Your wedding day is probably the most important day that you and your spouse will share in your life together. There are countless details that need attending to, all of which can stress you out – the ceremony music should not be on the Stress List. I’ve been playing weddings since 1995 – let Paul the Seasoned Professional take care of it!
Why Classical Guitar?
- Affordability – I frequently do duet weddings with a flutist or violinist colleague, and I always enjoy the experience (these are certainly possibilities that we can discuss), but more often than not, I work alone – this means only one musician to pay.
- Versatility – pianists can’t do outdoor weddings; guitarists can. Additionally, a guitarist takes up one quarter of the space of a string quartet.
- Volume Control – classical guitars are quiet instruments by nature, but modern technology makes amplification possible with minimal tone quality loss – I can play as small or as large a venue as required.
The following repertoire lists highlight the three points in the ceremony that usually require specially-selected music – I’ve found that these pieces work very well and are practical for a solo guitarist:
- Cello Prelude, BWV 1007, by J.S. Bach
- Gavottes I and II, from Cello Suite No. 6, by J.S. Bach (also works as a recessional)
- Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, by J.S. Bach (this also works as a recessional)
- Prelude from English Suite, by John Duarte (this works as a recessional, as well)
- Canon in D, by Johann Pachelbel (the arrangement I use is not precisely faithful to the original, since trying to duplicate the full canonical effect would make the piece virtually unplayable on the guitar. However, it can make a lovely passacaglia…)
- Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin, by Richard Wagner
- Torija, from The Castles of Spain, by Frederico Moreno-Torroba
- Montemayor, from the same set
- Largo, from Concerto in D by Antonio Vivaldi
- Lullaby, by Andrew York
- Recuerdos de la Alhambra, by Francisco Tárrega
- Waiting for Dawn, by Andrew York
- Sueño, by Jose Viñas
- Kinkachoo, I Love You, by Phillip Houghton
- El Testament d’ Amelia, by Miguel Llobet
Recessionals (in addition to those noted above)
- Wedding March, by Felix Mendelssohn
- Sunburst, by Andrew York
- Allegro Vivace, Op.111, Part 2, by Mauro Giuliani
- Vivace, by Adam Falckenhagen
If there are particular pieces that you had your heart set on having played at your wedding, but you don’t see them on this list, then by all means mention it during our consultation session, and I’ll see about making it a possibility.
As of August 2022, my solo fee for a wedding is $325CDN. This does not include travel expenses (should the wedding be outside Brandon), but it does include an optional consultation session, at which time I can play some of my repertoire for you, you can make selections accordingly, and we can sign a contract for my services. It also includes my time at the rehearsal, which I will attend if the wedding location is in or near Brandon.