The Wedding Book



Selections include:

  • Trumpet Voluntary1 (Purcell/Clarke)
  • Du bist die Ruh2 (Schubert)
  • He Shall Feed His Flock2, from Messiah (Handel)
  • Ave Verum2 (Mozart)
  • Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (J.S. Bach)
  • Sleepers, Wake! (J.S. Bach)
  • Air (J.S. Bach)
  • Canon (Pachelbel)
  • Hornpipe1, from Water Music (Handel)
  • Largo, from Xerxes (Handel)
  • Bridal Chorus1 from Lohengrin (Wagner)
  • <Greensleeves (traditional)
  • Die Meistersinger Overture1 (Wagner)
  • Wedding March from Midsummer Night’s Dream (Mendelssohn)

An optional trumpet part1 is provided for some tunes, and also a substitute 2nd violin part for the viola and a substitute clarinet part in place of the oboe. (There are eight parts in the set.) A singer2 may also be added on a few numbers, if so desired.

A few years ago, my quintet was called to play for a wedding, but most of the group was out of town. There were, however, a few string players around, so this quintet combination of strings and winds was created to fill the bill. Much of the music in the compilations below was requested by the bride of that wedding, and I thank her for so “commissioning” some of my favorite arrangements! These works are very versatile, as a flute or clarinet can be substituted for the oboe, or the strings can have these all to themselves by substituting a violin for the oboe and a cello for the bassoon.