Funeral march

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A funeral march (Marche funèbre in French, Marcia funebre in Italian, Trauermarsch in German) 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.


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:


  1. ^ Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here, Sputnik Music, January 2012

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