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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

1996 Winterhalter organ at the Church of Our Lady, Achern, Germany
1996 Winterhalter organ at the Church of Our Lady, Achern, Germany

On the Bridal Trail

Walking down the aisle to Here Comes the Bride is not as standard as you may think. Thankfully, whether the occasion be a posh ceremony or a simple rustic celebration, the ever versatile pipe organ can provide music for every sort of wedding.


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Music played in the program

CLARENCE LUCAS: Canadian Wedding March –James Welch (1986 Schoenstein/St. Elizabeth RCC, San Francisco, CA) Arkay AR6169

ALEXANDRE-CHARLES FESSY: Sortie pour Messe de mariage –François-Henri Houbart (1845 Cavaillé-Coll/Église de la Madeleine, Paris, France) BNL 112724

LOUIS-JAMES-ALFRED LEFÉBURE-WÉLY: Morceau pouvant servir a une messe de mariage –Jane Parker-Smith (1986 Förster & Nicolaus/St. Nicholas Church, Frankfurt-Bergen-Enkheim, Germany) Motette CD MOT 11691

PIERRE CAMONIN: Prélude –François-Henri Houbart (1935 Jacquot/Notre-Dame Cathedral, Verdun, France) Forlane CD-16694

LOUIS VIERNE: Marche nuptiale, Opus 51, number 6 –Thomas Dahl (1996 Winterhalter/Church of Our Lady, Achern, Germany) Organum CD-970037

CLARENCE MADER: Wedding March –William Beck (1998 Rosales/St. Cyril of Jerusalem RCC, Encino, CA) LAAGO CD-1999, recorded June 7, 1999

ANDREW CLARKE: Trumpet Fanfare for a Wedding [1997]; Procession for a Country Wedding [1998] –Andrew Clarke (1914 Casavant Frères; 2000 Quimby/Jacoby Symphony Hall, Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, Jacksonville, FL) RPC CD-553

KARL GOLDMARK (transcribed by Edwin H. Lemare): In the Garden, from Rustic Wedding Symphony –Thomas Murray (1929 Skinner/Woolsey Hall, Yale University, New Haven, CT) Priory PRCD338

MICHAEL VALENTI: Wedding March –Ridgewood Concert Band, Christian Wilhjelm, conductor; John Miller (1954; 1990 Schantz/Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Newark, NJ) Pro Organo CD 7185

JOHN PHILIP SOUSA: Bride Elect March (1892 Welte Orchestrion/Frick Collection, Pittsburgh, PA)

BENJAMIN BRITTEN: A Wedding Anthem, Opus 46 –Finzi Singers, Paul Spicer, conductor; Andrew Lumsden (1995 Copley/Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, England, UK) Chandos CD-9598

WILLIAM LLOYD WEBBER: Benedictus –Tasmin Little, violin; Ian Watson, organ. Chandos CD-9595

BASIL HARWOOD: Wedding March –Adrian Partington (1987 Nicholson/Birmingham Oratory, England, UK) Priory PRCD684

SIR HUBERT PARRY: Hymn, Dear Lord and father of mankind –Choir of Queens’ College, Cambridge, James Weeks, conductor; Matthew Steynor (1892 Binns/Queens’ College Chapel, Cambridge England, UK) Guild GMCD 7160



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