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#1695178 - 06/13/11 09:42 PM Ideas for Wedding Processional and Recessional Music
steelphantom Offline
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Hi all,

I'm playing a wedding coming up on July 3, and rather than being in church (where I would have use of the organ), it is an outdoor wedding. I have access to a good digital piano and PA, so I will be playing piano music for the whole service. Any ideas for a bridal processional and recessional that will work on the piano? I'm thinking something in a march style for both, but any suggestions are welcome. Nothing too advanced, as I won't have a ton of time to practice. Thanks so much!

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#1695206 - 06/13/11 10:49 PM Re: Ideas for Wedding Processional and Recessional Music [Re: steelphantom]
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Hmm. Well, a transcription of the Mendelssohn Wedding March from A Midsummer Night's Dream and Wagner's Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin would be a great start!

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#1695225 - 06/13/11 11:36 PM Re: Ideas for Wedding Processional and Recessional Music [Re: steelphantom]
Carey Offline
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Here are some other traditional pieces to consider. Shouldn't be hard to find transcriptions for piano.

We're using the Clarke, Handel and Mouret for my son's wedding this coming Saturday !! grin

Purcell - Trumpet Tune
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngn77Nl9HIk&feature=related

Clarke - Trumpet Voluntary
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lTTWraugCI&feature=related

Handel - "Coro" from Water Music Suite No. 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-EtPHy3fSY&feature=related

Mouret - Rondeau
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVUJjPzRb2U
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#1695238 - 06/14/11 12:10 AM Re: Ideas for Wedding Processional and Recessional Music [Re: steelphantom]
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Sheet Music (The more standard wedding part starts on page 9).

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#1695256 - 06/14/11 12:50 AM Re: Ideas for Wedding Processional and Recessional Music [Re: Carey]
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Originally Posted By: carey
We're using the Clarke, Handel and Mouret for my son's wedding this coming Saturday !! grin
Oh carey, I hope you all have a wonderful day!
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#1695268 - 06/14/11 02:16 AM Re: Ideas for Wedding Processional and Recessional Music [Re: Carey]
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Originally Posted By: carey
We're using the Clarke, Handel and Mouret for my son's wedding this coming Saturday !! grin


Congratulations!
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#1695272 - 06/14/11 02:43 AM Re: Ideas for Wedding Processional and Recessional Music [Re: steelphantom]
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#1695275 - 06/14/11 03:02 AM Re: Ideas for Wedding Processional and Recessional Music [Re: steelphantom]
Carey Offline
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Currawong and Pianojerome - Thank you !! Amazingly, both of our families (bride's and groom's) attend the same church. In fact, that's where the bride and groom first met. I've hired a talented young man to play the trumpet during the ceremony (accompanied by our organist). We have relatives flying in from five different states. Should be fun !!

Steelphantom - Please let us know what you decide to play at the July 3rd wedding.
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#1695357 - 06/14/11 09:57 AM Re: Ideas for Wedding Processional and Recessional Music [Re: steelphantom]
steelphantom Offline
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Registered: 05/24/07
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Congratulations, carey! I hope your son's wedding is fantastic! smile

Thank you for all the suggestions, everyone. Does anyone have any suggestions for original piano compositions, rather than transcriptions? Not that transcriptions are bad — I very well might play a few of the suggestions already – but I'm curious as to what's out there specifically for piano that I could play.

Thanks again, everyone!

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#1695363 - 06/14/11 10:07 AM Re: Ideas for Wedding Processional and Recessional Music [Re: steelphantom]
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Jesu, Joy of Man's Desire by Bach is popular for wedding processionals.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIqbULaClUo
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#1695396 - 06/14/11 10:58 AM Re: Ideas for Wedding Processional and Recessional Music [Re: steelphantom]
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How about Grieg's Wedding Day at Troldhaugen? Real crowd-pleaser and not difficult (though it sounds it).
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#1695404 - 06/14/11 11:12 AM Re: Ideas for Wedding Processional and Recessional Music [Re: steelphantom]
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At the last wedding I played at, we did Ode to Joy (Joyful, Joyful from the hymnbook) as the recessional.

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#1695446 - 06/14/11 12:25 PM Re: Ideas for Wedding Processional and Recessional Music [Re: Stanza]
Carey Offline
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Originally Posted By: Stanza
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desire by Bach is popular for wedding processionals.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIqbULaClUo


Yup - we're using that too !! grin
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#1695627 - 06/14/11 05:37 PM Re: Ideas for Wedding Processional and Recessional Music [Re: Carey]
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Originally Posted By: carey
Here are some other traditional pieces to consider. Shouldn't be hard to find transcriptions for piano.

We're using the Clarke, Handel and Mouret for my son's wedding this coming Saturday !! grin

Purcell - Trumpet Tune
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngn77Nl9HIk&feature=related

Clarke - Trumpet Voluntary
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lTTWraugCI&feature=related

Handel - "Coro" from Water Music Suite No. 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-EtPHy3fSY&feature=related

Mouret - Rondeau
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVUJjPzRb2U


Congratulations on your son's wedding and the beautiful music selection to go with it. Are you playing yourself? thumb
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#1695701 - 06/14/11 08:22 PM Re: Ideas for Wedding Processional and Recessional Music [Re: ChopinAddict]
Carey Offline
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Originally Posted By: ChopinAddict
Originally Posted By: carey
Here are some other traditional pieces to consider. Shouldn't be hard to find transcriptions for piano.

