(Closed) Organ music??

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I don’t know the answers to your questions, but I wanted to tell you that we’re using only an organ too! And I am so, so excited about it. The music is so weirdly haunting and beautiful…

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Most organs have switches that can be turned on and off to change the sound (especially if they come with the full set of pipes that reach to the ceiling).  The organ at my parents’ church has a “trumpet” switch, and I’ll be darned if it doesn’t sort of sound like a trumpet.  If the organist can play traditionally brassy songs like “trumpet voluntary” that will help make it feel more like a brass quartet too.  You should talk to the church’s music director for the name and phone number of the regular organist at that church.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I started playing the pipe organ at 13, so I’ll chime in.  🙂  The switches are called stops, and all organs have very different sounds.  Yes, some definitely have stops that allow for brassy-sounding tones.  But I would ask to actually hear the organ before you decide to go that route – you may not like the effect.  

Ask your organist if he/she can play Widor’s Toccata.  It’s an amazing piece of music, used at a lot of weddings (including the recessional for the most recent royal wedding in Britian).  And PM me if you need any more suggestions!  Best of luck!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I wanted to go with a pipe organ but because we’re having a garden wedding it wasn’t an option.  I’m a little envious 🙂

Peyton79 hit the nail on the head with her suggestions and the Widor’s Toccata!  In case you want an idea of what th piece sounds like, here’s a youtube clip where the melody isn’t muddied by the accoustics or recording equipment:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubEO9QsqyeE&feature=related

 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Yes, stops!  That’s what those switches are called!  Laughing

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I’m having an organist and vocalist at our ceremony.  Our priest didnt give us other options.  I wasn’t thrilled with the idea of an organist but we’ll just have to deal.  I really wanted to walk down the aisle to ‘Pas de deux’ fromt the Nutcracker, but I can only imagine it wouldn’t be half as pretty on an organ as compared to strings.

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