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Classical Music help please

I will be walking down the aisle to "Air on the G String" and I'm trying to think of other classical music in that key to play for the beginning of the processional (grandparents, moms, maids). I listened to Canon in D, but it sounds too "churchy" to me. We are not getting married in a church so we have free reign on what to play.

Re: Classical Music help please

  • If you don't want anything that sounds churchy, I'd pick out some new classical stuff. Listen to some Spotify lists of them.

    Lately, I've been listening to Joshua Bell's Romance of the Violin on repeat. I'm thinking of his rendition Nocturne from String Quartet (there are 2) for when guests are being seated.

    Alternatively, there are a lot of intstrumental musicians who use more modern music as their base: 2Cellos, The Piano Guys, or even Lindsey Sterling.
  • I don't understand why you think Canon in D is too churchy.  There is nothing religious about it.  Here is a list of favorites:


    1. "Air" (from Water Music Suite), (George F. Handel)
    2. "Bridal Chorus" (from Lohengrin), (Richard Wagner)
    3. "Canon in D" (Johann Pachelbel)
    4. "Procession of Joy" (Hal Hopson)
    5. "Rigaudon" (Andre Campra)
    6. "Spring" (from The Four Seasons), (Antonio Vivaldi)
    7. "Te Deum" (Marc-Antoine Charpentier)
    8. "The Prince of Denmark's March" (Jeremiah Clarke)
    9. "Trumpet Tune" (Henry Purcell)
    10. "Trumpet Voluntary" (Jeremiah Clarke)
    11. "Trumpet Voluntary" (John Stanley)
    12. "Wedding March" (from The Marriage of Figaro), (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

    Traditional Alternatives

    13. "Canzon V" (Giovanni Gabrieli)
    14. "Coronation March for Czar Alexander III" (Peter I. Tchaikovsky)
    15. "Overture" (from Royal Fireworks Music), (George Frederic Handel)
    16. "Promenade" (from Pictures at an Exhibition), (Modest Mussorgsky)
    17. "Romeo and Juliet Love Theme" (Tchaikovsky)
    18. "Sinfonia" (from Cantata No. 156), (Johann S. Bach)
    19. "Toccata" (from L'Orfeo), (Claudio Monteverdi)
    20. "Trumpet Tune in A-Major" (David N. Johnson)
    21. "Sonatas for Organ, Op. 65, No. 3 (con moto maestoso)," (Felix Mendelssohn)
    22. "Winter," Largo, (from The Four Seasons), (Antonio Vivaldi)

  • I also did not want processional music that sounded too "churchy".

    My wedding party walked down the aisle to Bach's Suite for Cello No. 1 in G.

    I walked down the aisle to Erik Satie's Gymnopedie No. 1.
  • You can find some awesome covers of recent songs done on classical instruments. My bridal party is waking to "Love Me Like You Do" done on violin by Robert Mendoza (I believe that's his last name..)

    The Piano Guys have some fantastic songs too.

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