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Suggestions for a funeral tomorrow
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Fiddlerman
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April 30, 2011 - 12:00 pm
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Please help me with good suggestions for a funeral tomorrow. I am used to getting requests and now they want me to choose. I am playing with these ideas.

Tears in Heaven - Eric Clapton
Amazing Grace
Father and Son - Cat Stevens
The Rose
The Long and Winding Road
Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
Bridge over Troubled Waters
Adagio for Strings - Albioni
Clair de Lune - Debussy
Air on the G String - J.S. Bach
Gymnopedies
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3 Selections:
1) Pre-Service (approx. 5 minutes)
2) Mid-Service
3) Conclusion

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April 30, 2011 - 1:32 pm
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What denomination ?

Age of deceased ?

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Fiddlerman
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April 30, 2011 - 2:05 pm
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Don't know the age but it is probably non-denominational Christian.
The church is: Christ Fellowship
I am guessing it was an older gentleman.

I just added Ashokan Farewell and Gammal Fabodpsalm ūüôā

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I would use Amazing Grace to exit and, somewhere, the Air on G and the Largo from Xerxes.

PS  There is no piece of music that has been over-exposed more than Ashokan Farewell even if there are some who still like it !

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Fiddlerman
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April 30, 2011 - 4:02 pm
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Good idea with the Handel. I had no idea that Ashokan Farewell was over-exposed. I had only heard it once when I was asked to play it a few years back for a service. Thanks

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Ashokan was not over-exposed particularly as church music but was EVERYWHERE on the media for a long time and (as you may know) it is closely tied to the US Civil War.

Do you usually play solo or with a regular group when you are not with an orchestra ?  Piano/Organ ?

Please report what you do eventually play.

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Fiddlerman
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May 1, 2011 - 8:50 am
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Thanks for the suggestions,

I had a wedding last night so wasn't able to answer or make any decisions Confused

When I'm not hired by an orchestra I am most often playing with a group. Same group with any number of musicians from duets, trios, quartets and up. Most often quartet. The name is different depending on who is contracting the group. I work a lot for Stradivarius Chamber Ensemble who in turn is contracted by various agents and contractors. Confusing?

On rare occasions I will play solo without accompaniment such as for the funeral.

I'll let you know what I played later today, still haven't decided the last piece. Have them all ready. Adagio for Strings and Air on the G String for sure and probaby Handel. Maybe I'll just play Amazing Graze after Handels Largo as people are leaving though they only asked for 3 pieces.

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I had a good laugh this morning from the TV which I turned on to a scene where a bride was about to begin her walk down the aisle and I wondered if, by coincidence, what the music was going to be.  Then they took a shot of a trio playing traditional scottish bagpipes ! !   Actually not too bad for the occasion but I guess you don't have too much competition in Fla.Laugh

Do you play everything from memory ?  I can't believe the repertoire some quartets post up here.  Several dozen choices at least !

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Fiddlerman
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May 1, 2011 - 5:57 pm
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Began with the Largo then Albinoni and ended with Bach Air. However I played played a few more pieces before the actual ceremony and a few after.

This 77 year old man was a violinist and would grab his fiddle and play in some back room for hours at a time according to his kids. He loved the fiddle. I didn't know that beforehand. They had placed his violin and bow in the coffin with him. Very well set up.

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Air on the G String ‚Äď J.S. Bach! but can I suggest a song that is not on the list? It's the "Strange Sun" I first heard that song from BOF(Boys Over FLowers) and it makes me cry even though it has no lyrics, musics speaks ohhhh I love music. Good luck Pierre

 

 

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Fiddlerman
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May 4, 2011 - 4:17 pm
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Nice, Thanks for the suggestion though the funeral was this past Sunday.
I found the sheet music for "Strange Sun" in case anyone is interested.

Had another funeral today and they picked the music as is more usual for me. One of the pieces was "O God Beyond All Praising", and this piece really did bring tears to peoples eyes.

Here it is in case anyone wants to play it. I take it up an octave at the end of bar 8.

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I did not want to confuse the issue with your jobs pending but, it also happens that I was a choir director for 8 years with a group of about 25 voices. 

As such, I thought that the usual congregational hymns were often overlooked when there were special occasions which I may not have directed.  Maybe this is why "O God Beyond All Praising" evoked such emotion.  The congregation may have known the hymn in a personal way (Lutheran Hymnal #797 and elsewhere, I'm sure).  Just a thought.  Maybe it was a favorite of the deceased ?  Of course, the main thing is that the music was well received.

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It's amazing how much you have done Oliver. I'll check out that Hymnal #797.

 

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LOL, OK, I didn't realize it was the same. I played it much slower than the one that I checked out. I dragged it out nicely Wink

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I would definately in Amazing Grace at the end.  Kind of traditional but expected.

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