Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

SEARCH
the Forums & Piano World

This custom search works much better than the built in one and allows searching older posts.
(ad) Pianoteq
Latest Pianoteq add-on instrument: U4 upright piano
(ad) Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad) P B Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Guide
PianoSupplies.com (150)
Piano Accessories Music Related Gifts Piano Tuning Equipment Piano Moving Equipment
We now offer Gift Certificates in our online store!
(ad) Estonia Piano
Estonia Piano
Quick Links to Useful Stuff
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers
*Organs

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano Accessories
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Contest
*Links
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
Topic Options
#1451214 - 06/06/10 03:18 AM Help for Wedding
vladimiroir Offline
Full Member

Registered: 04/06/10
Posts: 192
Hello guys. My sister wanted me to play some pieces that are appropriate to weddings( in one year time, so i can practice it well even if its hard). Can you guys help me to list out the appropriate pieces( i am going to play for the reception) ? I am going to play for around 4 hours. Thank you in advance.


Edited by vladimiroir (06/06/10 10:31 AM)
_________________________
currently working on:
Czerny School of Velocity Op 299

Top
(ad) Piano & Music Accessories
piano accessories music gifts tuning and moving equipment
#1451264 - 06/06/10 07:50 AM Re: Help for Wedding [Re: vladimiroir]
casinitaly Offline

Gold Supporter until March 1 2014


Registered: 03/01/10
Posts: 4668
Loc: Italy
Are you playing for the ceremony as well as the reception ?
_________________________
Interested in MOYD? Check out the RULES!
XVIII-XXXIII
Performance anxiety: make it part of your daily routine and deal with it...Cope! zrtf90

Top
#1451316 - 06/06/10 10:31 AM Re: Help for Wedding [Re: casinitaly]
vladimiroir Offline
Full Member

Registered: 04/06/10
Posts: 192
sorry i forgot to put it up, i am going to play for the reception only
_________________________
currently working on:
Czerny School of Velocity Op 299

Top
#1451325 - 06/06/10 11:01 AM Re: Help for Wedding [Re: vladimiroir]
TheFool Online   content
Full Member

Registered: 04/13/10
Posts: 152
The Rite of Spring. Then jump up, scream 'Das Opfer!' and pin the blushing bride to the altar with your sacrifical obsidian dagger.

Or, you could go the conventional route. wink

Are you just looking for something suitably innocuous/saccharine, or something written with weddings in mind?
_________________________
"Nine? Too late."

Top
#1451341 - 06/06/10 11:36 AM Re: Help for Wedding [Re: TheFool]
lilylady Offline
4000 Post Club Member

Registered: 03/17/05
Posts: 4974
Loc: boston north
Are you wanting appropriate classical music? Or are you thinking popular (song types?)
_________________________
"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything."

Top
#1451370 - 06/06/10 12:45 PM Re: Help for Wedding [Re: lilylady]
fj_s Offline
Full Member

Registered: 06/28/09
Posts: 169
Loc: Singapore
Actually 4 hours is quite long. On the bright side, you have one year.

I suggest actually brushing up on sight reading, and learning how to play by ear.

Popular melodies with a simple accompaniments (e.g. broken chords and inversions) will help to fill most of the time. Buying a book of wedding music and sight reading it is also helpful.

If you are playing for a reception, you also don't actually want to overpower conversation.

As such show pieces are not appropriate (as are pieces that spend too much time playing loudly in the bass and treble regions) - try some waltzes (e.g. Chopin), and schubert impromptus (Op 90 2/3, Op 142 No 3), Mendelssohn songs without words in addition to the above (e.g. playing popular melodies by ear, and interpersing with classical) and you should be able to fill up the time quite nicely.

