Wednesday, June 18, 2008

"Here Comes the Bride"

The familiar tune, Here Comes the Bride, used at most weddings is the traditional music played as the bride walks down the aisle.

The song actually has roots that go back over one hundred years!! Known originally as The Bridal Chorus, it was composed by Richard Wagner for his opera Lohengrin in 1848. The Bridal Chorus was an integral part during a wedding scene of the opera, but not in the same text that it's used today. Believe it or not the tune was played when the couple was walking towards their bedroom chamber and making preparations for the wedding night.

Here Comes the Bride was then used for the walk down the aisle during the royal wedding of Princess Victoria, daughter of Queen Victoria, to Prince Frederick William of Prussia in 1858. From then on the Bridal Chorus became the traditional wedding march.

Wagner's Bridal Chorus remains one of the most popular songs for a bride's processional today. Other popular tunes include Canon in D, the Marriage of Figaro and Trumpet Voluntary.

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