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Exploring the often surprising links between concepts, themes and people in classical music, from medieval to modern

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Saturday, November 5, 2016 Permalink

The Funeral Connection

Funeral procession of King George VI of England, 1952

 

It began as music to accompany a horse-drawn coffin through the city streets—but over the years, composers have used it in a variety of settings, from serious to comic.

In this hour, music to die for--funeral marches for a real queen, a fictional prince, a puppet, a parrot, and more.

FEATURED RECORDINGS
CD Title Disc/Track* Catalog # UPC
Mendelssohn : A Midsummer Night’s Dream 11 EMI CDC 7471632 0724357498128
Purcell: Funeral & Sacred Music 1/8 Brilliant Classics BLC99790 5028421997902
Purcell: Music for Queen Mary 25 EMI Classics 094634443821 094634443821
Berlioz: Grande Symphonie Funebre 2/7 Philips 456 143-2 028945614328
Kodaly Conducts Kodaly 15 DG 427 408-2 028942740822
Tortelier's French Bonbons [for Gounod’s Funeral March of the Marionette] 2 Chandos CHAN 9765 095115976524 
Mahler: Symphony No. 1 3 EMI CDE5749632 0724357496322
Chopin Complete Edition 7/ 7 DG 4778445 028947784456
Rossini: La Gazza Ladra 2/19 Chandos CHAN 3097 095115309728
Lewenthal Concerto Recordings [for Alkan’s Funeral for a Dead Parrot] 2/9 Elan 744198-2284-2 744198228425 
Beethoven Complete Sonatas                 4/7 DG 4631272 028941960221
Walton : Scenes from Shakespeare 16 CHAN 7041 095115704127
Grieg: Complete Music for Piano, Vol. 4 19 BIS BISCD107 7318590001073
Grieg: Orchestral Music, Vol. 2 8 Naxos 8.557854 0747313285426
 

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