The Guild of Funerary Violinists


The Guild's Modern Recordings


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THE ART OF FUNERARY VIOLIN - modern recordings from the Funerary Violin cannon.

"The Art of Funerary Violin" presents a selection of works from the great masters of Funerary Violin dating all the way back to George Babcotte's monumental Dirge, performed in 1586 for the funeral of Sir Philip Sydney. It includes works by Addleston, Meunier, Gratchenfleiss, Sudbury, Duibuisson and Eaton, covering the entire period when the Art was at the very centre of funerary ritual. The music is performed by members of the Guild of Funerary Violinists, under the direction of Rohan Kriwaczek, and is occassionally accompanied by Tobias James on bass drum.



  1. from Funerarius for Micheal Wise Esquire - Orlando Addleston (1681)
  2. The Sombre Coquetry of Death – Hieronymous Gratchenfleiss (1810?)
  3. The Dizzy Flight of Death - Hieronymous Gratchenfleiss (1810?)
  4. from - Pompes Funèbres no. 2 – Pompe II - Michel Meunier (1693)
  5. from Funerary Suite no.4 – Flight - Charles Sudbury (1832)
  6. The Noble March of Death - Hieronymous Gratchenfleiss (1810?)
  7. from Funerary Suite no.4 – Eulogy - Charles Sudbury (1832)
  8. from The Sultry Dance of Death - Hieronymous Gratchenfleiss (1810?)
  9. from Sept Regards sur l’Esprit de la Mort - Marche Funèbre - Pierre Dubuisson (1826)
  10. The Erroneous Dirge of George Babcotte - George Babcotte / Thomas Dinsley (1586/1697)
  11. -13. Great Funerary Sonata - Knocking at the Door - Introduction to the Angels - The Purging of Mortal Sin - Stanley Eaton (1912)