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Wedding March for1-2 trumpets and organ
Organ incl. single parts
At the request of the Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm IV, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy composed the incidental music (op. 61 - MWV M 13) for William Shakespeare's William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. It is one of the most
Mendelssohn's most frequently performed works.
The "Wedding March", part 9 of the incidental music, was composed on 25 January 1858 in honour of Prince Frederick of Prussia and his bride Princess Victoria of England and Ireland.
England and Ireland in the chapel of St. James's Palace in London. A tradition was born. Since then, the Wedding March has been used everywhere as wedding music for the entrance of the bride and groom.O
Only the "Bridal Song" by Richard Wagner's "Bridal Song" from the Lohengrin "Treulich geführt" is almost as popular and
An irony of fate is the fact that the best-known work by both composers is a wedding march.
Apart from the style and rhythmic character, the second theme of the two marches really does sound confusingly similar. "Good artists copy, great artists steal." That's what Picasso is supposed to have Picasso said that.
Although Richard Wagner later in life did not have a good word to say About Mendelssohn, he had initially seen him as a role model and had even sought his even sought his support. Wagner sent several letters and manuscripts to Mendelssohn. He even admitted: "At that time I knew nothing better than to imitate him, which I have of course since forgotten."
Characteristic for the music is the trumpet signal, beginning with a triplet upbeat and the following quarter note. It immediately catches the ear and is repeated several times, it becomes a strong primordial motif that one never forgotten. The tension built up by this is released in the fortissimo orchestra, which leaves an overwhelming auditory impression, perhaps one reason for the work's worldwide success.
Note on performance practice:
This arrangement can be played as a solo piece or as a duo with organ accompaniment.
duo with organ accompaniment. The quieter middle section is often played only by the organ.
organ in order to increase the tension, but it is also possible to play the the middle section.
However, this decision should be left to the soloists.
Wolfgang Oppelt, Arranger