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Repertoire - Soloists and Duos

We’re happy to share our list of recommended repertoire for ceremonies. The selections are divided loosely into “Processionals” and “Recessionals”. But some pieces work in both categories. And, any of the selections can be used for your prelude and postlude. If you would like a certain piece of music and you don’t see it here… please ask!

Please remember that modern hip-hop or rock music may not be the best choice for a solo violinist or cellist. Our Wedding Music Programs page will list music that works for different instruments.

TRADITIONAL FAVORITES

PROCESSIONALS

Air on the G String – Bach
Arioso – Bach
Ave Maria – Schubert
Bridal Chorus (“Here Comes the Bride”) – Wagner
Canon in D – Pachelbel
*Prelude No. 1 in C – Bach
Selections from “The Four Seasons” – Vivaldi
Intermezzo – Mascagni
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – Bach
Prelude from “Te Deum” – Charpentier
Rondeau – Mouret
Trumpet Tune – Purcell
Trumpet Voluntary – Clarke
Wachet Auf – Bach

RECESSIONALS

Selections from “Eine Klein Nachtmusik” (“A Little Night Music”) – Mozart
Hallelujah Chorus (from “Messiah”) – Handel
La Rejouissance – Handel
Ode to Joy – Beethoven
Selections from “Water Music” – Handel
Wedding March – Mendelssohn

*Solo piano only

BEAUTIFUL CLASSICS

PROCESSIONALS & INTERLUDES

Clair de lune – Debussy
Concerto for Violins and Lute, Largo movement – Vivaldi
The Fairy Garden – Ravel
Goldberg Aria – Bach
Gymnopédies Nos. 1, 2, 3 – Satie
Theme from Jupiter (from “The Planets”) – Holst
Por Una Cabeza Gardel/Le Pera
Symphony No. 9, Largo movement – Dvorak
Wedding March from “The Marriage of Figaro” – Mozart

RECESSIONALS

Promenade (from “Pictures at an Exhibition”) – Mussorgsky
Rigaudon – Campra

*Solo piano only

BROADWAY, MOVIES & JAZZ

PROCESSIONALS & INTERLUDES

A Heart Full of Love (from “Les Miserables”) – Schönberg
All I Ask of You (from “Phantom of the Opera”) – Andrew Lloyd Webber
At Last (Nat King Cole) – Gordon/Warren
Because of You (Tony Bennett) – Hammerstein/Wilkinson
Bella’s Lullaby (from “Twilight”) – Carter Burwell
Can You Read My Mind (Love Theme from “Superman”) – Bricusse/Williams
Cast Your Fate to the Wind (Vince Guaraldi) – Guaraldi
Concerning Hobbits (from “Lord of the Rings”) Howard Shore
Evergreen (Barbara Streisand) – Streisand/Williams
Everything (Michael Bublé) – Bublé/Chang/Foster-Gillies
Feather Theme (from “Forrest Gump”) – Alan Silvestri
Gabriel’s Oboe (from “The Mission”) – Ennio Morricone
Glasgow Love Theme (from “Love Actually”) – Craig Armstrong
In My Life (from “Les Miserables”) – Schönberg
La Vie en Rose (Édith Piaf) – Guglielmi
Moon River (from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”) – Henry Mancini
My Heart Will Go On (from “Titanic”) – Horner/Jennings
One Hand, One Heart (from “West Side Story”) – Leonard Bernstein
Portuguese Love Theme (from “Love Actually”) – Armstrong
Prime Minister’s Love Theme (from “Love Actually”) – Armstrong
Love Theme from “Romeo and Juliet” – Henry Mancini
Storybook Love (Love Theme from “The Princess Bride”) – Mark Knopfler
Love Theme from “St. Elmo’s Fire” – David Foster
Through the Eyes of Love (from “Ice Castles”) (Melissa Manchester) – Sager/Hamlisch
Up Where We Belong (from “An Officer and a Gentleman”) – Nitzsche/Sainte-Marie/Jennings
What a Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong) – Thiele/Weiss
When I Fall in Love (Doris Day) – Heyman/Young
Where Do I Begin (from “Love Story”) – Sigman/Lai
Many DISNEY songs including A Whole New World (Aladdin), Tale As Old As Time (Beauty and the Beast), Kiss the Girl (The Little Mermaid), Bella Notte (Lady and the Tramp), So Close (Enchanted), Can You Feel the Love Tonight (The Lion King, Elton John), All in the Golden Afternoon (Alice in Wonderland), When You Wish Upon a Star (Pinocchio)…

