Some suggestions

The lists below are very personal choices. All are original solo piano pieces, organ pieces which can be adapted for piano, or pieces for other instruments for which there are idiomatic published piano arrangements (by Liszt and others). I hope that they might at least provide the bride and groom with a starting point for their own selections. Estimated timings are given for the `signing of the register' list. I have obviously left out any pieces with specific religious connections (eg, arrangements of pieces with religious texts, such as Schubert's Ave Maria, or instrumental movements from oratorios, such as Handel's Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, from Solomon). Most pieces are all by well-known composers and so most should also be available from good CD/tape libraries or to buy. Excluded from the lists are many suitable pieces by less well-known or forgotten composers, which would be appropriate if the bride, groom or their guests are musicians or classical music enthusiasts, and would appreciate something really unusual.

The MIDI samples indicated below were prepared by me on a Clavinova CVP 69A and are not complete performances.


Entrance of bride

Jeremiah CLARKE The Prince of Denmark's March; HANDEL Minuet from 'Music for the Royal Fireworks'; HANDEL 'La Réjouissance' from 'Music for the Royal Fireworks';HANDEL Hornpipe from The Water Music; HANDELAir from The Water Music;PACHELBEL Canon in D (variations on a ground bass); PURCELL Trumpet Tune in D major; John STANLEY Trumpet Voluntary, from Op 6 No 5;VERDI Grand March from Aďda;WAGNER Bridal March from Lohengrin (arr. Liszt).

For 'quiet' entrances, extracts from some of the pieces suggested for the signing of the register might be suitable.


Signing of the register

BACH Siciliano (from Flute Sonata No 2) (arr. Ignaz Friedman) - 2'9" Sheep may safely graze(Pales' aria from Secular Cantata No 8) (arr. Ignaz Friedman) - 4'41"Air on a G String(from Orchestral Suite No. 3) (arr. Giuseppe Martucci)- 4' 4" (can shorten)  Arioso (from keyboard concerto in F minor) (arr. Alfred Cortot) - 1'55"

BALAKIREV Melodie Espagnole- 3'24"

BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata Op 2 No 1, slow movement - 4'12" Piano Sonata Op 31 No 1, slow movement - 10'21" (can use part) Piano Sonata Op 57 (Appassionata), slow movement - 5'38"

William BOYCE Tempo di gavotta (arr. Harold Craxton) – 4'03"

BRAHMS Intermezzo in E major, Op 116 No 4 - 3'29" Intermezzo in A major, Op 118 No 2 - 4'38 Romanze in F major, Op 118 No 5 - 3'3"

CHOPIN Nocturne in E flat major, Op 9 No 2 - 3'47" Berceuse, Op 57 - 3'57" Souvenir de Paganini(1829) - 3'40" Mosa Pieszczotka(Nocturne, from Chants Polonais, Op 74, arr. Liszt) - 3'23"

Eric COATES Noonday Song (Romance from Springtime suite) – 3'07" On the edge of the lake (Isla of the waters, from Summer Days suite) – 2'52" Intermezzo (from Miniature Suite) - 2'24"

DEBUSSY Clair de Lune(fromSuite Bergamasque) - 3'36" Also the Premiere Arabesque - 4’ 30” works well, and I have used the first two pages for the entrance of the bride, too.

DELIBES Flower duet(from Lakme) - [3']

DELIUS La Calinda(from Koanga) (arr. Harold Perry) - 3'39"

DVORAK Humoresque, Op 101 No 7 - 2'40"

Ludovico EINAUDI Many of the pieces on his albums ‘Le Onde’, ‘I Giorni’ and ‘Eden Roc’ are very suitable.

FAURE Barcarolle No 4, Op 44 - 4'8" Barcarolle No 6, Op 70 - 4'16"

John FIELD Nocturnes No 1 (E flat major) - 3'10" No 3 (A flat major) - 3'05" No 5 (B flat major) - 2'15" No 6 (F major) - 4'00" No 9 (E flat major) - 3'01" No 15 (C major) - 3'56"

Edward GERMAN Melody in E flat - 2'54"

GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue, `romantic' theme - 2'43"

Philip GLASS Glassworks- opening (arr. David Juna) - 4'to 6'

GLUCK Gavotte in A (arr. Brahms) - 3'24"

HANDEL Minuet from Overture to Ode on St Cecilia's Day- 2'32"

HAYDN Andante Cantabile from String Quartet in F, Op 3 No 5 (possibly by Hofstetter, not Haydn, but 'ideal choice for playing during the signing of the register' (Classic FM magazine, March 2004)) - 4'10”; Piano Sonata in F major, Hob 29, slow movement - 4'5" Piano Sonata in G major, Hob 39, slow movement - 4'30"

KREISLER Rondino on a theme of Beethoven(arr. Godowsky) - 3'6"

LIAPUNOV Berceuse, Op 11 No 1 (from Transcendental Studies) - 3'51" Idyll, Op 11 No 7 (from Transcendental Studies) - 4'52"

