Praesto String Quartet Playlist 2019

Please click on the headings below to expand or collapse each list. For some of the music, links to recorded excerpts are provided.


* These are popular choices for wedding ceremonies: bridal entry / signing of the register / recessional

Composer | Title
Albéniz  |  Tango
Albinoni-Giazotto  |  Adagio
J.S. Bach  |  Air “on the G String” from Suite No. 3 in D*
1st movement from Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G
2nd movement from Double Violin Concerto
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Sheep May Safely Graze
Sleepers Wake
Bellini  |  Casta Diva
Beethoven  |  1st movement from “Moonlight Sonata”
2nd movement from Symphony No. 7
Bizet  |  Prelude from Carmen
Boccherini  |  Minuet
Brahms  |  Hungarian Rhapsody No. 5
Waltz in A flat
Clarke  |  “Purcell’s” Trumpet Tune*
“Purcell’s” Trumpet Voluntary*
Debussy  |  La fille aux cheveux de lin
Delibes  |  Flower Duet from Lakmé*
Dvořák  |  Humoresque
Slavonic Dance
Elgar  |  Chanson de Matin
Salut d'Amour
Fauré  |  Pavane
Franck  |  Panis Angelicus*
Grieg  |  Anitra’s Dance
Handel  |  Arrival of the Queen of Sheba*
Largo from Xerxes
Let Him Deliver Him from The Messiah
Hornpipe from The Water Music*
Réjouissance from The Royal Fireworks*
Where’er You Walk from Semele
Mahler  |  Adagietto from Symphony No. 5
Massenet  |  Méditation from Thaïs*
Mendelssohn  |  Wedding March from A Midsummer Night’s Dream*
Monti  |  Czárdás
Mouret  |  Rondeau
Mozart  |  Alleluia from Exsultate Jubilate
Ave Verum Corpus
Eine kleine Nachtmusic
Mussorgsky  |  Promenade from Pictures at an Exhibition
Offenbach  |  Barcarolle from The Tales of Hoffmann
Pachelbel  |  Canon in D*
Ponchielli  |  Dance of the Hours
Puccini  |  Nessun Dorma from Turandot
O mio babbino caro from Gianni Schicchi
Quando m’en vo from La Bohème
Purcell  |  Ah! How sweet it is to love
Rossini  |  William Tell Overture
Saint-Saëns  |  Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix
The Swan from The Carnival of the Animals
Shostakovich  |  Romance from The Gadfly
Schubert  |  Ave Maria*
Schumann  |  Thou Ring on My Finger
Tchaikovsky  |  Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from The Nutcracker
Verdi  |  Andantino from La Forza del Destino
Brindisi – Libiamo from La traviata
Vivaldi  |  The Four Seasons – Spring*, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Wagner  |  Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin*

Popular – 90’s to Now

This list is constantly expanding

Artist | Song
Vanessa Carlton  |  1,000 Miles
Christina Perri  |  A Thousand Years
Disney  |  A Whole New World
Billy Joel  |  All About Soul
Phantom  |  All I Ask of You
Lone Star  |  Amazed
Disney  |  Beauty and the Beast
Peter Gabriel  |  The Book of Love
Faith Hill  |  Breathe
Disney  |  Can You Feel the Love Tonight
Muse  |  Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You
Beyoncé  |  The Closer I Get to You
Babyface  |  Every Time I Close My Eyes
Bryan Adams  |  (Everything I Do) I Do It for You
Sting  |  Fields of Gold
Shania Twain  |  From This Moment On
Jeff Buckley  |  Hallelujah
Aerosmith  |  I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing
Jason Mraz  |  I’m Yours
Bon Jovi  |  In These Arms
Des’ree  |  Kissing You
Il Divo  |  Love Changes Everything
Wet Wet Wet  |  Love Is All Around
Bruno Mars  |  Marry You
Celine Dion  |  Memory
Celine Dion  |  My Heart Will Go On
INXS  |  Never Tear Us Apart
Metallica  |  Nothing Else Matters
The Cranberries  |  Ode to My Family
Adele  |  Skyfall
Adele  |  Someone Like You
Katy Perry  |  Teenage Dream
Savage Garden  |  Truly, Madly, Deeply
Westlife  |  Uptown Girl
Old Crow Medicine Show  |  Wagon Wheel
Shania Twain  |  You’re Still the One
Elton John / Ellie Goulding  |  Your Song

Popular - Pre 90’s

Artist | Song
The Beatles  |  A Day in the Life
U2  |  All I Want Is You
The Beatles  |  All You Need Is Love
Eric Idle  |  Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
John Denver  |  Annie’s Song
Elvis Presley  |  Can't Help Falling In Love
Barry Manilow  |  Can’t Smile Without You
The Beatles  |  Eleanor Rigby
Lionel Richie / Diana Ross  |  Endless Love
Roberta Flack  |  The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
The Beatles  |  The Fool on the Hill
The Beatles  |  Glass Onion
The Beach Boys  |  God Only Knows
Van Morrison  |  Have I Told You Lately
The Beatles  |  Here Comes the Sun
The Beatles  |  Here, There and Everywhere
Blue Swede  |  Hooked on a Feeling
The Monkees  |  I’m a Believer
Billy Joel  |  Just the Way You Are
The Beatles  |  Let It Be
Andy Williams  |  Moon River
Guns N’ Roses  |  November Rain
 |  On the Street Where You Live
Judy Garland  |  Over the Rainbow
Lou Reed  |  Perfect Day
Bette Midler  |  The Rose
Huey Lewis and the News  |  Stuck With You
Bob Marley  |  Turn Your Lights Down Low
The Carpenters  |  We’ve Only Just Begun
Louis Armstrong  |  What a Wonderful World
The Beach Boys  |  Wouldn’t It Be Nice
Joe Cocker  |  You Are So Beautiful

