1996 Winterhalter organ at the Church of Our Lady, Achern, Germany.
1996 Winterhalter organ at the Church of Our Lady, Achern, Germany.

On the Bridal Trail #0423

Walking down the aisle to Here Comes the Bride is not as standard as you may think. Thankfully, whether the occasion be a posh ceremony or a simple rustic celebration, the ever versatile pipe organ can provide music for every sort of wedding.

CLARENCE LUCAS: Canadian Wedding March –James Welch (1986 Schoenstein/St. Elizabeth RCC, San Francisco, CA) Arkay AR6169

ALEXANDRE-CHARLES FESSY: Sortie pour Messe de mariage –François-Henri Houbart (1845 Cavaillé-Coll/Église de la Madeleine, Paris, France) BNL 112724

LOUIS-JAMES-ALFRED LEFÉBURE-WÉLY: Morceau pouvant servir a une messe de mariage –Jane Parker-Smith (1986 Förster & Nicolaus/St. Nicholas Church, Frankfurt-Bergen-Enkheim, Germany) Motette CD MOT 11691

PIERRE CAMONIN: Prélude –François-Henri Houbart (1935 Jacquot/Notre-Dame Cathedral, Verdun, France) Forlane CD-16694

LOUIS VIERNE: Marche nuptiale, Opus 51, number 6 –Thomas Dahl (1996 Winterhalter/Church of Our Lady, Achern, Germany) Organum CD-970037

CLARENCE MADER: Wedding March –William Beck (1998 Rosales/St. Cyril of Jerusalem RCC, Encino, CA) LAAGO CD-1999, recorded June 7, 1999

ANDREW CLARKE: Trumpet Fanfare for a Wedding [1997]; Procession for a Country Wedding [1998] –Andrew Clarke (1914 Casavant Frères; 2000 Quimby/Jacoby Symphony Hall, Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, Jacksonville, FL) RPC CD-553

KARL GOLDMARK (transcribed by Edwin H. Lemare): In the Garden, from Rustic Wedding Symphony –Thomas Murray (1929 Skinner/Woolsey Hall, Yale University, New Haven, CT) Priory PRCD338

MICHAEL VALENTI: Wedding March –Ridgewood Concert Band, Christian Wilhjelm, conductor; John Miller (1954; 1990 Schantz/Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Newark, NJ) Pro Organo CD 7185

JOHN PHILIP SOUSA: Bride Elect March (1892 Welte Orchestrion/Frick Collection, Pittsburgh, PA)

BENJAMIN BRITTEN: A Wedding Anthem, Opus 46 –Finzi Singers, Paul Spicer, conductor; Andrew Lumsden (1995 Copley/Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, England, UK) Chandos CD-9598

WILLIAM LLOYD WEBBER: Benedictus –Tasmin Little, violin; Ian Watson, organ. Chandos CD-9595

BASIL HARWOOD: Wedding March –Adrian Partington (1987 Nicholson/Birmingham Oratory, England, UK) Priory PRCD684

SIR HUBERT PARRY: Hymn, Dear Lord and father of mankind –Choir of Queens’ College, Cambridge, James Weeks, conductor; Matthew Steynor (1892 Binns/Queens’ College Chapel, Cambridge England, UK) Guild GMCD 7160