Episode #3478

Funeral Music

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Monday, June 10, 2013

On a funereal edition of this New Sounds, hear musical moods that one might not expect to be associated with a funeral from the world over, from West African funeral drumming to a jazz march from Norwegian musician Stian Carstensen.  Listen to music from Brooklyn Rider by Ljova paying tribute to the violinist from Tarafs de Haidouk, Culai.  There’s also Michael Gordon’s setting of Emily Dickinson poetry, as recorded live on Soundcheck, along with a funeral dance by Swedish jazz musician Bengt Berger’s “Bitter Funeral Beer.”  Plus, listen to the post-rock ambient duo Stars of the Lid, along with music by Henry Purcell arranged by Wendy Carlos used in “A Clockwork Orange.”  And more.

PROGRAM # 3478, Funeral Music  (First aired on 6/10/2013)                                                     





Wendy Carlos

A Clockwork Orange

Purcell/arr. Wendy Carlos: Funeral Music for Queen Mary [2:18]

East Side #ESD -81362

Philip Glass


Akhnaten: Act 1, Funeral [9:02]

Sony #62960
Available for purchase at

David Karsten Daniels & Fight the Big Bull

I Mean to Live Here Still

The Funeral Bell [2:34]

Or download from

Leah Coloff, cello
Courtney Orlando, piano
Bora Yoon, guitar & percussion Jennifer Charles, vocals


Live, on WNYC’s Soundcheck 12-08-08

Michael Gordon (text by Emily Dickinson):

I felt a funeral in my brain [4:29]

This performance not commercially available. 

Bengt Berger

Bitter Funeral Beer

Tongsi [4:57]

Funeral Dance, excerpt [6:11]

ECM #1179

Stian Carstensen

Backwards Into The Backwoods

Funeral March For A Neutered Choir Boy [5:57]

Winter & Winter 910087

Stars of the Lid


The Funeral

SOTL001 / Cobraside
Available at or download from

Brooklyn Rider

A Walking Fire

Ljova : Culai Funeral Doina (for Culai) [5:04]

Mercury Records

Ali Jihad Racy

Ancient Egypt

Funeral Procession, excerpt [1:30]

Lyrichord #7347

Post-Minimalist Keyboard Works (Special Podcast)

For this New Sounds show, listen to post-minimalist works  that are somewhat keyboard-centric.  Hear brand new music by Daniel Wohl, from the musicians of TRANSIT, and featuring vocals by Julia Holter.   There’s also music from French composer Sylvain Chaveau, from a collection of works for cinema.  Plus, the Irish composer Simon O’Connor reworks J.S. Bach for the Ergodos Musicians, and listen to a multi-part work by Nico Muhly from his “Drones” release.

Special thanks to our New Sounds Spring Intern, Caroline, for her help in securing these permissions.  Extra thanks to New Sounds Summer Intern  Ross Harriss, for doing the heavy lifting of the editing


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