RECESSIONALS

The Best Is Yet To Come (Frank Sinatra) – Coleman
It Had To Be You (Harry Connick, Jr.) – Jones/Kahn
Love Is Here To Stay (Ella Fitzgerald) – George & Ira Gershwin
Married Life (from Pixar’s “UP”) – Michael Giacchino
The Second Time Around (Frank Sinatra) – Cahn/Van Heusen
Film scores by John Williams – Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Superman, E.T., Harry Potter, Jurassic Park

CONTEMPORARY LOVE SONGS

PROCESSIONALS & INTERLUDES

All My Life (Aaron Neville & Linda Ronstadt) – Bonoff
Always and Forever (Luther Vandross) – Temperton
Amazed (Lonestar) – Green/Lindsey/Mayo
And So It Goes (Billy Joel) – Joel
Because You Loved Me (Celine Dion) – Warren
Bless the Broken Road (Rascal Flatts) – Hanna/Hummon/Boyd
Can’t Fight This Feeling Anymore (REO Speedwagon) – Cronin
Can’t Help Falling in Love With You (Elvis Presley) – Weiss/Peretti/Creatore
Con Te Partirò (Time To Say Goodbye) (Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman) – Sartori/Quarantotto
Dance Me to the End of Love (Leonard Cohen, Madeleine Peyroux) – Cohen
Endless Love (Lionel Richie & Diana Ross) – Richie
Everything I Do (I Do It for You) (Bryan Adams) – Adams/Lange/Kamen
Feels Like Home (Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Josh Groban) – Newman
Fields of Gold (Sting) – Sumner
Forever in Love (Kenny G) – Gorelick
Groovy Kind of Love (Phil Collins) – Sager/Wine
Hallelujah (Rufus Wainwright, Jeff Buckley) – Cohen
Here and Now (Luther Vandross) – Elliott/Steele
How Deep Is Your Love (Bee Gees) – Gibb brothers
I Believe in You and Me (The Four Tops and Whitney Houston) – Linzer/Wolfert
I Don’t Want To Miss a Thing (Aerosmith) – Warren
Is This Love (Bob Marley) – Marley
Let’s Stay Together (Al Green) – Green/Mitchell/Jackson
Lovin’ You (Minnie Riperton) – Riperton/Rudolph
Make You Feel My Love (Bob Dylan) – Dylan
Maybe I’m Amazed (Paul McCartney) – McCartney
Me and You (Kenny Chesney) – Ewing/Herndon
Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love for You (Glenn Medeiros) – Goffin/Masser
Overjoyed (Stevie Wonder) – Wonder
Ribbon in the Sky (Stevie Wonder) – Wonder
The Rose (Bette Midler) – McBroom
Saving All My Love for You (Whitney Houston) – Masser/Goffin
She’s Always a Woman (Billy Joel) – Joel
Songbird (Fleetwood Mac) – McVie
Two of Us (The Beatles) – Lennon/McCartney
The Wedding Song (Kenny G) – Gorelick
The Wedding Song (There Is Love) (Peter, Paul & Mary) – Stookey
Vivo Por Ella (Vivo Per Lei) (Andrea Bocelli) – Manzani/Mengalli/Zelli
We’ve Only Just Begun (The Carpenters) – Nichols/Williams
When You Say Nothing At All (Alison Krauss) – Overstreet/Schlitz
Wild Horses (The Rolling Stones) – Jagger/Richards
You Are So Beautiful (Joe Cocker) – Fisher/Preston
You Sang To Me (Marc Anthony) – Anthony/Rooney
You’re the Inspiration (Chicago) – Cetera/Foster
Your Song (Elton John) – John

