How Has Classical Music Added Romance to Your Life?

Monday, February 01, 2010 - 12:00 AM

To celebrate Valentine's Day, we're reading your romantic stories and playing some of your favorite romantic pieces. Tell us how classical music added romance to your by commenting below.

Here's what the WQXR hosts have to say about romance and romantic music.

Midge Woolsey

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, our thoughts turn to romance--the most romantic gift to give, the most romantic place to eat, the most romantic words to say.
My idea of a steamy moment in classical music is a really fine mezzo-soprano performance (Marilyn Horne perhaps?) of Mon Coeur s’ouvre a ta Voix (‘My Heart Opens to your Voice’) from the opera Samson and Delilah by Camille Saint Saens.   
I’m curious to know about the piece of classical music that you find romantic.  Maybe it’s a romantic song, maybe it’s a symphony or a tone poem that tells a romantic story, maybe it’s something that brings back a romantic memory or maybe it’s a work that simply stirs romantic feelings in your heart.
Talk to me and tell me what you like to listen to when you are in the mood for romance.

Jeff Spurgeon

First, there are no native-born Americans of the electronic media age who can say that classical music has not added romance to their lives. So many movie, radio, and television love scenes are decorated by classical music that our emotional response to richly scored, swelling orchestral sounds is virtually Pavlovian. But, Midge, since you asked what music strikes a romantic mood for me, here you go: It’s Liszt’s Liebestraum No.3 for piano. It’s rich, florid, very beautiful, and it verges on going out of control and launching itself into some other dimension--and that’s a pretty good description of romantic love, isn’t it? The poetry Liszt copied onto the score says to love while you can, because the time for mourning will inevitably arrive. This music heeds that warning spectacularly; it is about the passion of loving now. If you have someone to share that experience with, you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day already.

Terrance McKnight

For me, the most fulfilling romantic involvement is when emotions, ideas, and dreams are openly and boldly expressed; and the ability to express those things through music is the hallmark of some the world’s greatest compositions. There are three musical works that characterize my experience with romance: Chopin’s Minute Waltz, Scott Joplin’s A Real Slow Drag and Richard Strauss’s Death and Transfiguration.

Naomi Lewin

The most romantic music I can think of is Claude Debussy's Trois Chansons de Charles d'Orléans.  Debussy composed choral settings for three poems by Charles of Orléans (the original Orléans, not the "New" one that just triumped in the Super Bowl).  Charles d'Orléans was a 15th century French duke who was captured in the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, after which he was held prisoner in England for 24 years.  That's when he wrote most of his 500-plus poems, and Debussy turned three of those poems into gorgeous part songs for unaccompanied voices.  The first one is an unabashed love song: "Dieu! Qu'il la fait bon regarder!" (God, she is beautiful!).  In the second one, "Quant j'ai ouÿ le tambourin" (When I heard the little drum), Debussy has most of the voices imitate a drum, backing up one of the most sensuous solos ever written.  And even in the final song, "Yver, vous n'estes qu'un villain" (Winter, you're nothing but a villain), which has a very fierce opening and closing, there's a languorous middle section looking forward to summer.  My idea of great romantic listening!

How has classical music added romance to your life? Tell us below.


Naomi Lewin, Terrance McKnight, Jeff Spurgeon and Midge Woolsey

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Comments [202]

Derek Clark

Greetings WQXR Station, I thoroughly enjoy the brillaince and livinlihood of your radio announcers since my return to New York City in 2007. As a former ballet dancer of 34 years there is simply nothing more sublime than classical music!
Keep up the superb work!! :-)

Oct. 04 2010 03:42 PM

Frederick Delius, Songs of Sunset
Dame Janet Baker; John Shirley-Quirk
Liverpool Philharmonic Choir
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
A CD from a 1968 recording / record
EMI Classics 0777 7 64218 2 7

Must be the Dame Janet Baker version. Only her voice can contain the melody.

