Funeral Music – Sheet Music & Scores

Music has always played an important role in Funeral services. Browse our sheet music and scores, and let Stretta help you find the right music today.

A short history of funeral music

Since the 13th century, clergymen have gathered in calendar brotherhoods on the calends, the first days of each month, to remember their deceased brothers. As at the funerals themselves, there was extensive singing. Later, choirs emerged from this ritual, to perform motets at funerals, in church or at the grave.

In addition to settings of Requiems, the Dutch composers of the 15th and 16th centuries wrote funeral motets to commemorate princes and rulers, which continued to spread across Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries, with settings such as Handel’s Funeral Music for Queen Caroline, Musical Exequies by Heinrich Schütz and Purcells’s Funeral Music for Queen Mary. This began to expand into the secular world with works like Monteverdi’s Lamento d‘Arianna.

In France, the Sarabande was the most popular lament before the funeral march developed in the late 18th century. In the last century, new works such as dirges and epitaphs have entered the repertoire as expressions of mourning and grief.

Popular songs at funerals

Nowadays, pop or rock songs are often played at funerals. Here is a list of popular modern songs for funeral ceremonies:

Funeral Music

You are my Soul and all my Heart

50 Solo Songs for Special Occasions from Weddings to Funerals

for: Voice (high), piano [organ]

Music score (anthology), online audio

Item no.: 562698

25.95 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )

Classical Themes

20 Pieces for 5-string banjo in tablature

for: Banjo

Music score (with TABs)

Item no.: 656661

15.99 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )

Abschied

Songs For Funeral Services
Parts in Bb, in Eb and in C–bass clef

for: Voice [melodic instrument (C/B-flat/E-flat/C low)], piano [guitar/keyboard/organ]

Piano score, Solo parts

Item no.: 665906

26.50 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
George Frideric Handel

Israel in Egypt Part 1–3

HWV 54

for: 6 soloists (SSATBB), mixed choir (SATB), orchestra

Piano reduction (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 550475

43.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Heinrich Schütz

Musikalische Exequien SWV 279-281

Begräbnismusik in drei Teilen für Singstimmen und Basso continuo
Stuttgarter Schütz-Ausgabe Urtext

for: 8 voices (SSAATTBB), organ, bass; mixed choir (SSATTB), 6 melody instruments colla parte ad lib.

Score

Item no.: 423286

26.50 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Johann Sebastian Bach

Mighty God, His time is ever best BWV 106

"Actus tragicus"
Bärenreiter Urtext

for: Mixed choir (SATB), baroque orchestra

Piano reduction (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 167439

7.75 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Johann Sebastian Bach

Johannespassion

Passio secundum Joannem BWV 245 - Urtext Stuttgarter Bach-Ausgaben
Fassung IV (1749) mit der unvollendeten Revision 1739 im Anhang

for: Soloists, mixed choir, orchestra

Piano reduction

Item no.: 346649

16.50 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Johann Sebastian Bach

St. Matthew Passion BWV 244b

Early version
Bärenreiter Urtext

for: 4 soloists (SATB), mixed choir (SSAATTBB), orchestra

Piano reduction (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 444394

25.95 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Johann Sebastian Bach

O my Lord, I long for thee BWV 150

Stuttgarter Bach-Ausgaben · Urtext

for: 4 soloists (SATB), mixed choir (SATB), 2 violins, viola, bassoon, basso continuo

Piano reduction (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 233890

9.95 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Johannes Brahms

Nänie op. 82

'Auch das Schöne muss sterben'
Breitkopf Urtext

for: Mixed choir (SATB), orchestra

Piano reduction (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 284906

10.90 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Johann Pachelbel

Canon in D

Music for Strings

for: 2 violins, viola, cello (string quartet)

