Classical Music to Rattle Your Bones on Día de los Muertos

By Stephen Raskauskas |

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Day of the Dead is about honoring friends and family who have left us. Enjoy these 13 pieces as you celebrate Día de los Muertos and remember your loved ones.

“Altar de Muertos” – Gabriela Ortiz

Day of the Dead is a time to honoring those who have passed away with beautifully adorned altars.

“Conga-Line in Hell” – Miguel del Águila

And remembering your loved ones is a time for celebration!

“Xochipili” (Carlos Chávez)

Some traditions come from indigenous cultures…

“Son de la Bruja” (Jose Luis Hurtado)

And some explore the supernatural…

“La bruja” (Lila Downs)

Day of the Dead is a time to blend traditions (just like musician Lila Downs in *this* version of “La bruja”)…

“Son de la Negra”

To dance…

“Noche de Encantamiento” (Silvestre Revueltas)

To enchant…

“Noche de Jaranas” (Silvestre Revueltas)

To reconnect with your ancient past…

“Amatzínac” (José Pablo Moncayo)

To celebrate your culture…

“Colorines” (Silvestre Revueltas)

To celebrate nature…

“Three Letters from Mexico” (Miguel Bernal Jiménez)

Through language…

“La Llorona” (Chavela Vargas)

From songs that comes straight from the heart.

“Ofrendas” (Elbio Barilari)

And making offerings to those who are gone but not forgotten.