Apr. 21 2010 10:17 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane

The love maLe artists have had for women as their inspirational muses has produced major masterpieces by major composers. Wagner, Tschaikovsky, Chopin, Brahms and Robert Schumann are representative of what is actually a widespread scenario. Wagner composed the music for the Wesendock Lieder to the poems of his muse Frau Mathilde Wesendonck at the Asyl, a small cootage on the estate of the Wesendoncks in Zurich, Switzerland and his opera Tristan und Isolde, though written in Venice, Italy, he dedicated to Mathilde. Tschaikovsky was financially supported by Frau von Meck, his "beloved friend" who corresponded with him for years on the condition that they should never meet. Supported so well financially, he could and did undertake and accomplish the composition of his operas Eugen Onegin and Pique Dame, his violin concerto, his Manfred Symphony, his fourth and fifth symphonies, and the Nutcracker ballet. Chopin was nursed to health by his lover, the famous writer Madam Dudevant, whose masculine nom de plume as author was George Sand. She accompanied Chopin to Majorca and through nursing him to good health, inspired his composition of his 24 Preludes for the piano. he spent summers at her home in Nohant. A quarrel ended their relationship in q1846. He never saw her again. He stopped composing and died in Paris in 1849, only 39 years old. Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms boith loved Madame Clara Wieck Schumann, Robert's wife. She was a stupendously gifted pianist and both composed music for her. Schumann did not compose when Clara was away concertizing but when she returned home amazingly his composing was eloquent, romantic and he wrote Die Schone Mullerin and over 100 songs inspired by her presence. We have the evidence of history that love motivates great accomplishments, giving encouragement to experiment and to seek goals beyond one's experience of achievement.

Apr. 21 2010 01:40 AM
Esther from Staten Island

For me it's there is no hesitation as to what aria sends me into a romantic frenzy and that is O mio bambino caro from Gianni Schicchi . The arias from Cavalieria Rusticana raise my emotions and I feel this was written by a man who felt love deeply.

Apr. 18 2010 06:43 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane from Lake Hiawatha, NJ

Romance is part and parcel of most art and most theater. I am a Wagnerian heldentenor and opera composer ("Shakespeare" & "The Political Shakespeare"). As director of the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, I train artists in all the Wagner and Shakespeare roles. There is plenty romance there! On Saturday June 12th I will sing some 30 selections: Romantic ballads from Broadway, "pop", folk and western music and Romantic Arias. NY Yoga

Apr. 01 2010 04:23 PM

Being a Mets fan (and a Yankee fan, by the way) since childhood, I didn't even have to log onto WQXR's former owner's website (the link thereto given below) to figure out that "the woman who played the organ at the baseball games" was the late Mets organist Jane Jarvis. (The surname Jarvis in the link, coupled with Vicki Slockblower's comment, gave it away.)

Feb. 14 2010 11:55 PM

More than a few of the classical pieces that other posters have brought up here are very romantic, but there was a program on Saturday nights on the now-defunct classical station (whose "Guitars Around the World" program was brought up by another poster) that was very romantic: "Opera for Young Lovers", hosted by future WQXR announcer Candace Agree.

Feb. 14 2010 11:43 PM
Patricia A. Dolan

I was once asked " How do you define love?" Love to me is best defined by the 4th movement of Mahler's 5th Symphony; Harry James playing "You Made Me Love You" and anything sung by Nat King Cole. Love defined by music.

Feb. 14 2010 01:28 PM
Michael Meltzer

re: Fromageot/Zayas
Harold Schonberg wrote of Juana Zayas, " a performer of Chopin she is to the manor born."
I second the motion.

Feb. 14 2010 12:07 PM

We had just finished a wind ensemble performance and she came back to my place for some red wine. Since she was a Pavarotti fan I put La Boheme on the stereo at the point where Rodolfo and Mimi meet. When the music stopped, I held her hand for the first time and we began to fall in love (Corny but true), Our romance did not last long but thanks partly to Puccini it was the most beautiful time of my life. So here's wishing Karen a Happy Valentine's Day wherever she may be.