LISZT Au Lac du Wallenstadt(1ere Annee de Pelerinage) - 3'29" Eclogue (1ere Annee de Pelerinage) - 3'16" Consolation No 3 in D flat major - 3'16" Consolation No 4 in E major - 3'3" Consolation No 5 in E major - 2'35" Paysage(from Transcendental Studies) - 3'33"

Billy MAYERL Shallow Waters- 3'0"

MENDELSSOHN Various Songs without Words: Book 1 No 1, Op 19 No 6 - 2'35" Book 2 No 1, Op 30 No 1 - 3'10" Book 3 No 3, Op 38 No 3 - 1'59" Book 3 No 6, Op 38 No 6 - 2'26" Book 4 No 1, Op 53 No 1 - 2'21" Book 4 No 2, Op 53 No 2 - 2'7" Book 5 No 1, Op 62 No 1 - 2'1" Book 5 No 6, Op 62 No 6 (Spring Song) - 2'13" Book 6 No 1 Op 67 No 1 - 1'52" Book 7 No 1 Op 85 No 1 - 1'57" Book 7 No 4 Op 85 No 4 - 1'58" Book 7 No 6 Op 85 No 6 - 2'8" Book 8 No 2 - 1'17" Book 8 No 5 - 1'36" Allegretto from Organ Sonata Op 64 No 4 - 3'30"

MOZART Piano Sonata in E flat major, K282, first movement - 4'40" Piano Sonata in G major, K283, second movement - 4'14" Piano Sonata in D major, K331, second movement - 3'51" Piano Sonata in F major, K332, second movement - 4'13" Piano Sonata in B flat major, K333, second movement - 5'5" Piano Sonata in C major, K545, second movement - 4'25" Piano Sonata in B flat major, K570, second movement - 5'20" Romance in E flat - 3'20" Romanze from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, K525 (arr. Otto Singer) - 5'49"

Michael NYMAN Big my secret, from The Piano - 2'47"

OFFENBACH Barcarolle, from Tales of Hoffmann(arr. Moskowski) - 6'30"

RACHMANINOV Prelude, Op 23 No 4 - 4'8" Prelude, Op 23 No 6 - 3'3" Melodie, Op 3 No 3 - 3'36" Piano Concerto No 2, Op 18, first movement `romantic' theme - 2'10"

RAVEL Menuet, from Sonatine - 2'41

SAINT-SAENS The SwanfromCarnival of the Animals(arr. Alexander Siloti) - 2' 21"

SATIE 1ere Gymnopédie - 1' 54"

SCHUBERT Impromptu, Op 90 No 3 - 5'39" Ballet music from Rosamunde(arr. Leopold Godowsky) - 3'44"

SPOHR The Rose(song, arr. Liszt) - 3'2"

Richard STRAUSS In silent forests, from Stimmungsbilder(Mood pieces), Op 9 No 1 - 3'30" Freundliche Vision (Welcome Vision, song, arr. Walter Gieseking) - 1'56" Winterweihe(Winter dedication, arr. Walter Gieseking) - 2'30"

WAGNER O Star of Eve from Tannhauser (arr. Liszt) - 3'13" Quintet from The Mastersingers of Nuremburg(arr. Joachim Raff) - 3'2" Walther's Prize SongfromMastersingers(arr. Joachim Raff) - 4'43"

WAGNER/Franz BENDEL Improvisation on Walther's Prize SongfromMastersingers- 5'44" (listed seperately as it is not a straight transcription)

Gabriel YARED  Convento di Sant'Anna(music from movie The English Patient, arr. David Juna)- 4'57"

Note: if desired some of these pieces could be used as background music while the guests assemble prior to the bride's entrance.


Exit of bride and groom

BACH Presto (last movement) from theItalian Concerto, Theodore DUBOIS Grand Choeur in B flat major; CHOPIN Polonaise in A major, Op 40 No 1; KODÁLY Viennese Clock from Háry János (arr. Andor Foldes); Nicolas LEMMENS Fanfare;MEYERBEER Grand March from Le Prophete;MENDELSSOHN Wedding March from A Midsummer Night's Dream(arr. Liszt); MOZARTAllegro (first movement) fromEine Kleine Nachtmusik, K525 (arr. Otto Singer);MOZART Overture to The Marriage of Figaro;
SAINT-SAENS Caprice on airs from the ballet from Gluck's Alcestis(opening); Henry SMART Postlude in D major; WAGNER Prelude from The Mastersingers of Nuremburg(arr. Hans von Bulow), VIVALDI Allegro (first movement) from Concerto Op 3 No 3 for violin and orchestra (from L'Estro Armonicoseries, arranged for keyboard by BACH)

Also most of the baroque pieces suggested for the bride's entrance would be suitable, or, for a quiet exit, something from the 'signing of the register' list.

Little sweetheart...