Malcolm Farr Posted February 11, 2006 Share Posted February 11, 2006 Many moons ago, my then-bride - a militant non-organist - and I agreed to have the Widor Toccata played as the recessional to our wedding. Sure, we had some other, more intrinsically interesting music during the service, but wanted to leave to something a little spectacular, that everyone could "get into". I had all but settled on Mulet's Carillon-Sortie, but she-who-must-be-obeyed wanted something even more accessible to the masses. So we went with the Widor. After the service was over, and we were being congratulated and commiserated - I still hope the latter was tongue-in-cheek - a couple of organist friends came up to me and said, "How could you?!", while a few of the non-organists said, "Wow! What was that music at the end?". Widor's little party piece has certainly been done a lot, but I don't think it has yet been done to death. It's certainly accessible - a driving rhythm supporting the simplest of musical material. And, well played, I think it comes across as far more than the sum of its notes. So what's the verdict? When couples come to us for music to be played at their weddings, do we steer them away from THAT toccata? Or if they say, "Well we've heard this piece ..." do we say, "Good choice!" and go for it? Rgds MJF Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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