St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, United Kingdom.
St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, United Kingdom.
Aidan McRae Thomson

This is the Day #0023

It’s all so familiar but also the beginning of an uncharted adventure. This week’s Pipedreams program explores wedding music in its broader implications. We’ll have traditional processionals, historic works in celebration of a joy-filled day, exotic pieces from Finland and the Czech Republic songs and ballads about true, perfect and wondrous love, an anthem about an amiable dwelling place, and even a warning lest fools rush in. For June brides or newlyweds at any time of the year, it’s music which proclaims This is the Day.

FELIX MENDELSSOHN: Wedding March, from A Midsummer Night’s Dream –Noel Rawsthorne (1962 Harrison & Harrison/Coventry Cathedral, England, UK) EMI Classics CDC 77642

FELIX MENDELSSOHN: Allegro Maestoso in C [1844] –John Scott (1872 Henry Willis; 1992 Mander/Cathedral of St. Paul, London, England, UK) Hyperion CDA66491/2

JOONAS KOKKONEN: Wedding Music [1968] –Eero Annala (1993 Paschen/Kerava Church, Kerava, Finland) Jubal CD-11

DIETERICH BUXTEHUDE & MARCEL DUPRÉ Chorale-preludes, Der Tag, der ist so Freudenreich –Memphis Chamber Choir; John Ayer (1990 Nichols & Simpson/Christ Episcopal, Little Rock, AR) Pro Organo CD 7064

GARRETT: This is the Day –Hector Olivera (1989 Blackinton/FUMC, San Diego, CA) HOH CD-1093

RUTH WATSON HENDERSON: Trumpet Voluntary –Ian Pearson, trumpet; Ted Gentry (1995 Reuter/Centenary UMC, Lexington, KY) Americus CD-1006

JOHNNY MERCER: Fools rush in –Bobby Hackett, trumpet; John Seng (1928 Wurlitzer/Loderhose Studio, Long Island, NY) Sony MSP CD-143727

THÉODORE DUBOIS: Cantilene Nuptiale –Hans-Dieter Karras (1845 Cavaillé-Coll/Église de la Madeleine, Paris, France) Prospect CD-401793

DAVID LORD: Anthem, Close to my breast thy perfect love –Saint Catherine’s School Choir, Nick Stephenson, conductor; Jeffrey Smith (1951; 1968 Aeolian-Skinner/St. Stephen Episcopal, Richmond, VA) Pro Organo CD 7061

JEFFREY SMITH: Anthem, O how amiable are thy dwellings –Choir of Christ Church, John Cummins, conductor; Schuyler Robinson (1949 Holtkamp/Christ Church Cathedral, Lexington, KY) Pro Organo CD 7056

CARRIE JACOBS-BOND: I love you truly –Jane Edge (1896 Felgemaker/Holy Spirit Episcopal, Vashon Island, WA) AFKA SK-536

HENRY SMART: March in G –Mary Gifford (1882 Steere & Turner/Pullman UMC, Chicago, IL) Giffitz CD-001

RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Come down, O love divine –Choir of Queen’s College, James Weeks, conductor; Matthew Steynor (1892 Binns/Queens’ College Chapel, Cambridge England, UK) Guild GMCD 7160

ERIC THIMAN: Wondrous Love –Choir of Holy Childhood RCC, Stephen Schmall, conductor; Robert Vickery (1981 Hoppe/Holy Childhood RCC, Saint Paul, MN) Schola Cantorum CD-1995

GILBERT M. MARTIN: Meditation on Wondrous Love –James Warren (1876 Henry Willis/Salisbury Cathedral, England, UK) Regent 128

PAUL NICHOLSON: Wondrous Love –Michael Miller, trumpet; David Lowry (1989 Casavant Frères/First Baptist, Charlotte, NC) Pro Organo CD 7026

DAVID PETTIT: Marriage at Cana –Alan Siebert, trumpet; David Pettit (1994 Rodgers/St. Peter in Chains RCC, Hamilton, OH) Integra Classic CD-953

PETR EBEN: The Wedding at Cana –Christopher Putnam (1934 Aeolian-Skinner/Grace Episcopal Cathedral, San Francisco, CA) Gothic G49106