June seems so far away, but not when you compare it to the person whose anniversary it is today-today is the 309th anniversary of the death of Johann Pachelbel, the composer of the famous Canon, and lesser know gigue (or as we know it ‘jig’, a dance popular in the baroque). But this is getting far off the mark in terms of Denise and Jason’s wonderful catholic wedding ceremony at St Josephs’ Church in Calgary.
As the ceremony was catholic, we had the opportunity to perform some amazing and traditional wedding songs that work perfectly, and like Pachelbel Canon are well loved. Prior to the ceremony, we also performed a mixture of some soft and more upbeat classical music, before starting the music for the bridesmaids. As the first bridesmaid took a step and walked down the aisle, we performed Charpentier’s regal and almost march-like Prelude from TeDeum, an early hymn that is quite upbeat. This was followed by Pachelbel’s Canon for the bride. As this was a full mass, we also performed Bach’s Wachet Auf or Sleeper’s Awake for communion and followed that up with a perennial Bach favorite, Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring. As the priest pronounced them husband and wife our final piece of ceremony music performance was Handel’s glorious second hornpipe from the watermusik.
Bridesmaid processional: Charpentier prelude from TeDeum
Bride processional: Pachelbel canon in D
Communion: Bach Wachet auf (sleepers awake)
Signing: Bach Jesu Joy of mans desiring
Recessional: Handel hornpipe II from water music
Calgary wedding photographers, and photo credit – Christina & Nathan
Venue – Calgary Italian Club
Decor – Teal with Reflections Weddings
Wedding ceremony musicians Calgary: Duo d’Amore-violin and cello duos, string trios and string quartets