– excerpt, Chapter One of “Ellen the Harpist”

“Perfect Day” is both the inspiration for and the title of chapter 25 in “Ellen the Harpist.”

Throughout Ellen the Harpist, the reader has the opportunity to learn about musical selections commonly played at weddings. Below is a listing of pieces from the repertoire Ellen played in the novel, some accompanied by audio tracks.


Arioso (Bach)

Eine kleine Nachtmusik (Mozart)

La ci darem la mano (Mozart)

Musetta’s Waltz (Puccini)

Serenade (Haydn)


Air on the G String (Bach)

Bridal Chorus (Wagner)

Canon in D (Pachelbel)

Entr’acte from Carmen (Bizet)

Entrance of the Queen of Sheba (Handel)

Largo (Handel)

Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni)

My Heart Will Go On (Titanic)

One Hand, One Heart (Bernstein)

Simple Gifts (Trad. Shaker melody)

Someday My Prince Will Come

Somewhere, My Love (Dr. Zhivago)

Spring from The Four Seasons (Vivaldi)

The Prayer

Trumpet Voluntary (Purcell)


La Rejouissance (Handel)

Ode to Joy (Beethoven)

Siman Tov

Trumpet Tune (Clarke)

Wedding March (Mendelssohn)

Is This Love

The Musicians

Diane Michaels, Harp  •  Sue DeGoey, Violin  •  Chuck Gunsaullus, Violin  •  Orlando Wells, Violin

Wendy Luck, Flute  •  Claude Rozier, Flute  •  Patty Gonsky, Cello