Prelude on the Mountain

Yesterday was a cooker but we had a great time playing at the Resort at the Mountain.  This beautiful couple gave us a lot of liberty in our musical selections, we knew that the general vibe they wanted was classical music for prelude and pop and bluegrass for the cocktail hour.  I opted to enlist our string trio with guitar and was greatly aided by the musical talents of Erin Green (viola), Dylan Rieck (cello) and Nate Macy (guitar).

This type of ensemble is probably my favorite to write for because of the wide range of styles it can accommodate. I love to write string harmonies and it’s great working with Erin and Dylan because they can also improvise and add their own touches to the music. BTW, Dylan is new to the Pacific Northwest–we just shipped him in from that great musical mecca Austin!  He’s a lovely player and wonderful person.  And you should check out his site:  www.dylanrieck.com.

 

 

A Little Pop Strings For You Today

There’s such a trend now for couples to choose contemporary music for their wedding in addition to or instead of the more traditional classical pieces.  Because there are few things I love more than creating new musical arrangements, it’s a trend I hope stays around!

Today I wanted to share some video from a wedding we performed for at Portland’s Lan Su Chinese Gardens (which by the way is an incredible place to visit if you are exploring our fine city.)

This video features our Acoustic Trio, comprised of Violin, Guitar & Cello playing ithe Guns N’ Roses tune Sweet Child of Mine.

Enjoy!

Effesenden String Trio in Action Performing in California Wine Country

This past weekend we had the privilege of performing for a gorgeous wedding in Calistoga, CA. We put together this little trailer to give a visual on the trio and what goes into preparing to play. I recorded audio of our music as well and will share that soon.

Effesenden Acoustic Trio Plays Hoyt Arboretum Ceremony: Junebug Weddings Takes Note

Okay.  I kind of couldn’t believe it when there, in my inbox yesterday, sat a message saying “Effesenden Music has been published on Junebug Weddings!”  I’m forever marveling at the beauty and creativity of the weddings we are privileged to perform for but it’s something extra special when the national wedding community takes notice as was the case when Junebug Weddings did a spot on this gorgeous ceremony at Hoyt Arboretum in July.

I loved this wedding because as a true Oregonian, all things outdoors and tree related are close to my heart… and then I have this alter ego as a professional classically trained violinist so when the two combine:  playing beautiful acoustic music in a gorgeous Pacific Northwest Forest for people who obviously dig the outdoors… well, I’m a lucky lady.

I have to add, that this photo that Aaron Courter took has got to be the most awesome bridal party shot ever taken.  Love it!

Our playlist for the day included a lot of Americana music in combination with some classic recognizable numbers by Elton John, Sting and the Beatles.  Their processional choice:  James Taylor’s Copperline was one of my favorite songs to arrange this summer.  I wish I could put a link here to our rendition but we were not able to obtain copyright permission to stream this particular song… so I’ll give you a youtube video of THE MAN himself performing it:

Our ensemble consisted of Violin, Cello and Acoustic Guitar.  One cool thing is that we actually did not use any amplification and the sound still carried beautifully.  I always want the sound to be its best but sometimes it’s unfortunate when one is playing in such an organic, natural setting to then have to add chords and cables of the sound system.  For a wedding the size of this one… less than 100 guests, it was just perfect.  I’ll be posting some of our recording from the day soon. . .so be sure and check the Listen page on our website if you want to explore the live recordings from our recent weddings.

