Discover the best classical funeral music, including religious funeral songs and uplifting classical music for funerals.
If you’re planning a loved one’s funeral, or thinking about your own send-off, you may want to include funeral music in the service. Classical music is a popular choice for funerals, from famous classical music and funeral hymns, to beautiful funeral songs written by world-renowned composers.
Be inspired by these 20 beautiful pieces of classical music for funerals:
Based on the Italian song ‘Con te partirò’ (‘With you I shall leave’), this English rendition by Bocelli and Brightman touched hearts the world over, making it one of the best-selling singles of all time. The powerful melody and moving lyrics has made it a popular choice for classical funeral music.
Taken from his masterpiece Enigma Variations, this adagio is one of the most famous pieces of classical music and the perfect funeral song for a beloved friend or partner. Elgar wrote this piece in honour of his close friend, Augustus J. Jaeger, who helped Elgar through a period of deep depression.
This string orchestra piece has become synonymous with grief and mourning. It was played at the funerals of Albert Einstein and Princess Grace of Monaco, as well as on the radio at the announcement of Princess Diana’s death. Its appearance in classic war film Platoon has made it instantly recognisable, but no less powerful.
One of Britain’s most famous and well-loved pieces of classical music, the Lark Ascending was inspired by a George Meredith poem of the same name. With a beautiful, uplifting melody, this song has become a favourite for funerals.
This classical funeral music is one of the most recognisable classical pieces in the world. Used for everything from weddings and military ceremonies to funerals and memorial services, Canon in D is as beautiful as it is famous.