If you’re having a traditional church wedding then the entrance of the bride is one of the most memorable parts of the day (no pressure then!). Musical choices very much depend on the individual but we have listed what we feel are the 10 most loved entrance (known as processional) songs.
These appear in most Top 10 or 20 lists that we’ve seen on the web and we list them in alphabetical order. Many of them you will have heard before.
We’ve also linked a YouTube clip to each one so you can listen. Also linked is the Wikipedia page about the piece so you read about the history of the music and the composer.
Bridal Chorus – Richard Wagner
This piece is an excerpt from an opera called Lohengrin by German composer Richard Wagner. It is generally known as “Here Comes the Bride” (we think you’ll know the tune before you even play the clip now!). It became popular when it was used at the wedding of one of Queen Victoria’s children. Find out more about this music via Wikipedia on this link.
Canon in D – Johann Pachelbel
This piece dates back to the late 17th/ early 18th Century that became popular at weddings during the 1980’s. It probably sounds familiar. In fact, the chord progression has been used in several pop songs. Find out more about the history of this music via Wikipedia.
Ode to Joy – Ludwig van Beethoven
“Ode to Joy” is is an ode written by German poet Friedrich Schiller and it was used by Ludwig van Beethoven in his Ninth Symphony (completed in 1824). It is also used as the Anthem of Europe so you may want to think about the brexit connections! It’s a beautiful piece of music and you can find out more via Wikipedia.
Postlude Music Brandenburg Concerto No.3 – Johann Sebastian Bach
The Brandenburg Concertos are a collection of six instrumental works composed in the early 18th Century. To find out more about the origins of this music take a look at the Wikipedia page.
Prince of Denmark’s March (Trumpet Voluntary) – Jeremiah Clarke
This piece is more commonly known as Trumpet Voluntary and is a very popular wedding march. It was used during the wedding of Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles in 1981. More information about this composition can be found on Wikipedia.
Rondeau – Jean-Joseph Mouret
This is from the Suite of Symphonies for brass, strings & timpani No. 1 by Jean-Joseph Mouret. The first movement of this piece (the rondeau) is widely known and used in weddings. Wikipedia has more information about the history of this piece.
Spring from Four Seasons – Antonio Vivaldi
Published in 1725 The Four Seasons is a group of four violin concertos by Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi which gives musical expression to a season of the year. Find out more via Wikipedia.
The Arrival of The Queen of Sheba – George Frideric Handel
First performed in 1749 this piece is an excerpt from a larger piece based around the biblical stories of King Solomon. Find out more about the history of this music via Wikipedia.
Trumpet Tune in D – Jeremiah Clarke
This piece is often attributed incorrectly to Henry Purcell (as is Clarke’s other piece in this blog the Prince of Denmark’s March – Trumpet Voluntary). This composition was was taken from the semi-opera The Island Princess, which was a joint musical production of Clarke and Daniel Purcell (Henry Purcell’s younger brother or cousin). Which is probably something to do with the confusion. See Wikipedia for more details.
Wedding March (from A Midsummer Night’s Dream) – Felix Mendelssohn
Mendelssohn composed some music in 1842 to accompany a production of William Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The Wedding March was part of that composition and is a very well known piece. Wikipedia has more details about the history of the music.
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