Your Wedding Ceremony Guitar Favorites

The List

Here they are, your wedding ceremony guitar favorites:

    1. Canon in D
    2. Air on the G String
    3. You Raise Me Up
    4. Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring
    5. Ave Maria
    6. Ode to Joy
    7. Air (Handel’s Water Music)
    8. The Wedding Song

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Canon in D
Pachelbel’s Canon in D is an example of German baroque music.

He wrote many choral preludes and fugues in both secular and sacred genres earning him an important place among composers before and just beginning 1700.

Although Canon in D maintains huge popularity it is not indicative of much of his other work.

History records that he also had an influence on Bach, (Johann Sebastian)

Air on the G String
The Air on the G String is an adaptation of Johann Sebastian Bach's famous Air. The air should be played slowly and freely, and features an intertwining harmony and melody.

The original piece is part of Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068, written for his patron Prince Leopold sometime between the years 1717 and 1723.

Violinist August Wilhelmj's late 19th century arranged the piece for violin and piano. By transposing the key of the piece from its original D major to C major, he was able to play the whole piece on only the G string of his violin.

That’s how it became known as "Air on the G String", and one of your wedding ceremony guitar favorites.

You Raise Me Up
While it’s popular to have acoustic guitar and no singing, I have to recommend a couple songs that make the list and should be sung.

Originally written as an instrumental piece, entitled “Silent Story”, lyrics were added inspired from the book The Whitest Flower, by the lyricist Brendan Graham. Later in America Josh Groban have popularized “You Raise Me Up” to great song status.

The song sounds great with simple guitar chords - the fewer frills the better. The guitar accompaniment can be sparse and it should carry the vocal melody. I’d suggest that if vocals aren’t your strong point find someone who can help.

Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring
Although credited to Bach, he harmonized the melody written by Johann Schop.

The intent of this cantata movement was not to become one of your wedding ceremony guitar favorites. It was meant to be a hymn for the church and lasted about 20 minutes which was typical of cantatas.

It was one of about 200 cantatas Back wrote, due to the fact German churches used over 50 cantatas per year in the 1700s.

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Ave Maria
Composed by Franz Schubert, this piece is meditative like a prayer. Latin for Hail Mary, the tune is almost universally recognizable.

You’ll be glad it’s on your list for wedding ceremony guitar favorites.

Ode to Joy
From Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony this classic raises the level of your contribution fitting well in a wedding theme.

Air (Handel’s Water Music)
The "Air" is from the F major suite has become popular with audiences.

All the instruments in the Baroque orchestra were brought onto the King's boat, except the harpsichord since it was too big.

The instruments include: Two horns, two oboes, one bassoon and the strings.

The "Water Music" is divided into three suites: 1. Suite in F major, HWV 348 2. Suite in D major, HWV 349 3. Suite in G major, HWV 350

Although no set order exists for which to play first, it is recorded that the quiet sections were played when the orchestra’s boat was next to the King’s boat and the louder, quicker passages were played when the boats moved apart from each other.

History has recorded this as some of Handel’s most well-known orchestra music.

The Wedding Song (There Is Love)
Written and recorded in 1971 by Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary, featured on Stookey's first solo album, Paul and..., it was moderately successful as a single, but became one of your wedding ceremony guitar favorites.

The lyric has a timeless message about the newlywed’s celebration of love and the joy of knowing that God is present in their union:

He is now to be among you at the calling of your hearts. ... The union of your spirits here has caused Him to remain, for whenever two or more of you are gathered in His name, there is love.

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