One of my favorite ensembles is our Acoustic Quartet. Comprised of violin, piano, cello and guitar or bass, the ensemble stands out for it’s ease at creating endless combinations of diverse texture and style.
On the day we performed at this wedding pre-ceremony, ceremony and cocktail hour, it was so hot that I was really worried the groomsmen were going to pass out! As it turned out they were almost all police officers so I guess they were accustomed to dark clothing in hot weather. I was really proud of our quartet because we stayed focused in spite of the heat AND the bees that kept circling around our heads. It was only after the event concluded that we realized that there was a nest up in the umbrella that was providing our shade! Any ensemble can go into a recording studio and come out with a decent sounding song but unless you’re getting married in a sound booth, you need music that will sound great in the actual setting!
The first sample is of Pachelbel’s Canon in D. Canon is one of the most sought after pieces of Classical music in the modern wedding ceremony and if an ensemble can’t do it justice. . .or more accurately, won’t… then you should look to a different company. Because this piece is SO iconic, all of our ensembles have it in the repertoire.
Effesenden Music’s Canon in D (Pachelbel’s Canon) — Acoustic Fiddle Version
Effesenden Music’s Canon in D (Piano, Guitar, Violin, Cello) LIVE
Effesenden Music’s Canon in D (Strings) Classical, Traditional Version
Another selection that this beautiful couple made is one of my absolute favorite Classical pieces: it’s actually an operatic duet for two sopranos but we have arranged it for violin and cello with accompaniment. It’s popularly known as the “Flower Duet” from the Delibes opera Lakme.
Flower Duet from Lakme (Acoustic Quartet) Live –featuring violin & cello with guitar & piano accompaniment
Sometimes a fusion of styles is nice. In this sample, we’ve combined jazz and classical influences for the gorgeous piece Pavane pour une enfante defunte by Maurice Ravel. Ravel has been one of my very favorite composers since I was a kid in youth symphony. This Pavane (which is a stylized dance) is mysterious and elegant and totally great for weddings or really any time you want to enjoy beautiful music!
I would be remiss not to send a huge shout out to Rick Whitehead of Bass is Loaded DJ service. He recorded all of the song samples you are hearing on this post at the wedding. This AMAZING wedding professional single handedly and wirelessly made the ceremony and reception sound wonderful. He was so helpful and did not miss a single detail—even attending the rehearsal to help with the minor last minute details. I have seen Rick at multiple weddings in the last few years and cannot recommend his work highly enough!!!