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    Hi guys,

    I've been asked to form a quartet for a wedding which will be held around June time. I've also been asked to choose all of the music to be played. The problem is I've done this before and been through the whole "Pachelbel's Canon plus some easy Mozart quartets" each time and I'd like something new that could fit vaguely into the standard quartet repertoire for my own personal experience. Having said this, it shouldn't be too nasty as we won't be able to have many rehearsals. It should also of course be suitable for a wedding! Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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    Suggest some of the music from Borodin's Quartet #2 - the Nocturne, maybe the scherzo though you might have people humming along.


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    Some suggestions:

    Schubert - "Death of The Maiden", the 1st 2 movements especially.
    Schubert - Opening mvt of the Rosamunde Quartet No. 13

    Schumann - Mvt. 2 of Quartet No. 3

    Beethoven - String Quartet No. 4 - 1st mvt.
    Beethoven - String Quartet No. 13 - 5th mvt. Cavatina (so beautiful, but perhaps too melancholic)
    Beethoven - String Quartet No. 15 - 3rd mvt.

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    Or....for something completely different but very upbeat.....how about a rendition of "Popcorn" for string quartet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChamberNut View Post
    Some suggestions:

    Schubert - "Death of The Maiden", the 1st 2 movements especially.
    For a wedding? What do I know, anyway, you're the chamber nut. But with that title, uh uh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by opus67 View Post
    For a wedding? What do I know, anyway, you're the chamber nut. But with that title, uh uh.

    Actually, it is fitting for a wedding. Dictionary.com defines a maiden as "a girl or young unmarried woman".

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChamberNut View Post
    Actually, it is fitting for a wedding. Dictionary.com defines a maiden as "a girl or young unmarried woman".
    Did you look at the title you gave?
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    Oops, thanks for pointing that out! "Death AND the Maiden".

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    Are you playing before or during the ceremony or reception?

    It's still possible to get popular pieces arranged for string quartet if you don't feel disposed to arrange them yourself: Stringworks - Blues, Beatles, Ballads, Film etc.

    They're quite expensive per set but presumably if you're trying to build repertoire for public playing, they're might be worth a look. I'd say they lie some way between the UK grades 3 and 6. Stringworks. Try Musicroom.com or music-makers.co.uk

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    Thanks for your responses!

    I think it's the reception, but last time we played for the ceremony too. I'd love to play Death and the Maiden, but I wasn't sure if it was appropriate. In fact, I meant to mention it in my original post. Would any of the movements be OK to do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Salek View Post
    Thanks for your responses!

    I think it's the reception, but last time we played for the ceremony too. I'd love to play Death and the Maiden, but I wasn't sure if it was appropriate. In fact, I meant to mention it in my original post. Would any of the movements be OK to do?
    From what I've heard, the first movement is quite "strong" for such an occassion, IMHO.
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