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Essential Wedding

Audio Samples

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 208, "Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd!" (Hunt) BWV 208
>     Sheep may safely graze
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite no 3, BWV 1068
>     Air 'on the G string'
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 156, "Ich steh' mit einem Fuss im Grabe" BWV 156
>     Sinfonia
>Debussy, Claude : Arabesques (2) for Piano
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : The Gadfly
>     Romance
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Carnival of the animals
>Handel, George Frideric : Serse
>     Largo
>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin
>     Bridal March
>Clarke, Jeremiah : Prince of Denmark's March
>Handel, George Frideric : Water Music Suite no 2 in D
>     Alla Hornpipe
>Stanley, John : Trumpet Tune
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Gloria
>     in excelsis deo
>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : Te Deum
>     Prelude
>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon
>     Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
>Handel, George Frideric : Music for the Royal Fireworks
>     Réjouissance
>Vivaldi, Antonio : The Four Seasons 'Spring'
>     1. Allegro
>Handel, George Frideric : Suite for trumpet and strings in D
>     March
>     Overture
>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
>Anonymous, English : Morning Has Broken, song (Tune
>     Bunessan)
>Parry, Charles H. : Jerusalem ("And did those feet in ancient time"), for chorus & organ (or orchestra)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Exsultate jubilate, K 165 (158a)
>     Alleluia
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Five Mystical Songs
>     The Call
>     Let all the world in every corner sing
>Gounod, Charles : Ave Maria
>Newton, John : Amazing Grace
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" BWV 147
>     Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
>Irvine, Jessie Seymour : The Lord's My Shepherd, hymn ("Crimond")
>Boëllmann, Léon : Suite gothique Op. 25
>     Prière à Notre-Dame
>Tallis, Thomas : If ye love me
>Liszt, Franz : Liebestraume for Piano, S 541
>Schubert, Franz : Psalm 23, D 706/Op. 132
>Hymnal, New English : Thine be the glory (tune Maccabeaus, after Handel), no 120
>Franck, César : Panis angelicus
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Ave verum corpus
>Webber, Andrew Lloyd : Requiem
>     Pie Jesu
>Schubert, Franz : Deutsche Messe
>     Heilig, heilig, heilig
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Solemn Vespers
>     Laudate Dominum
>Elgar, Edward : Ave verum corpus, Op. 2 no 1
>Gounod, Charles : St Cecilia Mass
>     Sanctus
>Mendelssohn, Felix : A Midsummer Night's Dream
>     Wedding March
>Widor, Charles-Marie : Symphony no 5
>     Toccata
>Karg-Elert, Sigfrid : March Triomphale "Now thank we all our God", for organ, Op. 65/13
>Mulet, Henri : Byzantine Sketches (10) for Organ
>Gigout, Eugene : Grand choeur dialogue for organ

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 208, "Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd!" (Hunt) BWV 208
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite no 3, BWV 1068
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 156, "Ich steh' mit einem Fuss im Grabe" BWV 156
>Debussy, Claude : Arabesques (2) for Piano
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : The Gadfly
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Carnival of the animals
>Handel, George Frideric : Serse
>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin
>Clarke, Jeremiah : Prince of Denmark's March
>Handel, George Frideric : Water Music Suite no 2 in D
>Stanley, John : Trumpet Tune
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Gloria
>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : Te Deum
>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon
>Handel, George Frideric : Music for the Royal Fireworks
>Vivaldi, Antonio : The Four Seasons 'Spring'
>Handel, George Frideric : Suite for trumpet and strings in D
>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
>Anonymous, English : Morning Has Broken, song (Tune
>Parry, Charles H. : Jerusalem ("And did those feet in ancient time"), for chorus & organ (or orchestra)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Exsultate jubilate, K 165 (158a)
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Five Mystical Songs
>Gounod, Charles : Ave Maria
>Newton, John : Amazing Grace
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" BWV 147
>Irvine, Jessie Seymour : The Lord's My Shepherd, hymn ("Crimond")
>Boëllmann, Léon : Suite gothique Op. 25
>Tallis, Thomas : If ye love me
>Liszt, Franz : Liebestraume for Piano, S 541
>Schubert, Franz : Psalm 23, D 706/Op. 132
>Hymnal, New English : Thine be the glory (tune Maccabeaus, after Handel), no 120
>Franck, César : Panis angelicus
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Ave verum corpus
>Webber, Andrew Lloyd : Requiem
>Schubert, Franz : Deutsche Messe
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Solemn Vespers
>Elgar, Edward : Ave verum corpus, Op. 2 no 1
>Gounod, Charles : St Cecilia Mass
>Mendelssohn, Felix : A Midsummer Night's Dream
>Widor, Charles-Marie : Symphony no 5
>Karg-Elert, Sigfrid : March Triomphale "Now thank we all our God", for organ, Op. 65/13
>Mulet, Henri : Byzantine Sketches (10) for Organ
>Gigout, Eugene : Grand choeur dialogue for organ
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Notes & Reviews:

This program covers favorite pieces of liturgical music suitable for all types of religious wedding services, as well as secular works for non-religious occasions, including civil ceremonies. The works are grouped as follows for all the various stages of a wedding, although most of the pieces could also be used during other parts of the ceremony.



