Sunday, February 23, 2014

Ladies in Lavender

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.

String quartet arrangement to "Ladies in Lavender" theme

Listen to Joshua Bell’s great performance:

Sunday, February 2, 2014

A Thousand Years

Lindsay & Matthieu, who were married January 17, 2014 in a beautiful ceremony at the Four Seasons, were very interested in having Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years” played for their first dance. Since Hunter Sullivan and his band were also scheduled to play for the reception, it presented a great opportunity to create a custom arrangement for string quartet and piano**. Lindsay seemed also particularly fond of the warm, dark sound of a cello, which was duly given a prominent role.
You can listen to a sample from the rehearsal here

A Thousand Years - Cello part


Grandparents and Mothers
Bach – Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring

Bridal Party
Hardy –  Theme from“Anne of Green Gables”

Bride’s Processional
Pachelbel – “Canon in D”

Handel  – “Hornpipe” from Water Music

First Dance
Christina Perri – “A Thousand Years”

Swang Lin, violin
Ordabek Duissen, violin
Norbert Gerl, viola
Beth Conway, violoncello

**Richard Martin, piano

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