Funeral Music Music Recordings

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
A German Requiem, Op. 45 Johannes Brahms Voice(s) and Orchestra Romantic
Am Grabe Richard Wagners, S. 135 Franz Liszt String Quartet Romantic
Die Zelle in Nonnenwerth, S.274 Franz Liszt Voice(s) and Piano Romantic
Elegie Henri Duparc Voice(s) and Piano Romantic
Élégie, Op. 24 Gabriel Fauré Cello Romantic
Elegien, BV 249 Ferruccio Busoni Piano Early 20th Century
Elegy for 24 Violins and Organ Frederick Corder String Orchestra Romantic
Elegy no. 1, S. 196 Franz Liszt Solo Instrument and Piano Romantic
Elegy no. 2 (violin and piano arr.), S. 131bis Franz Liszt Solo Instrument and Piano Romantic
Funeral March in C minor, Op. posth. 72 no. 2 Frédéric Chopin Piano Romantic
Homenaje Manuel de Falla Guitar Early 20th Century
In memorial of Arrigo Boito Arturo Toscanini Orchestra Romantic
La notte, S. 112/2 Franz Liszt Solo Instrument and Piano Romantic
Marcha dos Passos Martiniano Ribeiro Bastos Open Instrumentation Romantic
Poème élégiaque, Op. 12 Eugène Ysaÿe Violin Late 19th century
Requiem in D minor, K. 626 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Choir and Orchestra Classical
Requiem, Op. 22 Felix Draeseke Voice(s) and Orchestra Romantic
Requiem, Op. 48 Gabriel Fauré Choir and Orchestra Late 19th century
Tombeau in C minor, FbWV 632 Johann Jacob Froberger Harpsichord Baroque