RECESSIONALS

All You Need Is Love (The Beatles) – Lennon/McCartney
Friday I’m in Love (The Cure)- Bamonte/Williams/Gallup/Smith/Thompson
God Only Knows (The Beach Boys) – Asher/Wilson
Happy Together (The Turtles) – Bonner/Gordon
Here Comes the Sun (The Beatles) – Harrison
How Sweet It Is (James Taylor) – Holland/Dozier/Holland
Isn’t She Lovely (Stevie Wonder) – Wonder
Just Like Heaven (The Cure) – Smith/Gallup/Thompson/Williams/Tolhurst
My Girl (The Temptations) – Robinson/White
Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now (Starship) – Hammond/Warren
Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours (Stevie Wonder) – Garrett/Hardaway/Wonder/Wright
This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) (Natalie Cole) – Jackson/Yancy
Wouldn’t It Be Nice (The Beach Boys) – Asher/Wilson
You Are the Sunshine of My Life (Stevie Wonder) – Wonder
You’re the First, the Last, My Everything (Barry White) – White/Sepe/Radcliffe
You’re My Best Friend (Queen) – Deacon

MUSIC OF TODAY

PROCESSIONALS & INTERLUDES

100 Years (Five for Fighting) – Ondrasik
All of Me (John Legend) – Legend/Gad
Better Place (Rachel Platten) – Platten/Seltmann
Breathe Me (Sia) – Carey/Furler
Brighter Than Sunshine (Aqualung) – Hales/Oliver/Hales
Chasing Cars (Snow Patrol) – Lightbody
Count On Me (Bruno Mars) – Mars/Lawrence/Levine
Fix You (Coldplay) – Berryman/Buckland/Martin/Champion
Flightless Bird, American Mouth (Iron & Wine) – Beam
From the Ground Up (Dan + Shay) – Smyers/Mooney/DeStefano
Give It All We Got Tonight (George Strait) – James/O’Donnell/Bright
Give Me Love (Ed Sheeran) – Sheeran/Gosling/Leonard
God Gave Me You (Dave Barnes, Blake Shelton) – Barnes
How Long Will I Love You (Ellie Goulding) – Kotecha/Salmanzadeh/Lo/Martin/Payami
I Choose You (Sara Bareilles) – Bareilles/Blynn/Harper
I Do (Colbie Caillat) – Caillat/Gad
I Get to Love You (Ruelle) – Bronleewe/Eckford
I’ll Be (Edwin McCain) – McCain
Latch (Acoustic) (Sam Smith) – Lawrence/Lawrence/Napier/Smith
Love Me Like You Do (Ellie Goulding) – Kotecha/Salmanzadeh/Lo/Martin/Payami
Love On Top (Beyoncé) – Knowles/Nash/Taylor
Lucky (Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat) – Mraz/Caillat/Fagan
Marry Me (Train) – Monahan
Next To Me (Emeli Sandé) – Sandé/Chegwin/Craze/Paul
No One (Alicia Keys) – Keys/Brothers/Harry
One and Only (Adele) – Adkins/Wilson/Wells
Paradise (Coldplay) – Berryman/Buckland/Champion/Martin
Peace (O.A.R.) – Chapman/Daly/Roberge
Perfect (Ed Sheeran) – Sheeran/Hicks/Blanco
Remember When (Alan Jackson) Jackson
Rolling in the Deep (Adele) – Adkins/Epworth
So High (John Legend) – Legend/Harris/Hill
She Will Be Loved (Maroon 5) – Levine/Valentine
Such Great Heights (The Postal Service; Iron and Wine) – Gibbard/Tamborello
Sweet Disposition (The Temper Trap) – Mandagi/Silitto
The Luckiest (Ben Folds) – Folds
Thinking Out Loud (Ed Sheeran) – Sheeran/Wadge
This Time (John Legend) – Tozer/Stephens/Prather
A Thousand Years (Christina Perri) – Perri/Hodges
Turning Page (Sleeping At Last) – O’Neal
Use Somebody (Kings of Leon) – Followill/Followill/Followill/Followill
Wonderwall (Oasis) – Gallagher
XO (Beyoncé) – Tedder/Nash/Knowles
You and I (Nobody in the World) (John Legend) – Ho/Tozer/Wilson/Legend
Yellow (Coldplay) – Berryman/Buckland/Champion/Martin
You Sang To Me (Marc Anthony) – Anthony/Rooney
Young and Beautiful (Lana Del Rey) – Del Rey/Nowels
Young Forever (Jay-Z) – Lloyd/Gold/Mertens

