All the music from the Queen’s funeral – together with just one or two surprises



The musical part of the Buy of Support for the burial of the late Queen is particularly what just one would be expecting it to be. It is rooted in the traditions of earlier royal funerals, in a wide variety of musical models from Jacobean formality to Edwardian sentiment, with just a person quite mild whiff of “modern-day new music”. There are also refined nods towards the Queen’s have musical preferences and loyalties, and one particular or two surprises.

At the main of the new music are the settings of the Burial Sentences, which will be sung in the very same options by William Croft and Henry Purcell that have been sung at each individual royal funeral considering that that of Queen Caroline, spouse of George II in 1737. Prior to that, as the 2,000 visitors wait for the procession to get there from Westminster Corridor, two of Westminster Abbey’s organizers will engage in a set of items which unusually are fully British. Alongside operates by Elgar Parry and Stanford will be parts by two modern Masters of the Queen’s Music, Malcolm Williamson and Peter Maxwell Davies.

As constantly there will be hymns for the congregation, and psalms to be sung by the two choirs of Westminster Abbey and the Chapel Royal. Amongst the hymns is a person of the late Queen’s favourites, “The Lord’s my Shepherd, I am going to not Want” and “The Working day Thou Gavest Lord is Ended”, a hymn that is typically sung at Evensong with a beautifully resigned tone that will be accurately ideal for the situation. Introducing to that emotion will be CHH Parry’s anthem My Soul there is a Country, dependent on text by John Donne.

Understated, simple eloquence

The two unknowns nestling amid these common things are two newly-commissioned pieces, both equally by Scottish composers. One particular is a placing of very well-identified traces from Psalm 42 by Judith Weir, who was Learn of the Queen’s Songs from 2014. She tells us that “The words and phrases and music talk at initial of the soul’s terrific disappointment and thirst for God’s reassurance but as the psalm progresses, the mood gets to be calmer and much more solved, culminating in consolation, with the phrases ‘Put thy believe in in God'”. Like Benjamin Britten needs to be “helpful” to society by crafting clear-cut new music for amateurs and universities and music festivals, and it is really a honest wager her new psalm-placing will have a related understated, basic eloquence.

The new anthem by James MacMillan is extra stunning, offered that MacMillan is now perhaps the ideal-identified Catholic composer in the globe, and this is a funeral of the Defender of the Anglican Faith. But he is also a staunch supporter of the Union, as perfectly as a masterly composer of smaller-scale religious choral parts, and his setting of a mystical poem by Henry Vaughan is absolutely sure to be masterly.

The Committal Support at St George’s Chapel Windsor will be extra modest, with no new items and only just one participating choir, but much more intercontinental with new music by JS Bach and Charles-Marie Widor. There is a modest acknowledgment of variety, with organ parts by Ethel Smythe and the black composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and echoes of previous royal funerals and a salute to a devoted servant. The Queen’s piano teacher William Harris features 2 times, as composer of an organ piece and a motet, and the Russian Kontakion of the Departed, a beloved of Queen Victoria and previous performed at the funeral of Queen Alexandra in 1925 will be sung. The Past Write-up, the Countrywide Anthem and the concluding Prelude and Fugue in C insignificant by Bach will conclude a collection of musical obsequies which, like the Queen herself, never places a foot improper.


Tunes for the condition funeral at Westminster Abbey

The assistance is sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey and the Choir of the Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace, (Joseph McHardy, Director of New music) below the course of James O’Donnell, Organist and Learn of the Choristers, Westminster Abbey.

New music in advance of the service

Matthew Jorysz, Assistant Organist, Westminster Abbey, plays:

Fantasia of 4 areas Orlando Gibbons (1583–1625)

Romanza (Symphony no 5 in D) Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872–1958)

Reliqui domum meum Peter Maxwell Davies (1934–2016)

Meditation on ‘Brother James’s Air’ Harold Darke (1888–1976)

Prelude on ‘Ecce jam noctis’ Op 157 no 3 Healey Willan (1880–1968)

Psalm Prelude Set 1 no 2 Herbert Howells (1892–1983)

In the Place Op 194 no 2 Charles Villiers Stanford (1852–1924)

Fantasy on ‘O Paradise’ Malcolm Williamson (1931–2003)

Elegy Op 58 Edward Elgar (1857–1934)

The Sub-Organist plays:

Andante espressivo (Sonata in G Op 28) Edward Elgar

Sospiri Op 70 Edward Elgar

Audio right after the assistance:

Allegro maestoso (Sonata in G Op 28) Edward Elgar


New music for the committal provider at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle

Tunes before the Service

Mr. Luke Bond, Assistant Director of Music, will perform:

Schmücke dich, O liebe Seele (BWV 654)Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)

OTraurigkeit, O HerzeleidDame Ethel Smyth (1858–1944)

Learn Tallis’s TestomonyHerbert Howells (1892–1983)

Psalm Prelude Established 1, No. 1Herbert Howells (1892–1983)

Psalm Prelude Set 1, No. 2Herbert Howells (1892–1983)

Melody (A few Parts)Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875–1912)

Andante Sostenuto (Symphonie Gothique, Op. 70)Charles-MarieWidor (1844–1937)

The Tree of PeaceJudith Weir (b. 1954)

Nimrod (Variants On An Authentic Concept, Op.36)Sir Edward Elgar (1857–1934)

PreludeSir William H. Harris (1883–1973)

Sheep May well Safely Graze (BWV 208)Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)

Rhosymedre RalphVaughan Williams (1872–1958)

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