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Music Clips and Ideas
of these 25-30 second audio samples are in mp3 format and should work
on Mac and PC with an appropriate MP3 player.
We recommend having Quicktime
or Macintosh installed on your PC along with the appropriate plug-ins
for your particular web browser. Although
some of the samples below are Wedding "classics", there
are some which we really don't endorse, but we'll leave that decision
up to you. If you have any suggestions to add to this brief but popular
list, kindly send them.
You should consult with your organist and/or musicians as early in
the planning process for your wedding as you can. They can provide
valuable advice about which of the pieces listed here (or other music
you may choose) will sound best in your church or wherever your wedding
will take place.
The selections included here are grouped in several ways. First there
is a list of pieces for which you can listen to brief
excerpts on your computer, if your Web browser and computer are
equipped to play back recorded sound. These files are stored in .WAV
format. Copyright regulations and limitations of disk space prohibit
the Library from making entire recordings available via this Web document.
Also note that these pieces exist in many forms and arrangements,
and your organist or musicians may have or suggest arrangements that
differ from the ones included here.
Following the excerpt list is a discography of
recordings in the Music Library that contain wedding music, including
the pieces excerpted here. Compact disc, record, and tape numbers
found in the category lists below also refer to this discography.
Next, there are listings by several categories of music, including
¥ Pre-Service Meditation
¥ Processionals and Recessionals
¥ Vocal Solos and Ensembles
¥ Instrumental Solos and Ensembles
¥ Anthologies and Collections
Finally, there is a list of magazine articles that
discuss how to go about choosing appropriate music for your wedding
and other considerations relating to hiring musicians.
TE DEUM. Opening (165k)
CARILLON DE WESTMINSTER (281k)
TOCCATA AND FUGUE IN D MINOR (215k)
TOCCATA (from Symphony No.5)(149k)
WEDDING MARCH (Recessional Hymn)(99k)
(from A Midsummer Night's Dream)
WEDDING MARCH (from Lohengrin)(Processional
JESU, JOY OF MAN's DESlRlNG (264k)
TRUMPET VOLUNTARY (Arr Faerber)
SLEEPERS AWAKE (Wachet auf, ruft
uns die Stimme)(182k)
LET THE BRIGHT SERAPHIM (from Samson)(99k)
AVE VERUM CORPUS (198k)
ALLELUIA (from Exsuitate, Jubilate)(198k)
CANON (arr Paillard)(347k)
ADAGIO (in G minor for strings and
organ) arr Giazotto(198k)
OBOE CONCERTO IN D MINOR (Adagio)(198k)
SANCTUS (from Requiem 0p. 48)(182k)