Sneak Peak: 2013 Updated Effesenden Music Repertoire

CLASSICAL QUARTET PLAYING ROCK & POP

  1. All My Life (KC & Jo Jo)
  2. Are You Gonna Be My Girl? (Jet)
  3. Augusta (Theme song from PGA Masters)
  4. All You Need is Love (Beatles)
  5. Back in Black (AC/DC)
  6. Beautiful Day (U2)
  7. Big Me (Foo Fighters)
  8. Bittersweet Symphony (Verve Pipe)
  9. Blitzkrieg Bop (The Ramones)
  10. Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen)
  11. The Book of Love (Peter Gabriel)
  12. Breathe Me (Sia)
  13. Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You (Frankie Valli)
  14. Clocks (Coldplay)
  15. Don’t Stop Believing (Journey)
  16. Fake Plastic Trees (Radiohead)
  17. Flashing Lights (Kanye West)
  18. From This Moment (Shania Twain)
  19. Dust in the Wind (Kansas)
  20. Everlong (Foo Fighters)
  21. Good Life (Kanye West)
  22. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Elton John)
  23. Gypsy (Fleetwood Mac)
  24. Hallelujah (Leonard Kohn)
  25. Here Comes Your Man (The Cure)
  26. Here There & Everywhere (Beatles)
  27. Hey Ya (Outkast)
  28. How It Ends (Devotchka)
  29. I Want to Rock & Roll All Night (KISS)
  30. If I Fell (Beatles)
  31. I’ll Stand By You (Carrie Underwood)
  32. In My Life (Beatles)
  33. Karma Chameleon (Culture Club)
  34. Kids (MGMT)
  35. Linus & Lucy (Peanuts)
  36. Love Song (the Cure)
  37. Love Story (Taylor Swift)
  38. Lovers in Japan (Coldplay)
  39. Marching Bands of Manhattan (Death Cab)
  40. Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters (Elton John)
  41. Moon River (Henry Mancini)
  42. My Girl (Temptations/Michael Jackson)
  43. One & Only (Adele)
  44. Rocket Man (Elton John)
  45. Roxanne (the Police)
  46. Sex on Fire (Kings of Leon)
  47. Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana)
  48. Something (Beatles)
  49. Starlight (Muse)
  50. Such Great Heights (the Postal Service)
  51. Sugar We’re Goin’ Down (Fallout Boy)
  52. Sunday Bloody Sunday (U2)
  53. Sweetest Tabu (Sade)
  54. Thank You (Dido)
  55. Time to Pretend (MGMT)
  56. Use Somebody (Kings of Leon)
  57. Viva La Vida (Coldplay)
  58. Where the Streets Have No Name (U2)
  59. White Wedding (Billy Idol)
  60. Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd)
  61. World at Large (Modest Mouse)
  62. You Make Lovin’ Fun (Fleetwood Mac)
  63. You Shook Me All Night Long (AC/DC)
  64. Your Love is King (Sade)
  65. Your Song (Elton John)            

CLASSICAL-Baroque & Classic Era (Traditional, Elegant Classical Music)

  1. Air on the G String (Bach)
  2. Airioso (Bach)
  3. Ave Maria (Bach)
  4. Bist du Bei Mir (Bach)
  5. Badinerie from Suite #2 in B Minor (Bach)
  6. Brandenburg Concertos No 3–First & Third Movements (Bach)
  7. Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring (Bach)
  8. Sheep May Safely Graze (Bach)
  9. Wachet Auf (Bach)
  10. Minuet in G (Beethoven)
  11. Ode to Joy (Beethoven)
  12. Te Deum (Charpentier)
  13. Trumpet Voluntary (Clarke)
  14. Concerto Grosso No. 10 in A Minor (Corelli)
  15. Aria (Handel)
  16. Aria from Xerxes (Handel)
  17. Chamber Suite in D (Handel)
  18. Entrance of the Queen of Sheba (Handel)
  19. Sarabande from Suite #4 in D Minor (Handel)
  20. Water Music Suite in D & Suite in F (Handel)
  21. Presto from String Quartet in F Op 74 (Haydn)
  22. Divertimento No 1 in D Major (Mozart)
  23. Divertimento No 2 in Bb Major (Mozart)
  24. Divertimento No 3 in F Major (Mozart)
  25. Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Mozart)
  26. Rondeau (Mauret)
  27. Canon in D (Pachelbel)
  28. Hornpipe (Purcell)
  29. Trumpet Tune (Purcell)
  30. Concerto For Two Violins (Vivaldi)
  31. Concerto Grosso in D Minor Op. 3 (Vivaldi)
  32. Concerto Grosso No. 1 (Vivaldi)
  33. Concerto in D Minor (Vivaldi)
  34. The Four Seasons Spring—Allegros 1 & 3 (Vivaldi)

CLASSICAL –Romantic, Impressionist, Nationalist & 20th Century Era
(Romantic, Lush, Dramatic & Expressive Melodies)

