I recently provided the prelude, processional, recessional, and postlude music for the Catholic wedding of a percussionist friend in southern Connecticut. I had performed as part of a marimba quartet for a wedding, but never as an unaccompanied soloist. I was given complete autonomy regarding my literature choices with one exception – Pachelbel's Canon for the bridal processional.
The wedding was lovely. The weekend was great fun. And I learned a few things. Here are 10 of them:
- Connecticut drivers are fast and reckless.
- There is a law in CT allowing passengers to consume alcoholic beverages.
- In related news, Stratford, CT needs to stop trying to make craft beer (or maybe they need to just try a lot harder).
- You only have to drive 7 minutes down the road and you're in a new town/city. Seriously, the hotel, church, rehearsal dinner, & reception were all in different towns.
- Not everyone shares my need to score their wedding like a movie soundtrack. My wedding was in October 2013 and I arranged all of the ceremony music for flute, cello, & marimba. I think I was more concerned with the timing of the music than remembering my vows. Yes, I have issues.
- The following marimba pieces are perfect for wedding prelude music: A Cricket Sang and Set the Sun, True Colours, The Offering, Piacer d'Amor, Memories of the Seashore, opening chorale to the Ewazen Concerto, etc. (see the full wedding playlist below)
- There are apparently some misconceptions about the marimba. Both the pastor and the organist/cantor were concerned I would be playing a bunch of pop music (e.g. The Beatles).
- Improvisation (spontaneous composition) is a good skill to have when the ceremony inexplicably starts 12 minutes late.
- Beethoven's "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee" in a lively 7/8 works beautifully as a recessional. It does, however, encourage a slightly lopsided gait.
- This one I learned at my own wedding... Brides are ALWAYS right.
- The Offering - Michael Burritt
- Concerto for Marimba, Mvt. I Opening Chorale - Eric Ewazen
- Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - J.S. Bach/arr. N. Daughtrey
- One Hand, One Heart - Bernstein/arr. N. Daughtrey
- Opening - Philip Glass
- Piacer D'Amor - Giovanni Martini/Keiko Abe
- True Colours (first 1-1/2 pages played calmly) - John Thrower
- Una Limosnita por Amor de Dios - Barrios/adapt. N. Daughtrey
- La Catedral - Barrios/adapt. N. Daughtrey
- 'Andante' from A Minor Violin Sonata - J.S. Bach
- Transformation of Pachelbel's Canon - Pachelbell/arr. N. Mimura
- Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee - Beethoven/arr. N. Daughtrey (Sacred Marimbist, Book 2)
- Amazing Grace - arr. Nathan Daughtrey (Sacred Marimbist, Book 2)
- A Cricket Sang and Set the Sun - Blake Tyson
- All Creatures of Our God & King - arr. Nathan Daughtrey (Sacred Marimbist, Book 2)
- Land - Takatsugu Muramatsu