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WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A DUO, A TRIO AND A QUARTET?

IS IT POSSIBLE TO CHOOSE OTHER COMBINATIONS, NOT JUST WITH STRINGS?

WHEN CAN THE SOLO VOICE BE USED?

WHAT IS THE BEST ENSEMBLE WITH SOLO VOICE?

WHAT KIND OF MUSIC DO YOU PLAY?

DO YOU ALSO PAY ATTENTION TO THE LOOK OF YOUR PERFORMANCES?

WHAT MUST THE BRIDAL COUPLE PROVIDE?

WHAT ARRANGEMENTS MUST BE MADE FOR THE MUSICIANS’ LUNCH/SUPPER?

CAN WE ASK YOU TO PLAY OUT OF DOORS?

IS IT POSSIBLE TO DANCE TO YOUR MUSIC?

I AM GETTING MARRIED OUT OF ROME, ARE YOU WILLING TO TRAVEL?

WHAT IS S.I.A.E. AND WHAT DO THE CHARGES AMOUNT TO?

WHO HAS TO PAY THE S.I.A.E. CHARGES?

HOW DO WE APPLY FOR S.I.A.E. PERMISSION?





WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A DUET, A TRIO AND A QUARTET?

A Quartet (two violins, viola and violoncello) covers the whole sound range from the highest notes to the lowest and has a richer sonority.

A Trio (two violins and a violoncello, or violin, viola and violoncello) is an excellent compromise between the four-instrument Quartet and the two-instrument Duet.

A Duo (violin and violoncello) is recommended for very small spaces; it is less complete than a Quartet and not so rich harmonically.
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IS IT POSSIBLE TO CHOOSE OTHER COMBINATIONS, NOT JUST WITH STRINGS?

CONSoNUS was born as a group of string-players and its strength is their profound shared knowledge. On request, it is possible to combine another instrument with the strings, such as a harp, organ, flute or woodwind or solo voice.
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WHEN CAN THE SOLO VOICE BE USED?

During a wedding ceremony, the points where it is most appropriate for a soloist (a soprano or tenor) to sing are the offertory, the communion and the signing of the register. A solo voice can also be used for the Alleluia and Sanctus.
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WHAT IS THE BEST ENSEMBLE WITH SOLO VOICE?

It is worth bearing in mind that when people enter and leave, a fuller sound is needed than at other times, and so it is normal for only instrumental music to be played. A Duo would offer an appropriate accompaniment for a solo voice, but a Duo would be less satisfactory when only instrumental music is required. It is therefore advisable, if space permits, to choose a Quartet or Trio to accompany a solo voice.
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WHAT KIND OF MUSIC DO YOU PLAY?

Our repertoire ranges from classical to jazz standards, and includes famous songs, the best-known film soundtracks, and some of the finest tangos by Astor Piazzolla. We can also play a wide selection of famous Neapolitan songs. We do not play dance music except for waltzes. With the Quartet it is possible to play all the pieces listed in the “REPERTOIRE” section, some of which cannot be performed with the Trio. The Duo repertoire mostly includes pieces of classical music. It is also possible to opt for a smaller set of instruments in church and a larger ensemble during the reception at a villa or restaurant. During the reception it is also possible for us to play as a Quintet with the addition of a double bass, which is particularly suitable for the standard jazz and waltz repertoire.
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DO YOU ALSO PAY ATTENTION TO THE LOOK OF YOUR PERFORMANCES?

This is one of CONsONUS’s strengths. The musicians always dress in black (the men wear a jacket and tie, the latter especially designed for our musicians, the same for all; the women wear elegant black dresses). If we are asked for an informal look we appear in shirts and black trousers. On the music stands (which are always identical) you will never see loose sheets but elegant folders in CONSoNUS’s distinctive colours.
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WHAT MUST THE BRIDAL COUPLE PROVIDE?

Only chairs without arms. As regards lighting we have elegant, battery-operated music stand lamps.
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WHAT ARRANGEMENTS MUST BE MADE FOR THE MUSICIANS’ LUNCH/SUPPER?

The choice of arrangements is at the discretion of the bridal couple or organisers of the reception. Those who have engaged our services in the past have normally provided a reduced lunch/supper, such as the one reserved for children or assistants in general, such as photographers. Some bridal couples have invited us to eat the same meal as invited guests. Others have not reserved a meal but have invited us to eat during the aperitifs.

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CAN WE ASK YOU TO PLAY OUT OF DOORS?

We do frequently perform in the open air, but we ask that a place be provided to shelter the musicians from the sun (the instruments suffer from direct sunlight as they do from excessive humidity), and so a sunshade is required. It is generally best, wherever possible, to arrange for the chosen ensemble to have a wall behind it so as to project the sound forwards towards the guests and prevent its being lost in the space.
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IS IT POSSIBLE TO DANCE TO YOUR MUSIC?

For dancing it is necessary for the music to be amplified, otherwise the dancers would not hear the rhythm clearly enough. In any case the only genre in our repertoire for dancing is the waltz (it is therefore possible for us to accompany the bridal couple’s first waltz, after the cutting of the cake).
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I AM GETTING MARRIED OUT OF ROME, ARE YOU WILLING TO TRAVEL?

No problem. If the travel is within an area of up to 250 km, the quoted price will include just the travel and transfer expenses. If the distance is greater, accommodation for the musicians for one night will have to be included.
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WHAT IS S.I.A.E. AND WHAT DO THE CHARGES AMOUNT TO?

S.I.A.E. is the Italian acronym for the Italian Society of Authors and Editors, which protects authors’ rights. Just to give an example, for a live music entertainment, not for dancing, for a maximum of 100 guests in a top-category venue, a lump sum of 142.00 euros plus IVA (Value Added Tax) is charged, to which must be added stamp duty and a cautionary deposit of 26.00 euros (against the return of the sheet music). The total comes to just over 200.00 euros, 26.00 of which will be returned when the sheet music, duly signed for by the director of the performance, is given back within 5 days of the event. This example is given on the basis of the costs for the year 2007.
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WHO HAS TO PAY THE S.I.A.E. CHARGES?

Copyright expenses are charged to the organiser of the event and hence to the bridal couple.
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HOW DO WE APPLY FOR S.I.A.E. PERMISSION?

This is done by contacting the local district office. By local district is meant the district where the event will take place. We think it helpful to provide here the link for contacting the relevant office:
http://www.siae.it/Siae_InItalia.asp?link_page=Siae_InItalia_click.asp
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