  1. Carmen Entracte (Bizet)
  2. La Troupe (Bizet)
  3. Excerpts from Polovetsian Dance from Prince Igor (Borodin)
  4. Theme from First Symphony (Brahms)
  5. Appalachian Spring—excerpts (Copeland)
  6. Claire de Lune (Debussy)
  7. Divertissement Pizzicati from Sylvia (Delibes)
  8. Flower Duet from Lakme (Delibes)
  9. Apres un Reve (Faure)
  10. Berceuse from “Dolly” Suite, Op. 56 (Faure)
  11. Andaluza (Granados)
  12. Holberg Suite for String Orchestra (Grieg)
  13. I Love Thee (Grieg)
  14. Theme from Jupiter from The Planets (Holst)
  15. Berecuse (Ilyinski)
  16. Waltz from the Waves of the Blue Danube (Ivanovici)
  17. Liebestraum (Liszt)
  18. To a Wild Rose (MacDowell)
  19. Scherzo from Midsummer Night’s Dream (Mendelssohn)
  20. Wedding March from Midsummer Night’s Dream (Mendelssohn)
  21. Adagio from Octet in F Major Op. 166 (Schubert)
  22. Andante from String Quartet in A Minor Op. 29 (Schubert)
  23. Ave Maria (Schubert)
  24. Moment Musical from Op. 94 (Schubert)
  25. Traumerie from Kindercenen Op 15 (Schumann)
  26. The Swan (Le Cygne) (Saint’Saens)
  27. Theme from Finlandia (Sibelius)
  28. Czardas from Swan Lake (Tchaikovsky)
  29. Dance of the Swans from Swan Lake (Tchaikovsky)
  30. Scene (Pas de deux) from Swan Lake (Tchaikovsky)
  31. Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin (Wagner)

WORLD MUSIC, JAZZ, MOVIE THEMES

  1. At Last  (Etta James)
  2. Be Thou My Vision (Irish Hymn)
  3. Bicycle Built for Two
  4. Come What May (Moulan Rouge)
  5. Emma Theme (Emma)
  6. Heliotrope (Joplin)
  7. The Kiss  (Last of the Mohicans)
  8. La Vie En Rose (Edith Piaf)
  9. Let Me Call You Sweetheart
  10. Meant to Be (Timer)
  11. Now We Are Free (Gladiator)
  12. Pavane (Orlando)
  13. She (Knotting Hill)
  14. Shine on Harvest Moon
  15. Somewhere Over the Rainbow
  16. Storybook Love (The Princess Bride)
  17. Tango Music: Csardas
  18. Tango Music:  Fandango in D Minor
  19. Tango Music:  Rhumba
  20. Tango Music:  Serenata in G
  21. Tango Music:  “Chromatique” in D Minor
  22. Wedding Processional (The Sound of Music)
  23. You Made Me Love You
  24. Your Song (Moulan Rouge)

END OF CLASSICAL STRINGS SECTION

ACOUSTIC  ENSEMBLE MUSIC

CLASSIC ROCK

  1. All You Need is Love (Beatles)
  2. And I Love Her (Beatles)
  3. The Book of Love (Peter Gabriel)
  4. Don’t Stop Believing (Journey…Glee)
  5. Here, There & Everywhere (Beatles)
  6. In My Life (Beatles)
  7. Jump Jive & Wail (Big Bad Voodoo Daddies)
  8. Have I Told You Lately
  9. How Sweet it is (James Taylor & Marvin Gaye)
  10. Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear (Elvis)
  11. The Longest Time (Billy Joel)
  12. Love is All Around (The Troggs)–from the movie Love Actually
  13. Moondance  (Van Morrison)
  14. Mustang Sally
  15. My Girl (Jackson Five)
  16. Take a Chance on Me (ABBA)
  17. Time After Time (Cindy Lauper)
  18. To Make You Feel My Love (Billy Joel, Garth Brooks, Adelle)
  19. True Companion (Mark Kohn)
  20. Oh Darlin’ (Beatles)
  21. Old Time Rock ‘n’ Roll
  22. Pretty Woman (Roy Orbison)
  23. Rock around the Clock
  24. So Happy Together
  25. Stand By Me
  26. Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd)
  27. With a Little Help From My Friends (the Beatles)
  28. Wonderful Tonight (Eric Clapton)
  29. You Are the Sunshine of My Life (Stevie Wonder)
  30. You’re My Best Friend (Queen)
  31. Your Eyes (Peter Gabriel)

FOLK & ACOUSTIC

  1. 3×5 (John Mayer)
  2. Babylon (David Gray)
  3. Better Together (Jack Johnson)
  4. The Blower’s Daughter (Damien Rice)
  5. Breathe Me (Sia)
  6. Come on Get Higher (Matt Nathanson)
  7. Daughters (John Mayer)
  8. Divine Romance (Phil Wickham)
  9. Everlong (Foo Fighters)
  10. Fields of Gold (Sting)
  11. For Baby For Bobbie (John Denver)
  12. Hey There Delilah (Plain White T’s)
  13. Lullaby (Billy Joel)
  14. More Than Life
  15. Out of the Woods (Nickel Creek)
  16. Walking After You (Foo Fighters)
  17. When You Say Nothing at All (Alison Krauss)
  18. You’re Beautiful (James Blunt)

