Saturday, April 25, 2009
Search: here comes the bride
Why: I don't think Megan McAllister will get her dream beach wedding after all.
Answer: The "Bridal Chorus" is from the 1850 opera Lohengrin by composer Richard Wagner. In the opera, the chorus is sung after the ceremony by the women of the wedding party as they accompany the heroine Elsa to the bridal chamber. The marriage between Elsa and Lohengrin is an almost immediate failure.
The "Wedding March" is completely different, composed by Felix Mendelssohn for a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream in 1842. It became popular at weddings when it was selected by Victoria, The Princess Royal for her marriage to Prince Frederick William of Prussia in 1858.
Anyway, here they both are:
The More You Know: The "Bridal Chorus" is seldom played at Jewish weddings, which do not feature a processional. This also may be because of Wagner's reputation as a hater of Jews (including Mendelssohn).