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 208, "Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd!" (Hunt) BWV 208 :: Sheep may safely graze
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 02/23/1713

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite no 3, BWV 1068 :: Air 'on the G string'
  • Performer: Noel Rawsthorne (Organ)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1731

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 156, "Ich steh' mit einem Fuss im Grabe" BWV 156 :: Sinfonia
  • Performer: David Reichenberg (Oboe)
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Ensemble: Taverner Players
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 01/23/1729

>Debussy, Claude : Arabesques (2) for Piano
  • Performer: Markus Klinko (Harp)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : The Gadfly :: Romance
  • Performers: Piers Lane (Piano); Tasmin Little (Violin)
  • Notes: Composition written: Soviet Union.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Carnival of the animals
  • Ensemble: Nash Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Handel, George Frideric : Serse :: Largo
  • Conductor: Reginald Kilbey
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1738

>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin :: Bridal March
  • Performer: Frederic Bayco (Organ)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1848

>Clarke, Jeremiah : Prince of Denmark's March
  • Performers: Jane Parker-Smith (Organ); Maurice Andre (Trumpet)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1697.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1697

>Handel, George Frideric : Water Music Suite no 2 in D :: Alla Hornpipe
  • Performer: Ian Tracey (Organ)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1717.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1717

>Stanley, John : Trumpet Tune
  • Performers: Jane Parker-Smith (Organ); Maurice Andre (Trumpet)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1748-1754

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Gloria :: in excelsis deo
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1715

>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : Te Deum :: Prelude
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 1 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: ?1692

>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon :: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
  • Conductor: Kenneth Montgomery
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1748

>Handel, George Frideric : Music for the Royal Fireworks :: Réjouissance
  • Conductor: Yehudi Menuhin
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1749

>Vivaldi, Antonio : The Four Seasons 'Spring' :: 1. Allegro
  • Performer: Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
  • Conductor: Alberto Lysy
  • Ensemble: Camerata Lysy Gstaad
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1725

>Handel, George Frideric : Suite for trumpet and strings in D :: March
  • Performer: Maurice Andre (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Jörg Faerber
  • Running Time: 1 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1733

>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
  • Performers: Erik Lundkvist (Organ); Barbara Hendricks
  • Conductor: Eric Ericson
  • Running Time: 6 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1825

>Anonymous, English : Morning Has Broken, song (Tune :: Bunessan)
  • Performer: Sioned Williams (Harp)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1931

>Parry, Charles H. : Jerusalem ("And did those feet in ancient time"), for chorus & organ (or orchestra)
  • Performers: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano); Philip Ledger (Organ)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1916

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Exsultate jubilate, K 165 (158a) :: Alleluia
  • Performer: Lucia Popp
  • Conductor: Georg Fischer
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1773

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Five Mystical Songs :: The Call
  • Performer: John Shirley-Quirk (Baritone)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Notes: Composition written: 1911.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1911

>Gounod, Charles : Ave Maria
  • Performers: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano); Philip Ledger (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1852

>Newton, John : Amazing Grace
  • Performer: Alfie Bo
  • Conductor: John Edwards
  • Notes: Composition written: 1779.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1779

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Five Mystical Songs :: Let all the world in every corner sing
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Notes: Composition written: 1911.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1911

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" BWV 147 :: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
  • Performers: Leon Goossens (Oboe); George Thalben-Ball (Organ)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 07/02/1723

>Irvine, Jessie Seymour : The Lord's My Shepherd, hymn ("Crimond")
  • Performers: Sioned Williams (Harp); Thomas Bullard (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral

>Léon Boëllmann (1862 - 1897) : Suite gothique Op. 25 :: Prière à Notre-Dame
  • Performer: Frederic Bayco (Organ)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1895

>Tallis, Thomas : If ye love me
  • Conductor: Philip Ledger
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1565

>Liszt, Franz : Liebesträume for Piano, S 541
  • Performer: Kun-woo Paik (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1843-1850

>Schubert, Franz : Psalm 23, D 706/Op. 132
  • Performer: Philip Ledger (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 12/1820

>Hymnal, New English : Thine be the glory (tune Maccabeaus, after Handel), no 120
  • Performer: Ian Wells (Organ)
  • Conductor: Ian Tracey
  • Ensemble: Liverpool Cathedral & Brass Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>César Franck (1822 - 1890) : Panis angelicus
  • Performer: Barbara Hendricks
  • Conductor: Eric Ericson
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1872

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Ave verum corpus
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1791

>Webber, Andrew Lloyd : Requiem :: Pie Jesu
  • Performers: Jane Gilchrist (Mezzo Soprano); Fergus Thirlwell (Boy Soprano); Simon Gibson (Organ)
  • Conductor: Kirk Trevor
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1984

>Schubert, Franz : Deutsche Messe :: Heilig, heilig, heilig
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Sawallisch
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1826-1827

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Solemn Vespers :: Laudate Dominum
  • Performers: Lynne Dawson; Stephen Layton (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Classical Players
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1780

>Elgar, Edward : Ave verum corpus, Op. 2 no 1
  • Performer: Harry Bramma (Organ)
  • Conductor: Christopher Robinson
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1887

>Gounod, Charles : St Cecilia Mass :: Sanctus
  • Performer: Laurence Dale (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Georges Prêtre
  • Running Time: 5 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral

>Mendelssohn, Felix : A Midsummer Night's Dream :: Wedding March
  • Performer: Noel Rawsthorne (Organ)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1843

>Widor, Charles-Marie : Symphony no 5 :: Toccata
  • Performer: Wayne Marshall [Piano/Organ] (Organ)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1880

>Karg-Elert, Sigfrid : March Triomphale "Now thank we all our God", for organ, Op. 65/13
  • Performer: Philip Ledger (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: March

>Mulet, Henri : Byzantine Sketches (10) for Organ
  • Performer: Wayne Marshall [Piano/Organ] (Organ)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1911

>Handel, George Frideric : Suite for trumpet and strings in D :: Overture
  • Performer: Maurice Andre (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Jörg Faerber
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1733

>Eugène Gigout (1844 - 1925) : Grand choeur dialogué for organ
  • Performer: Wayne Marshall [Piano/Organ] (Organ)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern