Bridal Chorus


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Bridal Chorus

traditional wedding song; from Wagner’s Lohengrin. [Music: Scholes, 1113]
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It contains The Bridal Chorus, better known as Here Comes The Bride.
And that was why brides of that time decided to ditch Mendelson's Wedding March and Wagner's Bridal Chorus that Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip marched to years before in favor of Purcell and Elgar.
Given in marriage by her parents and escorted to the altar by her father, the bride wore an ivory Enzoni designer gown, covered in lace and accented with a jewel-embellished waist The bride's ivory fingertip-length veil was edged with scalloped lace as she walked the aisle to Richard Wagner's "Bridal Chorus."
"It's definitely changed days" German composer Richard Wagner wrote the Bridal Chorus in 1851 and it features in his opera Lohengrin.
The first, "Processionals and Recessionals," consists of many frequently requested favorites, including requisites such as Wagner's "Bridal Chorus," and Mendelssohn's "Wedding March." One highlight here is Pachelbel's "Canon in D"; Sanborn's arrangement begins unassumingly, but near the end treats the famous ostinato in a fresh way by briefly alternating ever-so-slightly dissonant ninth chords in the middle register with more consonant triads in the upper register--the effect is bell-like, and would be a lovely welcome for a bride.
Selections include Mendelssohn's "Wedding March," Handel's "Air from Water Music," Pachelbel's "Canon in D," Wagner's "Bridal Chorus," and Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring," as well as many other favorites.
The chorus came back into dominance as the program closed with the "Bridal Chorus" from Wagner's "Lohengrin," and the "Easter Hymn" from Mascagni's "Cavalleria Rusticana." Accompanied in the first half by pianist Olga Rogach, and in the second half by pianist/organist Lynne LaComfora, the Salisbury Singers displayed, as always, clear enunciation, spot-on dynamic control, and wonderful commitment to their work.
Bach (Jesu, Joy and Air on the G String), Henry Purcell (Trumpet Voluntary, Trumpet Tune), Schubert (Ave Maria), Mouret (Rondeau), Mendelssohn (Wedding March), Pachelbel (Canon), and Wagner (Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin) are presented in horn-friendly keys (C, F, [B.sup.b], and G) and constitute a lineup of hits that are extremely useful.
The bride walked down a makeshift red carpet in the hotel's lobby while the assembled guests hummed The Bridal Chorus.
He chose ''An American in Paris,'' by George Gershwin, ''From the New World'' by Czech composer Antonin Dvorak and ''The Bridal Chorus'' from Lohengrin, an opera by Richard Wagner.
"Elegant Wedding Classics" (JT51, $12.95) for piano solo and vocal performances offers a time-honored selection of traditional favorites that includes Air (from 'Water Music Suite'); Ave Maria (from the 'First Prelude of Johann Sebastian Bach'); Ave Maria (Schubert); Bridal Chorus (from 'Lohengrin'); Canon in D; Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring; Liebestraum No.