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Thursday, January 25, 2007
Here Comes the Bride
Or, rather, there go the happy couple. Mendelssohn's famous wedding march, which is often used as the recessional in weddings is probably the most famous piece of his compositions for Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. It was written in 1842.

Felix Mendelssohn Barthody was born in 1809 in Hamburg, Germany. The son of wealthy Jewish parents who renounced the Jewish religion, Felix and his siblings were baptized into the Lutheran faith, at which time he added the names Jakob Ludwig to his own. He is generally regarded as one of the greatest child musical prodigies, second only to Mozart. His musical training began at age six. At the age of nine he made his first public concert appearance. He was a prolific composer as a child, publishing his first work, a piano quartet, at thirteen.

At the age of 20, he paid his first visit to England and was introduced to influential music circles. Throughout his life, he visited England approximately ten times and was well received each time. On more than one occasion he was received by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and it is due to their oldest daughter, Princess Victoria, that his wedding recessional became so popular.

This Day in History: On this day, Victoria, the Princess Royal, married Crown Prince Frederick William of Prussia and selected Mendelssohn's recessional march to be played at the end of her wedding.

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