POP & ROCK

  1. Accidentally in Love (Counting Crows)
  2. Beautiful Day (U2)
  3. Bittersweet Symphony (Verve Pipe)
  4. Brighter than Sunshine (Aqualung—from A Lot Like Love)
  5. Chasing Cars (Snow Patrol)
  6. Clocks (Coldplay)
  7. Ice Cream (Sarah Maclachlan)
  8. Life in Technicolor (Coldplay)
  9. Lover Lay Down (Dave Matthews Band)
  10. Love of My Life (Dave Matthews Band/Santana)
  11. Lovers in Japan (Coldplay)
  12. One (U2)
  13. The Scientist (Coldplay)
  14. Up and Away (Dave Matthews Band)
  15. Viva La Vida (Coldplay)
  16. Wonderwall (Oasis & Ryan Adams)

Country

  1. Bless the Broken Road (Rascal Flatts)
  2. Cowboy Take Me Away (Dixie Chicks)
  3. Easy Silence (Dixie Chicks)
  4. I Walk the Line (Johnny Cash)
  5. Love Song (Taylor Swift)
  6. Lullaby (Dixie Chicks)
  7. Making Memories of Us (Keith Urban)

Bluegrass/Celtic/Scottish Fiddle

  1. 1B
  2. After the Battle of Aughrim
  3. Ashokan Farwell (from Ken Burns documentary on Civil War)
  4. The Atholl Highlanders/Johnnie Cope
  5. Banish Misfortune
  6. Be Thou My Vision
  7. Big Country
  8. Blacksmith
  9. Bonaparte Crossing the Rockies
  10. The Bricklayer’s Beautiful Daughter
  11. Butterfly’s Day Out
  12. Caldedonia
  13. Charlie is My Darling
  14. Da White Wife
  15. Devil’s Dream
  16. The Geese in the Bog/Jig of Slurs
  17. Irish Medley
  18. Lover’s Waltz (from the movie Legends of the Fall)
  19. Midnight on the Water
  20. My Love is Like a Red Red Rose
  21. Red River Valley
  22. Second Time Around
  23. Short Trip Home
  24. Sliding Down
  25. Star of the County Down
  26. Vagabond Waltz
  27. Wedding Jig
  28. Wedding Song

SACRED

  1.      All Creatures of Our God and King
  2.      Amazing Grace
  3.      Ave Maria
  4.      Be Thou My Vision
  5.      Brethren We Have Met to Worship
  6.      Come Thou Fount
  7.      Divine Romance (Phil Wickham)
  8.      For the Beauty of the Earth
  9.      Here I Am Lord
  10.     Here I Am to Worship
  11.     Holy Holy Holy
  12.     Holy is the Lord
  13.     How Can I Repay
  14.     How Deep the Father’s Love For Us
  15.     How Great is Our God
  16.     I Have Loved You
  17.     I Will Be Here
  18.     I’ll Fly Away
  19.     Joyful Joyful
  20.    The Lord’s Prayer
  21.    They Will Know We Are Christians By Our Love   
  22.    The Time is Now (Phil Wickham)
  23.    Mass of Creation (Marty Haugen)
  24.    On Eagle’s Wings
  25.    Psalm 128 O Blessed Are Those
  26.    Psalm 145 The Lord is Compassionate
  27.    Servant Song
  28.    You Are Mine
  29.    Your Love is Extravagant

CASABLANCA/FRANK SINATRA/CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD

  1. A Kiss to Build a Dream On
  2. All of You
  3. As Time Goes By
  4. At Last
  5. Bei Mir Bist Du Schon
  6. But Beautiful
  7. Cheek to Cheek
  8. Come Fly With Me
  9. Days of Wine and Roses
  10. Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
  11. Dream a Little Dream
  12. East of the Sun
  13. Embraceable You
  14. Fascination
  15. Fly Me to the Moon
  16. How High the Moon
  17. I’ve Got the World on a String
  18. If I Were a Bell
  19. In a Sentimental Mood
  20. It Don’t Mean a Thing
  21. It Had to Be You
  22. Moon River
  23. My Baby Just Cares for Me
  24. My Favorite Things
  25. My Funny Valentine
  26. My One and Only Love
  27. My Romance
  28. Night and Day
  29. Night in Tunisia
  30. On the Sunny Side of the Street
  31. One Fine Day
  32. Our Love is Here to Stay
  33. Round Midnight
  34. So This is Love
  35. Some Enchanted Evening
  36. Someday My Prince Will Come
  37. Someone to Watch Over Me
  38. Somewhere Over the Rainbow
  39. Summertime
  40. Take Five
  41. The Best is Yet to Come
  42. The Way You Look Tonight
  43. Unforgettable
  44. What a Diff’rence a Day Made
  45. What a Wonderful World
  46. When I Fall In Love
  47. Where or When
  48. You are So Beautiful

