No 19: the Music

Friday, January 30, 2009

Since those of you who read this (so far) know me, you're probably familiar with the fact that I study music, as does my beau. So what does this mean for my wedding?


Just as John and I started dating, we took a long walk and began discussing, of all things, weddings. He turned to me and said, "I would love to conduct an orchestra during your wedding." Then he looked down and said, "Unless I'm doing something else instead."

John, I think that's the moment I knew you were the one.

My beloved composes some of my favorite music, and I want the first song he wrote for me, which we performed on my senior recital at Peabody, to play a role in our wedding. I'd like the programs and menu cards printed with the last two lines of Pablo Neruda's Sonnet XVII, and I want our first dance to be the tune of that fourth stanza of poetry, which is heart-wrenchingly beautiful. Although it was debuted on my recital, it always makes me think of us working into the early hours of the morning, slowly improvising and editing, and falling asleep satisfied.

In addition to the inclusion of "our" song (how many people get to say "their" song was written for the two of you to play together?), I want our table "numbers" to enjoy their own musical theme. I've seen couples name them for places they've visited, skied, will go on their honeymoon...the sky's the limit. John and I love the idea of having tables named for composers who were and are significant to us. Gliere, Sor, Granados, Villa-Lobos, Elgar, Bellini, Mozart-you get the drift.

As for processional and recessional music, that's anyone's guess. Some days, the first movement of Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings seems so perfect that I weep at the thought of walking down the aisle to it to meet John. (He's still very excited at the idea of conducting while I walk down the aisle.) Other days, we talk about pieces John is writing or could, and it seems very natural that he would write all the ceremony music. We'll just have to wait and see what he creates, and I couldn't be more excited.


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