This fall, my flute and harp duo was hired to play for an elegant fall dinner for the Swiss American Friendship Society. Cocktails and dinner took place at the charming Wellshire Event Center in Denver, Colorado. The Wellshire Event Center is situated on a golf course and has a quaint German feel that isn’t too common in Denver.
My flute and harp delighted the guests with a mix of elegant classical, jazz, and ballads as the guests enjoyed cocktails. The room was charmingly decorated with fall decor and candles. Many of the guests were excited to have the opportunity to hear a concert harp so close up, and the beautiful instrument added the the elegance of the room. The music of my flute soared over the harp as I played well-loved melodies.
It was a chilly late summer morning when I left my house to play my flute for a wedding at Mount Princeton Hot Springs. The drive took me quickly into the mountains and even though it was a long drive, the scenery was so beautiful that the time flew by. The changes in the location and elevation continually brought new vistas. Sometimes I drove thorough deep pine forests and at other times I was surrounded by airy aspen trees, their brilliant yellow leaves sparkling in the bright autumn sunshine. At other times, there were low scrub lands or open grassy areas that stretched for miles, reminding me of the Colorado plains.
The wedding venue and lawn at Mount Princeton Hot Springs had the feeling of grandeur. During the day, the reception hall was lit with golden sunlight coming through the many high windows, and at night the indoor lights shone out, illuminating the entire building. The hall opened out to a large sloping lawn with perfectly manicured emerald green grass. A river ran behind the ceremony site making a beautiful musical song that added to the ambiance of the location. The backdrop for this scene were the strangely white Chalk Cliffs that glowed in the sunshine. There was also a great view of Mount Princeton and Mt. Antero, dark with pines.
The sun shone in the bright blue sky and it was a beautiful day for an outdoor wedding ceremony. It was extremely windy, so I used my Bose amplification system to make sure that our flute and harp duo would be easily heard above the wind. We serenaded the guests with elegant classical music as they arrived and then we played for the processional. The bride came riding up in a fairy tale-like Cinderella carriage that was pulled by a white horse while we played “Beauty and the Beast”. The ceremony was incredibly romantic and there were many happy tears.
After the ceremony, we played for the cocktail hour indoors. We played a selection of contemporary and jazz style romantic songs that worked beautifully for flute and harp and complemented the theme of the wedding. The decorations inside were stunning and flowers were everywhere. The tall windows at the back of the building boasted a grand view of the chalk cliffs. I won’t forget this fairy tale wedding!
Prelude Music Sample:
Sheep May Safely Graze (Bach), Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee (Beethoven), Meditation from Thais (Massenet)
Wedding Ceremony Music Sample:
A Thousand Years (Christina Perri) ~ Bridesmaids and Groomsmen, Flower Girl
Beauty and the Beast ~ Bride
Tree Planting Ceremony ~ What a Wonderful World
I’m Yours (Jason Mraz) ~ Recessional
Cocktail Hour Music Sample:
Moon River, Someone to Watch Over Me (Gershwin), Over the Rainbow, The Ludlows from Legends of the Fall, The Swan (Saint Saens), Simple Gifts, Love is Here to Stay (Gershwin), Unforgettable (Sinatra), It Had to Be You (Sinatra)
Are you selecting songs for your wedding this year? Or are you planning a romantic event such as an anniversary or engagement? With all the decisions that you have to make in planning a wedding or event and so many options for music, it’s helpful to start with some great ideas. These songs are are compilation of some of the most romantic wedding songs for 2017. Some of these songs are new and some are classics that have endured the test of time, and all of them are songs that we have in our repertoire.
In addition to the song selections on my repertoire list, I also love arranging new songs and can create custom arrangements for your wedding or event. I’d love to hear your ideas for songs, and even if you think they’re a little out there, I can usually make an arrangement that will work beautifully. CONTACT me today and let’s chat about your ideas.
All of Me (John Legend)
Best Instruments: My flute and piano/keyboard duo is the perfect combination for this song with the flute taking the place of the vocals. Violin also sounds great as a replacement for the vocal line.
Best Instruments: The flute can beautifully replace the vocals in this song and piano/keyboard or guitar easily replaces the background chords and rhythms.
A Thousand Years (Christina Perri)
Best Instruments: This song sounds wonderful with my flute and piano/keyboard duo, string quartet, or flute quartet.
Bittersweet Symphony (The Verve)
Best Instruments: This very orchestral song works well with with my string quartet or flute quartet.
