Wedding Music Sneak Peak Ottawa-Gatineau. On May 6 our string duo had the pleasure to perform a wedding ceremony and cocktail reception at the Royal Ottawa Golf Club. This was planned by in house planner Stephanie De Champlain and John King was the officiant.
Wedding Ceremony and Cocktail reception
The ceremony took place in the main lounge of the club, and we were able to quickly move to the Alexa Fraser Lounge for the cocktail reception.
Wedding Ceremony music
The bride and groom chose very traditional wedding music, that really complimented the beautiful surroundings of the golf club. For the prelude we chose a mix of classic and modern repertoire to set the tome for the wedding, and to welcome guests as they took their seats prior to the ceremony. When it was time for the wedding party to begin their walk, our string duo performed Mouret: Rondeau.
Wedding Party Processional: Rondeau by Mouret
Mouret’s “Rondeau” is a timeless piece of music that is often used for wedding processions due to its uplifting and celebratory melody. This composition was originally written for harpsichord in the early 18th century by French composer Jean-Joseph Mouret, but has since been arranged for various instrumental ensembles.
The piece begins with a bold and majestic fanfare that sets the tone for the wedding procession. The joyful and regal melody has a grand and festive quality. The fanfare followed by a more subdued section, where the strings take over and play a slightly slower and more elegant melody. This provides a nice contrast to the initial fanfare and creates a sense of movement and progression.
As the procession enters, the music becomes more energetic and lively, with the brass and strings playing in unison to create a rich and vibrant sound. The harmonies are simple yet effective, with each instrument contributing to the overall texture of the piece. The melody is catchy and memorable, making it the perfect choice for a wedding procession.
One of the great things about Mouret’s “Rondeau” is its versatility. It can also be adapted to fit different tempos, making it suitable for both fast and slow processions. Whether played on a piano, organ, or strings, this piece will add a touch of elegance and grandeur to any wedding ceremony.
Overall, Mouret’s “Rondeau” is an excellent choice for a wedding party processional. Its triumphant melody and festive energy perfectly capture the spirit of the occasion and create a sense of excitement and anticipation as the couple makes their entrance. It is a classic piece of music that will never go out of style, and is sure to delight both the wedding party and guests alike.
Bride’s Processional: Pachelbel’s Canon
Pachelbel’s Canon in D is one of the most beloved and recognizable pieces of classical music, and it is a popular choice for weddings, particularly for the bride’s processional. This beautiful piece of music, originally written for a string ensemble, has been arranged for many different instruments, including the violin and cello duo.
The piece is characterized by its repeating chord progression, which forms the foundation of the melody. The violin and cello play the melody in harmony, creating a rich and sonorous sound that is both uplifting and romantic. The piece begins with a simple and serene introduction, followed by the main theme played by the cello. The violin then joins in, playing a counter-melody that complements the cello’s theme.
Growing sense of passion and excitement
As the bride walks down the aisle, the music becomes more intense and passionate. The harmonies build, layering on top of each other to create a lush and emotional sound. The violin and cello take turns playing the melody and counter-melody, weaving together in a beautiful dance that symbolizes the union of the couple.
One of the reasons why Pachelbel’s Canon in D is so popular for weddings is its timeless beauty. The piece has been performed for centuries, yet it still retains its power to move and inspire. The combination of the violin and cello is particularly well-suited for this piece, as it allows the melody and harmony to blend together in a seamless and harmonious way.
In addition to its beauty, Pachelbel’s Canon in D is also a versatile piece of music that can be adapted to fit different types of weddings. The violin and cello duo is a popular choice for smaller weddings or for couples who prefer a more intimate atmosphere. However, the piece can also be played by a larger string ensemble, providing a grand and majestic sound that is perfect for more formal weddings.
Pachelbel’s Canon in D is a wonderful choice for the bride’s processional, especially when performed by a violin and cello duo. Its romantic and timeless melody captures the essence of the wedding day and creates a beautiful and memorable moment that will be cherished for years to come.
