Best Classical Music Funeral Songs

What are the best classical music songs for a funeral or memorial service?

If you have not selected such a song yet, you might consider one of the songs listed below. They are some of the favorite classical songs that have become popular for modern funerals or memorial services. For your convenience, we have compiled the songs in a playlist, making it easy for you to listen to a sample or purchase a song. A detailed listing of the songs is provided below the playlist.

Best Classical Music Songs for a Funeral

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Best Classical Music Funeral Songs

  1. Gustav Adolf II, Op.49, R121 “Elegy” composed by Hugo Alfven
  2. Air On the G String, BWV 1068 composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
  3. Chorale Prelude: “Ich ruf’ zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ” composed Johann Sebastian Bach
  4. “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
  5. Concerto (“Double”), BWV 1043 II. Largocomposed by Johann Sebastian Bach
  6. Komm, süsser Tod, (Schemelli Gesangbuch No. 868), BWV 478 (BC F227) composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
  7. Agnus Dei composed by Samuel Barber
  8. “Adagio for Strings” Op. 11 composed by Samuel Barber
  9. “Für Elise” composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
  10. Piano Sonata No. 14, Op. 27, “Moonlight Sonata” composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
  11. Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 “Pathétique” composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
  12. Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 “Marcia Funebre” composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
  13. Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92 “Allegretto” composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
  14. Suite Gothique, Op. 25, Prière à, Notre-Dame composed by Leon Boellmann
  15. Symphony No. 3, Op. 90 “Poco allegretto” composed Johannes Brahms
  16. Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 35 “Funeral March” composed by Fryderyk Chopin
  17. Prelude In E Minor, Op.28, No.4 composed by Fryderyk Chopin
  18. “Clair de Lune” from Suite Bergamasque composed by Claude Debussy
  19. Rêverie for Piano, L.68 composed by Claude Debussy
  20. Enigma Variations, Op. 36, Nimrod composed by Edward Elgar
  21. Sursum Corda, Op. 11 composed by Edward Elgar
  22. “Sanctus; Pie Jesu” from the Faure Requiem composed by Gabriel Faure
  23. Élégie, Op. 24 composed by Gabriel Faure
  24. Pavane, Op. 50 composed by Gabriel Faure
  25. Panis Angelicus composed by Cesar Franck
  26. “Adagio” composed Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni, arranged by Remo Giazotto
  27. “Dance of the Blessed Spirits” from Orfeo ed Euridice composed by Christoph Willibald Gluck
  28. “Irish Tune” from County Derry composed by Percy Grainger
  29. Elegiac Melodies, Op. 34, “Last Spring” composed by Edvard Grieg
  30. Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46, “Death Of Ase” composed by Edvard Grieg
  31. Messiah, HWV 56, “I Know that my Redeemer Liveth” composed by George Frideric Handel
  32. Saul, HWV 53 composed by George Frideric Handel
  33. Serse (Xerxes), HWV 40, “Largo” composed by George Frideric Handel
  34. Symphony No. 5, “Adagietto” composed by Gustav Mahler
  35. Concerto for oboe, SF. 935, “Adagio” composed by Alessandro Marcello
  36. La Vierge, “Le dernier sommeil de la Vierge” composed by Jules Massenet
  37. Thaïs, “Meditation” composed by Jules Massenet
  38. Ave Verum Corpus composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  39. Maurerische Trauermusik, K. 477 (K. 479a) composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  40. Piano Concerto No. 23, K. 488, “Adagio” composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  41. Canon in D composed by Johann Pachelbel
  42. Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten composed by Arvo Part
  43. Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64, “Juliet’s Funeral and Romeo Death” composed by Sergey Prokofiev
  44. Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, “When I Am Laid In Earth” composed by Henry Purcell
  45. Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary, Z. 860 “March” composed by Henry Purcell
  46. Vocalise, Op. 34/14 composed by Sergey Rachmaninov
  47. Pavane for a Dead Princess composed by Maurice Ravel
  48. Pavane pour une infante défunte composed by Maurice Ravel
  49. Romance in E-flat, Op. 44 composed by Rubinstein
  50. Sleeping Beauty Waltz, OP. 66a, composed by Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky
  51. Aralarren composed by Juan Urteaga
  52. Requiem Mass (Manzoni Requiem) composed by Giuseppe Verdi
  53. Piccolo (Flautino) Concerto, RV 443, Largo composed by Antonio Vivaldi
  54. “Touch Her Soft Lips And Part” composed by William Walton
  55. The Lark Ascending composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams

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