Why do important events seem to get bogged down by the same overplayed music? Put a fresh spin on your event or party by adding one of these unique pieces to the mix:
We’ve all heard the standard wedding music program, incomplete without Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March” and Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major. For those who want to take a more original approach, there are plenty of beautiful, classy pieces to choose from. Consider including one of these pieces on your line-up:
- Prelude from J.S. Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major. While this piece is well known, it is rarely included in weddings. The simple solo cello melody is sophisticated and beautiful, perfect for an elegant ceremony.
- Franz Liszt’s “Un Sospiro” – No. 3 from Trois Études De Concert. This lush piano piece is sure to set a romantic mood.
- Movement I of Beethoven’s Eroica, Symphony No. 3. This majestic movement makes a wonderful substitution for the wedding march during the recessional, communicating a sense of excitement and celebration.
Music of a simple, austere mood is most appropriate for funerals. Celebrate the life and mourn the passing of a loved one with one of these sophisticated, touching pieces:
- Pie Jesu from Faure’s Requiem. The gentle, soaring vocal line is accompanied by a hymn-like piano part that conveys a feeling of both solemnity and hope.
- Arcangelo Correlli’s Trio Sonata, Op. 3, No. 2: Grave. This piece is performed with two violins, cello, and either harpsichord or organ. The beautiful swelling of the long phrases on the stringed instruments communicates a feeling of touching sincerity.
By December 25th each year, we have all heard the same Christmas classics dozens of times. Instead of playing only the well-worn carols, try these underplayed holiday tunes:
- “Masters in This Hall,” a French, traditional Christmas carol. Check out this very merry arrangement for strings and flute by Stephen Millington.
- “Riu, riu, chiu,” a lively Spanish carol. This carol adds flavor to any traditional playlist.
- “Codail A Linbh,” an Irish Christmas song. This plain, stunning melody leaves any listener with a sense of wonder for the season.