Film & TV

This list is constantly expanding

Film / TV Show | Title
007 Skyfall  |  Skyfall – Adele
10 Things I Hate About You  |  Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You – Muse
The A-Team  |  Theme from The A-Team
Aladdin  |  A Whole New World
Armageddon  |  I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing – Aerosmith
Beauty and the Beast  |  Beauty and the Beast
Braveheart  |  Theme from Braveheart
Breakfast at Tiffany’s  |  Moon River – Andy Williams
Game of Thrones  |  Title Theme from Game of Thrones
The Godfather  |  Theme from The Godfather
The Last of the Mohicans  |  The Kiss
The Lion King  |  Can You Feel the Love Tonight
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy  |  Concerning Hobbits
Love Actually  |  All You Need Is Love
Love Actually  |  Glasgow Love Theme
Love Actually  |  God Only Knows
MacGyver  |  Theme from MacGyver
Mission Impossible  |  Theme from Mission Impossible
Monty Python and the Holy Grail  |  Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
My Fair Lady  |  On the Street Where You Live
The Notebook  |  The Notebook (Main Title)
Phantom of the Opera  |  All I Ask of You
Pirates of the Caribbean  |  He’s a Pirate
The Princess Bride  |  Story Book Love
Reservoir Dogs  |  Hooked on a Feeling – Blue Swede
Romeo + Juliet  |  Kissing You – Des’ree
Shrek  |  Hallelujah – Jeff Buckley
Star Wars Episode II  |  Across the Stars
Star Wars Episode IV  |  Ceremonial March
Star Wars Episode VI  |  Victory Celebration / End Title
Thunderbirds  |  Theme from Thunderbirds
Titanic  |  My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion
Trainspotting  |  Perfect Day – Lou Reed
Twilight  |  A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
Twilight  |  Bella’s Lullaby
The Wizard of Oz  |  Over the Rainbow


A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
At Last
Bossa Nova USA
But Not For Me
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
Embraceable You
He Loves and She Loves
I Got Rhythm
It Had to Be You
Liza (All the Clouds’ll Roll Away)
Lullaby of Birdland
The Man I Love
Mood Indigo
Scott Joplin’s Ragtime (various)
Someone to Watch Over Me
What a Wonderful World

Hymn / Religious

All People That on Earth Do Dwell
Alleluia from Exsultate Jubilate
Amazing Grace
Ave Maria
Be thou my vision
Guide me, O thou great Redeemer
He trusted in God that He would deliver
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Let Him Deliver Him from The Messiah
Morning Has Broken
O Perfect Love
Ode to Joy
Panis Angelicus
Praise My Soul the King of Heaven
The Prayer
Sheep May Safely Graze
Sleepers Wake

Christmas Carols

As With Gladness Men of Old
Away in a Manger
Coventry Carol
Deck the Hall
The First Noël
Gloria in Excelsis Deo (Angels We Have Heard on High)
God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen
Good King Wenceslas
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
The Holly and the Ivy
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
I Saw Three Ships
Infant Holy, Infant Lowly
It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
Jingle, Bells
Joy to the World
Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming
March of the Kings
O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles)
O Come, O Come Emmanuel
O Little Town of Bethlehem
O Sanctissima
Past Three a Clock
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Silent Night
The Twelve Days of Christmas
Unto Us Is Born a Son
We Three Kings
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
When a Child Is Born (Soleado)

Folk Songs

Origin | Title
English  |  Greensleeves
I Will Give My Love an Apple
A Winter’s Willow
The Water Is Wide
Gypsy  |  Czárdás
Ochi Chornya
Japanese  |  Ha-Uta
Jewish  |  Baanu Hoshech
Bashana Haba’a
Chanukah, Oh Chanukah
Dona Dona
En Kelohenu
Had Gadya
Hanukia Li Yesh
Hava Nagila
Hevenu Shalom Aleichem
Hiney Ma Tov
Jerusalem of Gold
Kad Kadan
Mayim, Mayim
Mi Yemalele
Oseh Shalom
Rock of Ages
Scottish  |  Bonnie Banks O’ Loch Lomond
A Guid New Year
The Hundred Pipers
Keel Row
My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose
The Road to the Isles
The Piper O’ Dundee
Welsh  |  Llongau Caernarfon (Ships of Caernarfon)
Myfanwy Arabella
Nant y Mynydd (Mountain Streamlet)
Si Hei Lwli ’Mabi (Hush My Little Darling)
Sosban Fach (One Small Pan)