Last week I mentioned that I can’t stand Wagner. Well, that’s not quite 100% true. I have heard several pieces or short parts of his operas that I can stand. Yes, I admit it. I like The Ride of the Valkyries. I also like the overture to The Flying Dutchman.
There is one work by Wagner that everyone (or at least everyone in America) has heard, as butchered by millions of church pianists. What we commonly know as “The Wedding March” is actually The Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin. Imagine my surprise and delight the first time I heard it the way it’s supposed to sound.