Schumann-Liszt Widmung/Schubert-Liszt Ave Maria is quite nice if you want to show off...
_________________________
In progress

Mozart: Sonata in D Major, k576
Chopin: Polonaise in A-flat major, Op 53
Berg: Sonata in B minor, Op 1
Bach: Partita in C Minor, BWV 826

Top
#1451414 - 06/06/10 02:40 PM Re: Help for Wedding [Re: fj_s]
Chris G Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 01/15/09
Posts: 737
Loc: Portland, Oregon
4 hours is way long if you are playing pieces that need a lot of preparation. You might want to check out the "Lets talk weddings" thread in the Pianist Cornet, non Classical. It's got lots of great information and would be useful even if you play mainly classical music.

Top
#1451429 - 06/06/10 03:18 PM Re: Help for Wedding [Re: Chris G]
MarkH Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 11/16/08
Posts: 828
Loc: Seattle, WA
I agree that 4 hours is ridiculous, both in terms of you having to play that long, and in terms of wedding "flow." I've never been to a wedding where anything but the evening dancing lasted remotely close to 4 hours. In all reality, when your sister plans it in greater detail, she'll realize that the reception will not last much longer than an hour. Preparing enough music for that will be much more reasonable.
_________________________
Currently Studying: Bach - English Suite No. 5; Beethoven - Op. 27 No. 1; Chopin - Op. 27 No. 1; Chopin - 3rd Scherzo

Top
#1451439 - 06/06/10 03:38 PM Re: Help for Wedding [Re: MarkH]
BruceD Offline
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/26/01
Posts: 17670
Loc: Victoria, BC
Wedding traditions, including "receptions" and the definition of "reception" can vary widely from country to country. As Vladimiroir doesn't state where s/he's from, could it be that a reception, there, is indeed four hours long?

Regards,
_________________________
BruceD
- - - - -
Estonia 190 in satin ebony
Writing from Paris until 15 May, 2014

Top
#1451510 - 06/06/10 06:26 PM Re: Help for Wedding [Re: BruceD]
Kreisler Offline



Registered: 11/27/02
Posts: 13706
Loc: Iowa City, IA
There are a large number of Wedding Anthologies available online at at retail music stores. I'd suggest getting a couple of those.
_________________________
"If we continually try to force a child to do what he is afraid to do, he will become more timid, and will use his brains and energy, not to explore the unknown, but to find ways to avoid the pressures we put on him." (John Holt)

www.pianoped.com
www.youtube.com/user/UIPianoPed

Top
#1451533 - 06/06/10 07:12 PM Re: Help for Wedding [Re: Kreisler]
stores Offline
6000 Post Club Member

Registered: 12/28/09
Posts: 6645
Loc: Here, as opposed to there
I've played at a ton of receptions and some of them for longer than four hours. Get yourself roughly an hour/hour and a half of music that "corresponds" with the affair. Keep your head up and watch and listen to what's going on around you. After a certain point, trust me, you could play "chopsticks" and not many people will notice. I've played through all the Chopin nocturnes, interspersed with Bach chorales, interspersed with movements from Bach suites, interspersed with George Winston, interspersed with...you get the idea (I once threw in a movement from each Beethoven sonata lol). If you know a lot of popular tunes and are lucky to have a friendly crowd at the reception sometimes they make things easy and give you request after request. Receptions are really a great gig and easy money, but my best bit of advice is...make SURE you get paid!
_________________________

"And if we look at the works of J.S. Bach — a benevolent god to which all musicians should offer a prayer to defend themselves against mediocrity... -Debussy

"It's ok if you disagree with me. I can't force you to be right."

♪ ≠ $


Top
#1451551 - 06/06/10 07:55 PM Re: Help for Wedding [Re: BruceD]
carey Offline
6000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/13/05
Posts: 6040
Loc: Phoenix, Arizona
Originally Posted By: BruceD
Wedding traditions, including "receptions" and the definition of "reception" can vary widely from country to country. As Vladimiroir doesn't state where s/he's from, could it be that a reception, there, is indeed four hours long?

Regards,


FYI - on another thread a few weeks back the OP stated that he/she was a "14 year old kid" from Malaysia.

