This funeral classical music Top 10 was compiled for the Southbank Centre‘s Festival for the Living.
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Top 10 funeral classical music list
- Camille Saint-Saëns: Danse macabre: a playful view of death, depicting skeletons carousing in midnight graveyard revels
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Confutatis maledictis from Requiem
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Lacrymosa dies illa from Requiem
- Gustav Mahler: Der Abschied (The Farewell) from Das Lied von der Erde: the superstitious composer – knowing Beethoven’s Ninth symphony had been his last – deliberately didn’t call this symphony his Ninth
- Henry Purcell: March from Funeral Music for Queen Mary
- Sir John Tavener: Song for Athene: featured in Princess Diana’s funeral
- Samuel Barber: Adagio for Strings: part of memorial service for President Kennedy
- Gabriel Fauré: In Paradisum from Requiem
- Giuseppe Verdi: Libera me from Requiem
- Puccini’s O Mio Bambino Caro (Oh My Dear Child)
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