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The Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn is Played at the Marriage of Queen Victoria’s Daughter and Friedrich of Prussia

English: Theme of the Wedding March, from Mend...

English: Theme of the Wedding March, from Mendelssohn’s incidental music Ein Sommernachtstraum, Op. 61. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On January 25, 1858, The Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn is played at the marriage of Queen Victoria’s daughter, Victoria, and Friedrich of Prussia, and becomes a popular wedding recessional. This is the best known of all the of Mendelssohn’s pieces. Mendelssohn usually played for Queen Victoria and her family when he was visiting Britain.
The works of William Shakespeare was very popular. In 1826, Mendelssohn saw A Midsummer’s Night Dream and was so inspired he wrote an overture for his employer, King Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia. He was later commissioned to write accompanying music for a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream that was to be staged in 1843 in Potsdam for Marius Petipa for a ballet. The earlier music he had written was incorporated into concert music. Petipa had worked with Tchaikovsky on Swan Lake. This was the period of musical Romanticism which was between 1815 and 1910 and this particular piece of music is a monument to the period as well as the genre.
The creation of the recessional that is used today was done by both Franz Liszt and Vladimir Horowitz who both at one time both transcribed the “Wedding March and Dance of the Elves” to be played for piano in to what it is today. Shakespeare’s creativity inspired other artists, and helped bring out their out creativity that changed the world.

Here is the Wedding March by Mendelssohn from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.




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The Nutcracker Premiered December 18, 1892 in St. Petersburg

On Sunday, December 18, 1892 in St. Petersburg at the Mariinsky Theatre, The Nutcracker premiered on a double bill with Tchaikovsky’s opera, Iolanta. They performed the libretto which was choreographed by Marius Petipa.

Alexandre Dumas most notable for his works, The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers in 1844 made a revision of E.T.A. Hoffmann‘s story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, which was adapted for ballet for Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Dumas wrote took many of the stories he wrote and adapted them into plays and opened the Théâtre Historique. Tchaikovsky was commission by Ivan Vsevolozhsky to compose the Nutcracker and he worked with Petipa in cooperation in creation of the ballet.

The players included the Sugar Plum Fairy, Prince Coqueluche, Nutcracker-Prince, Drosselmeyer and Clara. The children’s roles were performed by real children. Now the roles of often performed by adults.

Tchaikovsky’s music is wonderful in the telling of the story, and if you haven’t seen the performance of the Nutcracker on stage, you should try to make it a point, it is of sheer delight. The performance of ballet is elegant and beautiful. Ballerina’s can move across the stage as if they were butterflies.

Here is The Nutcracker at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, thankfully not in 1892. Enjoy the show!






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