Classical String Trio and Classical String Quartet Comparison

Effesenden Music is well known for our emphasis on playing music that reflects our brides and grooms own unique style.  Rather than applying a “one size fits all approach,” every single wedding we play has it’s own unique musical plan.  We love arranging popular music for our musicians to perform but we also have great respect for the timeless beauty of traditional wedding pieces such as Canon in D, Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring and more and enjoy presenting authentic, quality renditions of these great Classical works.

This blog post features samples from two weddings we played during the summer of 2011.  On a related note, click the link below if you’d like to see a list of our current songs for classical string trio and quartet.

Effesenden Music Classical Menu

The first set of musical samples are from a wonderful outdoor wedding at Garden Vineyards in June with our string quartet.

Canon in D–Pachelbel

Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring–Bach

Air on the G String–Bach

The second wedding was an indoor ceremony at the beloved Old Church in Southwest Portland, Oregon featuring our string trio.  I especially enjoyed this wedding because there were a number of Romantic period and slightly lesser known Classical works along with some more traditional Baroque.

Barcarole–Offenbach

Theme from Jupiter–Holst

I Love Thee–Grieg

Brandenburg Concerto No 3 (Allegro)–Bach

Many of our brides and grooms who are planning to use strings look for guidance on whether to opt for string trio or quartet.  The difference is that the quartet includes 2 violins, viola and cello whereas the trio is either violin, viola and cello or 2 violins and cello.  The quartet has greater richness and a slightly larger repertoire but the two ensembles are very similar in what they offer.

For comparison, I’ve included a recording of our string trio playing an excerpt from Canon in D.

Canon in D (for string trio)

If you’re like most couples, you’re probably making a lot of decisions like this in the planning—“Option A offers just a little bit more but Option B is really nice and saves a bit on the cost.”  My best advice is to work with an ensemble whose music you can tell is high quality and then choose the length of reservation and ensemble size based on your budget.  Maybe you could get an 8-piece band of amateur string players for the same price as a high quality string quartet but quantity doesn’t mean better!

So You Don’t Like Classical Music…

Many people mistakenly believe that unless they are wealthy enough to hire Elton John and his piano to be delivered to their ceremony site, that live music will limit them to a range of classical songs that mean nothing to them. When they hold up that option (boring…possibly expensive music they don’t recognize) against having their deejay play a recording of Ben Harper or Etta James, it is easy to see why some would conclude music to be as gratuitous a luxury as hiring in a flock of live swans to waddle through the reception.

 

If you are choosing an ensemble whose repertoire consists almost entirely of Classical music, and you don’t really LIKE classical music, than yes, it probably isn’t worth it. If however, you choose an ensemble with a versatile repertoire and the ability to add songs of your choosing to the playlist, than all of a sudden you’ve upped the style and sophistication of your event 100 fold.

In a nutshell, here are 5 reasons to go live for your ceremony (and beyond)

  1. Live music is better for timing your processional. Maybe your flowergirl gets distracted down the aisle. Maybe you have 9 bridesmaids…or 2. The average recorded song is about 3 minutes and 30 seconds in length. The average length of processional is 1 to 1.5 minutes. A deejay can fade or start in the middle of a song but live musicians can arrange the song to fit exactly with what is actually happening in the moment.
  2. Live music is more interesting than recorded music for you and your guests to enjoy. Anyone who has ever been to a concert knows this! Why would you fork out $75 or more to see your favorite artist from the nosebleed section of a stadium if listening to an mp3 on your earbuds were more enthralling?
  3. Live music is cross generational. By having a range of music played by an ensemble such as a string quartet, you offer a style of music that anyone from your friends to your elderly grandparents will enjoy.
  4. However brief your ceremony may be, the moment you begin walking down that aisle will stay with you forever. The song that is played will remind you every time you hear it in the future so choose carefully and make sure it’s done well!
  5. Live music is more appropriate for outdoor weddings. As you are surrounded by nature, the sounds of birds singing and wind rustling the leaves, how much more organic and appropriate is a beautiful violin than a big black speaker? Very.

The most important…in fact, the only ingredient necessary to have an amazing wedding celebration is the love that you and your partner share. As you think of the elements that will go into reflecting that love, live music is one very special option that can help express the happiness that you feel! For more information and ideas for live music, check out sample live music on the Effesenden Music website!

Corporate Event Music

The same attention to detail, personalized professional service, and variety of musical choices that have made Effesenden Music a must have for Pacific Northwest weddings proves valuable in the business community for events such as: 

• Background ambiance for Business Dinners & Socials
• Music for holiday parties and open house events
• Lobby music for conference registrants
• Special music for fundraising events
• Headliner music for benefit concerts for charitable organizations

To listen to samples of Effesenden Music’s diverse, violin centered Classical, Jazz and Acoustic music, click here.  

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“I appreciate your professionalism, dedication and art.  It truly added to the ambiance of our event.  I have been doing these events for 30+ years now, I believe beyond a doubt this event was one my best, and Effesenden Music contributed to that wonderful and meaningful success.
–Ed Bonnot   LTD Projects/WRCS Manager, Intel

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“We absolutely loved you guys, it was exactly what we wanted for our event.”
Dana Devoe, Senior Event Manager, Fidelity Meetings & Client Events

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