Violin-Cello Duet Wedding Music

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Below is a suggested program for violin and cello for a wedding ceremony:

Prelude (15-20 minutes, 3-5 pieces): Prelude music occurs as guests are being seated and waiting for the ceremony to begin. Usually, the prelude lasts for about 15 minutes however, the duo prepares to an hour of music in case there are unexpected delays in the ceremony.

  • Rondeau from Incidental Music to Abdelzaer by H. Purcell
  • Courante by G. F. Handel
  • Gavotte and Musette from the English Suite No. 3 by J.S. Bach
  • Andante from String Quartet in A Minor Op. 29 by F. Schubert
  • Romance by F. Hummel
  • Sicilienne by Maria Theresia von Paradis (* one of my favorites)
  • St. Anthony Chorale by J. Brahms
  • Canzonetta by Gliere
  • Romanza from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by W. A. Mozart
  • Air from Suite #3 in D Major by J.S. Bach
  • Bouree by G.F. Handel
  • Theme from Sonata #11 in A Major, K. 331 by W.A. Mozart
  • Flower Duet by L. Delibes
  • Lord of All Hopefulness

Processionals: Processional music accompanies the entry of the wedding party—family, attendants, and bride. Often the bride enters to her own special song to add drama and highlight the big entrance.  Often brides prefer a contemporary music choice (see list of repertoire below).

  • Canon in D by J. Pachelbel
  • Danza Pastorale (“Spring”) by A. Vivaldi
  • Sheep May Safely Graze from Cantata #208 by J.S. Bach
  • Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring from Cantata #147 by J.S. Bach *perfect for lots of bridesmaids and long walks
  • Si Bheag, Si Mhor (Irish Air)
  • March in D Major by J.S. Bach
  • Come Thou Font

Recessional: At the conclusion of the ceremony, the recessional plays

  • Trumpet Voluntary in D Major by Jeremiah Clarke
  • King William’s March by Jeremiah Clarke
  • Hornpipe from The Water Music by G.F. Handel
  • Wedding March from A Midsummer Night’s Dream by F. Mendelssohn
  • La Réjouissance by G.F Handel

Cocktail Hour and Contemporary Selections

  • All of Me (John Legend)
  • Can’t Help Falling in Love, From ‘Blue Hawaii’ (George David Weiss, Hugo Peretti and Luigi Creatore)
  • House of the Rising Sun (Popularized by Leonord Cohen)
  • Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen)
  • A Thousand Years (Christina Perri)
  • Viva La Vida (Coldplay)
  • Perfect (Ed Sheeran)
  • Shape of You (Ed Sheeran)
  • Billie Jean (Michael Jackson)
  • Say You Won’t Let Go (James Arthur)
  • Game of Thrones Title Song
  • God Only Knows (Beach Boys)
  • Moon River from Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  • I’m Your’s (Jason Mraz)
  • When I’m Sixty-four (Beatles)
  • Despacito
  • Africa (Toto)
  • Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison)
  • Let Me Call You Sweetheart (Leo Friedman and Beth Slater Whitson)
  • Glow Worm (Paul LIncke and Lilla Cayley Robinson)
  • The Skaters Waltz (Emil Waldteufel)
  • You and You (Johann Strauss, Jr)

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