Recessional: Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn
Felix Mendelssohn’s Wedding March is one of the most popular pieces of music for weddings, and it is often used to accompany the bride’s entrance. Originally composed as part of his incidental music for William Shakespeare’s play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” the Wedding March has become synonymous with the joy and celebration of marriage.
When performed as a violin and cello string duo, the piece takes on a new dimension, with the two instruments playing in harmony to create a rich and emotive sound. The piece begins with a stately introduction, played by the cello, before the violin takes up the main melody. The two instruments then alternate, playing variations of the theme and building the energy of the piece.
As the bride makes her entrance, the music becomes more dramatic and emotional. The violin and cello play in unison to create a powerful and moving sound. The harmonies are lush and full, creating a sense of grandeur and majesty that is perfect for the occasion.
Cocktail Hour wedding music Ottawa-Gatineau
Our string duo, performed an upbeat selection of pop music for the cocktail hour. This was held in the Alexa Fraser Lounge of the Ottawa Gold Club.
What string ensembles do you offer?
The solo violin
The smallest bowed string instrument in the violin family is the violin. It is also the quietest instrument, but that does not mean that it cannot produce a sound. Don’t forget that violin soloists regularly perform with a 50-100 piece orchestra. This is in a large hall seating 2000 or more people, and the solo violin can be heard over the entire orchestra, and at the very back of the concert hall. How? This comes down to the skill of the violinist, and positioning. This is why at wedding ceremonies for example we often are quite picky about the exact spot where our violinists and ensembles perform. A single violinist is a great choice indoors at outdoors.
Duo d’Amore’s solo violinist is a great option for those who want live music but have a smaller budget. The solo violinist performs classical pieces, contemporary pieces, and a mix of both. Their music is perfect for wedding ceremonies, cocktail receptions, and intimate dinners.
The solo cello
Like the solo violin, a solo cellist is a great option for slightly smaller wedding ceremonies and receptions. Larger than the violin, it is very resonant, and can play an equally wide range of music. Clients that hire the solo cello and solo violin for weddings and events often have a guest list of under 50. But this not necessarily so.
The violin and cello duo
The violin and cello duo, or string duet, is made up of one violin player and one cello player It is our most requested string ensemble for hire. Having both the violin, which is able to play soaring melodies, and the cello which is able to anchor and often accompany, while having an even larger sound it is no wonder that this is our most popular string ensemble. I like to imagine that the violin is like the right hand of the piano. And the cello is the left had of the piano, together they can play almost anything, and that is another reason that it is our most popular ensembles.
Duo d’Amore’s violin and cello duo is a popular choice for weddings. The duo consists of a violinist and a cellist who play together, creating a beautiful, harmonious sound. The duo’s repertoire includes classical pieces, contemporary pieces, and a mix of both. Their music is perfect for wedding ceremonies, cocktail receptions, and dinner parties.
What size of group/event would you recommend for a violin and cello duo string ensemble?
The short answer is we often recommend the violin and cello duo for between 50-150 guests. But when mic’d, we have performed for over 600, so it all depends. The more that we know about the type of event that you are hosting, the easier it is for us to recommend a string ensemble that will sound the best and fit with the event that you are planning. Contact us here https://duodamore.com/contact-us/
The String Trio
The string trio is made up of the violin and cello, with the addition of a third filler instrument, such as a violin or viola.
What size of group/event would you recommend for a violin and cello duo string ensemble?
This larger string ensemble is suited for events with over 200 guests, and larger venues in general. With a slightly larger sound than the violin and cello duo, the string trio fits right in the middle of the string ensembles that we offer.
String quartet wedding ensembles
Our string quartet is the largest wedding ensemble that we have for hire. The string quartet has a long and rich history. It dates back to the classical period of music in the 18th century. Additionally, during this time, composers such as Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven wrote some of the most famous string quartet works. In the 19th century, the string quartet continued to be an important genre. Composers such as Schubert and Brahms produced some of their most notable works in this format. Also, during this time, the string quartet also began to be used for more private, intimate occasions such as weddings. For all of these events, timing and tempo are crucial. We would be happy to consult with you on planning any one of these.
What cities and areas do we serve?
- Owen Sound
- North Gower
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