on October 29, 2017

Wedding Music for Cello and Guitar

Cello and Guitar has become a very popular combination in recent years, and no wonder. It provides for a very elegant and versatile delivery, and the advent of much louder guitars (or use of amplification) has solved balance issues. Here are some of our favourites for that walk down the aisle, and everything else before and after...

Ave Maria - Schubert, Franz 

Ellens dritter Gesang (Ellens Gesang III, D839, Op 52 no 6, 1825), Ellen's third song in English, composed by Franz Schubert in 1825, is one of Schubert's most popular works, although some misconceptions exist regarding its provenance. Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828) was an Austrian composer. He wrote some 600 Lieder, nine symphonies, liturgical music, operas, and a large body of chamber and solo piano music. He is particularly noted for his original melodic and harmonic writing.

Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin - Wagner, Richard 

The "Bridal Chorus" from the opera Lohengrin (1848), by German composer Richard Wagner (1813 - 1883), is the standard march played for the bride's entrance at most formal weddings in the United States and at many weddings throughout the Western world. In English-speaking countries it is generally known as "Here Comes the Bride" or "Wedding March". Its usual placement at the beginning of a wedding ceremony is not entirely in accordance with its placement in the opera. In the opera, the chorus is sung after the ceremony by the women of the wedding party, as they accompany the heroine Elsa to the bridal chamber. In addition, the marriage between Elsa and Lohengrin is an almost immediate failure.

I Dreamt that I Dwelt in Marble Halls - Balfe, Michael 

Michael Balfe (1808 – 1870) was an Irish composer, best-remembered for his opera The Bohemian Girl. After a short career as a violinist, Balfe pursued an operatic singing career, while he began to compose. In a career spanning more than 40 years, he composed 38 operas, almost 250 songs and other works. He was also a noted conductor, directing Italian Opera at Her Majesty's Theatre for seven years, among other conducting posts.

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - Bach, Johann Sebastian 

After fussing around with many arrangements, I finally came back to this one which reserves the cello for the glorious chorale tune and lets the guitar provide the lovely 'bedding' upon which it floats. Frustrated cellists may read over the guitarist's shoulder and play the 'motet' melody if they must. Guitarists, if your cello player doesn't show up, the guitar part is complete on its own!

Rondeau - Mouret, Jean-Joseph 

Jean-Joseph Mouret (1682 - 1738) was a French composer whose dramatic works made him one of the leading exponents of Baroque music in his country. Even though most of his works are no longer performed, Mouret's name survives today thanks to the popularity of the Fanfare-Rondeau from his first Suite de Symphonies, which has been adopted as the signature tune of the PBS program Masterpiece.

Wedding March - Mendelssohn, Felix 

From A Midsummer Night's Dream, 1843. Felix Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847) was a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period.

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