Program Notes for Elsa’s Procession To The Cathedral

Composer: Richard Wagner
Arranger: Lucien Cailliet

One of the most well-known musical compositions in the world is the famous wedding march, the one to which schoolchildren everywhere sing “Here comes the Bride.”

This wedding march was written by Richard Wagner for his opera “Lohengrin.” During the opera, the lady getting married is Elsa.

Strangely enough, she’s marrying a knight who rides a swan, and she doesn’t even know his name.

We will play for you now the tune Wagner wrote to depict the regal procession leading up to her marriage.

The tune begins with a lovely pastoral theme and develops through the entire procession, coming to a majestic climax with Elsa’s arrival at the cathedral.

Ladies and Gentlemen, we play for you now Lucien Cailliet’s transcription of Richard Wagner’s Elsa’s Procession To The Cathedral.