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String Ensembles

You think you want strings, but don't know the different instruments or possibilities in the string family. Here we explain each of the string instruments we offer, some typical string ensembles, and even some of the popular string ensemble pieces.

String Instruments

String instruments violin, viola, cello

Instrument Description/Notes
Violin The violin is the soprano voice in the string family. It is held under the chin, resting on the shoulder. The violin has a lovely tone that can be soft and expressive or exciting and brilliant.
Viola The viola is the alto voice in the string family. Like the violin, it is held under the chin, resting on the shoulder. Unlike the violin, the viola is slightly larger and is tuned five notes lower. It has a darker and warmer tone quality than the violin, but is not as brilliant.
Cello The violoncello or cello is the tenor voice in the string family. While shaped like a violin, the cello is much larger and is held between the player's knees. It can produce beautiful sounds from its lowest to its highest notes.

String Ensembles

The size of the ensemble is up to you. This section describes the typical setup for each ensemble. If you don't see something you want, just contact us and we'll be happy to put together something just for you.

Ensemble Description/Notes
Soloist A violin or cello soloist, usually with piano or organ accompaniment (provided by you or by us). Also available a capella for outdoor events, fanfares, funerals, etc.
Duo Violin and Cello is the classic combination. A capella sounds great, but our most popular version makes it a trio by adding trumpet (see below).
Trio Two violins and Cello or Violin, Viola, Cello. This is a classic ensemble and works very well for outdoor weddings, events, and more. As an alternative, Violin, Cello, and Trumpet is one of our biggest sellers right now.
Quartet Two violins, viola, and cello. Sounds like a much fuller ensemble and really fills a church or an outdoor wedding ceremony/event. Or you can choose Trumpet, Violin, Viola, and Cello. It gives you all the beauty of the strings, plus the majesty and "punch" of the trumpet, especially for processional, recessionals, and more.
Quintet Two violins, viola, cello, trumpet. The trumpet adds another dimension to the sound. Perfect for graduations, outdoor weddings, and cocktail hours.

Popular String Pieces

This is just a sampling of pieces that are great for string ensembles. To hear even more samples, visit our songlist section, especially the wedding and ceremonial music page or our wedding ceremony music planning page.

Piece Composer Traditionally Used For... Strings Str+Tpt
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring Bach Prelude/Mothers MP3 MP3
Air on the G String Bach Prelude/Bridesmaids MP3  
Where Sheep May Safely Graze Bach Prelude/Bridesmaids MP3  
Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin Wagner Processional MP3 MP3
Canon in D Pachelbel Processional MP3  
Trumpet Voluntary Clarke Processional MP3 MP3
Panis Angelicus Franck Interlude MP3  
Hornpipe from Water Music Handel Recessional MP3 MP3
La Rejouissance Handel Recessional MP3 MP3
Rondeau Mouret Recessional MP3 MP3
Trumpet Tune Purcell Recessional MP3 MP3
Wedding March Mendelssohn Recessional MP3  

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