Sheet Music: Bridal Chorus

TitleBridal Chorus
from Lohengrin
Alternate titlesWedding March (Here Comes the Bride)
ComposerRichard Wagner (1813–1883)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyB-flat major
RangeF4–G5
Time signature2/4
Tempo84 BPM
Performance time1:35
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2009-05-03
Last updated2009-05-03
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Categories
Marches, Opera excerpts, Romantic, Wedding music

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Sunday 3 May 2009

Tune of the Day: Here Comes the Bride

Bridal Chorus from Richard Wagner's “Lohengrin”

This is the standard march played for the bride's entrance at many formal weddings throughout the Western world. The piece comes from Wagner's opera Lohengrin, but its usual placement at the beginning of a wedding ceremony is not entirely in accordance with its placement in the opera. In the opera, the chorus is sung after the ceremony by the women of the wedding party, as they accompany the heroine Elsa to the bridal chamber.

One curious thing is that the marriage between Elsa and Lohengrin is an almost immediate failure, reaching irretrievable breakdown twenty minutes after the chorus has been sung. However, as we all know, this has failed to discourage the widespread use of the piece.

Other Movements from the same Work

Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral Flute solo