This is most impressive when dealing with earlier ceremonies for which sources on music are limited, such as obsequies
for Elizabeth I.
(16) The absence of decay of their mortal remains can be linked to their privileged spiritual condition, considering their corpses a symbol of their soul; (17) but it can also be seen in a much more ambivalent way, reflecting upon the fact that the natural decomposition is suspended or deferred while waiting for the retrieval of the body by the faithful, for the obsequies
. (18) Just as the--temporary--incorruptness of Lorenzo's body, it can in sum be related to the atavistic beliefs according to which death is not an immediate and definitively irreversible change of state, but a process, like decomposition,
Over 20,000 people gathered outside Union Depot rail station and another 5,000 inside it, to witness Cronin's coffin being put on board a train to be taken to Evanston's Calvary Cemetery; thousands more attended the obsequies
at the graveyard.
If more evidence were needed of Thatcher's destructive and divisive legacy, it came on 17 April 2013, when the counterpoint to her London obsequies
came from the street parties of unemployed in former mining communities.
Curiously enough, Cage's work seems itself to have borrowed heavily from Funeral March For The Obsequies
Of A Deaf Man written (or possibly not written, would be a more precise description) in 1897 by French writer Alphonse Allais which consisted of 24 blank measures of music.
* 11 Hegira: Out of the occurrences and happenings of this year, 'Ibn-e-Kaseer' has recorded a very detailed account of the sad demise and obsequies
of the Holy Prophet (SAW).
The news story described "Dancing girls and flowers, sweet music and gay dresses, and disregard for paltry cash characterized the obsequies
to the great god Bacchus.''
Thirty years on, the promise, not to mention the rhetoric (recently revived during her funeral obsequies
), seems to have far exceeded the performance, as the Daily Telegraph article would suggest, at least in the case of the de-nationalized railways.
No surprise that he finally went, or that his obsequies
were so well crafted, time being the great preparer.
Heads of state flying to his obsequies
will all know his long walk to freedom did scant good to alleviate the parlous plight of povertystricken South Africans.
For the obsequies
of distinguished landowners, the already maturing Pulsnitz boy's choir sang in contratenor, with their crocodile's tongues: Take me out over the Onga!
Margaret Hilda Roberts, brought up in a pokey corner shop in the small market town of Grantham, was honoured yesterday with obsequies
which fell almost indiscernibly short of being a state funeral.