RECESSIONALS

*Beautiful Day (U2) – Clayton/Evans/Hewson/Mullen
Best Day of My Life (American Authors) – Accetta/Barnett/Goodman/Rublin/Sanchez/Shelley
Can’t Stop the Feeling (Justin Timberlake) – Timberlake/Martin/Schuster
Cheerleader (OMI) – Bradford/Dillon/Pasley/Dillon/Dunbar
Girl on Fire (Alicia Keys) – Keys/Bhasker/Remi
*Happy (Pharrell Williams) – Williams
Hey, Soul Sister (Train) – Monahan/Bjørklund/Lind
*Ho Hey (The Lumineers) – Schultz/Fraites
Home (Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes) – Ebert/Cole/et al
Home (Phillip Phillips) – Pearson/Holden
I Won’t Give Up (Jason Mraz) – Mraz/Natter
If I Lose Myself (One Republic) – Tedder/Kutzle/Filkins/Blanco
I’m Yours (Jason Mraz) – Mraz
Love Story (Taylor Swift) – Swift
**Marry You (Bruno Mars) – Mars/Lawrence/Levine
Rather Be (Clean Bandit) – Patterson/Napier/Marshall/Chatto
Rhythm of Love (Plain White T’s) – Tim Lopez
Roll Away Your Stone (Mumford & Sons) – Mumford
A Sky Full of Stars (Coldplay) – Bergling/Berryman/Buckland/Martin/Champion
Starlight (Muse) – Bellamy
Sugar (Maroon 5) – Posner/Levine/Coleman/Gottwald/Hindlin/Walter
Us (Regina Spektor) – Spektor
Viva la Vida (Coldplay) – Berryman/Buckland/Martin/Champion

*for two or more instruments only

**Please check the lyrics before you choose this song.

MORE BEAUTIFUL CONTEMPORARY MUSIC

PROCESSIONALS & INTERLUDES

Aerith’s Theme (from Final Fantasy VII) – Nobuo Uematsu
Ashokan Farewell – Ungar
Bittersweet Symphony (The Verve) – Ashcroft/Jagger/Richards
Butterfly Waltz – Brian Crain
Carolan’s Welcome (Celtic) – Turlough O’Carolan
Christmas Canon (contemporary rock arrangement of the Pachelbel Canon, arranged and performed by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra)
*First Love – Utada Hikaru
Highland Cathedral (The Band of the Royal Irish Regiment) – Roever/Korb
Hymne Vangelis – Papathanassiou
I Do – Tom Smith
Irish Wedding Song – Ian Betteridge
*Joy (contemporary arrangement of Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring; arranged and performed by George Winston)
Kiss the Rain – Yiruma
Love Me – Yiruma
May Be – Yiruma
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (The Smashing Pumpkins) – Corgan
The Misshapen Steed (beginning interlude) (written and performed by Agalloch)
Moonrise – Brian Crain
Only Time (Enya) – Ryan/Enya/Ryan
A Passage to Love – Scott Yahney
Perfect Love – Scott Thomas
River Flows in You – Yiruma
Slow Dance – Tom Smith
Tenderness in the Air (from “Final Fantasy V”) – Nobuo Uematsu
*Ultimate Wedding Piano ~ soft, beautiful, contemporary arrangements of traditional wedding music by Miranda Wong
The Wandering Kind – Josh Groban

*Solo piano only

RELIGIOUS

Abide With Me – Henry Francis Lyte
Celtic Alleluia – Fintan O’Carroll
Erev Shel Shoshanim (Traditional Jewish)
The Giving (written and performed by Michael W. Smith)
Heavenly Day (written and performed by Patty Griffin)
How Deep the Father’s Love for Us – Townend
In Christ Alone – Getty/Townend
In the Garden – C. Austin Miles
In His Eyes – Mindy Jostyn
The Lord’s Prayer – Albert Hay Malotte
Make Me a Channel of Your Peace (also known as “Prayer of St. Francis”) – Sebastian Temple
Mother’s Evening Prayer – Hopkins
Od Yishama (Traditional Jewish)
On Eagles’ Wings – Michael Joncas
Pie Jesu – Fauré
The Prayer (as performed by Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli, and Josh Groban) – Foster/Sager
Siman Tov Umazel Tov (Traditional Jewish)
You Raise Me Up (Josh Groban) – Lovland/Graham

A LITTLE BIT OF HUMOR

RECESSIONALS & INTERLUDES

Buddy Holly (Weezer) – Cuomo
Theme from “Rocky” – Conti/Connors/Robbins
Chapel of Love – Spector/Greenwich/Barry
Stuck in the Middle With You (Steelers Wheel) – Egan/Rafferty

 

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