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Instrumental Preludes/Meditations

Where words fail, music speaks. (Hans Christian Andersen, author)

Use instrumental music to put your guests into the spirit of reverent joy. And, if you wish to request some song that has special meaning to you but isn't liturgically appropriate, perhaps having it played as an instrumental prelude or postlude may still allow you the chance to hear it at your ceremony.

Besides piano or organ, have you considered using any additional instruments? Steven Vaughan, the Director of Music Ministry, will be happy to make arrangements for you with professional musicians. Here are some selections to consider...

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring

posted Aug 31, 2015, 6:49 PM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Aug 31, 2015, 6:49 PM ]

Title: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
Composer: J. S. Bach
Instrument: Organ

 Apollo 100’s electronic keyboards adaptation was featured in the film Boogie Nights. The Beach Boys used it as a basis for Lady Lynda. Renée Fleming, who just sang the national anthem for Super Bowl XLVIII, recorded it on her 2005 album “Sacred Songs". The Brian Setzer Orchestra performs a swing arrangement as Bach's Bounce. And if you YouTube “Japanese commercial Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring” you can see it played on a GIANT gravity-driven xylophone constructed in a Kyushu forest! For more information about this piece, click here.

La cathédrale engloutie

posted Aug 31, 2015, 6:27 PM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Aug 31, 2015, 6:27 PM ]

Title: La cathédrale engloutie (The Sunken Cathedral)
Composer: C. Debussy
Instrument: Piano

Notes: This prelude is based on an ancient myth about a submerged underwater cathedral that rises up from the sea on clear mornings through the transparent water. Listen to the mimicked sounds of priests chanting, bells chiming, and the organ playing. These are still heard as it sinks back into the ocean, but from underwater.

The Irish Wedding Song

posted Aug 31, 2015, 6:27 PM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Sep 17, 2015, 11:33 AM ]

The Irish Wedding Song
Composer: I. Betteridge
Instrument: Bagpipe

Notes: Frequently a bagpipe plays on the front steps of the church as a festive way to welcome your arriving guests. And pictures with the piper are memorable for both the guests and the nuptial couple.

Gabriel's Oboe

posted Aug 31, 2015, 6:14 PM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Aug 31, 2015, 6:15 PM ]

Title: Gabriel's Oboe
Composer: E. Morricone
Instrument: Oboe

Notes: The main theme from the 1986 film The Mission, it's been called "unforgettable" and a "celebrated oboe melody" if you're considering the lyrical sound of a wind instrument.

The Swan

posted Aug 31, 2015, 5:15 PM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Aug 31, 2015, 6:02 PM ]

Title: The Swan (Le cygne, from The Carnival of the Animals)
Composer: C. Saint-Saëns
Instrument: Cello

Notes: This lushly romantic solo which evokes the swan elegantly gliding over the water is a staple of the cello repertoire. The sound of a cello brings elegance and beauty to any special event.

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