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Date: Wed, 3 Apr 1996 08:54:33 -0500 (EST)
From: David Janower
Subject: Funeral anthems

Here is a compilation of replies I received for anthems appropriate for
funeral services. *Thanks* to all who replied.

Campion, Thomas: Never Weather-Beaten Sail, in Invitation to the
Madrigal Vol 2, T. Dart. Also in Fellowes, Lutenist School, Campion volume.
(This worked *beautifully* at the service I conducted at last week.)

Charles Wood: Never Weather-Beaten Sail (text by Campion, music by Wood)
in The New Church Anthem Book, Oxford.

Michael Connolly: Do Not Stand at my Grave and Weep, GIA G3847 (text is
the so-called "Indian Prayer")

Faure: In Paradisum, Pie Jesu (solo) from Requiem

Brahms: How Lovely... from Requiem - also final movement

Durufle: In Paradisum, Pie Jesu (solo), Lux Aeterna from Requiem

Howells: Requiem - any movement

Tavener: Funeral Ikos

arr. Mishkin: We Shall Walk Through the Valley (spiritual based on Psalm 23)

James Fritschel: In Peace and Joy (Martin Luther text)

Ives: glories on Glories from The Celestial Country (up-tempo)

Bach: Final chorale from St. John Passion

Bach: Final chorale from Komm, Jesu, Komm

Robert Young: When I am Dead (Rosetti) - Alliance Music

Mnay versions, settings, arrangements of Psalm 23

I hope I didn't miss any suggestions.

David Griggs-Janower
Albany Pro Musica &
The University at Albany, SUNY
228 Placid Drive
Schenectady, NY 12303-5118

Date: Wed, 3 Apr 1996 09:02:44 -0500 (EST)
From: David Janower
Subject: funeral anthems

I found another page as soon as I logged off! Stan Baker suggests several
settings of "I am the resurrection and the life" from the funeral

Dressler (Concordia), Scheidt, Milton, Morley and Vulpius

And of course there are the Purcell Funeral Sentences (Queen Mary): Man
that is born of women... In the midst of life... Thou knowest, Lord, the
secrets. Purcell has two settings of the last (3?). There's a setting
of Man that is born in Honegger's King David that could be excerpted.
And isn't there an Ode on the Death of John Blow, or do I have that

David Griggs-Janower

on August 5, 2002 10:00pm
I am trying to find a good piece that has no religious connotation to it, it is a civil service, and to respect the wishes of the deceased, the songs must not have a religious connotation. So far, I can think of Fair thee well love, but no others, any ideas?
on September 10, 2003 10:00pm
I wrote "The Choir Invisible" with text from the poem by George Eliot. It can be used in either a sacred or secular setting for a funeral, for All Saints Day, or any memorial service. SATTB, piano, and violin obbligato. Must have a good men's section. You can see and hear the piece (digitized) by going to, clicking on "repertoire", and then clicking on the name of the piece. If you'd like a .pdf file of the score, e-mail me at
on December 10, 2004 10:00pm
Eleanor Daley: In Remembrance from Requiem
on May 19, 2006 10:00pm
Try the madrigal "Death hath deprived me of my dearest friend" - Weelkes I think - in memory of Thomas Morley - stunning
on January 24, 2007 10:00pm
Please may I have the beautiful words to the Indian Prayer by Michael Connelly. thanks so much B. Goldman