The summer season is approaching, and quick! Summer weddings are a popular choice for many couples, and as the season draws near, you may feel that your music list needs something extra. Perhaps you will be saying your "I do's" on a beach, or in a botanical garden? Add one of these pieces to your lineup to pay homage to this beautiful season!
1. SummertimeInstrumentation: Vocal, piano, guitar, etc.
Style: Classical, Jazz
We will start with a classic that is known by jazz and classical musicians alike: Summertime, the standard by George Gershwin originally premiered in the 1935 opera, Porgy and Bess. Though the song has been rearranged and transcribed in many styles and genres, the classic stays true to the folky, bluesy roots. Check out the original from the opera as well as a cover by Norah Jones for piano and voice!
Porgy and Bess - Summertime
Norah Jones - Summertime
2. Gymnopédie No. 1Instrumentation: Piano (traditional), guitar, solo instrument
This piece has been a somber stunner at weddings for years, but new transcriptions for non-traditional instruments have given it new life! Composed by Eric Satie, Gymnopedie No. 1 is the first in a set of three short piano pieces. While beautiful on piano, guitarists and violinists (and probably others!) have made it their own through arrangements. Check out the traditional piano version as well as a violinist's/guitarist's take on the piece below! The quiet strings are perfect additions to an outdoor venue.
3. Rain DanceInstrumentation: Saxophone Ensemble
Style: Jazz/Easy Listening
I know what you're thinking - the LAST thing I want at my wedding is rain! I understand completely. But as we all know, the more you try to avoid a problem, the more likely it will happen anyway - so why not usher in this lovely number to offset your chances! In my quest to find a nice in-between from Summertime and Eric Satie's work, I stumbled upon this upbeat gem. If you want to hire an ensemble for longer than just one song, the National Saxophone Choir of Great Britain has a number of arrangements that can be flexibly arranged! Check out Rain Dance below.