Post # 1
I am looking for your help! For our ceremony, I have a soprano and a baritone. They are both graduate students and are very busy with their Comps and Juries so I don’t want to bother them. They both are operatic and have HUGE voices. I need to find two solo pieces for them that would fit a Christian wedding ceremony. I am having them sing The Prayer as a duet. I also have a pianist/organist and a harpist to accompany them.
Does anyone have any suggestions for the solo pieces?! (Composer, too… please!)
Post # 4
Try Ave Maria (either Bach or Schubert); "One Hand, One Heart" from West Side Story. And actually, even if your singers are busy I’m sure they will at least be able to offer suggestions if you ask. There’s also a series of anthologies that should be pretty easy to find at a music store or even on Amazon "the Wedding Collection" compiled and edited by Richard Walters, published by Hal Leonard. Make sure you get the one for the right "voice type" and this way you can see the words clearly.
Post # 5
I agree with cherrytomato1. Most musicians know good songs to sing from their repretoire library. And I am sure they will ask their prof’s for some suggestions as well. Honestly: Mozart, Oratorios of Haeden, J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Handel, Mendelsson wrote church song’s (to name a few composer’s) But they tend to utilize organs which can be substituted with a piano…
But if you have something in particular that you like you can mention it to them. Here area few suggestions that aren’t necessarily christian though…
Solo Amore (I played this for my friends wedding… as people were being seated- just as background music) **this one might work for your purposes….
Berlioz- from Les Troyens
Papagana/Papagano standard repretoire for any musician. Playful and about love. this could be a good end tune for them to sing as the ceremony is completed and the guests are departing…
too bad you don’t have two girls to sing the Flower Duet
La Ci darem la mano this version I found is a bit slow… but you will recognize it starting @3:17 hopefully…
honestly, trust your singers. Have them give you some tunes or recordings that they think will be good for your purposes and choose from those. If they are grad students- let alone good musicians (which I am sure they are) they will have a good foundation of what to choose from for you.