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Mendelssohn: Wedding March for Piano Quartet

By Felix Bartholdy Mendelssohn

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Piano Quartet - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Felix Bartholdy Mendelssohn (1809-1847). Arranged by James M. Guthrie, ASCAP. Romantic Period, Wedding. Score, Set of Parts. 37 pages. Published by jmsgu3 (S0.402013).

Item Number: S0.402013

Score: 18 pages, piano part: 6 pages, cello part: 4 pages, viola part: 4 pages, violin part: 4 pages. duration: ca. 5'. This is the famous wedding march from Op. 61 composed in 1842 and commonly performed as a recessional march at the end of a wedding. The piece was originally composed for orchestra then arranged for organ and performed by Mendelssohn himself.

Mendelssohn: Wedding March

Mendelssohn’s Wedding March is sopopular that it’s difficult to imagine a wedding without it. It seems like it’sbeen around for eternity. In any case, it was only 150 years or so ago that theWedding March came about. It was performed in Potsdam for the first time in1842, as a piece of Mendelssohn’s music for the Shakespeare play A MidsummerNight’s Dream. It was first used for a wedding in 1858

Mendelssohn Background

FelixMendelssohn (1809 –1847) was, by allmeans, a German mastermind composer, musician and orchestra conductor of the Romantic period.Consequently, Mendelssohn composed in the usual forms of the time - symphonies, concertos, oratorios,piano music, and chamber music. To summarize, his most famous worksinclude his music for A Midsummer Night's Dream,the Italian Symphony, the Scottish Symphony, TheHebrides Overture, his later Concerto for Violin & Orchestra, andhis Octet for Strings. His most well-known piano pieces, by and large,are the Songs Without Words. 

Artistic Standing

 Musical tastes change from time to time. Moreover,just such a change occurred in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This plusrampant antisemitism brought a corresponding amount of undue criticism. Fortunately,however, his artistic inventiveness has indeed been critically re-evaluated. Asa result, Mendelssohn is once again among the most prevalent composers of the Romanticera.

Early Family Life

Mendelssohn was, in fact, born into a prominent Jewish family.His grandfather was, notably, the philosopher Moses Mendelssohn. Felix was,in fact, raised without religion. At the age of seven, he was all of a sudden baptizedas a Reformed Christian. He was, moreover, a child musicalprodigy. Nevertheless, his parents did not attempt to exploit his talent.

Early Adulthood

Mendelssohn was, in general, successful inGermany. He conducted, in particular, a revival of the music of JohannSebastian Bach, specifically with his presentation of the St MatthewPassion in 1829. Felix was truly in demand throughout Europe as acomposer, conductor, and soloist. For example, he visited Britain ten times. There,he premiered, namely, many of his major works. His taste in music was. To besure, inventive and well-crafted yet markedly conservative. This conservatismseparated him by all means from more audacious musical colleagues like Liszt, Wagner, and Berlioz.Mendelssohn founded the Leipzig Conservatoire which, to clarify, became a defenderof this conservative viewpoint.

Mature Adulthood

Schumann notably wrote that"Mendelssohn was the Mozart of the nineteenth century, the most brilliantmusician, the one who most clearly sees through the contradictions of the ageand for the first time reconciles them." This observation points to acouple of features in particular that illustrate Mendelssohn's works and his artisticprocedure.

Musical Features

In the first place, his musicalstyle was fixed in his methodical mastery of the style of preceding masters. Thisbeing said, he certainly recognized and even developed early romanticism fromthe music of Beethoven and Weber. Secondly, it indicates that Mendelssohn soughtto strengthen his inherited musical legacy rather than to exchange it with newforms and styles or replace it with exotic orchestration. Consequently,he diverged his contemporaries in the romantic period, such as Wagner, Berlioz,and Liszt. Mendelssohn revered Liszt's virtuosity at the keyboard but foundhis music rather insubstantial.  Register for free lifetime revisions and updates at www.jamesguthrie.com

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