Wedding music

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Wedding music

Western weddings

Music played at Western weddings includes a processional song for walking down the aisle (ex: wedding march) either before or after the marriage service. An example of such use is reported in the wedding of Nora Robinson and Alexander Kirkman Finlay in 1878. Relevant music includes:

  • Various works for trumpet and organ, arguably the most famous of which include the Prince of Denmark's March by Jeremiah Clarke as a processional, the "Trumpet Tune" by Henry Purcell and the "Trumpet Voluntary" by John Stanley as recessionals.
  • Selections by George Frideric Handel, perhaps most notably the "Air" from his Water Music as processional and the "Alla Hornpipe" as recessional.
  • The "Bridal Chorus" from Lohengrin by Richard Wagner, often used as the processional and commonly known as "Here Comes the Bride". Richard Wagner is said to have been anti-Semitic, and as a result, the Bridal Chorus is often not used at Jewish weddings.
  • Johann Pachelbel's Canon in D is an alternative processional.
  • The "Wedding March" from Felix Mendelssohn's incidental music for the Shakespeare play, A Midsummer Night's Dream, used as a recessional.
  • The "Toccata" from Charles-Marie Widor's Symphony for Organ No. 5, used as a recessional.
  • Segments of the Ode to Joy, the fourth movement of Ludwig van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.
  • Other alternative considerations include various contemporary melodies like Bob Marley's One Love which is often performed by a steel drum band.

(wikipedia)

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