|Publisher:||Ditty Box Enterprises||Publication:||DBE 807|
Length: approx. 5 mins.
Wedding marches are generally considered to be special music for weddings, royal weddings in particular. The two best known and used marches are the Bridal Chorus from Wagners Lohengrun and this beautiful work by Mendelssohn which was incidental music to Shakespeare's Midsummer Nights Dream. According to Dr Scholes, the first person to play this was the organist of a parish church in Tiverton, Devon, a certain Samuel Reay who in 1847 made an organ arrangement from the then just published piano arrangement. This wedding march then became fashionable after it was performed for the wedding of the Princess Royal in 1858.
This recorder adaptation is transcribed from an undated 19th century piano arrangement published by George Willig.
A tempo of 150 crotchets/min. is suggested.