Feb. 14 2010 11:46 AM
Jean from Manhattan

I can't believe that no one suggested Sibelius's ecstatic Symphony No. 2.

Feb. 14 2010 11:12 AM
Jeremy Goldman

Please play "Halt!" from Schubert's "Die Schone Mullerin" song cycle. The song has a special place in my heart as one of the songs that I sang for my wife during our wedding.

Feb. 14 2010 09:49 AM
Henri Fromageot from West Caldwell, New Jersey

Please broadcast the Preludes Op. 28 by Chopin (Music & Arts CD 1006) recorded by pianist Juana Zayas, my beloved wife of 43 years, whom I met at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris.
With anticipated thanks,
Henri Fromageot

Feb. 13 2010 11:11 PM
Maria T. Campoverde from White Plains NY.

Through classical music I have learned the true meaning of love and romance. Among all the wonderful composers,Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has a special place in my heart. I really appreciate his incomparable talent. Many of his piano, strings and wind pieces are the supreme expression of romanticism. For instance:
Violin concertos
# 1.KV 207(second movement)
# 2 KV 211(second movement)
# 3 KV 216 (second movement)
# 4 KV 218 (second movement)
# 5 KV 219 (second movement)
Sinfonia concertante in E flat,KV 364(second movement).
The translucent beauty of this slow movements is just breathtaking. I cannot stop thinking about the genius of this very young composer who was only 19 years old when he wrote this masterpieces.
And how about ?
-Piano concerto # 9 in E flat,KV 271(second movement)
-Piano concerto # 21 in C,KV 467(second movement).
-Concerto for flute and harp, KV 299(second movement)
-Flute concerto in G, KV 313(second movement)
I am not an expert or anything but,the process of learning some aspects of Mozart's life and music has been one of the most amazing and rewarding experiences in my life.
I got married 32 years ago. My husband was 19 years old and I was 20.Through the years Mozart's music has touched deeply our souls and emotions, and we have learned the authentic meaning of romance and beauty. It is simply extraordinary to feel the emotional power behind Mozart's compositions; they melt my heart. I am so grateful being able to enjoy the inspiration and work of a genius.
If you want to go to heaven without leaving the house, then listen to this music.
To the family of WQXR Happy Valentine's Day! and thank you very much for making our lives enjoyable and much easier.

Feb. 13 2010 07:31 PM
Hedy Tukey from Summit, NJ

More than 25 years ago, my husband and I sang with a choral group. We were just friends then. After rehearsal, we would go to a local restaurant for beer and food. We would arrive sometime around 9 P.M. At that time, the music playing in the restaurant would invariably be the second movement of Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez. I would always say how I loved hearing it. One day, my husband asked me out on a date. When he arrived at my apartment, he presented me with a recording of the concierto with John Williams playing guitar. That was the beginning which led to marriage. To this date, every time I hear the Concierto de Aranjuez, I think of the first time we became lovers.

Feb. 13 2010 07:01 PM
Dan Hardgrove from North Babylon, Long Island

Dear Friends,
It was in the fall of 1973 that Arlene invited me to her home for the first time so I could hear her play Claude Debussy's "Clair de Lune" on her baby grand piano. I was a junior at St. John's University at the time and she was a sophmore. As I watched and listened to her play the selection, I knew one day I would ask her to marry me. We will be married 35 years this October. Ironically the first time we ever met was in our "music appreciation" class
Thank you

Feb. 13 2010 04:30 PM
Enid Sandri from Forest Hills, New York City

There are 2 pieces that I have wanted you to play for several years on the New Years Day marathon but never even entered because they certainly would not be among the most "popular". Probably rarely heard of. Now might be the personal time that is more appropriate. I associate them with my youthful yearning vibrations as an "artist" entering society but still in art school, totally confusing love and infatuation with an older, sophisticated European, learned (in most ways) man. The infatuation metamorphosed into a failed marriage brimming with hurt and anger. amy cup runneth over with disilusion. But these two pieces remain to me exquisite rarities of the romantic impulse.

