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Music Monday: Chantal Kreviazuk

Music that Ties the Knot

The guests are invited and you’ve drawn up the lists, but what music should be playing at your wedding? Jeremy Nicholas explains the history of wedding music and gives some advice.

With a fair wind behind me, I can just about stagger my way through Widor’s Toccata on the three-manual organ of our local church (as long as no one’s listening too closely). I’ve lost count of the number of weddings at which I’ve played and the hours I’ve spent guiding friends and strangers through the hymn book and the vast wealth of music they can choose to have played at their service. I have learnt that you can divide the happy couples into two groups: those who have precise and definite ideas on the music they want, and those who ask for Wagner’s ‘Bridal Chorus’ and Mendelssohn’s Wedding March.

It’s strange that it is two pieces of theatre music that have become the most popular accompaniments for a church wedding. One is from an 1850 opera, Lohengrin, the other from the incidental music to a play (Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream). It’s stranger still that this religious ceremony has attracted so little ‘entrance and exit music’ that is non-secular. Few of the popular alternatives are the products of Christian belief – ‘The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba’ (oratorio?), trumpet voluntaries by the likes of Purcell, Clarke and Stanley, or the ubiquitous Toccata from Widor’s Fifth Organ Symphony. So how did the Wagner and Mendelssohn pieces become inseparable from the wedding service? And, before their composition, to what music did newly weds walk down the aisle?

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Music Monday: January roundup

A month taken over by no-nonsense creative ladies with a lot of initials in their names (ye olde androgynous trick). Coincidental? Probably not.

1. PJ Harvey (129)
2. KT Tunstall (58)
3. Sophie B. Hawkins (50)

Music Monday: 2016 roundup!

Since there’s no annual review this year on WP, I might as well share the artists I scrobbled most on Last.fm. Music has been the only consistently positive thing throughout a monumentally crappy year, after all.

1. Blind Guardian (967)

2. Anonymous 4 (966)

3. Nightwish (887)

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Music Monday: December roundup

Little surprise here. The Anonymous 4 library has a lot of tracks, and this year most of them bled into December, instead of NaNo-ing November. Adrian von Ziegler is a new arrival to my charts, who has got all it takes to become a long-term favourite. But TSO, as usual, swept the board, because you just can’t beat those tunes, even 20 years later.

The holidays are times with little music, as I get little quiet time, so I’m looking forward to school resuming and leaving me free to explore my cache of new music. Next Monday, we will take a look at the year’s charts, and then head off into 2017 ready for old and new favourites to take their place on the list.

1. Trans-Siberian Orchestra (571)
2. Anonymous 4 (434)
3. Adrian von Ziegler (391)


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