Playing the organ for a wedding, I had the usual beautiful numbers prepared for prelude:

  • "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" by Bach
  • "Andante" from Bach's Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Minor
  • "Arioso" from Bach's Cantata No. 156
  • "Air" from Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major
  • "To a Wild Rose" by Edward MacDowell
  • "Adagio Cantabile" from Beethoven''s Pathetique Sonata
  • "My Heart Ever Faithful" by Bach
  • Aria: "Bist Du Bei Mir" by Bach
  • "Panis Angelicus" by Cesar Franck
  • "Whither Thou Goest" by Guy Singer
  • "Wedding Prayer" by Fern Glasgow Dunlap
  • "Bless This House" by May H. Brahe

Then the bride wanted happier music, so I''m playing Clementi's six Sonatinas, Op. 36, instead of all those others. This fits the situation exactly, and sounds good on the organ. I do enjoy making the organ talk, articulating in its own way for accent and crescendo.

For the Bridal Party processional, the bride requested the theme from "Titanic": "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion. And she wanted the usual Wagner and Mendelssohn for the marches.