The Sophisticates of String Quartet maintains a broad repertoire of music, including quiet, inspirational selections that are appropriate for funerals, visitations or wakes, dedication ceremonies, and other memorial services. Our music can add a soft background for your guests during the visitation and we can play meaningful hymns or pieces at particular points in a ceremony.
If there is a particularly meaningful piece that is not listed on our repertoire page, please contact us. We may be able to provide it, but please understand that under short notice we may not be able to do a new arrangement.
Below are some commonly requested pieces for memorial services:
- Albinoni - Adagio in G minor
- Anonymous - Greensleeves
- Bach - Air from Suite BWV 1068 (in D or on G string) [sample]
- Bach - Arioso
- Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
- Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 [sample]
- Bach - Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring [sample]
- Bach - Sheep May Safely Graze
- Bach - Wachet Auf [sample]
- Balfe - I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls (from "The Bohemian Girl", as sung by Enya)
- Elgar - Nimrod from the Enigma Variations
- Fauré - Pavane, Op. 50
- Gluck - Dance of the Blessed Spirits from "Orpheus and Euridice" [sample]
- Gounod - Ave Maria
- Handel - Largo from "Xerxes"
- Handel - Sarabande and Variations
- Holst - Theme from Jupiter from "The Planets"
- Quarantotto and Sartori: - Con te partiro (as sung by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman)
- Mason - Nearer, My God, to Thee
- Massenet - Meditation from Thais [sample]
- Mozart - Ave Verum
- Newton - Amazing Grace
- Puccini - Humming Chorus from Madame Butterfly
- Puccini - O mio babbino caro from "Gianni Schicchi"
- Purcell - Dido's Lament from "Dido and Aeneas"
- Rimsky-Korsakov - The Young Prince and Princess from Scheherezade [sample]
- Roever and Korb - Highland Cathedral
- Schubert - Ave Maria
- Traditional - Abide with Me
- Traditional Irish - Be Thou My Vision
- Traditional Irish Air - The Last Rose of Summer
- Traditional - What Wondrous Love Is This
- Ungar - Ashokan Farewell
- Vangelis/Line - Hymne (from the Gallo wine commercials)