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10 classical music suggestions for a funeral

If you’re stuck for inspiration, try this selection of moving and memorable pieces from Classic FM

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When you purchase a funeral plan, you can include instructions for everything from the dress code to readings and the specific pieces of music you’d like to be played.

You can choose any kind of music you like and, if you wish, mix and match different genres. But for sheer grandeur and the range of emotions it stirs in listeners, not to mention history and tradition, classical music is the way to go.

If you’re looking for inspiration on which pieces to choose, radio station Classic FM has compiled a top 10 list. On the Classic FM blog, each piece has a description, as well as a YouTube link so you can hear what it sounds like.

The suggested pieces include Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings and Franz Schubert’s Ave Maria.

Adagio for Strings was played at the funerals of Albert Einstein and Princess Grace of Monaco, while Ave Maria – an adaptation of a traditional Catholic prayer – was sung by tenor Luigi Vena at John F. Kennedy’s funeral.

Nimrod, by the English composer Edward Elgar, is commonly used at funerals as well as weddings, sporting events and Royal gatherings.

The list

Here’s the full list of Classic FM’s top 10:

  1. Barber – Adagio for Strings
  2. Mahler – ‘Adagietto’ (Symphony No. 5)
  3. Elgar – Nimrod
  4. Percy Grainger – Irish Tune from County Derry
  5. Arvo Pärt – Cantus
  6. Vaughan Williams – The Lark Ascending
  7. Pachelbel – Canon in D
  8. Bach – Air on a G String
  9. Albinoni – Adagio in G minor
  10. Schubert – Ave Maria

You can specify the music you’d like to be played at your funeral by including instructions in a funeral plan from Maplebrook Funeral Plans. Call us today on 0800 059 0909.

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