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Nicole + Michael wedding ceremony at Caffino restaurant, June 7, 2014, violin and cello duo, Toronto

This was beautiful, sunny day—just look at the wonderful light coming in through the windows, skillfully captured by Toronto photographer Justin Lucarelli, at Caffino restaurant.

All I can say about this wedding is Wow! Our violinist and cellist started to perform as the guests were arriving, giving them a few minutes to chat before creating a refined yet contemporary mood by performing interesting pop songs like Here Comes the Sun, Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen as well as Can’t Help falling in Love, among others.

For the processional, the ceremony took a classical turn, as Pachelbel Canon was performed. During the signing, Bach’s Jesu Joy was performed, which is one of our favorite pieces for this portion of the ceremony. As signings can last 5-8 minutes (and this one was shorter than 8 minutes) Jesu Joy works perfectly—it does not stand our like some louder and more forceful pieces, rather it bubbles away like a pure mountain stream, and keeps the guests entertained. Just after the couple was introduced as husband and wife, amid clapping and cheering, we launched into the ever-popular Mendelsohn Wedding March.

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Patricia and Tuomas’s wedding ceremony at the Old Mill Toronto, May 31, 2014, violin and cello duo, Toronto ON

Patricia and Tuomas had an intimate wedding ceremony at the beautiful chapel of the Old Mill in Toronto. When they first contacted Duo d’Amore, they were interested in having ceremony music that was part modern, part classical, and elegant but also upbeat. With a gust list of around 75 people, they decided on having the violin and cello duo, which is an excellent choice as the duo doe not overpower the room (as the Chapel is on the small side) but rather fills the space with a warm, vibrant sound. All the wood in the room helps to achieve this. For their wedding ceremony selections, following the prelude (where we performed a mix of popular music and classical music) we started the ceremony with an incredibly elegant but flowing piece of music: Bach Jesu Joy. While this is a relatively traditional piece of music, it just moves along with a great beat that gets everyone n the mood for a lovely ceremony. Following that was the Brides entrance where we performed A Thousand Years by Christina Perri. We love the juxtaposition of Modern music with classical, and Patricia was glad to be able to hear both of our music samples of these pieces. Following the vows was the signing of the register where we performed Bach-Gounoud’s Ave Maria. This version brings wonderful romantic warmth, as both the violin and cello have solo moments where each instrument has the melody, and it’s a spectacular arrangement, and well suited to the signing of the register. For the exciting and upbeat recessional music, our string players performed Here Comes the Sun and as the guest s exited the chapel, All You Need is Love, among other selections.

 

Processional (bridesmaid's/parents)-Bach Jesu Joy

Processional (bride) - A Thousand Years

Signing -  Ave Maria

Recessional - Here Comes the Sun 

Guests leaving -a few louder, upbeat pop songs, including All You Need is Love

 

Photo and Photographer Credit: Olive Studio

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How to choose wedding music: the recessional

Well, we’ve reached the last major point in the ceremony for amazing music: as the bride and groom walk down the aisle as husband and wife. What could be more exciting? The music for this portion is often the most upbeat, loud and fast of the whole ceremony, and many couples find that along with the processional, it is easy to choose recessional music. Plus the recessional songs great with one of our string ensembles! If you are getting married in a cathedral or with the Catholic Church, there are lots of alternative classical pieces to choose from, not to mention great more common songs like Handel: Rejouissance form the Royal Fireworks (which we LOVE to perform) and Mouret Rondeau, for example. If you want to be more on trend, we have a great selection of pop music recessional music such as Viva la Vida, which is becoming almost traditional, to the Beach Boys Crazy Little Thing Called Love and even November Rain by Metallica, and many, many more options. 

 

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The prelude takes place about 15-20 minutes prior to the start of the wedding ceremony. Though music is not the focus of the prelude is can really help set the mood for the ceremony and make the guests feel welcome as they enter and are seated. It also provides a wonderful cue for the guests to take their seats, notifying them that the wedding ceremony is about to start. The music for the prelude is often chosen by Duo d’Amore, as it is not really the focus in the same way that the processional music is. That being said, some clients have let us know a few songs that they like and we can easily incorporate these into the prelude. Depending on the mood that the bride and groom want to create (see the previous blog for more information) the prelude can range from music that is soft and welcoming, with predominantly classical music selections, to upbeat and bright with pop music. Other times clients want a mix of both, and that option is increasingly popular. However, most clients leave the actual selections up to Duo d’Amore, as we really enjoy selecting interesting music to play—sometimes the music can be quite loud (if there is a room full of people, for instance) or soft and intimate. An important thing about the prelude is the timing—for years we started playing for a full 30 minutes prior to the ceremony, but we have since changed this to a 15 minute time frame, and many guests appreciate this, as it give people a few minutes to chat amongst themselves prior to the wedding. It also provides a nice cue for people to take their seats as we begin to play.