ADULT CONTEMPORARY

  1. Angel Eyes (Jim Brickman)
  2. Come Away With Me (Norah Jones)
  3. Don’t Know Why (Norah Jones)
  4. I Will Be Here (Steven Curtis Chapman)
  5. The Love of My Life (Jim Brickman/ Michael W. Smith)
  6. Over the Rainbow
  7. The Prayer (Josh Groban)
  8. Time to Say Goodbye/Con Te Partiro (Andrea Bocelli)
  9. Unchained Melody
  10. Valentine (Martina McBride)
  11. You Raise Me Up (Josh Groban)
  12. Your Song (Elton John)

WORLD/ INTERNATIONAL VIBE/ JAZZ VIOLIN

  1. All Blues (Miles Davis)
  2. Autumn Leaves (Stephane Grapelli)
  3. Bei Mir Bist Du Schon
  4. Besame Mucho
  5. Black Orpheus
  6. Caravan
  7. Chan Chan (Buena Vista Social Club)
  8. Charade
  9. Cinama Paradiso (Ennio Marracone)
  10. Corcovado (Antonio Carlos Jobim)
  11. Girl From Ipanema (Antonio Carlos Jobim)
  12. It Don’t Mean a Thing
  13. Kiss Waltz (Johann Strauss)
  14. La Vie en Rose (Edith Piaf)
  15. Lakme (Flower Duet) (Delibes)
  16. Misty
  17. Moon River
  18. Nature Boy
  19. Night & Day
  20. Nuages
  21. Pavane (Faure)
  22. Pavane (Ravel)
  23. Summertime

MOVIE THEMES

  1. A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes (Cinderella)
  2. All I Ask of You (Phantom of the Opera)
  3. Brighter than Sunshine (A Lot Like Love)
  4. Cavatina (the Dqeer Hunter)
  5. Come What May (Moulin Rouge)
  6. The Eternal Vow (Crouching Dragon Hidden Tiger)
  7. The Falls (The Mission)
  8. The Kiss (from the Last of the Mohicas)
  9. John Dunbar Theme (Dances with Wolves)
  10. The Kiss (Last of the Mohicans)
  11. Kisses and Cake (PS I Love You)
  12. Love is All Around (Love Actually)
  13. Lovers Waltz (Legends of the Fall)
  14. My Heart Will Go On (Titanic)
  15. Sunrise, Sunset (Fiddler on the Roof)
  16. Think of Me (Phantom of the Opera)
  17. When I Fall in Love (Sleepless in Seattle)
  18. When You Wish Upon a Star (Pinocchio)
  19. Your Song (Moulin Rouge)


ENSEMBLES WITH VOCALIST

Most of the other selections can be done either instrumentally or with vocals.  The following 2 sections of songs can be performed in one of our groups with a vocalist.

ROCK & FOLK (with vocal groups only)

  1. Beautiful Wreck (Shawn Mullins)
  2. Everything (Lifehouse)
  3. Kind and Generous (Natalie Merchant)
  4. Kiss Me (Six Pents None the Richer)
  5. Lucky (Colbie Calliat/Jason Mraz)
  6. Sweet Caroline (Neil Diamond)
  7. Sweet Home Alabama (Leonard Skynrd)
  8. Vienna (Billy Joel)
  9. Wagon Wheel (Old Crow Medicine Show)

COUNTRY (with vocal groups only)

  1. April Showers (Sugarland)
  2. Fishin’ in the Dark (NItty Gritty Dirt Band)
  3. The Fox (Nickel Creek)
  4. If You’re Gonna Play in Texas (Alabama)
  5. Jackson (Johnny Cash)
  6. Meet in the Middle (Diamond Rio)
  7. My Little Girl (Tim McGraw)
  8. My Wish (Rascal Flatts)
  9. Your Everything (Keith Urban)


PROCESSIONALS & RECESSIONALS (popular)

  1. All You Need is Love (Beatles)
  2. Angel Eyes (Jim Brickman)
  3. At Last
  4. Bittersweet Symphony (Verve Pipe)
  5. Book of Love (Peter Gabriel)
  6. Don’t Stop Believing (Journey)
  7. In My Life (Beatles)
  8. In Your Eyes (Peter Gabriel)
  9. It Had to Be You
  10. Life in Technicolor (Coldplay)
  11. Over the Rainbow (IZ)
  12. Sliding Down (Edgar Meyer)
  13. Viva La Vida (Coldplay)
  14. What a Wonderful World
  15. With a Little Help From My Friends (Beatles)

