What to do if you’re having a wedding and don’t have an organ, piano, or someone to play? A dear gal I know was in this quandry, and she expressed her anxiety over this to me. I had already attended a small, lovely wedding which was accompanied by violin, and with my husband having been the sound guy at church, I had some ideas. Here you will find the list which I gave to sweet Angela, a list which positively delighted her violinist, Carol Hayes.
Mind you, this works for a small wedding, say fewer than 100 people, and in a small space. All sound gets blown away when outside in the wind.
So, if Mike and Mindy were to get married again, and have string accompaniment, here’s our list of favorites. Perhaps this will be an inspiration for a wedding or lifetime milestone, background music for a special event, or for simply building your own music library.
Thais, Meditation, Massenet
To a Wild Rose, MacDowell
Rachmaninoff’s “Theme from the Second Piano Concerto.”
Handel’s Chorus from “Judas Maccabaeus”
Louis Bourgeois’ Doxology
Handel’s Bourree in G (Suzuki level 3)
Bach Minuet in G (Anna Magdelena’s cahier)
I just love the Bach Bourree in G, from his orchestral works
Ashgrove, the English folk melody
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of Creation
Fairest Lord Jesus
Holy, Holy, Holy
Resurrection hymns (why not?)
Debussy’s Claire de Lune
And the Bach minuets in the Anna Magdelena’s cahier are all sparkling little gems.
Bach’s aria “Bist du bei mir” for Anna Magdelena “If you are with me” song of love and loyalty. Very appropriate for wedding.
the Bach cello Suites
Another lovely piece, but perhaps over used? Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
And why not have a little jig after the bride and groom have finished their recessional?
What to do if you want to purchase recordings of these pieces? Well, I can recommend to you from our short list of our favorite performers:
-cello: Yo Yo Ma
-violin: Joshua Bell, Itzhak Perleman
-trumpet: Wynton Marsalis
-classical guitar: Christopher Parkening, Pepe Romero