classical music for weddings

Canon in D-Johann Pachelbel

In any discussion of music for a wedding processional, we’d have to start here. Being a “Classical Musician” I have long been aware of the composer Johann Pachelbel and his most famous piece, “Canon in D.” However his name has become synonymous with wedding ceremonies. What makes it so perfect is the slow, regal pace and the majestic simplicity of the principle thematic line. It doesn’t hurt that it’s been used in several movies including the heartbreaking Robert Redford directed “Ordinary People.” Since then, the piece has become as famous as most ‘Pop’ tunes.Then it was used in several high profile TV commercial including  “G.E. Lightbulbs” and Jaguar Cars .

Although the names sound similar, please don’t mistake Pachelbel with Taco-Bell. Johann Pachelbel was a German composer during the Baroque Period, and lived from 1653-1706. Although it’s been used countless times, it should never be dismissed for overexposure. One reason this “canon” works so well as a Processional is that it is really a simple “round” allowing the piece can go on as long or as short as the recession lasts.


This is the official tried and true classic. You can be comfortable using The Pachelbel in D without fearing of using the same tune as everyone else. It has become the “Go-To” Processional, replacing Wagner’s “Wedding March.”
Try it out and let me know what you think.

The Four Seasons, Spring 1st Movement-Vivaldi

The opening notes of the first movement of the “Spring” concerto composed by Antonio Vivaldi  is one of the most instantly recognized pieces of music from classical music’s Baroque period.  In fact, he wrote music during the same years as Bach, Handel and Scarlatti. (What a dream team, especially when you add Vivaldi).  After all, ” The Four Seasons”  is more of a compilation of masterworks than one single concerto. As a matter of fact, it includes four complete concerti, one named for each season.  To be precise, you are listening to the Concerto No. 1 in E major, Op. 8, RV 269, “La primavera” (Spring)

This is a spectacular choice for a “classical” recession.  There’s an incredible feeling of majesty courtesy of the violins, which are “driving” the piece. It’s delicate yet fierce; a complex but lovely juxtaposition. The lightness and the speed of the “allegro” (fast) movement gives the piece a great “regal” sense of  love to beautifully escort you out of the chapel as partners for life. images

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Air On The G String-J.S. Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach’s 1722 masterwork, most often referred to as “Air On The G String,” is a spectacular choice for your wedding processional. The full title is actually “Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major (Second Movement.) BWV 1068.”

Paired with Johann Pachelbel’s “Canon in D,” “Air On The G String” flows seamlessly  from the Full Procession to the separate Bridal Procession. Both works, written three hundred years ago have uniquely recognizable melodic themes, making them accessible to even the most casual “Classical Music” fan. As opposed to instrumental arrangements of contemporary tunes, the one-two punch of Bach and Pachelbel serve as a timeless accompaniment to both the simplest and most elegant of wedding processionals.


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