Somewhen, we talked here on the blog about how good it would be if living composers wrote music for funerals, especially for processions and committals. I even wrote to a composer with the suggestion, and he said he’d think about it. Can’t remember who he was, now. Don’t know if he’s accepted the challenge. We’ll see.
In the meantime, others have been busy.
First, Scottish singer-songwriter Nemo Shaw has set WH Auden’s famous poem to music. It comes in separate ‘he’, ‘she’ and ‘they’ versions. Here it is:
Next up for you is Paul Alexander, who has recorded all sorts of funeral music, including original material by himself.
Particularly striking is Light a Candle, which would go very well with a candle-lighting ceremony. I can’t embed it because Paul has sensibly stopped people doing that. But here’s the YouTube link:
Where music’s concerned it’s horses for courses, ain’t it? What’s here is not to everyone’s taste — but I can see that candle song going down very well with some grievers. What do you make of Nemo?
Find Nemo Shaw’s website here.
Find Paul Alexander’s website here.