Updated December 17, 2010

    In 2008, I bought a $39 computer composition program, and finally wrote down some tunes that had been bouncing around in my head since I was a kid.  (All were mentally composed between the ages of 10 and 25.  There have been no fresh inspirations since then.)  So this is an Opus 1--probably an Opus Only.

    Since the pieces were mostly short little marches, it occurred to me that they could be fitted together as a wedding suite.  Now, I like the music--but not well enough to get married just so I can use it.  It's here for anyone who wants to use it.  (Let me know, and I just might show up to conduct the world premier.)

    The suite is scored for pipe organ, 2 trumpets, and tympani--with one strike of the gong.  Computer speakers (especially laptop) cannot do justice to the low notes of a pipe organ, but you can get a rough idea.  You can download a free player at
http://ntworthy.com/nwc2/viewer.htm.  Then click on a link below, confirm that you want it opened in Noteworthy Composer and hit play.

Wedding Suite
by Paul LeValley

    This first tune began as a lullaby to my sister Alice, and is still so simple a beginning student could play it.  At age ten, I could take it only as far as measure 34; I later added a couple of variations.  Each selection gets more complicated after that.  With repeats, this piece takes 7 minutes.  You may want to quit after the repeat sign.

Procession of the Mothers-in-Law
    A bit of program music here.  One mother-in-law enters in a stately procession.  There is some rumbling in the bass, as the other mother-in-law insists on equal treatment.  And she gets it.  4 ½ minutes.

Groom's March
    Not too funereal.  This is not a gallows march.  But it is an uncommon march in 3/4 time.  Perhaps we should call it a “Groom’s Waltz,” but that doesn’t sound very macho.  We’ll continue to call it a “Groom’s March.”
    In the church I am thinking of, there are two balconies at the back, where the trumpeteers can stand.  Their appearance--preferably with the long heraldic trumpets and banners bearing family crests of the bride and groom--should come as a complete surprise.  In this and each of the remaining pieces, all trumpet notes are to be tongued--no smooth gliding into notes.
    As the groom usually enters by a side door, this march is short: only 37 seconds.

Grand Entrance of the Bride
    A wedding large enough to use this many musical instruments will probably have at least three bridesmaids.  If that is the case, these are the suggested entry points:
    1  2nd bridesmaid
    14  1st bridesmaid
    28  (organ solo)  Maid of Honor
    45  (wedding bells)  Flower girls and ring bearer
    60  (trumpets) an expectant pause of fanfare and anticipation
    68  (gong)  Bride
The organ solo at 28-44 could be repeated for one additional person.  For a smaller wedding, everything before the organ solo (28) could be treated as fanfare while no one moves.  The whole thing, as written, lasts a little less than 3 minutes.
    The treble runs of measures 45 through 57 are intended for the organ's bell chimes.  (Because of program limitations, I had to make a special listening file with an extra staff.  If you need the printable file, let me know.)  The program has no gong, so you will hear a crappy little cymbal.  Likewise, the program has no symbol to indicate the drum roll at the end of this and the final piece.

    After a lot of talk, the minister finally says, "I give you Mr. and Mrs. So-and-so."   They face the congregation during the fanfare, then begin walking out when a single trumpet plays.  The rest of the wedding party follows when the organ starts.
    The speed is brisk.  Each time through lasts about 2 minutes.  Repeat as needed, alternating the two fanfare endings until the room is nearly cleared.  Then go to the coda.  The coda pulls a couple of the songs together; don't waste it on an empty church.

    If you've read this far without actually listening, go back to the top and download the free player.

    You can find all of the above information--plus recommended organ stops--by hitting the i button in each file.

    You may also be interested in the additional verses I wrote for that old campfire song, Pink Pajamas.

    I'm out of my field, and don't pretend to know what I'm doing.  I'll be curious to hear your reactions at paullevalley@peoplepc.com.

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