QUOTE(oldromola @ Oct 14 2011, 03:15 PM)
I am surprised that nobody has mentioned Elgar's 'Solemn Prelude - In Memoriam' (from For the Fallen). I think it is an orchestral piece, as I play it from an arrangement by Harvey Grace.
Other than that and Nimrod I like playing - on the piano - Schumann's 'Remembrance'. He wrote it on hearing of Mendelssohn's death, and most moving it is too.
There's a Mendelssohn song without words which would do nicely for this type of occasion as well - it may or may not be a funeral march but all you keyboard ppl probably know which one I mean.
Re. RAF bias, if the RAF marchpast is appropriate, then why not Hearts of Oak
? They're both jolly...(though why I am suggesting something dark rather than light blue is beyond me)
Not a problem for us as the entire town assembles at the war memorial, the same hymns are used each year and the Sally Army Band plays for the service. And we all get bad backs from standing on a hill with an uneven pavement
Oh and our new hymnbooks were about 3 weeks old the first time they got rained on and now they all fall open at "oh god our help in ages past" because that double page is corrugated.
Sorry to be super picky - but "Heart of Oak" was the regimental quick march of my regiment - the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters. It was inherited from the Worcestershires, who adopted it after fighting as Marines on board ships in 1794.