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Friday, October 30, 2015

Definitions for epicedium

  1. a funeral song; dirge.

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Citations for epicedium
Performing The Queen’s Epicedium, an ornate funeral lament, Bostridge seemed to sing from his gut as he let the sliding melodies move his body in a kind of visceral dance. Sophia Vastek, "Bostridge and friends deliver a memorable evening of Britten’s music," New York Classical Review, October 21, 2013
The early modern epicedium (funeral poem) is typically structured around three aims…praising the dead, mourning the loss, and comforting the bereaved. Anna Linton, Poetry and Parental Bereavement in Early Modern Lutheran Germany, 2008
Origin of epicedium
1580-1590
Epicedium entered English in the late 1500s. It stems from the Greek word epikḗdeion, the noun form of an adjective meaning "of a funeral."