händel  ·  Camille Saint-Saëns  ·  Robert Schumann  ·  Antonín Dvořák  ·  Gabriel Fauré  ·  Edward Elgar  ·  Richard Wagner  ·  Jules Massenet  ·  Hector Berlioz  ·  Henry Purcell  ·  Giuseppe Verdi  ·  Béla Bartók  ·  Johann Pachelbel  ·  Jean Sibelius  ·  Giovanni Palestrina  ·  Tomás Luis de Victoria  ·  Aleksandr Glazunov  ·  Ferruccio Busoni  ·  Stephen Heller  ·  Max Bruch  ·  Anton Bruckner  ·  Carl Heinrich Carsten Reinecke  ·  Heinrich Schütz  ·  Josef Gabriel Rheinberger  ·  Henri Duparc  ·  Daniel Léo Simpson  ·  Arthur Foote  ·  Sigfrid Karg-Elert  ·  Charles Villiers Stanford  ·  Napoleón Coste  ·  George Whitefield Chadwick  ·  Manuel de Falla  ·  Johan Halvorsen  ·  Henri Wieniawski  ·  Frank Bridge  ·  Felix Draeseke  ·  John Dowland  ·  Frederick Delius  ·  Domenico Cimarosa  ·  Richard Kram
Instruments Cello  ·  Chamber group  ·  Choir  ·  Choir and Instrument  ·  Choir and Orchestra  ·  Guitar  ·  Harpsichord  ·  Lute  ·  Open Instrumentation  ·  Orchestra  ·  Organ  ·  Piano  ·  Piano 4 hands  ·  Solo Instrument and Piano  ·  Solo Instrument(s) and Orchestra  ·  Solo voice(s)  ·  String Orchestra  ·  String Quartet  ·  Violin  ·  Voice(s) and Instruments  ·  Voice(s) and Orchestra  ·  Voice(s) and Piano  ·  Wind Ensemble
Periods 20th Century  ·  21st Century  ·  Baroque  ·  Classical  ·  Early 20th Century  ·  Late 19th century  ·  Renaissance  ·  Romantic