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Unique Transcriptions and Arrangements -
Music for Weddings and Special Occasions


Guitar Solo
Flute and Guitar

These Guitar Solo and Guitar Chamber pieces are especially selected for weddings. Many are popular requests for wedding ceremonies, processionals, recessionals , reflective moments and pre-ceremonial prelued music. Others are less well-known but offer the same functionality and add a fresh and original sound to the event.


Guitar Solos for Weddings and Special Occasions


Johann Sebastian BachArioso by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Transcribed for solo guitar by James Baird

This elegant piece is perhaps one of the most memorable melodies ever written. It is perfect for processionals and also works as welcome music before the wedding ceremony. The Arioso is from Cantata "Ich steh mit einem Fuss im Grabe" BWV#156.

Arioso by Johann Sebastian Bach [ Score Preview ]

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Johann Sebastian BachSarabande in Bm by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Transcribed for solo guitar by James Baird

This slow movement from the Partita No. 1 in Bm for solo violin, BWV 1002, is ideal for reflective moments in the ceremony like candle lighting or a pause prior to the wedding vows. The transcription fits comfortably on guitar.

Sarabande in Bm by Johann Sebastian Bach [ Score Preview ]

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Johann PachelbelCanon in D by Johann Pachelbel (1653 - 1706)
Transcribed for solo guitar by James Baird

The Canon in D is perhaps the most familiar melody of classical music. This version for solo guitar works very well on the instrument. The music functions well as processional music but fits almost anywhere within ceremony.

Canon in D by Johann Pachelbel [ Score Preview ]

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Flute and Guitar Music for Weddings and Special Occasions


Johann Sebastian BachArioso from Cantata BWV 156
by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Transcription for Flute or Violin and Guitar by James Baird
Score and Parts

Ich steh mit einem Fuß im Grabe (I am standing with one foot in the grave), BWV 156, was Bach's church cantata for the third Sunday after Epiphany. Epiphany commemorates of the Adoration of the Magi and is celebrated annually in early to mid January. Composed in Leipzig, as part of complete cycles of cantatas for use throughout the church year, it was first performed on January, 23 1729. Bach incorporated two chorale tunes: "Machs mit mir, Gott, nach deiner Güt" by Johann Herman Schein (1628) and "Herr, wie du willt, so schicks mit mir" by Kaspar Bienemann (1582).

The Arioso is the opening sinfonia, scored for oboe, strings, and continuo. This transcription for flute and guitar is in original key of F major, and based on Bach’s original orchestration. This edition functions well in concert, as well as for church services and wedding preludes and processionals.

Cite: Wikipedia, Naxos


Arioso from Cantata BWV 156
for Flute or Violin and Guitar
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Jeremiah ClarkeTrumpet Voluntary by Jeremiah Clarke (1674 - 1707)
Transcription for Flute or Violin and Guitar by James Baird

Jeremiah Clarke (1674 - 1707) was an English baroque composer and organist, belonging to the generation following Henry Purcell. His best-known composition is his “Trumpet Voluntary”, part of a suite for wind instruments, originally titled “The Prince of Denmark’s March”.

The “Trumpet Voluntary” is a popular choice for wedding ceremonial music, even used in royal weddings; for example: Lady Diana and Prince Charles. This transcription possesses an excellent balance between the flute and guitar.

cite: Wikipedia, Naxos.com, image: houstonpres.com


Trumpet Voluntary
for Flute or Violin and Guitar
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Henry PurcellTrumpet Tune
by Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
Transcription for Flute or Violin and Guitar by James Baird

Son of a Court musician, Purcell served as a chorister at the Chapel Royal. After studying with John Blow, organist at Westminster Abbey, Purcell became composer to the Kings (Charles II, William III & Mary II); later succeeding his teacher as organist. Purcell composed music for the royal court, incidental music for plays, several operas (notably "Dido and Aeneas" in 1690), numerous anthems, odes, and three complete settings of the sacred service. His theoretical treatise, The Art of Descant, was published by Playford in 1683.

The Trumpet Tune is a versatile march often used as processional or recessional for wedding ceremonies. This piece, confusingly, is sometimes attributed to Jeremiah Clarke.


Trumpet Tune by Henry Purcell [ Score Preview ]


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Franz SchubertAdagio Op. 166 by Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Transcribed for flute and guitar by James Baird

Franz Schubert is well known for his songs and gift of melody. This very romantic piece for flute and guitar works well as mood welcome music prior to the ceremony. The manuscript includes score and individual parts.

Adagio Op. 166 by Franz Schubert [ Score Preview ]

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Franz SchubertAve Maria by Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Transcribed for flute and guitar by James Baird

This piece by Franz Schubert is one of the most recognized melodies of all time. This very romantic and spiritual piece for flute and guitar works well as mood welcome music prior to the ceremony and during the Eucharist.

Ave Maria by Franz Schubert [ Score Preview ]

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Antonio VivaldiLargo Op. 8 No. 4 (Four Seasons - Winter)
by Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
Transcription for Flute and Guitar by James Baird

Vivaldi’s Four Seasonsviolin concertos, first published in 1725, are part of a set of 12: Op. 8, entitled Il Cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione ("The Contest of Harmony and Invention"). This slow movement, Largo, is from the Concerto Op 8 No. 4 entitled Winter. These concerti are some of the earliest known examples of program music.

The excerpt from the sonnet written by Vivialdi to be read during performance reads:
To rest contentedly beside the hearth, while those outside are drenched by pouring rain.

Largo Op 8 No 4 (Four Seasons - Winter) [ Score Preview ]

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