WEDDING MUSIC

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1 Adagio in G minor (attrib. to Albinoni) (arr. for organ) [Adagio in G minor (arr. R. Giazotto)] 6:15 $1.49 Buy
2 Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (arr. for organ) [Herz und Mun 2:13 $1.49 Buy
3 Sheep May Safely Graze, BWV 208 [Sheep May Safely Graze, BWV 208] 4:43 $1.49 Buy
4 Serse (Xerxes), HWV 40, Act I: Ombra mai fu, "Largo" [Serse (Xerxes), HWV 40 (arr. for organ)] 6:19 $1.49 Buy
5 Trumpet Tune [Trumpet Tune ] 4:49 $1.49 Buy
6 Ellen's Gesang III (Ave Maria!), Op. 56, No. 6, D. 839, "Hymne an die Jungfrau" [Ellen's Gesang III 2:36 $1.49 Buy
7 Concerto in C major, RV 443: Largo [Flautino Concerto in C major , RV 443 (arr. for organ)] 2:52 $1.49 Buy
8 Lohengrin, Act III: Wedding March (arr. for organ) [Lohengrin] 5:30 $1.49 Buy
9 Ave Maria [Ave Maria] 1:26 $1.49 Buy
10 Trumpet Voluntary [Suite in D major] 8:23 44.1/16 Album only
11 Kaiser Walzer (Emperor Waltz), Op. 437 [Kaiser (Emperor), Op. 437 ] 5:02 $1.49 Buy
12 An der schonen, blauen Donau (The Beautiful Blue Danube), Op. 314 [An der schonen, blauen Donau (The 2:29 $1.49 Buy
13 A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61: Wedding March (arr. for organ) [A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61 3:55 $1.49 Buy
14 In dulci jubilo, BWV 729 [In dulci jubilo, BWV 729 (use)] 5:20 $1.49 Buy
15 Organ Symphony No. 5: Toccata [Organ Symphony No. 5 in F minor, Op. 42, No. 1] 6:46 $1.49 Buy
16 Suite Gothique, Op. 25: Priere a Notre Dame [Suite gothique, Op. 25] 5:49 $1.49 Buy

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Mendelssohn included in his incidental music for Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream a Wedding March, the most familiar of all such marches. The play, in German translation, was first performed with Mendelssohn's music in 1843 at Potsdam for the King of Prussia, who had commissioned it. It celebrates, in the drama, the wedding of Theseus and Hippolyta, whose nuptial celebrations frame the plot. Almost equally familiar is the Wedding March from Wagner's opera Lohengrin, first staged a few years later in Weimar, through the good offices of Liszt, when Wagner, not the most dutiful of husbands, had fled Leipzig, after the suppression of the anti-monarchist rising of 1849, leaving his wife Minna behind. Set in medieval Germany, the opera centres on the mysterious knight Lohengrin, whose name must not be sought by his bride, although finally she is induced to break her word.

Schubert's Ave Maria, Jungfrau mild, is a setting of one of Ellen's songs, a hymn to the Virgin from the work of Sir Walter Scott. It provides a moment of gentle meditation before the brilliance of Widor's Toccata. The grandson and son of organists and organ-builders, Widor moved from Lyon to Paris in 1870, when he became organist at St. Sulpice, a position he held for the next sixty years. The Toccata forms one of the movements in the fifth of Widor's monumental organ symphonies. Equally impressive is the Toccata from the French organist Leon Boëllmann's Suite Gothique.

Jeremiah Clarke's Trumpet Voluntary takes us back to Restoration England, while the nineteenth century French composer Charles Gounod's Ave Maria provides a well known moment of romance, based as it is on a Prélude by Johann Sebastian Bach, who never dreamed of such a thing. Ideas of love return in Handel's Largo, although his hero Serse, at this moment in the opera, is expressing his vegetable love for a plane-tree, to the amusement of those hidden to observe him. It is followed by a well known Trumpet Tune by Henry Purcell.

The name of Albinoni has enjoyed particularly wide fame in recent years through a composition written by a modern scholar and admirer of his work, the Italian Giazotto. The Adagio, alleged by its composer to be based on a fragment of Albinoni, may at least be a tribute to the early eighteenth century Venetian master. His prolific contemporary in Venice, Antonio Vivaldi, is here represented by a slow movement from a Trio Sonata.

Johann Sebastian Bach, the most distinguished member of a widespread musical dynasty in Saxony, based a chorale prelude on the Christmas In dulci jubilo, while two cantatas provide the movements Jesus bleibet meine Freude and Schafe konnen sicher weiden, known in English as Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring and Sheep May Safely Graze.

Johann Strauss takes us into a very different mood, a party after the wedding ceremony, with two waltz sequences, the Emperor Waltz cleverly named to please either the German or Austrian Emperor, and the Blue Danube celebrating the river on which Vienna lies.