Mendelssohn – A midsummer night’s dream


Two famous pieces of incidental music, by Mendelssohn and Schubert. A midsummer night’s dream is a play by William Shakespeare, written at the end of the sixteenth century. It tells a story about two marriages and the intrigue created by some fairies in the forest. It all sounds very nineteenth century for a play from the sixteenth.

The piece is most famous for its wedding march, one of the two pieces traditionally associated with the walk of the bride down the aisle at a wedding. Can you guess what the other is?

This is not a complete version. This is music that was created to be played during the play itself, so it probably does not fit on one record. The first part was a reused version of a piece Mendelssohn wrote fourteen years earlier: the overture. It is equally famous.

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