Most Popular Classical Music for Funerals

Classical music for funerals is sometimes the safest way to go, as this music has stood the test of time and remains popular after all these years.

Songs with lyrics sometimes distract, and the singer may not appeal to the gathered mourners.

Unless a particular singer was a favourite of the deceased, orchestral music always conveys the right mood

If you don’t know much about Classical music or what would be suitable, you may well be asking: “So what is the best and most appropriate classical music for funerals?”

Evergreen Classical Music for Funerals

Classical music for funerals

‘The Lord is My Shepherd’

“The Lord is my shepherd” is one of the most common and most popular pieces of classical music for funerals. The music touches the congregation and imparts the right mood to a funeral.

This song is also called Psalm 23. Many people recite the words while listening to the music.

We all know Psalm 23 in the Bible, and most of us know the words off by heart. People often say these words when in need of comforting or in need of guidance.

“Pachelbel’s Canon”

This is another very popular piece that people play at funerals and weddings a lot.

It’s a famous piece of music but the name of the piece is totally unfamiliar to many people. When you hear it you will recognise it immediately.

People usually play this before or during the ceremony.

“Time to Say Goodbye”

The classical version of Time to say Goodbye from Katherine Jenkins is popular at funerals in Wales however the version that is being played everywhere is by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman.

Basically at a funeral you are saying goodbye, and this song is all about saying goodbye.

“Abide With Me”

Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide.
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.

This was a poem initially written in 1847 and then set to music as a hymn.The hymn was very popular in the first world war and is also a favourite of the British monarchy.

The song is a plea for God’s presence to be with you through life’s trials, hardships and death. The classical version is very moving but some people prefer the song.

The above selection is but a small list of what one could choose as classical music for funerals. Everyone has personal preferences in music and even if the deceased liked heavy metal, for instance, it wouldn’t work as background music.

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