Liszt's Valle D'Obermann from his Annee des Pelerinage (sp?) played by Vladimir Horowitz in his return concert to the public. It was the only time I was one of those eager people who waited in cold, inclement weather for the tickets. Ah... but the memory..... It is followed on the recording by Debussy's L'Isle Joyeaux.

Feruccio Busoni's Piano Concerto #1 but I believe his only one played by Claudio Arrau if I remember correctly.

But for a better known piece and my current favorite for yearning and the disillusion of fate (we "artists" never outgrow this type of babyfat) is the Ring of Fire piece of Wotan in Die Walkure nearish the end. Yes, adding my own unique interpretation to the opera, this incestuous tragedy is the greatest love of the Ring alongside the seeking of G-d. Perhaps, as in the Hindu religion, one and the same. (I wonder how the musical genius of this anti-semite would take this thought as well as the fact that the Indian race is of the Aryan stock.)

Feb. 13 2010 12:54 PM
Bianca Russo from NYC

There's a lot more romantic music and operas than Verdi's Rigoletto (which doesn't end very well for almost everyone in it), but it holds a special place in our lives because my husband and I met on June 17, 1980 at a Met Opera free concert in Central Park with Luciano Pavarotti singing the Duke in Rigoletto. Pavarotti encored La Donna e Mobile, so while that aria is far from romantic, it reminds me of meeting my husband of more than 26 years. We have been huge opera fans ever since.

Feb. 13 2010 12:33 PM
John Redmond

Back when I was young and ignorant I got married. My bride in that doomed union was a classical pianist. When she learned of my joy in listening to Claude Debussy’s prelude “The Girl with the Flaxen Hair”, she added it to her repertoire. For the years we were together every now and then our apartment was filled with that delightful music.

We're apart twenty seven years now, but every time I hear that piece of music I am able to reflect on the happy days we had together; of a love that did exist between us for a while……..and she did have flaxen hair.

Feb. 12 2010 08:26 PM
Edward from Manhattan New York

For my Valentine, whoever and wherever you may be, and for everyone without a Valentine, I send out Andrea Bocelli & Bryn Terfel singing the Pearl Fishers duet from Les Pecheurs de Perles, and Domingo, Villazón & Netrebko singing Lehar's Dein ist mein ganzes Herz.

Feb. 12 2010 07:07 PM
Chrissie from Astoria, NY

My longtime boyfriend, Gino presented me with two tickets to the new production of Tosca as a graduation gift. The evening was beautiful. The opera was spellbinding, and it felt nice to be out for the evening in our finery. (He's always been so handsome in that black De La Renta suit.)
After the opera, we went out to gaze upon the fountain at Lincoln Center. It was raining off and on that unusually warm October night, and the drizzle held off long enough for him to take my hands in his and drop to one knee to propose in front of the fountain--with about 100 strangers looking on as people poured out of the Met! Astounded, I could hardly say a word, but nodded my head vigorously while the crowd Ooohed and ahhhed and clapped politely.
One of those strangers, who was in fact a tourist just taking in the local sights and not at all an opera-goer, came running after us as we walked off hand in hand, to tell us he had gotten a picture of the event on his iPhone. Turns out he was so inspired by the air of his location that he had been snapping photos of our darkened silhouettes against the uplit fountain b/c it looked so romantic. Little did he realize what he was capturing till Gino got down on his knee!
We have always been lovers of classical music and the opera, but now the Met will always stand as a special cornerstone for our family--and a place we will bring our children in the future!

Feb. 12 2010 06:53 PM
Phyllis Sharpe from Teaneck, NJ

For me the most romantic music comes from der Rosencavalier waltzes. It was at the Munich Opera House in 1971 that I really heard them. Smiling I turned to my husband beside me, and he was smiling back at me. This was after 14 years of marriage and 4 children. On the way home we talked about wanting to waltz together in Vienna. This never happened, which could be fortunate for he was a dancer and I was a soprano klutz.
And this many years later, when I hear the Rosen Cavalier waltzes I still have that same warm feeling of romance.

