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Jewish Wedding Music
The Phoenix String Quartet

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Music Suggestions:

Most most commonly requested pieces are listed below.  Samples below are to help you select music, see audio samples for a better sampling of the sound of the Phoenix String Quartet.

   Outdoor weddings:  Strongly encourage use of a sound system.  
 

Music: preludes during ceremony Jewish weddings
procession reception Line
seating of parents reception. accompaniments for soloists
exit of Bride, Groom dinner organist & pianists




 

Processional, often there are three pieces:
     1. entrance of the rabbi, family elders, groom and his parents,
     2. entrance of bridal attendants,
     3. entrance of the bride and her parents. On occasion, the Rabbi or cantor will vocalize through
         their own entrance, and then the quartet will begin for the rest of the entrances. 

During the ceremony, there is generally no music from the string quartet. Often the cantor, if present, will sing during the ceremony.

Music Prior to ceremony: (usually 15 minutes) If you can not hear the files, click here.
Music normally begins about fifteen minutes prior to the ceremony.
o Jesu Joy (Qt.) (by J. S. Bach)
o   Air to Water Music (Qt.) (by Handel)
o
 
 Pachelbel Kanon (by Pachelbel)
o    Chopin Prelude (Qt.) (by Chopin)
o
 
 Ashokin Farewell (Qt.) (by JayUngar)
o    Mio Babbino Caro: (by Puccini)
o
   The Swan: (Qt.) Saint Saens
o
   Lullaby (Qt.) (by Hofeldt)
o   Dona Nobis Pacem (Qt.) (by Traditional)
o    Ich Liebe Dich: (Qt.) (by Grieg)
o
 
 Sheep May Safely Graze Qt. (by Bach)
o
 
 Ave Verum (Qt.) (by Mozart)
o    Bach Double Violin Concerto Mvt 2 (by J. S. Bach)
o
      Tramuari: (Qt.) (by Schumann)
o
 
 Haydn Serenade (Qt.) (by Haydn)
o
       Fantasia on Greensleeves (by Ralph Vaughn Williams)
o
   
Over the Rainbow (Qt.) (by Harburg and Arlen)
o    On Wings of Music: duet (Mendelssohn )
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Processionals
Choosing music for seating of parents,
bridesmaids & flower girls, ring bearer bridal entrance:
One selection for Bridesmaids & flower girls, separate selection for bride. The Quartet can play the opening to the standard Bridal March as an introduction to any of the following works as a cue for your audience to stand.
o
 Jesu Joy (by J. S. Bach)
o  Air to Water Music (by Handel)
o
 Pachelbel Kanon (by Pachelbel) 2 different recordings
o  Chopin Prelude op (by Chopin)
o
 Ashokin Farewell (by JayUngar)
o
 Lullaby (by Hofeldt)
o  Dona Nobis Pacem (by Traditional)
o
 Sheep May Safely Graze (by Bach)
o
 Ave Verum (by Mozart)
o   Bach Double Violin Concerto Mvt 2 (by J. S. Bach)
o
       Tramuari: (by Schumann)
o
 
Haydn Serenade (by Haydn)
o
       Fantasia on Greensleeves (by Ralph Vaughn Williams)
o
 Over the Rainbow (by Harburg and Arlen)
o
 Trumpet Voluntary (by Clarke)
o  Trumpet Tune (by Purcell)
o  Wedding March (traditional) (by Wagner)
          ** This work is often not performed at Orthodox Jewish Ceremonies.
         Selecting music for your wedding

popular recessionals: Exit music for bride and groom should joyful, triumphant, and up-beat.
o
   Wedding March traditional recessional (by Mendelssohn) **
o        Simon Tov (Chassidic Song) traditional recessional
o    Jesu Joy (by J. S. Bach)
o  Rondeau (by J. Clarke)
o
 Trumpet Voluntary (by Handel)
o   Trumpet Tune (by Purcell)
o
   Finale to Water Music (by Handel)
o
   Saint Anthony Chorale (by Haydn)
o    Air to Water Music (by Handel)
o    On Wings of Music: (by Mendelssohn) (duet)
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During Ceremony:
communion, sand ceremony or Unity candle
Most music appropriate for pre-wedding works well here. Also:
o    Serenade: (Qt.) Schubert
o    The Swan: (Qt.) Saint Saens
o    Ave Maria: (Qt.)Bach-Gounod
o    Ave Maria: (Qt.) Schubert

