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 titleis 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.
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.
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