We're using the Clarke, Handel and Mouret for my son's wedding this coming Saturday !! grin

Purcell - Trumpet Tune
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngn77Nl9HIk&feature=related

Clarke - Trumpet Voluntary
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lTTWraugCI&feature=related

Handel - "Coro" from Water Music Suite No. 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-EtPHy3fSY&feature=related

Mouret - Rondeau
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVUJjPzRb2U


Congratulations on your son's wedding and the beautiful music selection to go with it. Are you playing yourself? thumb


Only if our organist cancels at the last minute !!! grin

Thanks !!
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#1695750 - 06/14/11 10:40 PM Re: Ideas for Wedding Processional and Recessional Music [Re: remline]
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Registered: 08/17/09
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Loc: Canada
Originally Posted By: remline


Sheet Music (The more standard wedding part starts on page 9).


Hey, this is really beautiful! Thanks for letting us know about this.
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#1695954 - 06/15/11 09:32 AM Re: Ideas for Wedding Processional and Recessional Music [Re: steelphantom]
Arghhh Offline
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Originally Posted By: steelphantom
Does anyone have any suggestions for original piano compositions, rather than transcriptions? Not that transcriptions are bad — I very well might play a few of the suggestions already – but I'm curious as to what's out there specifically for piano that I could play.

Thanks again, everyone!


I am not aware of any processional/recessional music that was originally composed for piano. People tend to want a standard piece for that portion of the ceremony, so I wouldn't do anything outside of custom unless the bride asks for it. The preludes before the processional could be piano music.

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#1696096 - 06/15/11 01:33 PM Re: Ideas for Wedding Processional and Recessional Music [Re: steelphantom]
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Maybe some Bach preludes or Chopin polonaises (most of the polonaises are probably too hard to be learned in one month, so if you haven't played any of them, the only one that I can think of is the one in g minor (it doesn't have an opus number, but I think it is listed as number 11)). About the preludes, I think any of them would do, preferably the ones in major keys, so if you have any Bach in your repertoire, it would be a good choice. Any dance type music could also be considerable: minuets, mazurkas et cetera.
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#1696224 - 06/15/11 10:01 PM Re: Ideas for Wedding Processional and Recessional Music [Re: Verbum mirabilis]
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The Chopin Mazurka no. 48 (Op. 68, #3) is one I think would be especially wedding-suitable, and isn't too hard.
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#1696392 - 06/16/11 11:31 AM Re: Ideas for Wedding Processional and Recessional Music [Re: steelphantom]
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I wonder, in my oft curmudgeonly way, if perhaps the third movement of the Op. 35 Sonata might be appropriate for the recessional! smile
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#1696443 - 06/16/11 01:38 PM Re: Ideas for Wedding Processional and Recessional Music [Re: BruceD]
Carey Offline
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Originally Posted By: BruceD
I wonder, in my oft curmudgeonly way, if perhaps the third movement of the Op. 35 Sonata might be appropriate for the recessional! smile


I think that would depend on who is getting married !!! grin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWcmgUzDg7Y


Edited by carey (06/16/11 01:41 PM)
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#1696483 - 06/16/11 02:47 PM Re: Ideas for Wedding Processional and Recessional Music [Re: BruceD]
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Originally Posted By: BruceD
I wonder, in my oft curmudgeonly way, if perhaps the third movement of the Op. 35 Sonata might be appropriate for the recessional! smile


Hey, don't you believe in "happily ever after"? wink grin

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#1696484 - 06/16/11 02:48 PM Re: Ideas for Wedding Processional and Recessional Music [Re: sarah_elizabeth]
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Originally Posted By: sarah_elizabeth
Originally Posted By: BruceD
I wonder, in my oft curmudgeonly way, if perhaps the third movement of the Op. 35 Sonata might be appropriate for the recessional! smile


Hey, don't you believe in "happily ever after"? wink grin




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#1696600 - 06/16/11 06:19 PM Re: Ideas for Wedding Processional and Recessional Music [Re: steelphantom]
Carey Offline
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FACT - married men live longer thumb
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#1696604 - 06/16/11 06:34 PM Re: Ideas for Wedding Processional and Recessional Music [Re: Carey]
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Originally Posted By: carey
FACT - married men live longer thumb


What about women? laugh
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#1696611 - 06/16/11 06:42 PM Re: Ideas for Wedding Processional and Recessional Music [Re: ChopinAddict]
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Originally Posted By: ChopinAddict
Originally Posted By: carey
FACT - married men live longer thumb


What about women? laugh


They outlive men in general - married or not !! laugh
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#1696613 - 06/16/11 06:45 PM Re: Ideas for Wedding Processional and Recessional Music [Re: Carey]
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Originally Posted By: carey
FACT - married men live longer thumb


But is that a good thing? As the song goes...

"I swore I would love her 'til the end of time......so now I'm praying for the end of time." laugh
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#1696619 - 06/16/11 06:50 PM Re: Ideas for Wedding Processional and Recessional Music [Re: steelphantom]
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Idk much about marriage, but I would love to be married. laugh

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#1696626 - 06/16/11 07:10 PM Re: Ideas for Wedding Processional and Recessional Music [Re: steelphantom]
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Just my philosophy, of course. smile Personally, I hope to be the latter instead of the former.


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#1696629 - 06/16/11 07:15 PM Re: Ideas for Wedding Processional and Recessional Music [Re: Carey]
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Originally Posted By: carey
Originally Posted By: ChopinAddict
Originally Posted By: carey
FACT - married men live longer thumb


What about women? laugh


They outlive men in general - married or not !! laugh


I think if I were married and my husband died I wouldn't WANT to live any longer.

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