Peter Clark Posted February 22, 2007 Share Posted February 22, 2007 Well folks it's that time of year again when the blushing brides and grooms line up to explain to the already overworked organist what music they want for their wedding. I've had two interviews so far. I suppose most of us have had a request for Morning has Broken to be played at three in the aternoon, but curiously these first two of the year both requested Dear Lord and Father which with its second line in verse 1 and first line in the last verse renders it an interesting choice to say the least. Quite often they ask for "the Ave Maria". Not wishing to play through the roughly 500 versions which must be in existence I plump for the Bach-Gounod, with Schubert coming in a good second followed by, alas, As I Kneel Before You. Pleasently surprised therefore was I to get to play/accompany the Caccini last year. Sometimes I get asked for I Watch the Sunrise and then I point out that it is really a funeral hymn. (On the rare occassions I get consulted about funeral music, if it is requested I point out that it is a wedding hymn.) I have introduced in my church as an alternative recessional wedding march, a piece caled Tubas on Parade by John Marsh, published by Mayhew in Soloing the Stops. Easy to learn, it is effective and I think it works rather well. I was once asked for the Titanic theme but I said that the association of your wedding day with a ship that sinks causing great loss of life was probably questionable. Best wishes Peter Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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