An old friend of ours is getting married this week and asked if we could provide music. She specifically requested for a few modern pop tunes.
I’m always a bit apprehensive about playing pop repertoire with classical instruments. Is it going to sound really corny and crap? Will it still convey the same emotion without singing or lyrics?
A bit of Googling and I found U2’s Beautiful Day [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5ZkVYXguhQ] as well as Bruno Mars’ Just The Way You Are [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpqJjasrD7I] arranged and recorded by the Vitamin String Quartet. Seems like this US based quartet has done a heap of pop and rock covers, and they don’t sound too bad either!
Unfortunately, our instrumentation for the wedding is going to be keyboard/piano, violin and cello. Still, I used a combination of the recording by the original artists together with listening to the Vitamin String Quartet arrangement to come up with my own arrangement – for piano trio!
I hope it will be OK for the wedding!
But the whole exercise on this Sunday morning has made me appreciate how much effort goes into arranging music. Just these 2 pieces took nearly 4 hours – and that’s just for a pretty rough draft version. I’d estimate I’d need another 4 hours to polish it up. And then do an actual run through to see whether it sounds OK and is playable!