Sheet Music: Funeral March

TitleFuneral March
from Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor
Alternate titlesMarche funèbre
Opus numberOp. 35, Mvmt. 3
ComposerFrédéric Chopin (1810–1849)
InstrumentationFlute and Piano
KeyB-flat minor
RangeG♮4–F6
Time signature4/4
Tempo60 BPM
Performance time7:15
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2009-07-18
Last updated2009-07-18
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Saturday 18 July 2009

Tune of the Day: Funeral March

from Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor by Frédéric Chopin

This third movement begins and ends with the celebrated funeral march in B flat minor which gives the piano sonata its nickname, but has a calm interlude in D flat major. While the term “funeral march” is perhaps a fitting description of the whole movement, complete with the interlude, “Chopin's Funeral March” is used commonly to describe only the part in B flat minor.

The piece has become well known in popular culture. It was played at the graveside during Chopin's own burial at Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris. It was also used at the state funerals of John F. Kennedy and those of Soviet leaders, including Leonid Brezhnev. It was transcribed for full orchestra by English composer Sir Edward Elgar in 1933 and its first performance was at his own memorial concert the next year.