Non-Traditional Wedding Music: Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Handel and Steve Reich offer arrangements perfect for your nuptials

Here are seven pieces that, while not as well-known as more traditional pieces, would still work nicely in a wedding. These particular works were all chosen for their appropriateness in setting the pace for a beautiful and solemn processional or joyful recessional. Most are dominated by long melodies. This makes the process of Event Hire in Byron Bay terrific when music arrangements are done properly.

“Zion hört die Wächter singen,” Wachet auf, ruft un die Stimme, Cantata BWV 140: The fourth movement of this cantata by Bach has a very romantic hue when arranged for strings or even classical guitar and, when played at the right tempo, sets a steady pace for the processional.

“Adagio,” Sonata No. 13 in E flat Major, Op. 27: The 3rd movement of Beethoven’s 13th piano sonata is contemplative and majestic. If used as a processional, however, the piece will need to be ended before the cadenza that leads into the fast-paced 4th movement.

“Adagio,” Serenade No. 10 in B-flat, K. 361 (K. 370a): This third movement of Mozart’s serenade for winds has a soaring, plaintive melody.

“Adagio Cantabile,” Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13: The second movement of Beethoven’s “Pathétique” sonata, while more well-known than the other pieces on this list, is nevertheless a beautiful work.

“Menuet II,” Music for Royal Fireworks: The second half of the final movement of one of Handel’s offerings to the King of England is a stately minuet, a courtly dance that emphasized refinement, dignity, and regality.

Tehillim IV (Psalm 150:4-6): If you desire something a little more postmodern and exotic, try the fourth movement of Steve Reich’s settings of various Hebrew texts. The repetitive melodic fragments and unmetered rhythm give this upbeat piece a world music flavor.

“Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan,” Die Elenden sollen essen, Cantata BWV 75: Another excerpt from a Bach cantata, this piece is composed of multiple melodies intertwining in dance-like joy. The activity of the polyphonic voices combined with an upbeat tempo makes this work a fitting recessional.

Also keep in mind the impact the party arrangement will have on the mood of a piece. A solo instrument will create an atmosphere of intimacy and privacy. A large orchestral arrangement will make everything seem bigger and more grandiose. Yet whether you want a small affair or a large-scale festival, any of these pieces can be adapted to fashion the atmosphere of your choice.