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Saturday, January 26, 2019 Permalink

The Funeral Connection

The funeral procession of Queen Victoria in 1901


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.


Title Catalog # UPC
Mendelssohn : A Midsummer Night’s Dream EMI CDC 7471632 0724357498128
Purcell: Funeral & Sacred Music Brilliant Classics 99790 5028421997902
Purcell: Music for Queen Mary EMI Classics 094634443821 094634443821
Berlioz: Grande Symphonie Funebre Philips 456 143-2 028945614328
Kodaly Conducts Kodaly DG 427 408-2 028942740822
Tortelier's French Bonbons [for Gounod’s Funeral March of the Marionette] Chandos CHAN 9765 095115976524 
Mahler: Symphony No. 1 EMI CDE5749632 0724357496322
Chopin Complete Edition DG 4778445 028947784456
Rossini: La Gazza Ladra Chandos CHAN 3097 095115309728
Lewenthal Concerto Recordings [for Alkan’s Funeral for a Dead Parrot] Elan 744198-2284-2 744198228425 
Beethoven Complete Sonatas DG 4631272 028941960221
Walton : Scenes from Shakespeare CHAN 7041 095115704127
Grieg: Complete Music for Piano, Vol. 4 BIS BISCD107 7318590001073


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