I am always wiling and eager to help my clients, and they can call or email me anytime. www.duodamore.com

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Despite the fact that more and more people are choosing to add pop music to their wedding ceremony for a modern feel (which we love!) I was thinking about the untapped possibilities of non-traditional classical music as part of the wedding ceremony. There are so many amazing pieces that run the gamut from romantic soaring melodies, catchy upbeat tunes to more quiet dignified music that can add an incredible degree of interest and personalization to your ceremony. Maybe music that guest and you have never even heard before, but something that just fits perfectly with what you have planned. This is one of the things that I, Matthew the owner and violinist of Duo d’Amore excel at. Why? Because If a classical music nerd, an audiophile and a fantastic resource. I love nothing more than to have an in-depth conversation with clients about the style and mood they are trying to create for their wedding or event, and then coming up with an incredible, interesting and above all exciting playlist.

Please call or email me, and let me know how I can work hard to make your wedding even more memorable, more tailored to what you want, and the mood that you want to create then you ever imagined.

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Duo d’Amore received a wonderful review from Melody and Kevin, after our string trio’s performance at their wedding ceremony on March 30, 2014 at the Eglinton Grand in Toronto:

“Matthew was always responsive to my emails and always open to suggesting music for my wedding when I wasn't sure what to select. His team played flawlessly and the transitions from song to song were very smooth. Thank you for creating a beautiful atmosphere for my wedding!”

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Great new review from clients

As I was checking my email yeasterday, I recieved quite a nice surprise: a beautiful review from clients from a wedding ceremony  that took place at Ball's Falls Chapel in May 2013:

"Ester and Phil here, you may recall that your duo graced our wedding
ceremony this past May at Balls Falls. We wanted to thank both of you
for the fantastic job, in the aftermath of the ceremony we didn't
have a chance to catch you before you departed. The arrangement of
'Will the Night' was spot on and helped to make our ceremony a very
personal, touching experience whose soundtrack we will always
remember"

Thanks again, best of luck, we will certainly recommend you to others should the opportunity arise."

 

Thanks for such a nice email--we really enjoyed making your day special, and perforing at the beautiful and intimate Chapel at Ball's Falls Conservation area.

 

 

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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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Duo d’Amore was honored and excited to perform for a 50th Anniversary celebration held at a beautiful restaurant in downtown New Hamburg, which is close to Kitchener Waterloo and Stratford. The venue comprises a refurbished private residence, now a restaurant and inn, originally built in 1847. The house is adjacent to a lovely park, and is situated on the banks of the Nith River.

Our violin and cello duo was hired to perform for 2 hours, and to play a variety of classical music selecting pieces from our repertoire by composers such as Bach, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Vivaldi, Pachelbel etc. The musicians received many wonderful coments of their performance, and everyone had an enjoyable time.

Venue: The Waterlot, 17 Huron New Hamburg, ON N0B 2G0
Live Entertainment: Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and quartets
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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

 

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If there is a trend in the wedding industry, I would say that more and more couples are going outside of the box, and customizing and choosing elements of the wedding, whether flowers, attire, venues, readings and specially music that combines classic elegance with elements of contemporary and popular culture. While there are many more decisions for the clients to make, the result is often spectacular, especially of they have a wedding planner or in our case Duo d’Amore who can help guide them in choosing music so that it has the right fit for the client and for a wedding ceremony. In this respect Danielle and Dany did an excellent job!

Looking at the two modern songs by Enya and the Verve, they have a classical feel to them, but also are different enough to add a bit of additional excitement to the wedding ceremony.

Bridesmaids entrance - Bach Air
Bride's entrance - Only Time by Enya
Signing: Bach-Gounod: Ave Maria
Communion: Bach: Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring
Recessional: Bittersweet Symphony

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Duo d’Amore to perform at a Garden Party in support of the Ottawa Hospital Foundation

On June 16th, we are performing at a fundraiser in support of the Ross Cathcart Endowment Fund for Blood and Marrow transplant, held in a beautiful garden setting. The event promises to me fantastic—in addition to our beautiful music, guests can enjoy refreshments and a light lunch, admire the garden, and play at the racetrack! Garden photographs will be for sale. Tickets are a suggested donation of $100 and can be purchased at: ohfoundation.ca

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