Wedding Entertainment – From Ball Room To Barn Dance – A History
Making music and history sing is an instinctive reaction. To the most important events in life: births. Marriages and deaths are celebrate or mourn by. Music in many cultures around the world. From tribalism in Africa to folk song in China. Most countries and cultures have a traditional way of expressing their joy at the union of two people.
The history of bridal music in Britain spans pagan rituals.Christian ceremonies European fashion and recently the richly diverse .Ethnic traditions that are present in the country today. For example .The popular use of Wagner’s ‘Bridal Choir’. More commonly know as ‘Here Comes the Bride’. And Mendelsohn’s ‘Wedding March’ of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ are believe to be at the ceremony of the church .Was start by Victoria the Princess Royal. Daughter of Queen Victoria when she marry the Crow Prince of Prussia in 1858. Her love for German composers led her to choose these two pieces.And with royal weddings leading the way as still They do it today. It became their choice imitated by so much more. brides until it became a tradition unto itself.
wedding music would differ between urban and rural areas
In the 18th and 19th centuries and possibly earlier. Wedding music would differ between urban and rural areas and between classes. The rural and urban lower classes would have celebrated with more informal and improvised music. Perhaps someone playing a guitar or with everyone attending some popular songs and family favorites.
Whereas rural areas would have been eager to follow the example of their urban upper-class contemporaries and. Would have had more formal and organized entertainment. They probably would have been wealthy enough to own a piano that a talented young woman.Would have played for guests to dance to or maybe they would have hired a string quartet to really impress. For the upper classes classical music would have been at the center at this time with gloomy organ music .Reflecting the formality of the service and lighter music for a reception at home with a bit of dancing later.
Wartime weddings, of course, were affect by the troubles the country
Wartime weddings of course. Were affect by the troubles the country experienced at the time when rationing affected the wedding food.Cake and dress. However. communities in true “lightning spirit” communities came together for a wedding, collecting coupons to ensure the party. Ate a decent meal and managed to create dresses from family .Heritage and clothing coupons. Despite the war or maybe because of it, everyone was determine to have fun. Wedding entertainment at this time would probably have been quite improvise. With guests participating in popular songs. Perhaps with someone playing the piano or putting some records on a gramophone.
Music itself has changed dramatically since the advent of post.War popular music and the electronic development of music in recent decades. The idea of evening entertainment as we know it now is a very recent invention. The now traditional first and last dancers began in the 1980s on wards. Before this time. The bride and groom traditionally want on their honeymoon after the meal was over .And the cake was cut. Leaving their guests behind to be entertain or improvise.