Piano is easy. Maybe too easy, because almost anything
goes, and that’s a problem. There
are piano versions of almost any wedding music listed on the harp and organ
pages. There is the standard
classical piano repertoire. Not
that you’d want heavy-duty recital pieces as preservice music, but there are
Bach French Suites, Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven Sonatas, the Debussy
Arabesques, this list could go on and on.
Standard repertoire piano literature shows
the instrument off for what
it’s supposed to be.
Does easy mean common? Some clients simply land on piano because it’s less alien to
them than organ or harp. It’s like
they mentally know what they’re getting.
Or they somehow associate it with being “contemporary”. I would
caution you to think
about matching the music to the occasion.
You might like all kinds of piano music, but ask yourself: does it match
people wearing tuxes and formal gowns? Cocktail piano music doesn’t really work for all but
the most casual of weddings. Plus,
nothing reminds me of an old-fashioned silent movie more than a pianist trying
to fill up a huge space by banging on the instrument. So check out how the piano sounds in the environment you’re
using, and try to envision the atmosphere you want.
Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Haydn, Mozart ,
Schumann…. standard piano repertoire
Piano transcriptions of standard wedding repertoire
Piano versions of hymns, folk songs, and contemporary
If piano is easy because it can play anything,
harpsichord is the opposite. The
only music that works on harpsichord is music that was written for
harpsichord! This music was being
written from the mid-16th to mid-18th century. Music of the Bach family, William
Byrd and the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, Couperin, Dandrieu, Scarlatti, all were
conceived for the delicate sounds of the harpsichord. Suitable for an intimate, Old World setting.