For recorder/flute and violin or two violins
Selected and arranged by Dorothea Barth
Playford Promenade includes 42 delightful Old English tunes from the Playford editions arranged by Dorothy Barth for two instruments. Brides and grooms in search of unique music for their wedding ceremony--whether it be a garden ceremony, a Renaissance or Medieval ceremony, a Celtic ceremony, or any wedding in need of music that is intimate, haunting, and rare--will be thrilled with Playford Promenade.
Because Playford Promenade is often purchased for use in weddings, many sound samples are given below which we think are particularly interesting for use in ceremonies. These samples have been divided into three general groupings:
Regal - suitable for processionals
Lilting and Lovely - suitable for processionals as well as prelude music
Jubilant - Great for recessionals (Presented on a separate page - Playford Promenade 2)
"... I received the book Playford Promenade today and played the whole book tonight with my flute partner, and we were both absolutely in awe! The duets are ALL so beautiful and they will be wonderful to perform, to just play for fun, and to use for teaching! I have tons of duet books, but this is an absolute gem, it is going to be my favorite forever! This is the book I have been looking for for over 10 years! I play flute and recorder (soprano and tenor). I can't thank you enough for putting together such a lovely book. Its so unique, magical, romantic and charming. I know the people whom I perform it for in the future will agree! ....(2010)
"We used your music for the prelude, processional and recessional .... It was something different from what either of us had ever done and we had a lot of fun rehearsing and playing it for the wedding. People attending the wedding really enjoyed it.... Thanks so much! " (2008 wedding, NY)
"I just wanted to let you know how impressed I am with your collection of duets. I am really going to enjoy playing them. Thank you!"
"I can't wait for your arrangements to be played at my wedding...."
"Thank you for putting together such a nice collection of music."
"The sound files are gorgeous."
The creative process that produced Playford Promenade involved:
perusing over 500 Playford tunes to determine which would be great for wedding use
arranging the 42 chosen tunes for two C instruments (two violins or recorder/flute and violin) using principles of harmony and counterpoint
playing the arrangements many times to ensure they are consonant and pleasing for ceremonial use
creating and copying the layout (Playford Promenade is self-published in an attractive spiral-bound format)