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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

1990 Möller organ at Calvary Church, Charlotte, NC
1990 Möller organ at Calvary Church, Charlotte, NC

Matrimonial Magic

If this music makes you think of weddings and beautiful brides, you’re right on target. This broadcast is a collection of preludes, processionals and other pages in praise of matrimony and the emotions and circumstances which lead us to the altar. Whether it be Handel’s Hornpipe or Mendelssohn’s familiar Wedding March, a Salute to Love by Elgar, or Duke Ellington’s In a sentimental mood, you’ll be amazed by the various ways composers have dealt with love and its ramifications.

Trumpet tunes and blessings, salutes to love and lullabies, it’s all part of the package when two people tie the knot at a June wedding, and we provide the music appropriate to a chapel or cathedral creating Matrimonial Magic.


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Music played in the program

SIR HUBERT PARRY: Bridal March –Douglas Major (1938 Ernest M. Skinner & Son; 1975 Aeolian-Skinner/National Cathedral, Washington, DC) Gothic G18828

JEREMIAH CLARKE: Trumpet Voluntary. G.F. HANDEL: Hornpipe –Stephen Cleobury (1984 Harrison/Westminster Abbey, London, England, UK) London/Decca 421 638

ANONYMOUS: Almande d’amor –Gustav Leonhardt (1691 Botzen; 1991 Marcussen/Roskilde Cathedral, Denmark) Sony Classical SK 53371

TRADITIONAL: Swedish Song, Now found is the fairest of roses –Anne-Lise Berntsen; Nils Henrik Asheim (1787 Holzhey/Weißenau Abbey, Germany) Kirkelig Kulturverksted FXCD136

WILLIAM McKIE: Romance in G –Thomas Heywood (1929 Hall, Norman & Beard; 2000 Schantz/Town Hall, Melbourne, Australia) Move Digital 3120

DAN MILLER: Fanfare for the Bride. RICHARD WAGNER: Bridal Chorus, from Lohengrin –Dan Miller (1990 Möller/Calvary Church, Charlotte, NC) DSDS CD-1004

SIR EDWARD ELGAR: Salut d’Amour –Adrian Partington (1909 Binns/Albert Hall, Nottingham, England, UK) Priory PRCD479

MAURICE RAVEL: Don Quichotte a Dulcinea –Håkan Hagegård, baritone; Gunnar Idenstam (1949 Marcussen/Oscarskyrkan, Stockholm, Sweden) Proprius PRCD-9040

FRITZ KREISLER: Liebesfreud –Thomas Murray (1929 Skinner/Woolsey Hall, Yale University, New Haven, CT) Gothic G49054

FELIX MENDELSSOHN: Wedding March, from A Midsummer Night’s Dream –Luc Antonini (1983 Quoirin/Collegiale Saint Martin, Saint-Rémy-de-Province, France) Sony Masterworks S2K-52560

DUKE ELLINGTON: In a sentimental mood; Prelude to a Kiss –Anders Paulsson, sax; Harry Huff (1976 Åkerman & Lund/Katarina Church, Stockholm, Sweden) LCM CD-117

ALEC WYTON: A Wedding Blessing –Marilyn Keiser (1991 Visser-Rowland/First Presbyterian, Stamford, CT) Pro Organo CD 7025

JOHANNES BRAHMS: Chorale-prelude, Deck thyself with gladness –Carole Terry (1965 Flentrop/Episcopal Cathedral of St. Mark, Seattle, WA) MHS CD-512523

FRANZ LEHRNDORFER: Improvisation on Schlaf, Kindlein, schlaf –Franz Kehrndorfer (1959 Steinmeyer/Hochschule für Musik, Munich, Germany) Calig CD-50415

ARTHUR BLISS: Wedding Fanfare and Fanfore for the Bride –Colin Walsh (1898 Henry Willis/Lincoln Cathedral, England, UK) Priory PRCD379

LEO SOWERBY: A Wedding Processional –William Whitehead (1938 Ernest M. Skinner & Son; 1975 Aeolian-Skinner/National Cathedral, Washington, DC) Resmiranda CD-8004


This program was originally issued as #9523 in June 1995.

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