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An album of music for a special day.
Use this lovely collection of organ music for church weddings to make your own personal choices for your own celebration - and listen to it afterwards as an atmospheric reminder of a unique moment in your life. From Bach to Wagner, there's something to suit everybody. Inside the booklet there's plenty of advice on how to choose music to suit your mood and style and to make sure that another important element of your special day can be just that bit more personal.
Music for a Church Wedding
An album of music for a special day. Use this lovely collection of organ music for church weddings to make your own personal choices for your own celebration - and listen to it afterwards as an atmospheric reminder of a unique moment in your life. From Bach to Wagner, there's something to suit everybody. Inside the booklet there's plenty of advice on how to choose music to suit your mood and style and to make sure that another important element of your special day can be just that bit more personal.
The Arrival of the Bride
1 Bridal Chorus Wagner
2 Trumpet Voluntary Clarke
3 Arrival of the Queen of Sheba Handel
4 Overture(Water Music) Handel
5 Hornpipe (Water Music) Handel
6 Sleepers, Awake! Bach
7 Pilgrim's Chorus Wagner
8 Air (Water Music) Handel
The Signing of the Register
9 Jesu, joy of man's desiring Bach
10 Largo Handel
11 Sheep may safely graze Bach
12 Air on a G String Bach
The Final Procession
13 Wedding March Mendelssohn
14 Hallelujah Chorus (Messiah) Handel
15 The Grand March from Aida Verdi
16 Trumpet Tune and Air Purcell
17 Finale (Royal Fireworks Music) Handel
18 Let the Bright Seraphim Handel
P & C 1999, 2000 & 2002 Classical Communications Ltd
Made in Great Britain
Recorded in Winchester Cathedral by kind permission of the Dean and Chapter
Editions and arrangements by Martin Souter
Mastered at Classical Communication
P & C 1999, 2000 & 2002 Classical Communications Ltd
Music is important to the success of every wedding. It creates a sense of expectation before the service, accompanies the bride on the most important walk of her life, ushers in a mood of calm reflection during the signing of the register, and brings everyone to his or her feet for the final procession down the aisle. Classical music in particular has the ability to create the perfect atmosphere for each stage of the service, and this recording brings together a selection of the finest organ music to have graced wedding services over the last hundred years.
With the help of this recording, you can make a selection of music for your wedding based on your own listening experience. (And after the service, the CD remains a pleasant reminder of the great day itself). For convenience, we've divided the music up into three sections: music for the entrance of the bride, during the signing of the register, and finally, music for the happy couple's triumphant procession down the aisle. You can find many suitable hymns on another album from The Gift of Music, 'All Things Bright and Beautiful', CCL CDG1027.
Why not just start by listening to the music for its atmosphere and the different moods it creates? You may want to make a grand entrance into the church, in which case choose something with 'trumpet' in the title. A more stately entrance may be suggested by The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, which is graceful but distinctly festive in character. Midway between are the Handel Overture and the Air, both from the 'Water Music', while for a traditional entrance piece you might choose Wagner's Bridal Chorus. For the signing of the register we have included calm and tuneful music like Bach's much-loved Air on the G string and Sheep may safely graze. To bring the service to a brilliant conclusion there is everything from the jubilant Hallelujah Chorus to the less-well known Grand March from Verdi's opera 'Aida'.
Of course, your personal taste and feelings are the most important thing on your wedding day and, if you like the sound of a particular piece but want it at a different point during the service from the section to which we have assigned it, don't worry: just move it! For example, Sheep may safely graze or Sleepers, awake! could be perfect for a gentle, calm walk up the aisle at the beginning of the service, rather than as musical interludes during the signing of the register. Either piece could balance well with the bubbly, happy Gavotte by Wesley for the final procession, especially if your wedding is in a small, country church or if the other elements of the service, such as flowers, colour schemes or dresses are in a rustic style.
When choosing your music it's as well to bear in mind a few practicalities. Many church organists, particularly in Britain, are amateurs who may not be able to spare a lot of time to learn special pieces. The organ in the church may be too small (or even too decrepit!) to play absolutely everything on this recording, although we did try to bear this in mind when we created the programme, and most organists who know well the eccentricities of their instruments can adapt the music to suit. So it is important to talk to your organist sooner rather than later. Test how long it will take you to walk up and down the aisle (it's always a little faster when you are nervous!), and work out with the organist which sections of the music will best fit. If you need more or less music, most of the pieces recorded here can be adapted.
Finally, make sure that you choose music that you really like. It is, of course, a special day, and even though the service may be the shortest (but actually the most important) part of the festivities, it is essential to get it right. The music really counts. Even if you don't think you are a musical person, think again of the effect of music in a film, from Brief Encounter to Four Weddings and A Funeral, and choose music that you will want to remember in the years to come.