Bridal Chorus Variations

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  • BRIDAL CHORUS mp3 download [HERE COMES THE BRIDE WEDDING MARCH BRIDAL MARCH]
    ----BRIDAL CHORUS sheet music & other wedding sheet music links below

    Wedding Piano, Romantic String Quartet, Pipe Organ, Orchestra, & the "traditional piano" BRIDAL CHORUS-Wedding March. Take these variations to your church to see which style and length best fits your wedding.

    Bridal Chorus variations is perfect for wedding planners, wedding chapels, churches, & as a wedding planning helper. Your mom or grandma may have walked down the aisle to this timeless classic bridal march! Sheet Music link below.

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Bridal Chorus sheet music ~ weddingmusicproject.bandcamp.com/album/bridal-chorus-sheet-music-here-comes-the-bride-wedding-march-gentle-piano-short-long-versions
www.weddingmusicproject.com/wedding-sheet-music/
Great article about the Wedding March:
www.weddingmusicproject.com/blog/processionals/wedding-march-download-mp3-wagner/
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. There are no further lyrics, though it might be nice if someone were to compose a romantic lyric for this eminently recognizable tune that has graced so many weddings in the past 120 years.

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 'a 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 religious circles where it's use is disallowed, 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. (*Editors note - the trumpet version has been added). 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 one's 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. Time will tell.

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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.

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Track Name: Wedding March mp3 Piano
The lyrics written for the opera Lohengrin are never used in modern day weddings. Several have attempted to compose new lyrics to fit this familiar tune, but with no success on any grand scale. This may be partially due to the march-like nature of the music, which somehow makes meaningful lyrics hard to pen in a style that would be broadly appreciated in modern culture. As well, it would be almost a necessity to begin the lyric with "Here comes the bride", since 99% of all listeners immediately think of that lyric when they hear the opening Wedding March melody. This limits the creative process; that line is not the most poetic ever written, to put it mildy, and so almost immediately the poet's job is daunting and nigh unto impossible.
Track Name: Bridal Chorus (Pipe Organ) Wagner "Here Comes The Bride"
Here's an interesting article about the Wedding March:
http://www.weddingmusicproject.com/blog/processionals/wedding-march-download-mp3-wagner/

http://weddingmusicproject.bandcamp.com/album/bridal-chorus-sheet-music-here-comes-the-bride-wedding-march-gentle-piano-short-long-versions
"Here Comes The Bride," sometimes comes to mind, but that is simply a phrase that happens to fit the music but has no connection to Wagner's opera or the Bridal Chorus. The original lyric began as follows:

"Faithfully guided, draw near
to where the blessing of love shall preserve you"

Young children have their own lyrics they sing; you might hear a young girl happily singing "Here comes the bride, all dressed in white" as she fantasizes about walking down the aisle in her own wedding.
Track Name: Bridal Chorus (String Quartet) Here Comes The Bride -Wagner
"Here Comes The Bride, all dressed in white" is what sometimes comes to mind, possibly the lyric creation of a small child in the early 20th century. The original lyric from the opera Lohengrin began with

"Faithfully guided, draw near
to where the blessing of love shall preserve you"

In the opera, the bridal chorus is sung by the bridal attendants as they accompany Elsa to the bridal chamber after the wedding ceremony.
Track Name: Here Comes The Bride Trumpet & Orchestra sweet
Here Comes The Bride Trumpet & Orchestra has no lyrics. However, if you listen carefully, you might hear very young ladies creating their own words as they daydream about their special day to come! "Here comes the bride, dressed all in white...."
Track Name: Wedding March Violin with Piano & Orchestra
There are no lyrics used in the present day for the Wedding March, except in the opera "Lohengrin" by Wagner from which we get this famous piece. In the opera, the Bridal Chorus|Wedding March is heard not before but after the wedding and is sung by the bridal party as the bride is going to her bridal chamber.

In it's operatic setting the words of the song, full of romantic platitudes and hope for the future, are tinged with irony, since the marriage of the heroine Elsa and her new husband Lohengrin quickly falls apart. Thankfully, wedding guests are not usually familiar with the story, or if they are, typically disregard any negative associations in favor of the emotion of the moment - the bridal entrance, accompanied by this stately Wedding March. Instrumentation is solo violin, string orchestra, french horn, piano, and percussion - tympani, orchestra bells, and chimes.
Track Name: Bridal Chorus Piano
The words from the opera began as follows:

Faithfully guided, draw near
to where the blessing of love shall preserve you

Triumphant courage, the reward of love
joins you in faith as the happiest of couples

The song ended with these lyrics:

Triumphant courage, love and happiness
join you in faith as the happiest of couple

(To hear these words being sung, you'll need to attend the opera Lohengrin, and take a translator with you).
Track Name: Bridal Chorus (Gentle Piano, short) Wagner
The lyrics that originally accompanied this music in Wagner's opera "Lohengrin" are never used. Some think of this song as "Here Comes The Bride" but that does not originate with the opera Lohengrin. The bridal chorus actually occurs after the wedding ceremony in Wagner's opera, as the bride is being accompanied to the bridal suite by her attendants.