Can’t Help Falling in Love (Elvis)
Best Instruments: My flute and guitar duo or flute and piano duo is a perfect fit for this song with the flute taking the place of the vocals and the guitar or piano playing the background.
In My Life (Beatles)
Best Instruments: My flute and guitar duo is a perfect fit for this song.
Just the Way You Are (Bruno Mars)
Best Instruments: My flute and guitar duo is great for this song because the flute can replace the complex vocals and the guitar will provide a solid chord structure and rhythm underneath.
Make You Feel My Love (Adele)
Best Instruments: My flute and piano/keyboard duo or violin and piano duo is perfect for this song. It also works really well with my flute quartet or string quartet.
Reign of Love (Coldplay)
Best Instruments: This song sounds great with my flute and piano duo, flute trio, string trio, flute quartet, or string quartet. The flute is a great replacement for the vocals in this song.
The Way You Look Tonight (Frank Sinatra):
Best Instruments: My flute and guitar duo is a great fit for this song.
Twist and Shout (Beatles):
Best Instruments: My flute and guitar duo is the best combination for this song.
Best Instruments: This classic song sounds best with my flute and guitar duo, flute quartet, or string quartet, all of which help to fill in the complex chords.
Viva La Vida (Coldplay)
Best Instruments: This very orchestral based song sounds great with my flute quartet or string quartet.
What a Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)
Best Instruments: You can’t beat the Louis Armstrong version of this classic song. The best ensembles are the flute to imitate Louis’ husky voice, accompanied by guitar, harp or piano/keyboard.
Recently, our flute and harp duo played for a Camelot party at Brookdale, Greenwood Village, a senior living center near Denver, Colorado. Our duo played a mix of traditional Renaissance music and music from “Camelot” the musical. We played as the guests enjoyed their food and socialized.
The Simple Joys of Maidenhood from Camelot, A Scots Tune, Follow me up to Carlow, I Loved You Once in Silence from Camelot, The Ash Grove, Alamande IV, Camelot from Camelot, The Minstrel Boy, We be Soldiers Three, How to Handle a Woman from Camelot, Now is the Month of Maying
In late summer our flute and harp duo played for a wedding ceremony at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado. This busy destination bride relied on her mom to handle most of her wedding planning and her mom did an amazing job with everything including the timeline, decor, and last minute details. The ceremony was outdoors on the patio, and as the guests arrived in shuttles, our duo greeted them with classical music to set the mood. At the bride’s request, we finished with “The Lord’s Prayer” right before the ceremony began. After the ceremony, we moved indoors to play a mix of classical and contemporary music during the cocktail hour.
Sample Prelude Music:
Adagio (Bach), Sheep May Safely Graze (Bach), Piano Concerto No. 21 (Mozart), Arioso (Bach), The Lord’s Prayer (Malotte)
Wedding Ceremony Music:
Hornpipe (Purcell) ~ Family and wedding party
Canon in D (Pachelbel) ~ Bride
Meditation from Thais ~ Knot tying ceremony
Simple Gifts ~ Recessional
Sample Cocktail Hour Music:
Clair De Lune (Debussy), Flower Duet (Delibes), The Days of Wine and Roses (Mancini), Minuet of the Blessed Spirits (Gluck), La Vie En Rose (Louis Armstrong), Someone to Watch Over Me (Gershwin), Over the Rainbow, Largo from the Four Seasons (Vivaldi), When I Fall in Love, The Swan (Saint Saens)
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Several years ago, I shocked the mother of a bride during our wedding music consultation by suggesting that our flute and harp duo play “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” at her daughter’s wedding ceremony. She had requested worshipful songs including hymns and traditional classical music, and being unfamiliar with this traditional wedding favorite, she thought the title seemed just a bit scandalous. Perhaps I should have instead asked if she wanted to hear the final movement from Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Herz und Mund und Tat”, or “Heart and Mouth and Deeds and Life”, written for church services in Lepzig:
Jesus remains my joy,
my heart’s comfort and essence,
Jesus resists all suffering,
He is my life’s strength,
my eye’s desire and sun,
my soul’s love and joy;
so will I not leave Jesus
out of heart and face.
“Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” was originally written for a choir, strings, trumpets, and bassoon, and the melody that we are so familiar with today was played by the violins. The English version that we most commonly associate with this melody, and from which today’s title is derived, is quite different from the literal translation:
Jesu, joy of man’s desiring,
Holy wisdom, love most bright;
Drawn by Thee, our souls aspiring
Soar to uncreated light.
