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How to choose wedding music: the postlude following the ceremony

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 Like the prelude before the ceremony, the postlude is really not a part of the ceremony, but it is still useful to mention this portion as it is a great spot to have music. The postlude follows the loud and happy recessional. Sometimes all of the guests have exited (if the wedding is particularly small) and other times there is an opportunity to play music for 5-10 minutes following the ceremony (especially if there is a Champagne toast or pictures.)

 

If there are no pictures or toast following the ceremony, Duo d’Amore would be happy to choose an additional song to keep the mood upbeat, and this is how 90% of the music for the postlude gets chosen. In all likelihood, it is so loud that the music can not be heard by everyone, and the guests are also walking away from the musicians. In other cases the bride and groom may have more songs that they would like to incorporate into the ceremony and prelude, but for time constraints or other reasons they did not get performed. In this instance we would play one or two songs, again to keep the mood light and happy. So there are lots of options!

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William and Kate’s Royal Baby, christening and music ideas

With the news of the Royal Baby being delivered today, it got me thinking about christening music. Aside from performing at wedding ceremonies, receptions, memorials, funerals and private and special events Duo d’Amore also performs in a number of baptisms and Christenings each year.

The Royal Family always does a great job of selecting music, and hire fantastic people to work on their musical team. (Around the time of the royal wedding, I met with one of the musicians who performed and helped to plan the event while on tour with a choir from London).

The christening of the baby will likely take place in the Music Room of Buckingham Palace, which begs the question: what music will Kate Middleton and Prince William choose for the christening? If I could recommend something, I would choose music that is classical, and that is somewhat soothing such as:

Bach Air on the G string
Bach: Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring
Bach: Sheep May Safely Graze
For some reason, the music of Bach is a wonderful fit. It is nice with a solo violin, or a violin and cello duo, or even organ with either violin or cello. The music room of Buckingham Palace does not have an organ, so I would recommend the violin and cello duo if the royal family decides to have music for the christening.

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To get right to the point about this wedding ceremony—everything was exceptional, and the music choices went along with this. Jesu Joy was a wonderful song to start off the seating of the guests as the graceful and flowing melody could be heard as guests were being seated just before the start of the ceremony. Then came Pachelbel Canon for the  groom, bridesmaids, and flower girls. We worked on something special for the bride who wanted the Theme from a Secret Garden, which was stunning. The signing music by Vivaldi was introspective and soft, while the recessional music also by Vivaldi was bright, full and loud—perfect for celebrating such a beautiful wedding.

 

Seating of guests: Bach Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring

Processional (Groom, Bridesmaids, Flower girls etc.): Pachelbel Canon in D

Processional (Bride): The Song from A Secret Garden

Signing: Vivaldi Winter from the Four Seasons

Recessional: Vivaldi Spring from the Four Seasons

 

Wedding Ceremony Music: Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and quartets

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“The music selection worked perfectly! Punctual and everything went smoothly.

Thank you very much.” Alan, Groom

Duo d’Amore has hasd many foreign clients from countries all around the work, for wedding ceremonies, reception, public anrivate and corporat events, and it was especially nice to help Alan and Shizue plan the musical portion of the wedding. The Lake house was the perfoct, intimate venue for the ceremony, and we had a great time performing classicas such as Pachelbel Canon and La Rejouissance, and also the less well known but beautiful M'Appari Tutt'Amor by Flotow" arranged for the violin and cello duo.

Processional: Pachelbel's Canon

Signing: M'Appari Tutt'Amor by Flotow

Recessional: Handel La Rejouissance from the Royal Fireworks

Wedding Ceremony Music: Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and quartets

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