Wedding March (Mendelssohn)

Wedding March (Mendelssohn)

Felix Mendelssohn's "Wedding March" is one of the best known of the pieces that he wrote as incidental music for Shakespeare's play "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in 1842. It is one of the most played wedding marchesFact|date=February 2008.

At weddings in many English-speaking countries, this piece is commonly used as a recessional, though frequently stripped of its episodes in this context.

The first time it was used at a wedding was when Dorothy Carew wed Tom Daniel at St Peter’s Church, Tiverton, UK, on 2 June 1847Fact|date=February 2008. However, it did not become popular at weddings until it was selected by Victoria, The Princess Royal for her marriage to Prince Frederick William of Prussia on 25 January 1858.

An organ on which Mendelssohn gave recitals of, among others, the "Wedding March" is housed in St Ann's Church in Tottenham.

See also

The term Wedding March is also used for the Bridal Chorus from Richard Wagner's opera "Lohengrin".


External links

* [ Audio of the Wedding March played on a virtual organ]

Audio clips

* [ Performed] by Michael Austin  

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