ETHEREAL, DREAMY  PROCESSIONALS

  1. Claire de Lune (Debussy)
  2. Entr’acte to Act III from Carmen (Bizet)
  3. Girl with the Flaxen Hair (Debussy)
  4. Meditation from Thais (Massanet)
  5. Nocturne from String Quartet No. 2 (Borodin)
  6. O Mio Babbino Caro from Gianni Schicchi (Puccini)
  7. Pavane Pour une infante defunte (Ravel)
  8. Reverie (Debussy)
  9. Sheherazade (Theme from Part 3) Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov
  10. Sleeping Beauty’s Pavane (Ravel)
  11. The Swan from Carnival of the Animals (Saint-Saens)
  12. Theme from New World Symphony 2nd Movement (Dvorak)
  13. Theme from Polovetzian Dance from Prince Igor (Borodin)
  14. Symphony No 5 2nd Movement theme (Tchaikovsky)
  15. Theme from Lakme (Flower Duet) (Delibes)
  16. Theme from Romeo & Juliet Ballet (Tchaikovsky)

TRADITIONAL PROCESSIONALS
(in order of popularity)

  1. Canon in D “Pachelbel’s Canon” (Pachelbel)
  2. Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin “Here Comes the Bride” (Wagner)
  3. Trumpet Voluntary (Clarke)
  4. Spring from the Four Seasons—Allegro 1 (Vivaldi)
  5. Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring (Bach)
  6. Trumpet Tune (Purcell)
  7. Sheep May Safely Graze (Bach)
  8. Wachet Auf (Bach)

STATELY ELEGANT PROCESSIONAL

  1. Air from Water Music (Handel)
  2. Air on the G String (Bach)
  3. Airioso (Bach)
  4. Appalachian Spring “Simple Gifts” Theme (Copland)
  5. Andante Cantabile from String Quartet No. 1 Op 11 (Tchaikovsky)
  6. Ave Verum Corpus (Mozart)
  7. Bist Du Bei Mir (Bach)
  8. Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin “Here Comes the Bride” (Wagner)
  9. Canon in D (Pachelbel)
  10. Evening Prayer from Hansel and Gretel (Umperdinck)
  11. Finlandia Theme (Sibelius)
  12. Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring (Bach)
  13. Jupiter Choral Theme from The Planets (Holst)
  14. Lascia Chio PIanga from Rinaldo (Handel)
  15. Pictures at an Exhibition Promenade (Musorgsky)
  16. Trumpet Tune (Purcell)
  17. Trumpet Voluntary (Clarke)

RECESSIONALS (Acoustic Groups)

  1. 1812 Overture (Tchaikovsky)
  2. Brandenburg Concerto No 3 Mvmt 1 (Bach)
  3. Gloria in Excelsis Deo (Vivaldi)
  4. Hallelujah Chorus (Handel)
  5. Hornpipe from Water Music (Handel)
  6. Hopak (Musorgsky)
  7. Kiss Waltz (Strauss)
  8. March from the Nutcracker (Tchaikvosky)
  9. Minuet (Boccherini)
  10. Ode to Joy (Beethoven)
  11. Peter and the Wolf Opening Theme (Prokofiev)
  12. Spring from the Four Seasons–Allegro movement 1 (Vivaldi)
  13. Spring from the Four Seasons–Allegro movement 3 (Vivaldi)
  14. Sonata for Violin and Piano 4th Movement Theme (Franck)
  15. Wedding March from Midsummer Night’s Dream (Mendelssohn)

 

Acoustic Quartet Survives Record Heat to Create Beautiful Wedding Music

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!

Pavane pour une infante defunte (Acoustic Quartet) Live

Effesenden Music Piano

 

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!!!

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Hymns in the Mix with Acoustic Violin and Guitar

I really do love learning so much new music.  In the past 9 years, I have arranged and played almost every style of music from Catholic masses to Kanye West to Old Crow Medicine Show!  Sometimes though it’s lovely to return to one’s roots.

Our July 31st bride and groom chose a violin and guitar duo and requested a number of hymns in the mix with other styles of music including Classical and Classic Rock.  Since my public playing of the violin really began as a child playing hymns in a small country church, the opportunity to revisit sacred music was so special.  Even better, I was joined again by guitarist Nate Macy who I began playing music with almost 15 years ago while we were in college.

