Wednesday, October 10, 2012

#2 Most Popular Bridal Processional : Wagner's "Bridal Chorus"

The “Bridal Chorus” from the opera “Lohengrin” by Wagner (pronounced Vog-ner) is what we know as “Here Comes The Bride”.  Many brides consider this the most traditional selection but it has no real cultural or religious ties.  It became popular because of the wedding scene in the 1850 opera and when someone put the words “Here comes the bride” to it then it went to the top of the charts here in the English-speaking world. It’s not even a procession in the production but is sung by a chorus after the ceremony.  Plus, the marriage between the characters ends almost immediately in failure. It can be done on most instruments solo, accompanied by organ or in ensemble form.  Beware –the Catholic church considers this a secular piece, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod bans it because of pagan themes in Wagner’s opera, and Jewish services won’t allow it because of the composers known anti-semite views.  Contact me if you have questions. See one of our Steven Vance Trios play Wagner's Bridal Chorus.

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