PLAY NOW: A musical farewell to Downton Abbey

Feb 26, 2016

PLAY NOW! A Musical Farewell to Downton Abbey

The final episode of Downton Abbey is scheduled to air in the US on March 6. For six seasons, viewers have been captivated by the Crawley family and their staff, cheering on the devoted Bateses as they navigate yet another crisis, chuckling at Lord Grantham’s hesitation about listening to King George V’s address on the radio, or wondering if Lady Mary will ever find true happiness. 


To celebrate Downton in all its glory—from the Dowager Countess’s snappy one-liners to Mr. Carson’s skepticism about twentieth-century technology and attitudes—we’ve assembled a playlist of music inspired by the show. Some of the pieces are from John Lunn’s original score, and others were heard in the show itself. The rest of the music comes from the period and evokes what the characters would have sung, danced to, or listened to, either live or on the new-fangled phonograph that Lady Rose insisted on purchasing.


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IPR: A Musical Farewell to Downton Abbey, by IPR's Amanda Sewell

  • Downton Abbey: The Suite
  • Elgar: Coronation March, Op. 65
  • Nearer My God to Thee
  • The March of the Women
  • Alexander's Ragtime Band
  • Fashion
  • The Dance of the Grizzly Bear
  • Keep the Home Fires Burning
  • If You Were the Only Girl in the World
  • 'A Shropshire Lad' Rhapsody
  • Look for the Silver Lining
  • The Downton Christmas Suite
  • Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
  • Let Me Call You Sweetheart
  • Puccini: Gianni Schicchi  -  O mio babbino caro
  • Dvorak: Gipsy Songs, On text by Adolf Heyduk
  • Highland and Reels: The Highland Man/The Cliffs of Glencolumbkille/Old Cuffe Street
  • Duneagle
  • Champagne Foxtrot
  • Empire March
  • Tiger Rag
  • April Showers
  • Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
  • Silent Night
  • Haydn: Symphony No. 73 in D major
  • I'm Wild About Horns on Automobiles
  • A Grand Adventure