Welcome to the first posting on our new blog, Clef Notes, affectionately named after everyone’s favorite study guides. While Cliff monopolized the literature space, we’re hoping that Clef will provide its readers with similarly concise guidance to navigate literature’s boisterous cousin: music.
Oftentimes as classical musicians, our art is overshadowed by the accessibility of our pop culture counterparts. One of the most popular and perhaps romanticized extensions of classical music lies with that sacred ceremony of marriage. Insofar as we have performed at countless weddings (of all denominations), we would love to share a few of our stand-out favorites. As a disclaimer, each of these works is famous enough to merit arrangements for any instrumentation, so even if you have a piccolo quartet set to perform at your wedding, have no fear!
Antonio Vivaldi: Winter, Largo
Ah, the comfort of a recognizable classical music piece! For all Summer weddings, don’t worry about the snowy tinge of this work….most of us, including those who have played all Four Seasons, have trouble distinguishing between them. Besides, if ever pressed, you always have a fallback excuse: look to the weather in the opposite hemisphere as Astor Piazzolla did so brilliantly!
Bach Double Violin Concerto: Largo
There’s nothing quite like the symbolism of two violinists performing in perfect harmony. This piece gets high marks with us both aesthetically and as a microcosm for the ensuing partnership forged in marriage.
Delibes Lakme: Flower Duet
Made famous by the British Airways TV commercials, this ethereal duet works on three levels: it’s beautiful, it’s a duet, and its theme pertains to a reasonably large wedding expense!
Saint-Saens: The Swan
Perhaps one of the most beloved works in the classical music literature, the bride embodies the beautiful white bird as she gracefully floats down the aisle.
Handel: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
There is something glorious about Handel’s music which fits the mood of a recessional perfectly.
A close contender with Handel, this piece speaks for itself.
Vivaldi Spring: Allegro
What can be more joyful than Vivaldi in a Major key?