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History of Mendelssohn’s famous march


Wedding, marriage, wedding ceremony – what associations arise when pronouncing these phrases? Celebration, wedding attire, bride and groom and, of course, a solemn wedding march. The melody that people around the world are used to hearing when registering a marriage is, of course, Mendelssohn’s march.

What is the history of the famous Mendelssohn march, which is an adornment of every wedding?

The history of this masterpiece is quite interesting and romantic. Not everyone knows that this melody was originally not related to marriage. The first time the musical creation was performed in October 1843 (on the 14th). At the same time, the play "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" was staged in the city of Portsdam. A young composer, at that time he was 34 years old, Felix Mendelssohn wrote this melody specifically for Shakespeare’s famous play. It was in this play that the work sounded for the first time, which later became legendary all over the world.

The March of Mendelssohn began to be used in marriage ceremonies only in 1858. After the wedding of the Crown Prince of Prussia Frederick Welhelm IV with Princess Victoria Adelheit took place on January 25, 1858. The bride was only 14 years old and she loved music very much, so she was given the opportunity to choose a piece of music for the wedding procedure. The march of Mendelssohn, preferred by her, sounded at the moment when they left the church building. Since then, the Mendelssohn march has been used in wedding ceremonies around the world.

This work is already so legendary and famous that not a single wedding celebration can do without it.
Wedding, Wedding ceremony – one of the family rituals that formalizes marriage. Its social significance comes down to creating a new family for the purpose of procreation, establishing kinship, changing the family and age status and publicly recognizing the status of the spouses. It belongs to the most complex organized rituals. It combines linguistic, folklore-poetic, ritual, musical, visual and other plans.

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