17 Apr 2021, 18:23
The funeral of Prince Philip was a dignified affair which featured a stunning selection of music selected by the late Duke of Edinburgh himself.
Music played in the lead-up, during and after the funeral service.
Musicians were present, as was a choir of just four singers.
Despite COVID restrictions restricting the amount of musical performers allowed – the music remained momentous and highly impactful throughout.
Music played as the guests arrived at Prince Philip’s funeral (Credit: BBC)
But just what music was played? And what did the pieces mean to Prince Philip?
Here we take a look at the music as it played…
Music prior to the service:
But the choir was limited to just four singers (Credit: BBC)
Music during the funeral of Prince Philip:
COVID rules restricted the amount of musicians allowed (Credit: BBC)
Music played after the service:
What was the significance of the music requested by Prince Philip?
Two of the pieces of music played at the funeral of Prince Philip were personally requested by the late Duke.
The Jubilate, by Benjamin Britten, and a setting of Psalm 104 by guitarist and composer William Lovelady were both written at the request of Prince Philip.
Both The Queen and Prince Philip dined with Lord Britten after attending the premiere of his seventh opera, Gloriana.
This was an opera written about the coronation of The Queen. During this dinner, Philip reportedly requested that Lord Britten compose music for the Jubilate and the Te Deum for the St George’s Chapel choir in 1958.
Meanwhile, the Psalm 104 was first performed at Prince Philip’s 75th birthday in 1996.
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