Ceremonial Music Samples
First, hear some samples, then read our suggestions below.
Q: Do you have any audio samples your arrangements of wedding ceremonial music for piano, guitar, flute or violin? Also, would you be open to playing something else not on your recommended list?
A: Most of the pieces belowe sound great in any combination of piano, guitar, bass, cello, violin and/or flute. We play them all the time but have not recorded the various permutations. There are so many great pieces, we wouldn't know where to start! You can pick the ceremonial pieces yourself or leave it to us. Most people leave the prelude music to us, though we welcome your requests too. If sheet music needs to be ordered, we may require you to share in the expense.
Suggested Recordings available at most music vendors. Ask salesperson for others.
"Great Baroque Favorites" (w/Pachelbel's Canon), CBS Great Performances
"Here Comes The Bride" (Wedding music) Deutsche Gramaphone
"There is Love - The Complete Wedding Album" Telarc
The Prelude (pre-ceremonial music)
As soon the first guests arrive at your wedding, classical music provides a ceremonious mood. Customarily, we play Baroque and Classical masterpieces from the 18th century by Bach, Handel, Telemann, Haydn, Mozart, etc. Unless you select certain pieces of music, we will play music written specifically for the instruments you have hired, not "Pops" transcriptions of orchestral music.
The Processional is usually a slow, steady piece of music played to signal the beginning of the procession. Please have someone alert us before you start the procession and submit the names of the bridal party in marching order.
Canon in D, Pachelbel
Adagio, Sonata Pathetique for Piano, Beethoven
Adagio for Organ & Strings in G minor, Albinoni-Giasotto
Adagio, Cm Concerto for Violin & Oboe, J.S. Bach
Adagio in Fm, Bach
Air in D from 3rd Orchestral Suite, J.S Bach
Air in F from Water Music, Handel
Choral, Cantata #147 (Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring), J.S. Bach
Corral Nocturne from Rodeo, Aaron Copland
Flute Sonata in G, Cantabile, Telemann
Fur Eloise, Beethoven
Goldberg Variations Theme, J.S. Bach
Merry Xmas Mr. Lawrence Theme
La Diane, Couperin
Largo, D min. Dbl. Vln. Concerto, Bach
Largo, Guitar Concerto, Vivaldi
Largo in G, Handel
Liebestraum, Franz Liszt
Minuet and Dance of the Blessed Spirits from Orpheus, Gluck
Minuet from Brandenburg #1, J.S. Bach
Saint Anthony's Choral
Sheep May Safely Graze; J.S. Bach (from "Birthday" Cantata #208)
Wedding Song (There Is Love)
The Bridal or Spousal March and Recessional
The Bridal or Spousal March is faster than the processional; it announces the entrance of the bride or spouses. If your bridal party is short, you may skip this march and just continue with the processional.
The Recessional is usually the fastest of the ceremonial pieces since it signals the end of the ceremony and the beginning of the festivities. Please let us know if there will be a verbal cue for the end of the ceremony.
Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin, Richard Wagner
La Primavera (Spring), Vivaldi
Wedding March from A Midsummer Night's Dream, Mendelsohn
Allegro in G, Flute Sonata #1, Telemann
Allegro in C, Concerto in C for 2 Trumpets, Vivaldi
Bouree from Royal Fire Music, Handel
Do Di Li (Jewish Wedding Song)
Eine Kleine Nachtsmusik, Mozart
Flute Sonata in G, 2 Allegros, Telemann
Gavotte from 3rd Orchestral Suite, J.S Bach
Hawaiian Wedding Song
Heroic Marches, La Grace, La Resouissance, Telemann
Hornpipe, Water Music, Handel
Hungarian Dance, Brahms
La Diane, Francois Couperin
Ode To Joy Theme from Symphony #9, Beethoven
Overture, Candide, Bernstein
Arrival Of The Queen of Sheba, from Solomon, Handel
Rondeau from Abdelazer, Purcell
Simple Gifts, Shaker Song, Copland
Symphony No. 5 for Organ, Widor