Yes, of course I find Pachelbel’s Canon in D beautiful, but I’ve played piano/flute/sang in choruses since elementary school, and have played/heard that particular piece approximately 5,536,287 times in my life. So…..I’m a little weary of it, to say the least. I have to bite my tongue when a well-meaning person says “I know a beautiful song for your wedding. You should walk up the aisle to Pachelbel’s Canon!”
Wagner’s Bridal Chorus/ Here Comes the Bride is also out, unless I can get a full choir to sing it in the original German (probably not going to happen). Even then, our church probably won’t allow it.
Since my Fiance is a good Lutheran boy, we will likely be choosing a lot of Bach.
When we were planning on doing our regular ceremony, I was going for kind fo the same idea. I wanted more traditional with a modern twist. I was pretty set on having only instrumentals to hold onto the traditional aspect, but add a bit of modern flair
@Sevillealaube: We used an arrangement of an Alasdair Fraser/Natalie Hass tune, “Rob Fraser’s Welcome to San Francisco.” It’s a recently-composed Scottish fiddle tune, but it has a gorgeous melody. An organist friend of mine arranged it for us for organ, violin, and cello – if you listen to the link, imagine it a good bit slower and more stately, without the percussion. There’s also this YouTube clip that gives a better idea of the pace, but you might want to only listen to the first 30 seconds or so. (The bagpipe is not in tune with the strings, so when it comes in, it gets pretty cringeworthy.)
Telemann’s “La Grace” is a lovely and not-overused classical piece for weddings; Bach’s “Arioso” is another, and Handel’s “Largo” from Xerxes …
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