Tomorrow’s State Funeral: a selection of music. Sep 18, 2022 | Ramblings, Videos | 8 comments Purcell: ‘March’ from Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary. Baroque Brass of London; no further details. Beethoven: Symphony No.3 (Eroica) – (ii) Funeral March. Los Angeles Philharmonic/Carlo Maria Giulini; DG; 1979. Chopin: the third movement of the B-flat minor Piano Sonata, orchestrated Elgar. LPO/Sir Adrian Boult; 1975. Elgar: Nursery Suite (1931). “Dedicated by Permission to their Royal Highnesses The Duchess of York and the Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret Rose“. Royal Liverpool Philharmonic/Sir Charles Groves; 1970. Eric Coates: The Three Elizabeths – (iii) ‘The Princess Elizabeth’. The composer’s 1944 recording with the NSO. Walton: Orb and Sceptre. LPO/Boult (1977). Sir Adrian conducted the premiere during the 1953 Coronation. Milanollo – the Quick March of the Coldstream Guards (the slow one is adapted from Mozart), played by The Band of the Royal Corps of Signals. The Colonel in Chief of the Coldstream Guards was Queen Elizabeth II and is now King Charles III. 8 Comments MONICA McCABE on September 18, 2022 at 11:14 am Very nicely chosen, Colin. Reply Andrew Neill on September 18, 2022 at 11:33 am The death of The Queen means that the last living dedicatee of an Elgar work is no longer with us. As Princess Elizabeth, aged six, she attended Elgar’s own recording of The Nursery Suite – the patching session of 4 June 1931. One of HMV’s recording engineers recalled the Princess running between the seats of the Kingsway Hall and tipping them up and down before the sessions began. Reply Robert Matthew-Walker on September 18, 2022 at 11:54 am Indeed, Andrew – and the young Princess was so impressed with ‘The Waggon Passes’ that she asked Elgar to play it again, which he did. At the time of King Charles’s Coronation, whenever it is, it would be good to hear the Coronation March Saint-Saens wrote for King Edward VII’s Coronation in 1902 – truly, entente cordiale. But who could write such a march today? Reply Antony Hodgson on September 18, 2022 at 6:42 pm Thank you Colin for a superb compilation with excellent sound regardless of the age of the recordings. I found it all rather moving and I note that you very appropriately selected a most expansive version of the Beethoven Funeral March – that was ideal. Will they really play Princess Elizabeth’s favorite Elgar movement? Reply canderson on September 18, 2022 at 7:11 pm Don’t know. The above selection is me being serendipitous and doesn’t anticipate the ‘official’ music, whatever it may be. Colin Reply Edward Clark on September 18, 2022 at 11:34 pm A new work by Gillian Weir is a certainty. Music will be mostly choral so Col please apply your ambitions to that repertoire. Does anyone know Sibelius wrote an overlooked but interesting funeral march In memoriam which he predicted correctly was played at his funeral. I have never heard a live performance in the UK although Beecham recorded it for the Sibeliius Society in the 1930’s I think. Reply canderson on September 19, 2022 at 8:05 am You mean Judith Weir, now Master of the King’s Music (previously the Queen’s). As I have already replied, my choices of music above have nothing to do with the official funereal list. I know and like the Sibelius you mention. Here it is… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=No4rCMxkrFc … Leif Segerstam’s Chandos recording. Reply Edward Clark on September 19, 2022 at 10:09 am Sorry. Judith Weir of course. I have a lovely response from a request I recently made of her. Thanks for posting the Segerstam version. It has the most gravitas of all versions I know. Slow and very solemn. Submit a Comment Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.