19th December 2012
I asked the mortician about the music that was played at the funeral. This time, the pastor had made the selection herself, choosing from that popular (and very convenient)
Bund der Bestatter
Musik für Trauerfeiern
" (Engl.: Music for Funerals) by Gruppo Classico.
The second piece by Telemann, though instrumental, had a noticeably christian flavour, and I didn't like it at all. In fact, I started drifting off as it played, just like I had done on my mother's funeral (though for different reasons).
The final piece turned out to be another one by Bach, though not in 6/4, as I initially thought, but in 3/4. On the way out of the chapel I kept counting to 6 though, probably because the track is rather fast and playful.
The first track was
Air on a G-string
, which I always believed to be one of the most
(if not downright obscene) titles within the genre of classical music. It's a beautiful piece under "normal" circumstances, but here ... at this funeral ... it became a real
!!! The setting, the atmosphere, even the cliché of it all ... - everything came together and gave it this enormous weight! Very manipulating on an emotional level. Made it hard