Score, Parts

Item no.: 176724

20.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Johann Sebastian Bach

Cantata BWV 131 “Out of darkness call I, Lord, to Thee”

for: 4 solo voices (SATB), mixed choir (SATB), baroque orchestra

Piano reduction

Item no.: 285525

9.90 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Download item

Relax with Baroque Piano

35 Beautiful Pieces

for: Piano

Sheet music

Item no.: 758497

9.99 €
Instantly available.
Johann Sebastian Bach

God's own time is the time appointed

Actus tragicus. Trauermusik
BWV 106

for: Mixed choir (SATB), baroque orchestra

Piano reduction (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 233628

7.80 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Johann Sebastian Bach

St. Matthew Passion BWV 244

Long considered the noblest, most inspired musical treatment of the crucifixion of Christ, Bach's St. Matthew Passion remains an immensely popular work.
Dover Mini Scores

for: Soloists, mixed choir (SATB), orchestra, organ

Study score

Item no.: 168012

12.80 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
George Frideric Handel

Anthem for the Funeral of Queen Caroline HWV 264

für Chor (SSATB) und Orchester - Klavierauszug (Urtextausgabe) (Urtext)

for: Mixed choir (SSATB), piano

Piano reduction

Item no.: 348439

21.95 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
John Tavener

Song for Athene

Contemporary Church Music

for: Mixed choir (SATB), piano

Choir score

Item no.: 315594

4.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Johann Sebastian Bach

O Jesus Christ, my life, my light BWV 118

Funeral motet

for: Mixed choir (SATB), orchestra, basso continuo

Piano reduction

Item no.: 280494

6.80 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Johann Pachelbel

Canon in D

Shawnee Press

for: Mixed choir (SATB), piano

Choir score

Item no.: 323212

3.25 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Henry Purcell

The Plaint (O let me forever weep )

from "The Fairy Queen"
Echo

for: Voice (soprano), violin, piano

Score, part

Item no.: 303053

10.75 €plus shipping
Delivery time approx. 1–2 weeks.
Johann Sebastian Bach

From the deep, Lord, cried I, Lord, to Thee BWV 131

"Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir"
Cantata for a penitential service (version in g minor)
Urtext Stuttgarter Bach-Ausgaben

for: 4 soloists (SATB), mixed choir (SATB), orchestra, basso continuo

Score (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 164264

17.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Mohammed Fairouz

El Male Rachamim

Hymn to the Victims of the Holocaust

for: Piano

Single edition

Item no.: 683643

25.50 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Samuel Barber

Adagio for Strings

Score and Parts

for: String orchestra

Score, Parts

Item no.: 607206

55.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Morten Lauridsen

Prayer

Poem by Dana Gioia
for SATB and Piano
Peermusic Classical

for: Mixed choir (SATB), piano

Choir score

Item no.: 620144

3.00 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Henry Purcell, Thomas Morley

Funeral Music for Queen Mary

Choral Music

for: Mixed choir (SATB), 2 oboes, cor anglais, bassoon, 4 trumpets, , snare drum, timpani, organ

Score

Item no.: 321285

12.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Piet Swerts

Epitaph

Piano for Four Hands

for: Piano 4 hands

Ensemble score

Item no.: 292571

19.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Antonio Chemotti

Polyphonic music pro mortuis in Italy

(1550-1650)
An introduction

Book

Item no.: 773230

37.50 €plus shipping
Delivery time approx. 1–2 weeks.
Johann Sebastian Bach

St. Matthew Passion

Choral Large Works

for: Mixed choir (SATB), piano

Choir score

Item no.: 317711

22.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–6 weeks
Gustav Holst

Dirge and Hymeneal

Geistliche Musik

for: Women's choir (SSA), piano

Choir score

Item no.: 321689

3.25 €plus shipping
Delivery time approx. 1–2 weeks.
Antonio Salieri

La Passione di nostro Signore Gesù Cristo

Azione sacra
Erstausgabe
Staffelpreise auf Anfrage

for: 4 soloists (SATB), mixed choir (SATB), orchestra, organ

Choir score

Item no.: 237396

5.80 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Antonio Salieri

La Passione di nostro Signore Gesù Cristo

Azione sacra
Erstausgabe

for: 4 soloists (SATB), mixed choir (SATB), orchestra, organ

Score

Item no.: 237394

99.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
George Frideric Handel

Anthem for the Funeral of Queen Caroline HWV 264

Bärenreiter Urtext-Ausgabe (Urtextausgabe) (Urtext)

