" the Mendelssohn March"
The Portrait of Felix Mendelssohn 1829
Public DomainThe Portrait of Felix Mendelssohn 1829 - Credit: James Warren Childe

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) wrote incidental music for Shakespeare’s play, A Midsummer Night's Dream, including the famous Wedding March which is often played as the recessional tune at weddings. Mendelssohn wrote in the Classical Romantic style and began his career as a child prodigy. German by birth, he toured extensively in Europe and visited many countries including Britain, which inspired such famous works as The Scottish Symphony and the Hebrides Overture.

The wedding march became popular when it was performed for Victoria, The Princess Royal, at her marriage to Prince Frederick William of Prussia on 25 January 1858. Her mother, Queen Victoria, loved Mendelssohn's music and he often played for her.

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