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For this particularly poignant afternoon ceremony - which took place at the Wesley Chapel of Lovers Lane United Methodist Church on October 4, 2014 - bride and groom had chosen an interesting and unusual music program that included a first for us (in three decades of playing for weddings): Pachelbel’s Canon in D for the recessional. With a suitably upbeat performance - leaning a little toward Rock n’ Roll perhaps - it actually worked really well.
This beautiful ceremony took place over the Labor Day weekend at the Ritz Carlton. As is sometimes the case at those types of venues, things ran a little late - we actually had to stretch the prelude music program to a full hour, which explains the long music list below.
Here is a new string quartet arrangement that started as a special
request for next weekend’s ceremony at the “Four Seasons”: “Young and Beautiful” from the 2013 Baz Luhrmann film “The Great Gatsby”, composed and performed by Lana Del Rey.
The slightly haunting and somber ballad does lend itself well to the string treatment, and it is good to see a minor key piece enter the modern wedding repertoire. Under the Four Season’s moody lighting it should play beautifully for the bride’s processional.
Sometimes life imitates art: Looking at the calendar this week we realized there were exactly four weddings and one funeral scheduled. What are the odds?
Longtime friend, colleague and great violist April Kondrat - tracking down sheet music for her daughter’s wedding - provided the necessary incentive for a string quartet arrangement of the “Ladies in Lavender” theme. The 2004 film’s original score was written by Nigel Hess and performed by Joshua Bell and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
While the music takes perhaps some inspiration from Massenet’s “Meditation from Thais”, it has sentiment, mood and cinematic sweep distinctively its own and would be quite perfect for a super romantic processional of family members and attendants, especially if timed out well with the music’s arc.