for: Mixed choir, orchestra, basso continuo

Score

Item no.: 231680

54.00 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Robert van Beringen

Zum letzten Geleit

Last Respects

for: 4 brass instruments

Score, Parts

Item no.: 550554

39.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Johann Sebastian Bach

Markus-Passion BWV 247

Der Musikforscher Malcolm Bruno erstellte auf Basis der inzwischen als Parodievorlage etablierten Trauerode BWV 198 eine neue Rekonstruktion des Werks

for: Narrator, 4 solo voices (SATB), mixed choir (SATB), baroque orchestra

Piano reduction

Item no.: 689659

23.90 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Tomaso Albinoni

Adagio

Music Box

for: Variables Bläserquintett

Score, Parts

Item no.: 446297

18.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Gilead Mishory

Lider–Togbukh

Song–Diary on Yiddish poems by Abraham Sutzkever

for: Voice, piano

Music score

Item no.: 768189

33.50 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Gustav Holst

A Dirge for Two Veterans

for: Male choir (TTBB), piano

Score

Item no.: 377200

2.75 €plus shipping
Delivery time approx. 1–2 weeks.
Johann Pachelbel

Canon & Gigue For Three Violins and Keyboard

for Three Violins & Keyboard (cello cont. ad lib.)

for: Mixed Ensemble

Score, Parts

Item no.: 392720

32.50 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Johann Pachelbel

Canon and Gigue

Rubank Solo-Ensemble Sheet

for: Flötenquartett

Score, Parts

Item no.: 180756

11.30 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
John Blow, Henry Hall

Odes on the Death of Henry Purcell

Purcell Society Edition Companion Series 5

Set of parts

Item no.: 769251

27.90 €plus shipping
Delivery time approx. 1–2 weeks.
Igor Strawinsky

In Memoriam Dylan Thomas

Dirge-Canons and Song

for: Tenor, String Quartet and 4 Trombones

Piano reduction

Item no.: 303264

15.50 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Adrian Connell

May the Angels

In Paradisum
Staffelpreise auf Anfrage

for: Mixed choir (SATB), piano [organ]

Score

Item no.: 772248

7.80 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Johannes Brahms

N?nie, Op. 82

Choral Large Works

for: Mixed choir (SATB), piano

Choir score

Item no.: 317789

4.55 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–6 weeks
Johann Sebastian Bach

St. Matthew Passion

Choral Large Works

for: Mixed choir (SATB), piano

Choir score

Item no.: 317746

22.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–6 weeks
Johann Sebastian Bach

Lord, do not depart until I am blessed BWV 157

Cantata for funeral service / Purification of Mary.
Reconstruction Klaus Hofmann
Urtext Stuttgarter Bach-Ausgaben

for: 2 soloists (TB), mixed choir (SATB), orchestra, basso continuo

Piano reduction (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 233914

8.30 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Adrian Connell

May The Angels

In Paradisum
Staffelpreise auf Anfrage

for: Women's choir (SSA), piano [organ]

Score

Item no.: 772245

7.80 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
James MacMillan

A Choral Sequence from the St. John Passion

Staffelpreise auf Anfrage

for: Mixed choir (SATB), organ; percussion ad lib.

Organ reduction

Item no.: 686487

19.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Kurt Weill

Four Walt Whitman Songs

for: Voice (high/medium), piano

Piano reduction

Item no.: 764779

45.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Johann Sebastian Bach

St. John Passion

Choral Large Works

for: Mixed choir (SATB), piano

Choir score

Item no.: 317729

19.30 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–6 weeks
Joaquín Turina

Turina: Ave Maria for Voice and Piano

Geistliche Musik

for: Voice

Book

Item no.: 324783

4.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time approx. 1–2 weeks.

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