Funeral march

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"Marche funèbre" redirects here. For other uses, see Marche funèbre (disambiguation).

A funeral march (Marche funèbre, Trauermarsch) is a march, usually in a minor key, in a slow "simple duple" metre, imitating the solemn pace of a funeral procession. Some such marches are often considered appropriate for use during funerals and other sombre occasions, the most well-known being that of Chopin. Handel uses the name dead march, also used for marches played by a military band at military funerals and executions.

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Examples in classical music include:

Classical music examples with the character of a funeral march but not specifically titled as funeral marches include:

Examples in contemporary music include:

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