Reception Line
Selections during the reception line should be more "up-beat."
o   Oh What a Beautiful Morning. (by Rogers and Hammerstein)
o
 Highlights From The Sound of (by Rogers and Hammerstein)
o  Country Club Rag (by Scott Joplin)
o
      
 Waltz from Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings

Classical examples:
o  Eine Kleine Nacht Music
o  Schubert or other Serenades
o    The Swan: (Qt.) Saint Saens
o        Waltz's
o        Fast movements from classical String Quartets.
o        Baroque Brandenburg type concertos or Corelli Sonata Da Chiesa. etc. (Brandenburg 3)
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The Reception
We recommend a mix of styles. Below are a few samples of mixed titles.

o Oh What a Beautiful Morning. (by Rogers and Hammerstein)
o
Highlights From The Sound of (by Rogers and Hammerstein)
o Country Club Rag (by Scott Joplin)
o
      Waltz from Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings
o
      Syncopated Clock: (by Leroy Anderson)
o   Lara's Theme from Dr. Zhivago (by Maurice Jarre)
o   Ich Liebe Dich: (Qt.) (by Grieg)
o
     
Try to Remember (by Harvey Schmids)
o
      I Talk to the Trees (by Frederick Loewe)
o   Brandenburg #3 Mvt. 1 (by J. S. Bach)
o
      Exodus (main theme) (by Ernest Gold)
o
      Paragon Rag (by Scott Joplin)
o       My Favorite Things (by Richard Rogers)
o
  Ashokan Farewell (by Jay Unger)
o   Mio Babbino Caro: (by Puccini)
o
  Brahms Hungarian Dance # 5 (by Brahms)
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Traditional Jewish Melodies.
We are open to acquiring new well written arrangements for string quartet. If you have something special you would like let us know.

o  Dona Dona (S. Secunda)
o  Dodi Li "My Beloved is Mine , and I am His" (
Nira Hen)
o  Erev Shel Shoshanim "Evening of the Roses " (Yosef Hadar)
o
 Erev Ba " Evening Comes" (Arie Levanon)
o  El Kabir "Almighty God" (traditionsl)
o  Hava Nagila "Let's Rejoice" (traditional)
o
 Have Babanot "Fairest of Maidens" (Amitai Neeman)
o  Hevenu Shalom Alechem
o  Hinei Mah Tov (traditional round)
o
 Lars's Theme (from Dr. Zhivago)
o
 Mayim Mayim (E. Amiran)
o
 Medley: Od Y'shama & Mazel Tov (Shlomo Carelebach)
    "
The Voice of Gladness Shall be Heard Again"
     "Good Luck to the Bride and Groom
o  Nigun (traditional Hassidic)
o  Oseh Shalom (N. Hirsch)
o  Bashana Haba'a (N. Hirsch)
o  Jerusalem of Gold (N. Shemer)
o  En Kelohenu- Theme and Variations (traditional)
o  Chanukah, Oh Chanukah (seasonal traditional)
o  Oyfn Pripetshik
o  Oseh Shalom (Nurit Hirsch)
o
 Rabbi Elimelech Medley (Hassidic Folktune)
o  Simon Tov traditional recessional (Chassidic Song)
    "Congratulations - Good Luck!"
o
 Sher, (traditional)
o  S'u Sh'orim "Look Up to the Gates" (traditional)
o  Rock of Ages (traditional)
o Tum Balalayke
"Play Balalaika" (traditional)
o  V'ha'er E'ne'nu Enlighten Our Eyes to Your Torah (Shlomo Carlebach)
o 
Waves of the Danube The Anaversary Waltz (Iosif Ivanovici)
o  Y'did Nefesh

Dinner:
A string allows for comfortable background conversation and is the perfect complement to any dinner. 

Popular wedding sites frequented by our quartet include:
      o Sedona  o Mesa    o Tempe  o Paradise Valley   o Tucson o Prescott
        o
Troon   o Glendale  o Anthem o Fountain Hills    o Gilbert  o Chandler
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