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Wedding Music - choose the right music for your special day...
I know the music for your wedding ceremony is important, so I hope I've made it easy for you to choose the pieces that reflect your spirit. As a classical guitarist, I tend to play music that is a bit off the beaten track, often from the Renaissance or Baroque eras because I find it very courtly and, well, ceremonial. Any of the pieces below can work in any position (Processional, Signing, Recessional) - it's your wedding after all - however if you'd like more information or guidance, scroll down to the notes for each piece. Now, snug up your ear buds and have a listen...
La Cavalleria de Napoles con dos Clarines (The Cavalry of Naples with two Bugles) - Gaspar Sanz. Sanz was a Spanish guitarist in the mid - 17th century. This piece works well for a processional, especially if there are a lot of bridesmaids!
Villano (Air or Melody) - Gaspar Sanz. Also good for a processional, especially as a second processional for the bride.
Pavan - Alonso Mudarra. A Spanish vihuelist from the 16th century, he composed much music for the court. In fact, the pavan was a common processional/dance of the day.
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - J. S. Bach. This is a chorale motet, an early example of recycling. Bach had to compose new music virtually every week for worship, and a common tactic was to to take a well-known hymn and deliver it in segments interspersed with new music. This piece works well in any position.
Prelude No. 1 - J. S. Bach. From Bach's "Well-Tempered Clavier", it was also used by the composer Charles Gounod for a setting of Ave Maria. My absolute favourite piece to play for the signing.
Canarios - G. Sanz. A popular dance form from the Canary Islands that makes for an energetic recessional.
Gavotte - G. A. Brescianello. From a (Baroque) suite for gallichone, a type of lute. This piece just makes me happy, and works well to bring in the bride or send the happy couple out at the end.
Mrs. Winter's Jump - J. Dowland. Dowland was a court lutenist around the time of Shakespeare, and used the clever tactic of naming his pieces after wealthy courtiers to ensure a purse. Played quickly, a good recessional or, more slowly, a stately processional. No jumping required.