Great article about the Wedding March:
BRIDAL CHORUS: Immediate download of romantic string quartet, gentle piano, Orchestra, pipe organ, trumpet, traditional piano playing the Wedding March|Bridal March|Bridal Chorus. Different styles, speeds and lengths all intended to fit your bridal processional needs. Composed as a part of the opera Lohengrin, the original lyric began as follows:
"Faithfully guided, draw near
to where the blessing of love will preserve you
Triumphant courage is the reward of love, and
joins you in faith now as the happiest of couples!"
Today, no lyrics are sung to the bridal chorus, though if you are observant, you might spy a young lady singing "Here comes the bride, all dressed in white" as she pretends to be getting married.
Note that the BRIDAL CHORUS is often called the WEDDING MARCH, BRIDAL MARCH, or "HERE COMES THE BRIDE." The title 'Bridal March' may be confusing; there are other bridal processional songs that are generically referred to as 'the bridal march'. (The term "Wedding March" is even broader yet...)
The Bridal Chorus made it's debut in 1850 as part of Wagner's opera Lohengrin, directed by his good friend and ardent supporter Franz Liszt. It premiered in the Unites States in 1871, and the UK in 1875. There are some church circles where it's use is disallowed, usually due to it's supposed sentimental rather than sacred nature, and that partly due to it's frequent appearances in film and television.
In some faith traditions, liturgical music is always sung and has no instrumental accompaniment; since there are no lyrics for the Wedding March (other than the original opera lyrics, which have never been translated or re-written satisfactorily for serious use in English weddings), it's liturgical use is impossible on many levels.
Though some might object to the context in which it appears in the opera, hardly any wedding guests will be considering the original setting upon hearing it's familiar strains and experiencing the bride's entrance, and as such perhaps it can be compared to putting religious lyrics to "secular" bar tunes (as is the case with many cherished Christian hymns) - the new "marriage" of words and music rises above the origin of the music.
The Bridal Chorus arrangements we offer here have become some of our most popular song choices; to these we plan to add a flute solo, possibly with harpsichord and small orchestra accompaniment, a wedding piano and organ duet, and a solo trumpet with orchestra. I am also toying with the idea of composing lyrics, which almost necessarily must begin with "Here comes the bride" (to change that line would be akin to rewriting the first line of the national anthem) though it is a formidable task. I do, however have an approach that I think might make this most cherished of bridal processionals more appealing to young couples getting married in the 21st century.
released 20 July 2010
Bridal Chorus Variations was arranged and produced by Steve Millikan for the Wedding Music Project. Musicians include Kara Day-Spurlock, Colette Abel, Dennis McCafferty, and Steve Millikan.