Post # 1
I again have got into a creative kick and want to do something unique and personal for our recessional music. But I need help. Convincing my family to embark on some of these ideas is a little challenging when I’m the one with the imagination.
We’re looking for a short recessional piece for the organ (about one minute, 2 minutes max–the church is very small, we’ve got a small wedding party, and the groom and I will re-enter the church to dismiss our guests pew by pew giving hugs to everyone).
Are there any Les Mis fans out there? My mom is a die-hard fan. She would play the 3 CD collection all day long on the weekends as we did chores around the house. I sang “Castle on a Cloud” for all of my choir audition pieces in middle school. My mom’s got every word memorized (and I’m getting there). She’s mentioned to me several times, infact, when Mr Tandem and I got engaged, that she thinks of us as Cosette and Marius… so you get the point (and if you’re a Les Mis fan, you *really* get the point!)
I love the Wedding Chroale (Ring, Ring) that is played when Cosette and Marius are married and I’m trying to imagine if we could have our organist (father of the groom!) play it for our recessional with the guests singing.
Check out the first 35 seconds on this YouTube recording
The words are (thank you lyricsdownload.com):
Ring out the bells upon this day of days!
May all the angels of the Lord above
In jubilation sing their songsof praise!
And crown this blessed time with peace and love.
Has anyone else modified, adapted, or arranged some piece from a musical to work into their wedding ceremony music? Did it turn out as you’d hoped? Was it more trouble than it was worth?
Post # 3
I’m actually doing a few musical theatre pieces–I just love ’em! But instead, I’m just having the same music played on the piano in an arrangement, which the pianist was fine with. I’m still trying to narrow down all the songs I love! 🙂
I absolutely love that song(yay Les Mis!), but how are you planning on having the guests sing along? will the words be in the program, or do you have a cantor to lead them?
Post # 4
That’s fabulous that you’re working those pieces into your ceremony! How many are you going to use and when will you play them? (We have quite a few musicians in the family and we’re trying to fit them all in without it feeling like a recital.)
I’m so glad I found another person who appreciates the Wedding Chorale from Les Mis! I’m not quite sure how we would have the guests sing it. I was thinking of printing the words and the music in the program (no projector or anything in the church) and have the wedding party and parents (who are all musically capable and have strong voices) “lead,” meaning their voices would simply carry (without a microphone) for others to follow. We could sing it twice through, allowing for the second time to be more resounding.
We have asked our FOG to be the organist, and with only one month away, I don’t want to burden him with transposing and arranging (since I haven’t been able to find the original music for purchase anywhere)… although, being a music theorist/composer, maybe he’d enjoy it? I’m having a little trouble convincing the groom that this would work out, if/once I can get it past him then we’ll mention it to his dad. But time is running out!
Which pieces are you thinking of using? Good luck making a selection!
Post # 5
We have Frank (FranksingsFrank.com) performing at our reception in September. We are considering asking him to sing Love and Marriage for the recessional.
(Needless to say, we are a bit free-spirited and our family and friends fully expect an unconventional wedding ceremony)
I hope you go with your heart!