‘Parodies of funeral marches aren’t new, according to Jeffrey Kallberg, a Chopin scholar and chair of the music department at the University of Pennsylvania. Kallberg says they trace back all the way to the piece that originally inspired Chopin to write his own funeral march.
"Chopin’s march is modeled after a Rossini opera, La Gazza Ladra, and that served as the basis for parodies," Kallberg says. "If you’re old enough to remember, that was the theme music for Alfred Hichcock’s show."’ From http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=124039949