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Saturday, 28 June 2008

The Triumphal March?

Had a wedding meeting this week.
The B & G, of, of course, really the bride on her lonesome ownsome, had already pretty much made all the musical decisions, except for "which Ave," which I suggested she leave up to her friend who would be soloing.
For the recessional she wanted "the Triumphal March."
I, thinking faster than the amount of wine I had consumed (the meeting followed the final choir rehearsal of the season, and copious amounts of cheese, chips, grapes, eclairs and wine had been transferred from inanimate containers to animate ones.... if you can count our bass section as animate,) might have led one to expect I could, lied.
Triumphal March?
Gee, I don't know what that could be... in any case, I'm sorry, I don't know how to play it since I don't know what it is.
So we settled on something else, Elgar or Handel or something...
But in all seriousness, the Triumphal March?
Could she have meant anything besides the Verdi? (Gloria'al Egito, e d'Iside.... or something. I'm leaving out a handful of consonants, at least, but I recall the gist of it. I ain't playing Glory to Egypt and the goddess Isis in a Catholic church.)
And could she possibly have meant the Verdi, is Aida on the list of currently trendy wedding recessionals?


Help me out, anyone who does weddings have any clue as to something else of that title?
And should I add it to my repertoire?


Sir Monocle said...

I did a little hunting - there's one by Cuthbert Harris, Edward Elgar, Edvard Grieg and Alfred Hollins. But if you ask me, the most famous, and one I'd personally love to hear at a wedding is the Triumphal March form Verdi's "Aida". I'm sure someone out there has arranged it for organ.

Scelata said...

Thank you, Sir Monocle.
I don't doubt it has been arranged, I just doubt its propriety at a Catholic Wedding Mass, (and I adore Verdi.)
I don't ipso facto ban all "theatrical" music, but the associations with that seem much stronger than with, say, the oft banned Mendelssohn.
The Elgar sounds worth looking in to, I ond't know Harris or Hollins, should I?

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Lyn F. said...

I believe there is an organ transcription of that march floating 'round someplace ... it's been recorded on that wonderful Austin that resides in Balboa Park in San Diego, CA. Admittedly though, I've only really heard it being performed at organ recitals in which organ transcriptions predominated. I've never heard it played in church.