The Classical Brass

Wedding Music Repertoire

Through years of experience, The Classical Brass has compiled a list of commonly used pieces for your consideration. There is much more music available – this list is a starting point as you begin your planning. The choice is yours and we are here to help! The Classical Brass will work with you to personalize your musical selections to fit your occasion.

The following list suggests pieces for each portion of the ceremony. Many of these pieces work effectively in more than part of the wedding service. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about the appropriate placement of a particular piece during the ceremony.  

Prelude Music selections:

Traditional Recommendations Include:

Albinoni        Sonata “Saint Mark”

Bach              Air” from Orchestral Suite No. 3

Bach                Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring

Bach                Prelude and Fugue in C Major

Handel            Arrival of the Queen of Sheba

Mozart           Alleluia” from Exsultate Jubilate

Pachelbel         Canon in D

Purcell             Voluntary on “Old Hundredth”

Less Traditional Ideas:

Copland       Simple Gifts

Bernstein         One Hand, One Heart

Debussy           Girl With the Flaxen Hair

Grainger          Irish Tune from County Derry

Holst               Jupiter” from the Planets

Mascagni         Intermezzo” from Cavelleria Rusticana



Processional Music selections:

Traditional Recommendations Include:

Clarke             Prince of Denmark’s March

Mouret            Rondeau

Wagner            Bridal Chorus” from Lohengrin

Purcell             Intrada” from the Indian Queen

Less Traditional Ideas:

Mussorgsky      Promenade” from

                               Pictures at an Exhibition

Charpentier     Prelude to Te Deum


Interlude and Communion Music selections:

Traditional Recommendations Include:

Bach                Bist Du Bei Mir

Bach                Goldberg Variation No. 18

Handel            Air” from Water Music

Shubert           Ave Maria

Less Traditional Ideas:

Copland          Simple Gifts

Traditional      Amazing Grace

Traditional      My Lord What A Morning

Puccini            O Mio Babino Caro


Recessional Music selections:

Traditional Recommendations Include:

Mendelssohn    Wedding March” from

      Midsummer Night’s Dream

Beethoven         Ode to Joy

Clarke               Trumpet Tune

Handel             Hornpipe” from Water Music

Less Traditional Ideas:

Handel            La Rejouissance” fromRoyal Fireworks

Mouret             Rondeau

Bach                  My Spirit Be Joyful

Verdi                Triumphal March” from Aida

Marcello            Psalm XIX – The Heavens Declare


Postlude Music selections:

The postlude is similar to the prelude, serving as “exit music” for your guests as they depart to the reception or other festivities. A wide range of musical styles and tempos is appropriate.




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