Word of God, our flesh that fashioned,
With the fire of life impassioned,
Striving still to truth unknown,
Soaring, dying round Thy throne.
Through the way where hope is guiding,
Hark, what peaceful music rings;
Where the flock, in Thee confiding,
Drink of joy from deathless springs.
Theirs is beauty’s fairest pleasure;
Theirs is wisdom’s holiest treasure.
Thou dost ever lead Thine own
In the love of joys unknown.
Listen our version of “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” for flute and harp on my ensembles page.
The following is a list wedding processional music that I have handpicked and compiled for 2013. Some of these songs are new and some are old friends paying a return visit, but all of these songs will sound great with the flute.
Classical Wedding Processional Music Ideas:
Classical music sounds great with flute and harp, flute and guitar, solo flute, flute and cello, flute and violin, and flute and strings trios and quartets. Visit my Ensembles page for music samples.
Alla Hornpipe (Handel)
Bridal Chorus (Wagner)
Canon in D (Pachelbel)
Chorale from Cantata No. 147 (JS Bach)
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (JS Bach)
Overture from Royal Fireworks Music (Handel)
Spring from The Four Seasons (Vivaldi)
Te Deum (Marc-Antoine Charpentier)
Trumpet Tune (Purcell)
Trumpet Voluntary (Clarke)
Water Music — Selections (Handel)
Wedding March from a Midsummer Night’s Dream (Mendelssohn)
Wedding March from The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart)
Largo from Winter from The Four Seasons (Vivaldi)
Contemporary Wedding Processional Music Ideas:
These contemporary music selections will sound great with flute and harp, flute and guitar, and flute and string trios and quartets. Visit my Ensembles page for more about these ensembles.
All You Need is Love – The Beatles
At Last – Etta James
Bless the Broken Road – Rascal Flatts
Come Away with Me – Norah Jones
Endless Love – Lionel Richie
Edelweiss – Rodgers/Hammerstein
Falling In Love At a Coffeeshop – Landon Pigg
Fields of Gold – Sting
From This Moment On – Cole Porter
Have I Told You Lately – Rod Stewart
In My Life – Lennon/McCartney
I Will be Here – Steven Curtis Chapman
Legend of Zelda Selections
The Ludlows from Legends of the Fall
Moon River –from Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Reign of Love – Coldplay
She – Elvis Costello
Smile – Uncle Kracker
Sunshine of my Life – Stevie Wonder
This Year’s Love – David Gray
The Wedding from Legends of the Fall
Whatever it is – Zac Brown Band
What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
When I Fall in Love – Nat King Cole
When You Say Nothing At All – Alison Krauss
Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
You are the Sunshine of my Life – Stevie Wonder
If you are planning a Christmas party this year, what better way to add to the festive atmosphere than live Christmas music ? All of our ensembles have a large Christmas repertoire. This is the time of year when December dates begin filling up, so book soon to ensure our availability.
This Saturday I enjoyed playing flute for a wedding at Mosteller Mansion with a wonderful harpist, Jennie Eggleston. It was my first time playing with Jennie and working with her was a pleasure. Jennie’s blog about her performances inspired me to write about my own performances in the future as well.
Our Saturday drive to Mosteller Mansion became very stormy with impressive clouds and wind. Because of the rain, we played our prelude indoors as the wedding guests waited out the bad weather. Just in time for the wedding ceremony, the rain stopped and the bride and groom enjoyed a beautiful outdoor wedding like they had planned. The attendants stood on an elegant curving stairways encircling the bride and groom for a grand effect.
The bride chose a combination of hymns and classical music for the prelude, and traditional music for the ceremony:
Prelude ~ Praise to the Lord, Fairest Lord Jesus, On Wings of Song (Mendelssohn), Finlandia (Sibelius), Ode to Joy (Beethoven), Largo (Handel), Sweet Hour of Prayer, Entr’acte from Carmen (Bizet), The Way That He Loves (Mercer), Air from Water Music (Handel), Arioso (Bach)
Seating of Grandparents and Mothers ~ Trumpet Voluntary (Purcell)
Attendant’s Processional ~ Canon in D (Pachelbel)
Bridal Processional ~ Ave Maria (Bach)
Recessional ~ Simple Gifts (American Traditional)
Postlude ~ Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (Bach)