Friday, April 29, 2011

Royal Wedding Music

Choosing music was one of the best things about planning our wedding.  I loved it.  But our job was simple compared to the task of choosing the music for today's royal wedding.  Factbox has published the list of music that Prince William and Kate have chosen, which is 26 pieces long!

In case you miss the big affair, or if you would like to listen to some of the music again (though by different artists), here are arrangements of several of the pieces which I found on YouTube, while sipping on tea with milk and munching on scones and clotted cream.  They are in order of their appearance throughout the wedding.  Hope you enjoy them!

Sonata for Organ Op. 28 (Allegro maestoso and Allegretto) by Edward Elgar, one of the pieces before the wedding.

Farewell to Stromness by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, an orchestral piece before the wedding.

I Was Glad by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, the bride's processional.

The second hymn in the ceremony, Love Divine All Love Excelling, words by Charles Wesley, music by William Penfro Rowlands.

Fanfare, called Valiant and Brave, specially composed for this service by Wing Commander Duncan Stubbs.  Meet the trumpeters of the Central Band who will be playing this fanfare.

Crown Imperial by William Walton, the recessional for the procession of the bride and bridegroom.

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