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    Weddings

    Hi All,

    Well, following my last post, I've actually made it onto the Organists list for Weddings in our local church which I'm really pleased about.

    I remember Neb and Krummhorn telling me that they play around 15-20 mins before which is fine, but Krummhorn has a backup list of up to 90 mins!!!.

    I'm aiming for around 45 mins music, maybe an hour without repeats, so here's my latest question to you all.

    Can you recommend a few pieces that I can play before hand so I can add to my list ... in an ideal world they won't be hugely technical or complicated as I will no doubt have my mind on playing the Bridal March etc, and also having to keep an eye out for the bride arriving!!!!.

    Your suggestions, as always are most welcome.

    Thanks!

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    Hi

    I would be very proud and happy if you add this music to your weddings list:

    http://musicalis.monespace.net/autres/img188a.mp3
    not too difficult but may be a little short (2:10).

    The score can be downloaded at : http://musicalis.monespace.net/autres/img11a.pdf
    Friendly yours. Jean-Paul

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    If you go to your local (good) music retailer ... you'll find organ books specifically for weddings. Do you own any of these? There are some excellent ones edited by C.H Trevor from memory.

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    Jean-Paul ... many thanks - I'll certainly add that to my list.

    CT64 - I have one Weddings book, but I was just after an insight into what you guys really liked to play in the music before and after the services.
    The books always pick the well known pieces and I was just after something a little different.

    Time to peruse our local music shop I think.

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    Hi Jonesey
    May be my next organ work will be a wedding music for you.
    Friendly yours. Jean-Paul

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    Hi Jean-Paul,

    That would be fantastic.
    I mainly play a 2 manual organ in the village where I grew up, but I also have access to a modern electric pipe organ which I believe I should have the ability to record on.

    If possible, when I have finished the pieces, I will record them and upload it for you.
    Hopefully you will approve of my interpretation.

    With best regards.

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    Depending on how wide the bride's bottom is ... you can always play the Elephant from carnival of the animals ...

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    Jesu Joy of man's desiring always goes down well, things like trumpet tune and air, Baroque Trumpet voluntaries in general go pretty well. Bits of the water music etc. They tend to like Pachelbel's cannon - stuff like that really. I've got about an hour or so handy.

    Yr really into the popular well known tunes area... Play good tunes nicely and you won't ever go wrong...

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    HI Jonesey

    What key signature do you prefers for the weddings musics ?
    Friendly yours. Jean-Paul

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    Any key is fine - would you like me to record it so you can hear my interpretation??

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    Hi Jonesey,

    It could be good to alternate the trumpet fanfare stuff with some romantic melodies, such as Mendelssohn "Song Without Words" or Schubert lieder transcribed for organ.
    Where I live now, the organist is not allowed to play anything at a wedding except prelude and postlude. So I really envy organists who have the luxury of preparing a wedding repertoire.

    LlL

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    Hi Jonesey

    I'll be happy to hear your interpretation.
    I start a wedding march for you, in F major.
    Friendly yours. Jean-Paul

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    Hi Jonesey,

    I have/use several collections of music for 'pre-nuptial' preludes. One is a very old book titled "Ecclisiae Organam" with a bunch of "ditties" that don't require any rehearsal time for preparation. Another is "Organ Voluntaries" by Homer Ashford. Those two books alone cover almost an hours time.

    I also interject other familiar pieces ... Handel's Water Music suite selections, Handel's 'Hornpipe', Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring, Pachelbel Canon in D, most anything by Gordon Young and the Paul Manz are always a listeners favorite.

    For the procession, I absolutely abhor the traditional march from Lohengrin ... especially since I learned that there are actual 'lyrics' for that piece:
    "Here comes the bride, big fat and wide, here comes the groom, skinny as a broom ... Here comes the maid, ... <ahem> ... "

    I always try everything possibly to sway the bridal couple away from the Wagner piece .. had one pastor years ago who actually forbid that piece to ever be played in the church.
    His reasons were that the opera was, 1) a secular piece, and 2) the opera marriage ended in 'divorce' and as such did not promote the "till death do us part" part of the vows. If the bride insists, I'll play it, but only for the bride and not for the rest of the wedding party (groomsmen and bridesmaids).

    There are so many other better alternates like:
    • Trumpet Voluntary - Jerimiah Clarke (formerly attributed to Purcell)
    • Grand Choeur Dialoge
    Exit recessionals bring about lots of options. My favorite is the Widor Toccata which I have used more often than the Mendelssohn!!
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    New Weddings March is ready

    Dear Jonesey, dear Lindalee, dear every others.

    My new march, written for Jonesey weddings list is ready and available at
    http://musicalis.monespace.net/pages/49.html.

    Or if you prefer : http://musicalis.monespace.net/autres/img601a.mp3 for the MP3
    and http://musicalis.monespace.net/autres/img602a.pdf for the PDF score (4 pages).
    It is a F major march for single manual organ, with some stranges harmonies as I like to write. Tempo is about 124 bpm and duration 3:45.

    I miss time this week to make a nice mp3 so I have reccorded the music with only one stop registration and I let you make some changes.

    I'll be very happy to receive your interpretations on real or virtual organs.
    if you notice something wrong, a passage too diificult to play or a mistake, please remark me.

    If you enjoy this music and if it can bring some change in your churches, I'll be happy.

    You can also write a few line in my guest book, there are so many blank pages. Cheers.
    Last edited by musicalis; Feb-24-2008 at 01:14.
    Friendly yours. Jean-Paul

    Music is my placebo

    Please visit my channel and web site to hear the music I compose
    http://fr.youtube.com/organcomposer
    http://organ.monespace.net

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    Jean-Paul, many thanks indeed, that sounds fantastic.
    I will set about learning it and as soon as I have it to an acceptable standard, I will see about recording it.

    I'm amazed how quickly you composed such a brilliant piece of music.

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