Martin Cooke Posted May 21, 2018 Share Posted May 21, 2018 Having only recently come back to the church world as opposed to the school chapel world, and therefore needing to play for weddings again, I have been taken by surprise by (a) the popularity of the Pachelbel Canon as bridal entry music, and (b) the fact that many brides want a recorded song to see them up the aisle. I suppose that it's all really understandable. The idea of a pompous bridal procession with something like the Jeremiah Clarke or the Purcell does seem 'out", and the Bridal Chorus appears to be dead in the water. But given that music like the Pachelbel with its opening rather dreamy, quiet properties is 'in' - (and the choice for the royal wedding of the Handel birthday ode is similarly gentle) - could we try to list pieces in our organ repertoire that would make gentle bridal entry music? Obviously, there are lots of gentle slow movements about but what immediately comes to mind if you were asked to make four suggestions today to a wedding couple? I can feel myself reaching for the 2nd movement of JSB's 4th trio sonata, my Kevin Mayhew/Martin Setchell volume of Fauré transcriptions - (and yes, Après un rêve is in there, but I think Pavane would be better), I might suggest the Finzi Carol (Five Bagatelles), and possibly the opening of the Michael Festing/Thalben Ball combo, whose title is long and complicated... um... Largo, Andante, Aria and Two Variations, or something very close to it. Oh, and thinking of Martin Setchell... and given that I play at a riverside church with a very long aisle and swans outside, I might go for his transcription of Saint-Saens' Le Cygne. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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