(Closed) Classical Piano Music for Ceremony – Ideas?

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 4
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Blushing bee

First of all, do the Debussy. It will be lovely and wonderful. And I will be jealous! Mix in some Chopin too! There’s always the Rachmaninov Variation 18 on a Theme by Paganini, which is stunning. Ummm… there’s always great Bach stuff… I’m sure the preludes would be beautiful. If you’re a cellist, then I’m sure you like the Swan, by Camille Saint Saens, which would also be appropriate and beautiful. Go on youtube and just start looking around!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I am having a solo pianist play our pre-ceremony, ceremony, cocktail hour and brunch reception.  He has carte blanche for most of it, but I’ve compiled a few songs that I *love* that I want him to include in the pre-ceremony and/or processional (I’m still trying to figure out what I will be walking down the aisle to).  Here is my current list:

Jesu Joy of Man Desiring

Clair de Lune by Debussy

Water Music by Handel

Feather Theme from Forrest Gump by Alan Silvestri

Stars and Midnight Blue by Enya (or Midnight Sky, which I think is a take on it)

Love from Robin Hood

Candle on the Water from Pete’s Dragon

Postcards from Far Away by Cold Play

This Is Your Song by Elton John

Somewhere Over The Rainbow

Bachs Suite For Solo Cello No 1 in G

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Also I would LOVE some suggestions of pieces to listen to played on the piano.  I’ve been listening to piano videos on YouTube for a few months and I need inspiration for more “classical” pieces.  I don’t want anything too dark (e.g. Butterfly Waltz)

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@kmsw:  I really want a piece that is light and playful.  Something that is appropriate for an elegant event outdoors, with children involved.  I keep getting drawn back to Feather Theme from Forrest Gump for this reason, but it does such a disservice to my classically trained pianist. lol.  He would do it if I insisted…but I would much rather showcase his talents with a more complex piece.  I wish I had more musical knowledge.

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I love Debussy.  (Claire de Lune is actually one my least favorite of his pieces, though.)

Here are a few pieces of his that I love:
La cathédrale engloutie
La soirée dans Grenade  (“Spanish” Debussy)

Have you heard Liszt Sonetto 104 del Petrarca, S. 161, No. 5?  The first couple bars sound a little disonant, but the rest is gorgeous! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnkVjsvdyoM&feature=related

Bach’s Prelude No.1 in C major (BWV#846) is pretty and simple.

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@kmsw:  I’ll have to think about it more.  I am less familiar with piano rep.  If you needed piano/vocal art songs, I’d have a bunch more ideas! 

I have to admit, I did wonder what a minister would think of a piece entitled “Sunken Cathedral” (La cathédrale engloutie).

Personally, I could care less about selecting “wedding appropriate music” for my cermony.  But that’s just me.  ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 14
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Blushing bee

@MrsLulu: Look up Debussy’s Children’s Corner Suite (6 different pieces with excellent names)… It may not be appropriate for you walking down the aisle, but I think you’ll enjoy the  childlike feel!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@janebennett:  Thank you so much!!

I decided for Pachebel Canon in D for the bridal party and Jesu, Joy of Man Desiring for me walking down the aisle.  But I can still change my mind.  hehe

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