Jordan and Janae’s ceremony was held at a venue that was new to me—the Riverview Restaurant’s Waterfall Estate.  The weather was perfect and our setup under the gazebo for ceremony and cocktail hour offered just enough protection from the breeze and sun.  After the cocktail hour, the guests moved inside for the dinner and reception.  Nate and I continued to play for another hour inside and then spent the rest of the evening facilitating the couple’s i-pod playlist on our sound system.

This was just a gorgeous wedding—the bride and groom are obviously well loved by their family and friends and there were a number of couples in the room approaching their 50th wedding anniversary!

Hope you enjoy listening to a few of the songs we played—please pardon some rumbling wind and the crows “singing” in the background toward the end of Amazing Grace.  Too bad it couldn’t have been a bird with a slightly more elegant voice!  I guess at least this way you won’t question whether this is really recorded live.

Come Thou Fount

Servant Song

Amazing Grace & Midnight

Quality Live Ceremony Music: How to Find It?

For almost 9 years now I have conversed with couples about their wedding music.  Over steaming cups of coffee illuminating their joyous faces, they look into my eyes and ask “ I was wondering… well… what I’m really hoping is to walk down the aisle to Canon in D. Can you play that?”  I’m always both happy and a little sad over this interchange:  happy because yes—we can and do play Canon in D with passion.  Sad because I know that the fact that we do play the song doesn’t really tell this bride about our ensemble:  because any musician playing for wedding ceremonies better have the most popular selection of the past two centuries hot on their fingertips…in reality these brides aren’t learning as much as they might think about their options.  So what questions really do distinguish one company from another?  Here are 3 points of discussion to ask  the band leader & company owner that will separate passionate professionals from the musical vultures looking for a quick buck at your expense.

1.  What is your musical background?  Tell me about the other members of the ensemble.  How do you go about adding new musicians to your ranks?

2.  What types of music do you play?  What instruments/combination of instruments do you offer?

3.   Where do you get your music?  Do you do special requests for songs?  Do you arrange the music specifically for your group or do you play off of music from other sources?

As you listen to the answers to these questions, you should be able to tell whether the people have well thought out answers or if they are scrambling to make themselves sound competent.  Beware the person who just gives a blanket yes without explanation and if money is a factor in your decision, be sure and clarify what additional costs might be involved in the various offerings.  Many groups will arrange music but additional fees above the listed price may be involved.

While photos, flashy advertisements and even referrals are handy, you are hiring these musicians to play live music, so there is really nothing you can do that is as important as listening to samples of their music.  I am simply amazed how many times I field calls from brides who want to know how much we charge without having heard our music.  Most companies have audio samples on their websites as well as a CD they can send you to listen to.  Don’t worry if you don’t see a sample of the actual song you want to have played—most musicians try to give a sampling of the various types and styles of music they specialize in—so for example, if you hear a Beatles tune, chances are pretty high that you could have a great rendition of the Beach Boys.  You can also request things like “I’d love to have a fast version of Canon in D” or “I’d like Ave Maria with vocals instead of instrumental.”

Wedding advice columns often tell brides to listen to the musicians performing live before booking.  It certainly doesn’t hurt, but keep in mind that the repertoire and even the conduct of an ensemble in a concert setting is going to be different from how they will be at your wedding.  To cut right to the point, your wedding is about you and your relationship. Everything—music included should be aimed at drawing attention towards that.  Imagine Lady Gaga performing at your wedding ceremony—while just perfect for millions of screaming fans in a stadium, it would be beyond awkward to have someone in a meat dress singing as you walked down the aisle!  The music and the musicians should play in a way that focuses on you.

The bottom line is that you should not be intimidated about the process of finding great live music.  Just because you might not play an instrument yourself does not mean you can’t tell whether something is beautiful. . .and you certainly can tell if you are being treated with courtesy and professionalism.  Live music in the right hands will add the perfect soundtrack to the visual beauty and joy of your day!

Ceremony Music Inspiration from the Royal Wedding (Part 1)

Wasn’t it amazing?  I can’t stop thinking about the wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William.  I know many brides to be out there are drawing inspiration from the elegance of the day in all sorts of areas—and I wanted to do a breakdown of the instrumentation and ensembles that performed and offer some ideas on how you could get a similar sound for your day!

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For Prince William & Kate:
London Chamber Orchestra
A chamber orchestra is an orchestra comprised of 50 or fewer musicians—strings, brass, woodwinds, percussion with a conductor.  The London Chamber Orchestra is the UK’s longest established professional orchestra and yes, they are available for hire.

