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Tying the Knot

Ether Game asks: can you name this tune? It’s one confusing trip to the altar.

This music is used to celebrate one of the happiest occasions in many people’s lives. But the celebration it was intended to depict comes about after some fairy trickery, a little shape-shifting, and a lot of laughs. The composer of this piece was asked to compose incidental music for the famous play. He found inspiration in an overture he had written on the same subject when he was just 17. After adding twelve more sections, he came up with music that was the perfect transport to a dreamy world.

Music Heard On This Episode

Richard Wagner: Bridal Chorus
Wiener Staatsopernchor und Orchester/Karl Böhm — Wagner: Lohengrin (Melodram, 2000)
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Richard Wagner: Bridal Chorus
Wiener Staatsopernchor und Orchester/Karl Böhm — Wagner: Lohengrin (Melodram, 2000)
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Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata BWV 202: Wedding Cantata
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra — Bach Complete Cantatas Vol. 5 (Elektra / Wea, 1997)
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Edvard Grieg: Wedding Day at Troldhaugen
Leif Ove Andsnes — Grieg: Lyric Pieces (EMI Classics, 2002)
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Burt Bacharach: I Say a Little Prayer For You
Burt Bacharach — Live at the Sydney Opera House (Verve, 2008)
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Robert Schumann: Myrthen: Selections
Wolfgang Holzmair/Imogen Cooper — Robert and Clara Schumann Lieder (Philips, 2002)
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Franz Joseph Haydn: Salve Regina
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra/Tölzer Knabenchor — Haydn: Paukenmesse (Sony, 1996)
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Giuseppe Verdi: Ernani:Selections
Maria Callas/Concerrgebouw Amsterdam/Nicola Rescigno — Maria Callas in Hamburg 1962 and the Rarest Material (Gala, 2000)
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro: Overture
Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century/Frans Brüggen — Mozart: Symphony No. 38 (Polygram Records, 1990)
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Wedding Song
Paul Stookey — There is Love (Daywind, 2008)
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Igor Stravinsky: Les Noces: Tableau Four
RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra/New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra — Stravinsky: Composer & Conductor, Vol. I (Andante, 2002)
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Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholday: Wedding March
Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra/Anthony Bramall — Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream; Overtures (Naxos, 1999)
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Clara Schumann: Three Songs; Op 12
Vladimir Ashkenazy/Barbara Bonney — Songs by Robert & Clara Schumann (Decca, 1997)
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White Wedding
Billy Idol — Greatest Hits (CAPITOL, 1999)
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