Post # 1
So, I’m a classically trained musician (completing a masters degree at present), marrying another classical musician (who has finished his doctorate), and we’re really sucking at this music selecting thing. Originally we werent going to bother with music for the ceremony, but we had one of his parents friends offer to play harp for us (she’s an amazing harpist) and thats not really something that anyone should ever turn down! haha
Anyway, being classical musicians. we want classical music, but we also don’t want the traditional “Wedding” music like Pachabel’s Canon, Bach Preludes, Air on a G String, Winter, Spring etc etc. Has anyone had any music that they really loved and used in their ceremony that was still classical, but a little unique? I can really only come up with pieces by composers like Debussy, Erik Satie and Camille Saint Saens (as I adore French Impressionist music), but i’d love to hear more suggestions.
Also, any and all suggestions are great – I don’t want you guys to think that I need composers names, or piece names (athough that helps), but if you have a movie reference or something that’d be awesome too.
I’m trying to think a little out of the box 🙂
Post # 3
I’m not going to be terribly helpful-all I know so far is that I’m walking down the aisle to the Wedding March and after the ceremony we’re walking back down to the theme from Game of Thrones.
But have you considered video game music? Also I feel like something from Peer Gynt could be fun. I’m really proud of myself for thinking of that reference… I love Hall of the Mountain King.
ETA: And so I can feel really legit, there’s also Mozart, Beethoven, and Handel. But I’m not sure Messiah would really fit and I don’t know anything about Mozart’s music… Für Elise is pretty.
ETA Again: And there’s Chopin. I literally don’t even know his first name though. Sorry, I’m a little drunk.
Post # 4
@ERsax: I don’t know if this is wedding-y enough, but Chopin Nocturne Op.9 No.2 literally stops me in my tracks whenever I hear it. I once heard it playing in a Target of all places, and I had to stop and listen. We didn’t have classical music in our wedding, but if we did, this would have been my/our processional music.
Post # 5
We’re using some classical music that isn’t often heard at weddings in our ceremony. Unfortunately it’s mostly organ music, so I don’t know how helpful it would be. The non-organ music we’re going to have is mostly Bach: Aria from the Goldberg Variations (bridesmaid processional) and the Andante from the A minor violin sonata. The organ pieces will include the Toccata from the Widor Organ Symphony (recessional) and Guilmant’s March on Handel’s “Lift Up Your Heads” (bride processional… it’s pretty ballsy).
The point is there’s a whole world of music out there that isn’t stereotypical wedding music. And don’t categorically rule out Bach. There’s a lot of great Bach that isn’t overly played out, and it’s wonderful music. Most people just recognize 5-10 Bach pieces like some movements of the Brandenburgs, the G major cello prelude, Jesu, the Air, the C major prelude from the WTC, the toccata and fugue in D minor, and a few others.
Maybe you can talk to either the harpist who’s playing your wedding or other harpists to get some more ideas.
Post # 6
I LOVE the slow bit of Jupiter by Gustav Holst, and the slower part in the middle of The Hounds of Spring by Alfred Reed. I was planning to do the part from Hounds of Spring for me walking down the aisle, but one of my EXTREMELY emotional bridesmaids and I played the horn parts together in high school and she would have completely lost it, haha 🙂
Since both of those pieces have much more up-beat sections, it could make for a good recessional tune as well.
I ended up walking down to a slightly edited version of “Fawkes is Reborn” from the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets soundtrack, because I’m a geek like that.
Post # 7
Chopin’s Nocturne in E flat: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZUw78FXpG4
Johannes Brahms violin Waltz – I’ve heard this as just a duet with violin and piano, and it was gorgeous: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSji5Gamq8Q
Tchaikovsky’s Pas De Deux from the Nutcracker: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdFgvyRYwP4
Saint Saen’s – the Swan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b44-5M4e9nI
Lizst – Liebestraum – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpOtuoHL45Y
Delibes’ Flower duet, performed here with violins instead of vocals: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScuJ9SAHVE4
Faure’s Pavane: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpgyTl8yqbw
Gorgeous violin serenade from Schubert: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owpkZzSRlYA
Hmm, let’s see, a friend of mine had Vaughn William’s Lark Ascending… though the full version is a good 14 minutes or so: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZR2JlDnT2l8
Now some gorgeous non-classical instrumental pieces:
A Time For Us from Romeo and Juliet – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAkEbw7KfJI
For he Love of a Princess from Bravehart: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fk8323r577w
The Kiss from Last of the Mohicans: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGygsJj1awE
Define Dancing from Wall-E: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-7LIojfezw
Married Life, from Up! – except anyone who has seen the movie will be bawling by the end of it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjAWAUc_33k
Aeris’ Theme and Tifa’s Theme from Final Fantasy VII: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vCKFeO3nNs – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x20TtbnUJ3E
Kimi o Nosete, from Castle in the Sky: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dn4QghnzCCA
Post # 8
As a classically trained musician, I really find anything from the vitamin string quartet amazing!
they’ve done a cover of almost anything under the sun and your guests will probably be entertained once they realize what’s going on.
Post # 9
- Wedding: February 2014 - Windstar on Naples bay
Huh replying to this because I will need help with this for sure.
Post # 10
Choose music you love, but there is nothing wrong with using traditionally chosen pieces if you love them. They have stuck around and are used because they are beautiful. Harp makes everything sound different so I think the board is wide open. Go with youfavorites and they will be wonderful.