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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.

Air in D from the 3rd Orchestral Suite by J.S. Bach.mp3

Air From Water by Handel.mp3

Air from Water Music by Handel.mp3

Ave Maria by Franz Schubert.mp3

Ave Maria by J.S. Bach & Gounod.mp3

Canon in D by Pachelbel.mp3

Claire de lune by Debussy.mp3

Entrance of the Queen of Sheba by Handel.mp3

Gymnopedie No. 1 by Satie.mp3

Hornpipe from Water Music by Handel.mp3

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring by J.S. Bach.mp3

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring by J.S. Bach.mp3

Largo from Concerto for Guitar by Vivaldi.mp3

Largo from Concerto No. 5 in F Minor BWV 1056 by J.S. Bach.mp3

Largo from Xerxes by Handel.mp3

Prelude 1 in C by Bach.mp3

Prince of Denmark by Clarke.mp3

Rigaudon by Champra.mp3

Rondeau by Mouret.mp3

Rondeau by Purcell.mp3

Sheep May Safely Graze by J.S. Bach.mp3

Spring from Four Seasons by Vivaldi.mp3

Symphonia from Cantata 156 by J.S. Bach.mp3

Wedding March by Richard Wagner.mp3

Wedding March from A Midsummer Night's Dream (trumpet & orchestra).mp3

Wedding March from A Midsummer Night's Dream (trumpet & organ).mp3

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

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

Prince of Denmark by Clarke.mp3

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

Prince of Denmark by Clarke.mp3

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

Rigaudon, Campra

Rondeau from Abdelazer, Purcell

Simple Gifts, Shaker Song, Copland

Symphony No. 5 for Organ, Widor