The Bridal Chorus provides a link to the past and bridal processional music that your mother, grandmother, and other family members may have walked down the aisle to. In previous decades, it was most commonly played on a pipe organ or church organ, and sometimes on piano or as a piano-organ duet. Today you can find hundreds of versions of this classical bridal processional arranged for every conceivable instrument and ensemble; this piano rendition is perhaps the most relaxing and gentle version available anywhere.
Track Name: Wedding March | Bridal Chorus Orchestra (Here Comes The Bride) Wagner
There are or course no standard lyrics for the Wedding March, unless you are thinking of the words from the opera, which to our knowledge are never used in modern day weddings. Some have tried writing English words, but no attempts have successfully caught on.

In the opera Lohengrin, this song, sung as the ladies of the bridal party accompany the bride back to the bridal chamber, ends with these lyrics:

Faithfully guarded, remain behind
where the blessing of love shall preserve you
Triumphant courage, love and happiness
join you in faith as the happiest of couples
Track Name: Wedding March Trumpet & Orchestra short
Wedding March Trumpet & Orchestra has no lyrics except those from the opera Lohengrin from which it came, but they are not easily translated into English, and would indeed seem out of place if sung in most modern weddings. Here is a taste of some of the lines from Lohengrin, translated into English:

Faithfully guided, draw near
to where the blessing of love shall preserve you!
Triumphant courage, the reward of love,
joins you in faith as the happiest of couples!
Champion of virtue, proceed!
Jewel of youth, proceed!
Flee now the splendor of the wedding feast,
may the delights of the heart be yours!
Track Name: Bridal Chorus | Bridal March (Moderate)
This traditional bridal processional from the opera Lohengrin began with this lyric:

"Faithfully guided, draw near
to where the blessing of love shall preserve you"

In the present day these lyrics are never heard in a wedding ceremony setting.
Track Name: Bridal Chorus (Gentle Piano) Wagner
The original lyrics from Wagner's Lohengrin are never heard in wedding ceremonies, though "Here Comes the Bride" is of course the common name for the Bridal Chorus.
Track Name: Wedding March Song Piano
Wedding March Song Piano has no lyrics commonly used in weddings today, though in the opera Lohengrin it was sung by the bridal party after the ceremony as the bride was making her way to the bridal chamber for what was, unbeknownst to our heroine Elsa, to be a tragically short marriage to her husband Lohengrin. Wedding guests today rarely if ever consider the original setting, and instead take those opening notes to be their cue to stand and gaze at the beautiful bride as she slowly makes her way down the aisle to join the wedding party.
Track Name: Bridal Chorus (Pipe Organ short) Wagner "Here Comes The Bride"
There are no lyrics sung today to this classic bridal processional from the opera Lohengrin, though a young lady can sometimes be overheard singing some made-up lyrics in her make-believe wedding.
Track Name: Bridal Chorus gentle, very short
"Bridal Chorus gentle, very short" has no lyrics, although the original version composed by Wagner featured a chorus singing this song to the tragic heroine of the opera Lohengrin immediately following the wedding ceremony as she was headed to the bridal chamber. There are, of course, lyrics that young children have created for their play acting, but these are nothing like the lofty words originally penned for the opera. A few attempts have been made to pen lyrics for this tune, but none of them have proven to be popular - the march-like nature of the music in most of our minds makes it incompatible with a contemporary, emotional lyric. It is enjoyable, though, to occasionally watch an old movie with some version of a lyric attempt - the old Father Of The Bride (not the recent re-make) being one of them.
Track Name: Bridal March Trumpet & Orchestra med
Bridal March Trumpet & Orchestra has no lyrics; those from the opera would be unwieldy and unusable if translated, and the nature of the march-like music make it difficult for modern day songwriters to compose alternate lyrics that seem fitting for a wedding ceremony.

The Bridal March is the most famous of all bridal processionals in the western world, though in recent decades there has been a decided trend toward individualism and occasionally uniqueness in the choice of walking music for the bride.
Track Name: Bridal Chorus (Pipe Organ fast) Wagner "Here Comes The Bride"
The lyric "Here Comes The Bride," is what many of us think of when we hear the opening strains of the Bridal Chorus, but that has no connection to the opera Lohengrin from whence it originates. The operatic lyric begins thus:

"Faithfully guided, draw near
to where the blessing of love shall preserve you"
Track Name: Here Comes The Bride|Bridal Chorus (moderate, ext.)
No standard lyrics have been composed for this music, which is from the opera Lohengrin, composed by Richard Wagner. There have been numerous attempts, but none of them have found popularity. Of course young children at play have many different versions they create as they daydream about being married and walking down the aisle.
Track Name: Bridal Chorus Wagner (String Quartet)
"Here Comes The Bride, all dressed in white" is what sometimes comes to mind, and what young children at play might sing. The original Bridal Chorus from the opera Lohengrin began with

"Faithfully guided, draw near
to where the blessing of love shall preserve you"

Today, no lyrics are sung to this most traditional of bridal processionals.
Track Name: Bridal Chorus Orchestra (Here Comes The Bride, Bridal March) short Wagner
The Bridal Chorus is never heard with lyrics except in an operatic setting; it is originally a part of Wagner's Lohengrin.
Track Name: Bridal Chorus Trumpet & Orchestra
Bridal Chorus Trumpet & Orchestra has no lyrics included. The original lyric from the opera is unsuitable for modern weddings. There have been no successful attempts to rewrite the words to this most classic wedding song, at least none that have met with any degree of acceptance.