Instrumental Wedding Music Suggestions

by dave

Instrumental Wedding Music SuggestionsDon’t let your lack of musical knowledge hold you back when it comes to choosing the right music for your church wedding ceremony!

Too many couples let someone else choose all their special music only because they’re unsure of themselves when it comes to classical music.

If you want to include an instrument in your church wedding in addition to an organ or piano but just don’t know what pieces will work, keep reading.

I mentioned in an earlier article that many pieces of music work with a variety of different musical instruments.

Here are plenty of examples!

I took a bunch of pieces of music appropriate for church weddings and a handful of musical instruments and created the lists below. The lists are broken down by instrument and should give you all sorts of instrumental wedding music suggestions.

A few preview links are shown here, but my Guide to Selecting Memorable Church Wedding Music includes preview links for almost all the 200 or so pieces. Check it out!

Whenever previewing pieces, remember that the preview can only give you a rough idea about the piece. The recording doesn’t necessarily feature the suggested instrument and your musicians may have a different style.

Lots of ideas

Violin

  • Albinoni: Adagio in G Minor (accompany with organ)
  • Bach: Violin Concerto in E, III: Allegro assai
  • Pachelbel: Canon in D
  • Handel: Largo (from Xerxes)
  • Bach: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
  • Bach: Sheep May Safely Graze
  • Bach: Air on the G String from Orchestral Suite #3 in D
  • Purcell: Ciacona in G Minor (accompany with organ or piano)
  • Bach: Arioso
  • Bach (arr. Gounod): Ave Maria
  • Handel: Air from Water Music Suite #1 in F
  • Handel: Arioso (“Thanks Be To Thee”)
  • Mozart: Laudate Dominum (from Solemn Vespers)
  • Bach: Wachet Auf (“Wake, Awake for Night is Flying”) (accompany with organ or piano)
  • Bach: Bist du bei mir (needs another instrument)
  • Telemann: Grazioso
  • Manz: Jesus, Still Lead On (accompany with organ or piano)

Harp

  • Purcell: Trumpet Tune
  • Mouret: Rondeau
  • Pachelbel: Canon in D
  • Handel: Largo (from Xerxes)
  • Handel: Air from Water Music Suite #1 in F
  • Bach: Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring
  • Bach: Sheep May Safely Graze
  • Bach: Arioso
  • Bach (arr. Gounod): Ave Maria
  • Handel: Arioso (“Thanks Be To Thee”)
  • Bach: Bist du bei mir (needs another instrument)
  • Grandjany: Aria in Classic Style (accompany with organ or piano)

Piano

  • Pachelbel: Canon in D
  • Purcell: Trumpet Tune
  • Mouret: Rondeau
  • Clarke: Trumpet Voluntary in D
  • Handel: Largo (from Xerxes)
  • Bach: Air on the G String from Orchestral Suite #3 in D
  • Bach: Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring
  • Bach: Sheep May Safely Graze
  • Albinoni: Adagio in G Minor
  • Bach: Arioso
  • Bach (arr. Gounod): Ave Maria
  • Handel: Air from Water Music Suite #1 in F
  • Handel: Arioso (“Thanks Be To Thee”)
  • Brahms: Lo, How a Rose E’er Bloometh
  • Mozart: Laudate Dominum (from Solemn Vespers)
  • Bach: Bist du bei mir (needs another instrument)
  • Brahms: St. Anthony’s Chorale
  • Bach: Sanctify Us By Your Goodness (Chorale from Cantata #22)

Cello

  • Albinoni: Adagio in G Minor (accompany with organ)
  • Pachelbel: Canon in D
  • Handel: Largo (from Xerxes)
  • Bach: Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring
  • Bach: Air on the G String from Orchestral Suite #3 in D
  • Bach: Arioso
  • Bach (arr. Gounod): Ave Maria
  • Handel: Arioso (“Thanks Be To Thee”)
  • Mozart: Laudate Dominum (from Solemn Vespers)
  • Bach: Wachet Auf (“Wake, Awake for Night is Flying”) (accompany with organ or piano)
  • Bach: Bist du bei mir (needs another instrument)
  • Manz: Jesus, Still Lead On (accompany with organ or piano)
  • Bach: Sanctify Us By Your Goodness (Chorale from Cantata #22)

Guitar (classical)

  • Mouret: Rondeau
  • Handel: Largo (from Xerxes)
  • Clarke: Trumpet Voluntary in D
  • Bach: Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring
  • Bach: Air on the G String from Orchestral Suite #3 in D
  • Bach: Sheep May Safely Graze
  • Bach: Arioso
  • Bach (arr. Gounod): Ave Maria
  • Handel: Arioso (“Thanks Be To Thee”)

Often these pieces can be played solo, accompanied by another instrument or with another instrument. For example, a Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring could be played by a solo cello. It can also accompanied by an organ or piano (or even another cello if you are so lucky). It could also be played as a duet with a violin.

There’s plenty of music out there for instruments. I’ll plan to give you even more ideas in a future article.

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