Music for a funeral

Classical music for funerals can be very uplifting and relaxing. Deciding the particular piece to use is very much a personal choice.

If you decide that you would like to use Classical music at your loved one’s funeral there are a number of considerations that you will have to think about.


  • The length of the piece of classical music that you would like. Most services will last for a maximum of one hour so it is important to be aware of the time constraint, you will have to choose the piece accordingly.
  • Whether the music will be played using the churches sound system, you need to ensure that the Church can facilitate your requirements.
  • If you decide to hire musicians, you will need to make sure that you choose a piece that does not require a full orchestra.
  • Cost of hiring musicians, you need to get a few quotations.
  • Where possible get a recommendation from someone who has heard the musicain.

Classical Music for Funerals

The most famous funeral marches are from:

Chopin‘s Piano Sonata No.2 Op.35 in B-flat minor.

Beethoven‘s 3rd Symphony Op.55 in E-flat, and some of the symphonies of Mahler.

Below are other classical pieces that can be used at funerals:

Winter (Vivaldi; violin and harp)

“Raindrop Prelude” (Chopin; harp)

Adagio (Mozart; flute and harp)

Pavane (Faure; horn and harp)

Ave Maria (Bach:Gounod; violin and harp)

Gymnopedie (Satie; horn and harp)

Arioso (Bach; flute and harp)

The Swan (Saint-Saens; cello and harp)

Laudate Dominum (Mozart; violin and harp)

Meditation (Massenet; violin and Harp)

Meditation (Massenet; harp)

Air on the G String (Bach; harp)

If you type the particular piece into the search engine you can listen on youtube to make your decision.

If you wish to speak to someone about music for a funeral you can contact