So yes - their wedding traditions may be different than ours - as well as the "popular" music that might be performed. Four hours does seem a bit excessive, however. Perhaps the OP could get by with playing one hour of music four times !!!
_________________________
YouTube channel - http://www.youtube.com/user/pianophilo

Top
#1451578 - 06/06/10 08:37 PM Re: Help for Wedding [Re: carey]
jeffreyjones Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 01/31/10
Posts: 2229
Loc: San Jose, CA
Bring a book of Mozart sonatas and read through them at a casual tempo, all played piano.. take all the repeats, even the ones at the end of the movements. That's easily 2 hours right there. Then no one will remember the early sonatas, so you can probably get through home stretch no problem.

Top
#1451858 - 06/07/10 11:54 AM Re: Help for Wedding [Re: jeffreyjones]
Skorpius Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 10/17/08
Posts: 751
Chopin Nocturnes, Wedding Day at Troldhaugen, Liebestraum, Clair de Lune...idk, too generic? XD
_________________________
Working On-

Deux Arabesques, Debussy


On Queue-

Danse Russe from Petroushka, Stravinsky
Toccata, Ravel





Top
#1451862 - 06/07/10 11:58 AM Re: Help for Wedding [Re: Skorpius]
BruceD Offline
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/26/01
Posts: 17670
Loc: Victoria, BC
Originally Posted By: Skorpius
Chopin Nocturnes, Wedding Day at Troldhaugen, Liebestraum, Clair de Lune...idk, too generic? XD


I think that "Wedding Day at Troldhaugen" and "Liebestraum" are too much solo works demanding - and at times even commanding - audience attention. I don't think that they would be appropriate as background music to a reception.

Regards,
_________________________
BruceD
- - - - -
Estonia 190 in satin ebony
Writing from Paris until 15 May, 2014

Top
#1451864 - 06/07/10 11:59 AM Re: Help for Wedding [Re: BruceD]
MarkH Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 11/16/08
Posts: 828
Loc: Seattle, WA
Originally Posted By: BruceD
Wedding traditions, including "receptions" and the definition of "reception" can vary widely from country to country. As Vladimiroir doesn't state where s/he's from, could it be that a reception, there, is indeed four hours long?

Regards,


Quite right, that was an ethnocentric statement on my part.

Best of luck preparing that much music Vladimiroir!
_________________________
Currently Studying: Bach - English Suite No. 5; Beethoven - Op. 27 No. 1; Chopin - Op. 27 No. 1; Chopin - 3rd Scherzo

Top

Moderator:  Brendan, Kreisler 
What's Hot!!
HOW TO POST PICTURES on the Piano Forums
-------------------
Sharing is Caring!
About the Buttons
-------------------
Forums Rules & Help
-------------------
ADVERTISE
on Piano World

The world's most popular piano web site.
-------------------
PIANO BOOKS
Interesting books about the piano, pianists, piano history, biographies, memoirs and more!
(125ad) Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
Sheet Music
(PW is an affiliate)
Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale
Download & Print Sheet Music Instantly
sheet music search
sheet music search

sheet music search
(ad) HAILUN Pianos
Hailun Pianos - Click for More
(ad) Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restoration
Who's Online
68 registered (ando, Alux, anotherscott, Alex Hernandez, 19 invisible), 1116 Guests and 48 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
74250 Members
42 Forums
153599 Topics
2251187 Posts

Max Online: 15252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM
New Topics - Multiple Forums
Happy Easter!
by Marko in Boston
04/20/14 06:58 AM
Easter Themed Recordings - Kawai CA95
by wolferblade
04/20/14 04:55 AM
First recordings - Some music for Easter
by wolferblade
04/20/14 01:01 AM
Recorded a song on my workstation tonight
by Arizona Sage
04/20/14 12:04 AM
How to tune a piano.....
by Grandpianoman
04/19/14 11:46 PM
(ads by Google)

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
| Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |


copyright 1997 - 2014 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission