Post # 1
So, this is really frustrating for me because I am a musician myself, with a doctorate degree, and now teaching piano. I’m feeling the pressure to have very well thought out music for our ceremony, and now I’m freaking out (you know, like a florist would about flowers at her wedding). I’m a classical musician who loves pop music, but my parents are very traditional and crave a ceremony of all classical music. I think we’re going to aim for the compromise, a little of each, so I am open to anything and everything for string quartets.
Anyone have any insight into string quartet music for me? I know I do not want any of the standards – no wedding march, no canon in d, etc.
PLEASE HELP! I will be so greatful to anyone who can help with suggestions.
Post # 3
Handel’s Water Music would be lovely. There are also numerous Bach pieces that could work beautifully.
Post # 4
Youtube Vitamin String Quartet….they play modern songs and everything sounds gorgeous!
Post # 5
I second VSQ’s stuff. They cover everything from Coldplay to the Beatles. Very classical but more modern. I would still throw in some Bach and Chopin too though.
Post # 6
I play in a sring quartet and our rep includes loads of stuff from quick-and-easy classical and Scott Joplin to jazz standards, Phanton of the Opera and The Beatles!
Have a listen to Shostakovich’s Romance from The Gadfly, though that’s quite slow, or the Hornpipe from Handel’s Water Music (works surprisingly well with a quartet).
If you want something a bit more poppy I played A-Ha’s Take on Me with a string quartet for a bride to walk out once. Failing that ‘I Want to Hold You Hand’ by the Beatles, anything by Michael Buble by the sounds of it, etc should all work quite well.
I would shameless-plug my services as a creator of custom arrangements but I’m guessing you don’t need that if you’re a music grad.
Post # 7
Wow look at all that help! I missed all of your comments, but thanks girls! I did finally find it within me to make choices:
Parents’ entrance: Ave Verum Corpus by Mozart
Groom/Officiant: Jupiter Chorale from The Planets
Bridal Party: Panis Angelicus
Bride: Portuguese Love Theme (from Love Actually soundtrack)
I’m still thinking about one for our recessional. My poor cellist friend who put together the string quartet for me has been working on arrangements of everything except Panis Angelicus! 🙂 I’d do it myself but planning a wedding has taken over more of my life than I care for…
Post # 8
Ooh If you want something whimsical and upbeat for your recessional try Mozarts Divertimenti in D http://www.azaleachambermusic.com/samples/q_Mozart_DivertimentoinD.mp3