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I'm playing a wedding coming up on July 3, and rather than being in church (where I would have use of the organ), it is an outdoor wedding. I have access to a good digital piano and PA, so I will be playing piano music for the whole service. Any ideas for a bridal processional and recessional that will work on the piano? I'm thinking something in a march style for both, but any suggestions are welcome. Nothing too advanced, as I won't have a ton of time to practice. Thanks so much!
Currawong and Pianojerome - Thank you !! Amazingly, both of our families (bride's and groom's) attend the same church. In fact, that's where the bride and groom first met. I've hired a talented young man to play the trumpet during the ceremony (accompanied by our organist). We have relatives flying in from five different states. Should be fun !!
Steelphantom - Please let us know what you decide to play at the July 3rd wedding.
Congratulations, carey! I hope your son's wedding is fantastic!
Thank you for all the suggestions, everyone. Does anyone have any suggestions for original piano compositions, rather than transcriptions? Not that transcriptions are bad — I very well might play a few of the suggestions already – but I'm curious as to what's out there specifically for piano that I could play.
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Originally Posted by steelphantom
Does anyone have any suggestions for original piano compositions, rather than transcriptions? Not that transcriptions are bad — I very well might play a few of the suggestions already – but I'm curious as to what's out there specifically for piano that I could play.
Thanks again, everyone!
I am not aware of any processional/recessional music that was originally composed for piano. People tend to want a standard piece for that portion of the ceremony, so I wouldn't do anything outside of custom unless the bride asks for it. The preludes before the processional could be piano music.
Maybe some Bach preludes or Chopin polonaises (most of the polonaises are probably too hard to be learned in one month, so if you haven't played any of them, the only one that I can think of is the one in g minor (it doesn't have an opus number, but I think it is listed as number 11)). About the preludes, I think any of them would do, preferably the ones in major keys, so if you have any Bach in your repertoire, it would be a good choice. Any dance type music could also be considerable: minuets, mazurkas et cetera.
Chopin: op. 25 no. 11 Haydn: Sonata in in Eb Hob XVI/52 Schumann: Piano concerto 1st movement Rachmaninoff: op. 39 no. 8