Wedding Music

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Wedding ceremonies typically feature music in several categories:

  1. pre-ceremony music:  gentle & serious music to set the mood for the occasion as guests arrive
  2. “processional” music:  dignified music for the bride (and sometimes separate music for bridesmaids, etc.) to enter by
  3. mid-ceremony music (optional):  a short piece or excerpt during a candle-lighting ritual or between spoken segments
  4. “recessional” music:  celebratory music for the newlywed couple to leave by

The wedding reception features a mixture of different historical styles of music, emphasizing lively, celebratory music

The following pieces are suggestions for music for your wedding ceremony from the repertoire of The Arabesque Trio.

You can listen to software-realizations of these excerpts by clicking on the YouTube links in brackets:

CLASSICAL MUSIC WEDDING…

“processionals”

  1. Arioso from Concerto BWV 1056  by JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH [https://youtu.be/6Xd82V5yKFw]
  2. Canon (passacaglia) by JOHANN PACHELBEL [https://youtu.be/DJblQsERRWM]
  3. Air from Orchestral Suite No. 3 by JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH [https://youtu.be/b46CNDkcnIo]

mid-ceremony (optional)

  1. “To A Wild Rose” by EDWARD MacDOWELL [https://youtu.be/n41xfwenJ5o]
  2. Polovetsian Dance by ALEXANDER BORODIN [https://youtu.be/F3AYHYEZ60k]
  3. “Traumerie” by ROBERT SCHUMANN [https://youtu.be/_C9nLcjbxEQ]

“recessionals”

  1. Hornpipe from “Water Music” by GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL [https://youtu.be/L_hIyZ7F1jM]
  2. Rondeau (fanfare) by JEAN-JACQUES MOURET [https://youtu.be/oZqPuXdtL9E]
  3. Allegro (1st mvt.) from “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” by WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART [https://youtu.be/oSff00OIOZE]

POPULAR MUSIC WEDDING…

“processionals”

  1. “Moon River” by HENRY MANCINI (music) & JOHNNY MERCER (lyrics)
  2. “If I Fell” by JOHN LENNON & PAUL McCARTNEY
  3. “(Somewhere) Over The Rainbow” by HAROLD ARLEN (music) & YIP HARBURG (lyrics)

mid-ceremony (optional)

  1. “A Time for Us” by NINO ROTA (music)
  2. “In My Life” by JOHN LENNON & PAUL McCARTNEY
  3. “Ashokan Farewell” by JAY UNGAR

“recessionals”

  1. “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” by E. HOLLAND, L. DOZIER & B. HOLLAND
  2. “When I’m Sixty-Four” by JOHN LENNON & PAUL McCARTNEY
  3. “Ain’t Misbehavin'” by FATS WALLER (music) & ANDY RAZAF (lyrics)
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