Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Bridesmaids Playlist on AOL

Back in February a Los Angeles writer/contributor to InStyle had asked for a list of my favorite music choices for bridesmaids. This was to be for a new AOL web site focused on weddings. I sent it in and promptly forgot about it:

Below is a list of some of my favorite processional choices for bridesmaids - in no particular order. Most were originally requested during the last 8 years or so by brides in search of something a little less boiler-plate. They are - for the most part - big, romantic, sweeping, and just about the right length. If I had to use only one word to describe the music - “poignant” would most easily come to mind. Because of their contrast in mood they also help set the stage for the bride's processional.

I did include Pachelbel's "Canon in D" - how could I not?

Theme from "Anne of Green Gables" (Hagood Hardy)
Gabriel's Oboe (Ennio Morricone)
Love Theme from "Cinema Paradiso" (Andrea Morricone)
Rondeau from "Abdelazar" (Henry Purcell)
Flower Duet from "Lakme" (Leo Delibes)
O mio babbino caro from "Gianni Schicchi" (Giacomo Puccini)
“Adagio” from Concerto Grosso op. 6, No. 8 (Arcangelo Corelli)
Meditation from "Thais" (Jules Massenet)
Pavane, op. 50 (Gabriel Fauré)
Canon in D (Johann Pachelbel)

Today I received an e-mail that her editor had posted the Play-list. Check it out here. Comes with full length sound clips as well.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Souvenir d'amour

Violinist Sergey Tsoy - one of our favorite Gyros Quartet collaborators - performing one of his own compositions, Souvenir d'amour. It reminds me of a gentler time, perhaps with Michel Legrande and Catherine Deneuve ...  Bravo, Sergey!

Beethoven and the Ode to Joy

For last Saturday's ceremony at Royal Lane Baptist Church the bride and her mom had chosen the “Ode to Joy” for the recessional. They also wanted it played by the strings with organ, as well as the trumpet. I thought this might be a good time to visit Beethoven’s score and come up with something hopefully more reminiscent of the (9th) symphony, as usually some sort of 16 bar hymnal version gets looped over and over until the bridal party has exited.

Here is the result:

MP3 recording from sampler output - will give you a pretty good idea.

In the process of working on this arrangement I found a You-tube clip of the late great Leonard Bernstein, who was not only a fantastic musician, but also had the uncanny ability - much like Joseph Campbell in the field of mythology - to put into words what most of us only instinctively know and feel.

If you can spare a few minutes, I don’t think you will regret it:

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