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    Alternative wedding music suggestions

    I would think some church organists must be fed to the back teeth with the same old works every time, herewith a couple of suggestions from me, feel free to add more;

    The first, Hollins' Maytime Gavotte, might be a bit light, but then it might appeal to some brides hollinsex57999.mp3

    The second, Gigout's Grand Choer, is certainly a wake up call, especially with the Wimborne Minster Trompette en Chamade. (make a nice ringtone too)gigoutex58916.mp3

    Maybe even better in this version

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9iZ2N_wdgo

    Dubois Toccata in place of Widor?
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    I link my wedding music page here: http://www.haamusiikki.info/%C3%A4l%...le_tattis.html
    Although in Finnish - after all it is designed for my customers - the composer names are international...

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    TEDDDY: I do love the Grand Choeur Dialogue-Gigout.
    As a rule I go with the Bride's request unless a conflict with church policy as far as music used. ( same for funerals) after all it is not a concert by me but a service for them. Many times I do get my own choices... I use most times: The Complete Classical Wedding Book for organ compiled by Mark Barnard; the Diane Bish -Wedding Book - service music for organ. This keeps me from having to carry a bunch of music with me.. with these two books most famous composers/compositions are represented ..I would not rate them as easy arrangements at all. Actually for me I use some of the same music for funerals and weddings ( alot the same...LOL ). I love the famous Adagio's ( Barber & Albinoni ) Toccata pour grand orgue - Belier.. for a few more choices. In my experience alot depends on the denomination of the Church involved. IMHO
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorsetmike View Post
    The second, Gigout's Grand Choer, is certainly a wake up call, especially with the Wimborne Minster Trompette en Chamade.
    It is actually named 'Orchestral Trumpet' - although it is certainly horizontal.

    Unfortunately, it does not like the present cold weather, so I tend to avoid using it in the first two or three months of the year.
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    Ahh, I remember well the Wimborne Orchestral Trumpet ... so did the lady in the gift shop ... . I had to try it ... just had to ... others milling about in the sanctuary didn't seem to mind, nor did the Sextant.

    Some of the piece I do at weddings:
    - Selections from Handel's Water Music Suite
    - Jesu Joy of Mans' Desiring
    - Wachet Auf ruft uns die Stimme
    - Praeludium in C of Gordon Young
    - Canon in D of Pachelbel ... the brides love it, but I don't love it as much as they do.
    - Widor Toccata (as recessional)
    - Grand Choeur Dialogue - Gigot

    I generally steer couples away from the Wagner, mainly because I loathe that piece. I will play it if they insist, but only for the bride and not the entire wedding party.

    At one wedding years ago, the groom was a professional baseball player - at the couple's request, I played Take Me Out to the Ballgame as a recessional.

    Lars A.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krummhorn View Post
    Ahh, I remember well the Wimborne Orchestral Trumpet ... so did the lady in the gift shop ... . I had to try it ... just had to ... others milling about in the sanctuary didn't seem to mind, nor did the Sextant. ...
    Lars A.
    Um.... that would be 'verger'. A sextant is an astronomical instrument used in navigation.

    For the record, the Orchestral Trumpet faces west. Its effect in the Quire and Sanctuary is somewhat attenuated. However, anyone in the Nave would receive the full force of this powerful stop. One needs to bear in mind that there are a number of people who work in the Minster, often all day. They have to put up with many things. If the lady in the shop was trying to talk to a customer at the time (particularly if the customer was older or suffered from impaired hearing), large quantities of Orchestral Trumpet would make conversation virtually impossible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pcnd5584 View Post
    Um.... that would be 'verger'. A sextant is an astronomical instrument used in navigation.
    'Sexton' permissable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nikam View Post
    'Sexton' permissable?
    Well - possibly. Although in the UK, I believe that this is understood to be one who digs graves - as opposed to looking after the insides of churches. The latter is, as far as I am aware, always referred to as a verger (or virger - occasional alternative spelling). Certainly in all the cathedrals and greater churches which I have visited, there are vergers - usually overseen by a head verger. I have only ever met one Sexton. He generally did nothing other than dig graves and keep the churchyard in reasonable repair.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pcnd5584 View Post
    Um.... that would be 'verger' . . .
    I know you believe that you understood what you think I meant, but I'm not sure that you realize that what I said is not what I meant ...

    I meant 'verger' ... the word escaped me in that senior moment ... thanks, Sean, for the clarification though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krummhorn View Post
    I know you believe that you understood what you think I meant, but I'm not sure that you realize that what I said is not what I meant ...

    I meant 'verger' ... the word escaped me in that senior moment ... thanks, Sean, for the clarification though.
    Gah - this is beginning to sound a little like a certain story involving Lady Astor, Winston Churchill and some poisoned coffee....

    (If you really want to know, I can post the story here.)
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    Wow... people still get married in churches? I haven't played for a wedding since... ... 2005?? I've come across a few things since then that I would throw out as choices to a couple tying the knot in 2013. FWIW. Kevin Mayhew publishes a series called "The Complete Organist"? I had two (both?) volumes, now sadly lost in a flood. They are too expensive to replace. There is gold in them there volume's, alternative wedding music galore. A "Trumpet Tune" by Christopher Tambling comes to mind. Also a "Fanfare for a Princess(??)" by ?? which I think was actually written for a wedding. There is a "Recessional" by Frank Bridge in there... ... makes me want to replace those books... As I understand it the first part of the Mendelssohn Sonata in A major was supposed to be the wedding music for his sister Fanny. He took ill or something and she must have used alternative music.. ... if you want to get off the beaten path but stay in the same park... ...

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    OMG I've become one of those people who reply to long dead threads as if they are still active... ... <hangs head>

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leisesturm View Post
    OMG I've become one of those people who reply to long dead threads as if they are still active... ... <hangs head>
    I wouldn't say 5 weeks old is a dead thread compared to some that get resurected round here, some that get woken up are years old!
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    at least this thread is apropos 24/7 so to speak. Always a wedding and need for music.
    ....To play only what is written is the domain of science. To realize what is not written is the domain of art."
    - Jean Langlais

    I wish you the Best for each day, now and always.

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