Music for Marching Down the Aisle

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Have you picked out the music for your wedding yet? A handy list of classical offerings will help you set just the right tone, whether you're shooting for solemn, exuberant or something in between those two extremes.

For the procession down the aisle:

"Air on the G String," Bach: contemplative, passionate.

"Allegro" from "The Water Music," Handel: jaunty, uplifting ditty.

"Andante" from String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 29, Schubert: tender theme from the opera "Rosamunde."

"Andante" from Piano Concerto No. 21, K. 467, Mozart: used in the movie Elvira Madigan.

"Arioso" from Cantata 156, Bach: nice, less-used substitute for "Air on the G String."

"Bridal Chorus" from Act III of Lohengrin, Wagner: "Here Comes the Bride."

"Canon in D," Pachelbel: melodious round that just keeps growing and growing.

"The Four Seasons," Vivaldi: various movements that provide uplifting, classic touch.

"Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring," Bach: simple, swirling and sentimental.

"Largo" from the opera Xerxes Handel: slow, moving melody that builds to majestic climax.

"Nocturne" from String Quartet No. 2, Borodin: passionate tune used in the show Kismet.

"Romanza" from "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik," Mozart: nothing more beautiful than this stately melody.

"See, The Conquering Hero Comes" from the oratorio "Judas Maccabeus," Handel: bold tune. Perfect for the unabashed bride who idolizes her groom.

"Sheep May Safely Graze," Bach: Despite, the odd bucolic title, a heart tugger.

"Traumerie" from "Kinderscene," Schumann: dreamy.

"Trumpet Tune," Purcell, "Trumpet Voluntary in D," Jeremiah Clarke: regal Baroque fanfares.

"Vocalise," Rachmaninoff: gorgeous love song with a hint of tragedy.

For the recessional:

"Hornpipe" from "The Water Music," Handel: noble Baroque tune.

"Ode to Joy," Beethoven: solemnity meets hope.

"Rondeau," Jean Joseph Mouret: theme from PBS' Masterpiece Theatre.

"Wedding March" from "Midsummernight's Dream," Mendelssohn: a joyous conclusion to start the rest of your lives together.

And if you really want to make a statement: "Hallelujah Chorus," Handel.

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