Weddings

        Thank you very much for sharing your very special gifts with all of us last night.  You gave us deeply needed joy and relaxation.  You are a consummate musician–—full of light!  –—Pat Collins and Connor Kindig, New Jersey


I’ve been playing the hammered dulcimer for weddings since nine days into my dulcimer experience!  I am prepared to provide music for all phases of your special day, on dulcimer, diatonic autoharp and/or recorders, alone or with support instrumentalists (guitar, piano, harpsichord, organ, violin, etc.).


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Rehearsal dinner

Ceremony (in church or on location):      Prelude       Processional       Short Interludes       Solo/Duet Accompaniment       Recessional

Cocktail Hour        Reception

Shown below are the most popular picks for music, and I’m always interested in adding to the lists.  In fact, I may already play something else you have in mind, or, with at least four weeks’ advance notice, it can be arranged!  See my solo repertoire page, and be sure contact me about a piece you’d like apart from that list.


Rehearsal Dinner

Anything from Bach to bluegrass!  Visit here for repertoire ideas, and be sure contact me about a piece you’d like.

 


Prelude Music

Most preludes last about 15 minutes, and I play several selections.  Playing longer usually means that to an empty hall, unless your guests are big-time, music lovers, in which case you should definitely let me know!

Hammered Dulcimer Preludes

TitleComposer
Amazing GraceNew Britain
Edelweiss ("The Sound of Music")Rodgers and Hammerstein
The Frog Galliard (funny title, great piece!)John Dowland
*Flute Clock Sonata, Set II, no. 2 G. F. Handel
*Minuet in GJ. S. Bach
My Ain HooseScottish waltz
Nan's WaltzPat Shaw
*Pastorale Symphony (Messiah)G. F. Handel
Prelude (Cello Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007)J.S. Bach
*Ronde/Hupfauf (1556)Tielman Susato
SarabandeA. Corelli
Si bheag, si mohrTurlough O’Carolan
*Silent NightFranz Gruber
Wondrous Lovefrom  The Southern Harmony,  1835

See also my solo repertoire list, or contact me about a piece you’d like.

Diatonic Autoharp Preludes

TitleComposer
Am Buaichaille Ban (The Fair Shepherd)Scottish
Amazing GraceNew Britain
GreensleevesEnglish
Minuet in G (different from that in the previous section)J.S. Bach
Morning Has BrokenBunessan
O’Carolan’s ConcertoT. O’Carolan
Planxty Fanny PowerT. O’Carolan
The RoseAmanda McBroom
The Shepherd’s WifeScottish
Si bheag, si mohrTurlough O’Carolan
SouthwindTraditonal

See also my solo repertoire list, or contact me about a piece you’d like.

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Processional (choose one)

Everyone needs to get into the ceremony space somehow!   The most popular picks are:

TitleComposer
Canon in D major (dulcimer w/ piano or guitar)Johann Pachelbel
Gymnopedie No. 1 (dulcimer w/ piano or guitar)Eric Satie
The Maid in the Moon (autoharp)English country-dance tune
Princess Royal (one of 16 variants; for autoharp)English country-dance tune
Robbie Robertson’s March (autoharp)Lucille Reilly
Rigaudon (dulcimer with keyboard)Henry Purcell
Trumpet Voluntary in D major (dulcimer)  ♫Jeremiah Clarke

See also my solo repertoire page, or contact me about a piece you’d like apart from that list.

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Short Interludes

These are optional and relatively brief when needed, lasting 30-60 seconds before or after a prayer or the vows, during a candle ceremony, etc.  A hymn or short folk tune is suitable, or I am able to improvise.

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Solos or Duets with Dulcimer or Autoharp Accompaniment

Please mention your need for solo accompaniment when you contact me.  Due to range/key limitations on both the dulcimer and diatonic autoharp, the key may have to be changed, or the piece may not be possible.  I will do everything possible to make your choice(s) work!

TitleComposer
Ave Maria (in G major, cp)Charles Gounod
The Lord’s Prayer (in D major, cp)A. H. Malotte
Sabbath Prayer (Fiddler on the Roof; in A minor, cp)J. Bock
The Wedding Song (There Is Love; in G or D major, cp)Paul Stookey
Pie Jesu  (Requiem;  in G major; SS, cp)Andrew Lloyd Webber

See also my solo repertoire list, or contact me about a piece you’d like apart from that list.

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Recessional (choose one)

Exit music for at least the principals’ families, possibly followed by choices from my solo dulcimer and autoharp repertoire.

TitleComposer
Your choice of jigs!Traditional (and joyous!)
Joyful, Joyful We Adore TheeL. van Beethoven

See also the processional music list, and my complete solo repertoire page, or contact me about a piece you’d like apart from that list.

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Cocktail Hour

See my solo repertoire page for music ideas, and be sure to contact me about a piece you’d like apart from that list.


Reception

Everything from elegant dinner music to being part of a contra-dance band with additional instrumentalists.  See my solo repertoire page for music ideas, and be sure to contact me about a piece you’d like apart from the list appearing there.

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