In the repertoire of wedding music there are two traditional bookends: for the Bride’s entrance: Richard Wagner’s “Bridal Chorus” (covered in a previous post) and for the Couple’s exit: the Felix Mendelssohn “Wedding March” from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Here is what the Mendelssohn “Wedding March” sounds like in the original orchestral arrangement:
Mendelssohn and his “Wedding March”
Felix Bartholdy-Mendelsohn (1809-1847) composed the “Wedding March” to be part of the incidental music that he wrote for a production of Shakespeare’s AMidsummer Night’s Dream.… Read the rest
Of all the music associated with Weddings, the Richard Wagner “Bridal Chorus” from the German opera Lohengrin is certainly the most famous and one of the most long-lived compositions in the traditional wedding repertoire.
Here is Wagner’s “Bridal Chorus” in its original operatic setting as part of Lohengrin.… Read the rest
This week, on August 22, will be the 150th anniversary of one of the greatest composers of piano music: Claude-Achille Debussy. Debussy lived until 1918 and during his lifetime, spanning the American Civil War and World War I, he created some of the most beautiful piano music ever written.… Read the rest
Robins and flowers are sure signs of Spring. Also, for some lucky couples, Spring is the time of year to plan for their wedding.
Despite the bad economy, natural disasters and cut-throat politics, people still fall in love. Most Americans get engaged during the Holidays. They also prefer to get married during the Summer.… Read the rest