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Re: Invited to play at a wedding? [Re: Mark_C] #2041485
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Originally Posted by Mark_C
Are you serious? grin
Perhaps not.

I'm sure most people haven't heard of it, nor heard it.
Including me (I just checked it out).


Apparently there is: www.crescendomusicpubs.com.au/subpages/widortoccata.html


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Re: Invited to play at a wedding? [Re: bennevis] #2041501
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Re: Invited to play at a wedding? [Re: BruceD] #2041555
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Originally Posted by BruceD
Originally Posted by Derulux
Originally Posted by AndyJ
I played the Wedding March at my brother's and sister's weddings. My sister was married in Los Angeles, where I lived in my adolescence and my piano teacher still lives. My piano teacher is an extremely gifted musician, director of the music program at a prestigious private school, and a family friend whose daughter was the maid of honor IIRR. She planned the music and decided the Wedding March would work best played as a one piano, four hands piece with trumpets to play the flourishes. She supplied the trumpet players (from her high school) and two of the four hands; I just played the bass lines. It was terrific.

My brother's wedding was more modest, and I played the Wedding March all by myself there. That was also fun.

Have a great time!

Andy

Did you happen to play the full piece? Surprisingly, and though it is overplayed, it is one of my favorites. Maybe because it's Mendelssohn..?


Originally Posted by Derulux
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Did you happen to play the full piece? Surprisingly, and though it is overplayed, it is one of my favorites. Maybe because it's Mendelssohn..?


In many traditional weddings, the "Wedding March" from Wagner's Lohengrin is played as a processional (more sedate and serious) and the Mendelssohn is played as the recessional (more joyful and celebratory). Which one are we talking about here?

Isn't Wagner's piece called the "Bridal Chorus"?



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Re: Invited to play at a wedding? [Re: Mark_C] #2041566
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Originally Posted by Mark_C
Are you serious? grin
Perhaps not.

I'm sure most people haven't heard of it, nor heard it.
Including me (I just checked it out).

This is how we can tell this is a piano forum and not an organ forum!

The Widor Toccata is fantastic. I'm not getting married anytime soon, but hey, who needs a wedding? Maybe I could commission an organist to play it just for me smile.


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Re: Invited to play at a wedding? [Re: Mark_C] #2041567
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Originally Posted by Mark_C
Are you serious? grin
Perhaps not.
I'm sure most people haven't heard of it, nor heard it.
Including me (I just checked it out).
Where I am it's very popular as a wedding recessional. I'd hazard a guess that it's one of the most recognised organ pieces around, though not everyone would be able to name the composer.


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Re: Invited to play at a wedding? [Re: Derulux] #2041571
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Originally Posted by Derulux
Did you happen to play the full piece? Surprisingly, and though it is overplayed, it is one of my favorites. Maybe because it's Mendelssohn..?

I can't remember exactly how much of the Mendelssohn (not Wagner, sorry folks!) we played but I'm pretty sure it wasn't the whole thing. I'll have to dig it out and refresh my memory.

Re: Invited to play at a wedding? [Re: Derulux] #2041585
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Originally Posted by Derulux
Originally Posted by BruceD
Originally Posted by Derulux
Originally Posted by AndyJ
I played the Wedding March at my brother's and sister's weddings. My sister was married in Los Angeles, where I lived in my adolescence and my piano teacher still lives. My piano teacher is an extremely gifted musician, director of the music program at a prestigious private school, and a family friend whose daughter was the maid of honor IIRR. She planned the music and decided the Wedding March would work best played as a one piano, four hands piece with trumpets to play the flourishes. She supplied the trumpet players (from her high school) and two of the four hands; I just played the bass lines. It was terrific.

My brother's wedding was more modest, and I played the Wedding March all by myself there. That was also fun.

Have a great time!

Andy

Did you happen to play the full piece? Surprisingly, and though it is overplayed, it is one of my favorites. Maybe because it's Mendelssohn..?


Originally Posted by Derulux
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Did you happen to play the full piece? Surprisingly, and though it is overplayed, it is one of my favorites. Maybe because it's Mendelssohn..?


In many traditional weddings, the "Wedding March" from Wagner's Lohengrin is played as a processional (more sedate and serious) and the Mendelssohn is played as the recessional (more joyful and celebratory). Which one are we talking about here?

Isn't Wagner's piece called the "Bridal Chorus"?


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Re: Invited to play at a wedding? [Re: JoelW] #2041752
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I've played for several weddings and after talking to the (bride usually) they knew exactly what they wanted for the actual ceremony and let me play whatever I wanted to for background before and after it.

Also, make certain that someone is in charge of signalling you in some way so you know exactly when to start and stop whatever you play (often the preacher if there is one). I didn't do this at my first one and there were some mildly embarrassing moments. As has already been said, do not assume anything.

After the first one that had a horrendous piano, I take my keyboard and a set of small speakers so I at least know what I'll be playing.

Go for it, it's a lot of fun although I wouldn't want to do it for a living.

One of them was outside and we did it between rain clouds. All good fun.

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Re: Invited to play at a wedding? [Re: BruceD] #2041991
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Originally Posted by BruceD
Originally Posted by Derulux
Originally Posted by BruceD
Originally Posted by Derulux
Originally Posted by AndyJ
I played the Wedding March at my brother's and sister's weddings. My sister was married in Los Angeles, where I lived in my adolescence and my piano teacher still lives. My piano teacher is an extremely gifted musician, director of the music program at a prestigious private school, and a family friend whose daughter was the maid of honor IIRR. She planned the music and decided the Wedding March would work best played as a one piano, four hands piece with trumpets to play the flourishes. She supplied the trumpet players (from her high school) and two of the four hands; I just played the bass lines. It was terrific.

My brother's wedding was more modest, and I played the Wedding March all by myself there. That was also fun.

Have a great time!

Andy

Did you happen to play the full piece? Surprisingly, and though it is overplayed, it is one of my favorites. Maybe because it's Mendelssohn..?


Originally Posted by Derulux
[...]
Did you happen to play the full piece? Surprisingly, and though it is overplayed, it is one of my favorites. Maybe because it's Mendelssohn..?


In many traditional weddings, the "Wedding March" from Wagner's Lohengrin is played as a processional (more sedate and serious) and the Mendelssohn is played as the recessional (more joyful and celebratory). Which one are we talking about here?

Isn't Wagner's piece called the "Bridal Chorus"?


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Originally Posted by AndyJ
Originally Posted by Derulux
Did you happen to play the full piece? Surprisingly, and though it is overplayed, it is one of my favorites. Maybe because it's Mendelssohn..?

I can't remember exactly how much of the Mendelssohn (not Wagner, sorry folks!) we played but I'm pretty sure it wasn't the whole thing. I'll have to dig it out and refresh my memory.

The middle section is actually my favorite part of the piece. However, I do appreciate it better at a little slower tempo than the march suggests. Mendelssohn would probably roll over in his grave if he heard me play it.. wink


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