We’ve just added a transcendent wedding recessional – Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee (Ode To Joy Beethoven). This infectiously joyous finale to Beethoven’s 9th symphony is instantly recognizable, and a perfect recessional if you prefer a classical, energetic conclusion to your wedding ceremony. Originally composed for choir and orchestra, this version has no vocals; the orchestra carries the melody throughout. It’s the first selection on our Wedding Hymns album, also making an appearance on our Wedding Processional Songs for Brides & Bridesmaids, and our Catholic Wedding Hymns . It is, of course, a great recessional as well for the Christian wedding, with the focus on celebration of God’s goodness and good gifts to all of us, including the mysteries of marriage.
You’re unlikely to find any other recorded version fit for your wedding recessional, as the familiar “Joyful Joyful, We Adore Thee” refrain is nestled in the much longer and ambitious 9th symphony in practically every other symphonic rendering of this Beethoven classic. On a personal note, the author of this blog post and his bride walked out of their wedding to this song nearly 34 years ago. At the conclusion of our ceremony, we turned, faced the congregation, and sang the first verse together before exiting…the congregants continued singing the 2nd and 3rd verses.
For more classic/classical wedding music, listen to samples 11-20 on our Wedding Music Samples album. For some of the top contemporary and pop samples, check out 1-10. Samples 21-75 are mixed – classic, popular, and religious.