Waiting for my wife to come home –and watching my two beautiful children playing baseball in the back yard — puts me in an uxorious mood. In the comments thread of Jonathan’s recent post on scientism in music, reader Kevin Hollo asked if we classical heads had any recommendations for his upcoming wedding. This seems like a good enough topic for its own post. I call out to all Dial M readers and fellow bloggers: help a dude out. All suggestions, practical or whimsical, will be welcome. This is what I wrote in the comments:
I’m not suggesting anything for anyone’s wedding, but I’ll tell you what was played at mine:
music before the ceremony: Brahms G major violin sonata, 1st mvt.
processional: Beethoven Bagatelle op. 126 no. 3 in E flat
recessional: a pair of Scarlatti sonatas, can’t remember the Kirkpatrick #s offhand.
This was one of the few times where having mostly musicians for friends really paid off.
A CBC-TV broadcast of Glenn Gould playing the bagatelle:
As one of my students said yesterday, we all go through a Gould phase at some point. But, you know, there’s a reason for that.