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Old movies-dirge for funeral procession


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What is the music played in many old movies - during funeral processions - that sounds like Love's Old Sweet Song? My mother thinks it is Love's Old Sweet Song, but I can't imagine why such a pretty song would be played as a dirge in the old days. The song itself wasn't written until the 1880's - so for it to be so ingrained in the culture by the early 20th century seems odd to me.

 

Is it perhaps a coincidence of two melodies that sound similar?

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Edited by: Keats9264 on Feb 15, 2014 3:31 AM

 

Edited by: Keats9264 on Feb 15, 2014 3:39 AM

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Definitely not "Love's Old Sweet Song"! Lots of films use the Chopin funeral march:

 

 

 

There is also Mendelssohn's funeral march, used by Max Steiner in THE LIFE OF VERGIE WINTERS. That recording was cut into the newsreel sequence of CITIZEN KANE. Here's a youtube of a martial band playing it:

 

 

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