Get the Sound:
For a full sound that is elegant and rich but with fewer musicians (since most brides probably aren’t going to be able to have 50 professional performers) opt for a string quartet plus piano and 1 or 2 trumpets.  The piano will help add fullness to the sound while the strings will give the rich tone.  The trumpet(s) lend that exciting formal elegance that is so appealing.  Be ABSOLUTELY sure that these musicians are high quality professionals because poor playing—bad intonation, etc. can quickly turn regal elegance into ear splitting agony.

For Prince William & Kate:
Westminster Abbey Choir
There are many types of choirs but the Westminster Abbey Choir is comprised of 30 boys and 12 professional adult singers.  Choir of St. George’s Chapel in Windsor composed of 23 boy choristers and 12 professional adults.

Get the Sound:
Most cities and some churches have children’s choirs.  It would certainly be a lovely spin on the flowergirl/ringbearer concept to have the children in your wedding be vocalists!  Be careful that you’re not signing yourself up for too much complexity in the midst of the rest of the planning:  this is your big day, but for the families of these children from the local kid’s choir, it is one of many items on the family to-do list. 

If you don’t want to risk that, opting for adult professional vocalists is a good route to go.  The singers in Westminster Abbey Choir & the Choir of St George’s are some of the most talented in the UK in the classical realm.  Having 1-4 classically trained vocalists (perhaps a mix of male and female voices) is going to create a wonderful, robust effect. 

For Prince William & Kate:
Organ by Robert Quinney
The 35 year old sub-organist for Westminster Abbey (the sub-organist is responsible for all events at the abbey.)

Get the Sound:
Many churches have a resident organist.  The songs performed at the Royal Wedding are definitely very technically challenging so make sure that your church organist is comfortable with the musical selections you make.  Showing some enthusiasm and appreciation for the organist’s years of training can go a long way towards getting his or her best efforts! 

Venue:
One thing to keep in mind when contemplating a royal-esque wedding is venue.  Classical instruments and vocalists really benefit from an indoor setting with good acoustics such as a chapel or cathedral.  While one can achieve amazing things these days with sound amplification, you’ll have better results inside than in an outdoor setting such as a garden or vineyard.  If you are having an outdoor wedding, positioning the musicians in front of any sort of wall will help the sound immensely. 

Stay tuned for my next post about the specific song selections Prince William and Kate used for their day.  I will include suggestions of songs similar if you’re looking for something along the same lines without being an exact match. . . . and if you are interested in more ideas and information about professional ceremony music, please visit us on www.effesenden.com!

Helping You Make It Personal

When I got married, Andy and I had close friends and family perform our music. Every song was personal and meaningful to us. While friends teased “Aren’tWendyGoodwin_marriageproposal you going to play the violin at your own wedding?” I left the playing in the capable hands of others but I DID do all of the arranging of the music. Between grad school exams and juries, I was writing out the music that would be played. My own enjoyable experience planning music was part of what motivated me to start Effesenden Music.

I wanted to approach Effesenden Music like I was doing music for a friend. I wanted to help people have meaningful music that reflected their unique style as a couple. Many of the musicians who played for my wedding celebration almost 9 years ago are still an integral part of the current Effesenden roster of musicians.

With most wedding and event ensembles, you either hire a specific local celebrity musician to come and do his thing OR you hire a booking service that contracts musicians from professional institutions like the ballet orchestra to come and perform at your wedding. In many cases, these musicians see your music for the first time at the wedding itself or they play from a regular program of material performed at every wedding.  They may have never even met one another until moments before your processional.

Effesenden wedding music is very different. I start by getting to know you and your style. Then I work on developing the playlist that when your friends and family hear, they are going to say “Oh that is SO them!” From your end that involves exploring our current song lists as well as thinking about other songs that might be the perfect melody to add. From my end, that means helping you choose the instrumentation that is going to sound great playing those songs and then arranging and preparing the song selections so that they are specifically tailored to your event. I help you balance the creativity and stylistic concepts with other considerations like budget and venue logistics. I walk you through everything, just like I would my friends.

Besides running Effesenden Music, I am also an active touring musician in other capacities, so I am not always the violinist who performs those songs at your wedding. I do however shepherd every single step of the process and I can promise that any musician who plays for Effesenden Music is someone that I would without hesitation have play (or maybe did) have play at my own wedding.

With my extensive contacts, I can bring together the right people for the type of music and the type of event whether that’s classical, jazz, fiddle or eclectic.

There are plenty of good musicians out there but if you are looking for personalized attention, I hope that you will give us a call!