Feb. 12 2010 06:19 PM
Richard from Wood-Ridge, NJ

Nemorino's hopelessly wistful cavatina "Quanto è bella, quanto è cara!", with its sighing violins and cooing clarinets, always chokes me up in the opening moments of Donizetti's "L'elisir d'amore." When he gets a good look at Adina, who is about to read the legend of Tristan and Isolde to his fellow peasants, he asks "Chi m'insegna a farmi amar?" (Who will teach me to be lovable?), a sentiment of many of us with a lifelong battle against low self-esteem. My wife of almost 27 years has been my loyal "Adina," not just quite a dish, but a generous woman who has taught me to love myself because she loves me. Coming to believe her allowed me to love myself more, which, to my surprise, rendered me yet more lovable! So, Nemorino's lovely arietta has been the soundtrack to the movie of my romance with my own Adina. Though totally undramatic, it is genuinely sincere, and Donizetti's music makes the country bumpkin into a noble fellow of sorts, not a buffoon that you would expect in some farce. "Quanto è bella, quanto è cara!" brings more than "una furtiva lagrima" (one furtive tear) to my eyes, long before Nemorino gets around to singing Act II's romanza by that name. On our 25th anniversary I sang "Una furtiva lagrima" to my wife, AWFULLY, but she said it was the loveliest performance she had ever heard. Love may be blind, but it helps if it is also tone-deaf.

Feb. 12 2010 05:47 PM
Christine Wheeler from Point Pleasant, NJ

My husband and I were high school sweethearts that went our separate ways when college came in the picture. After 33 year and two unhappy marriages fate brought us back together! We have two favorites we like to listen to when we want to have a romantic evening togeter. They are: Sergei Rochmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op, 43 and of course Franz List Lieberstraum #3, which we call the song of love. Our many wishes to you all at WQXR for a very special Valentine's Day,

Feb. 12 2010 04:59 PM
olga griminger from Highland Park, NJ

"Leise flehen meine Lieder..." by Schubert became "our song" when we began dating in 1953. Through the years we would stop what we were doing, hold hands and smile whenever we heard the serenade. My husband died, after 54 1/2 years of marriage, but I still smile whenever I hear "Leise...", and smile.

Feb. 12 2010 03:59 PM
marianne from washington heights

A decade ago on my 65th birthday, my husband placed a gift CD on the player next to our bed; it awakened us to Dr Arne's "the Morning" sung by Emma Kirkby. When the piece was over I said, "Oh, thank you, how very beautiful." My ever-gallant, ever-loving 75-year old husband replied, "Not as beautiful as you, my dear." Needless to say, it remains one of my favorite romantic pieces."

At our wedding so many, many years ago, we had Purcell's Trumpet Voluntary, Bach's Sheep May Safely Graze and Mozart's Exultante Jubilate.

Feb. 12 2010 03:16 PM
Geraldo from Demarest, NJ

We were to have been married on Valentine's Day 1970 but alas the church was taken, so we opted for a week later, February 21. Following the service, the organist sounded out with the Toccata from Widor's Symphony #5 (in whose selection I participated), an exciting piece of music that evokes the celebration of marriage. On rehearing this classical music in the intervening 40 years (minus a week), I revisit that happy day.

Feb. 12 2010 03:16 PM
victoria c from Queens NY

"Romantic Music" for me and possibly for "millions"of other lonely or brokenhearted people is a sad reminder of all those left out of "love" not only on Valentines Day, but each and every day of the year. Perhaps the most poignant song of love lost for me is: "I Have a Song to Sing, O" from Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta, "Yeoman of the Guard."

Feb. 12 2010 02:16 PM
Frederic Wile from New York City

I fell in love for the first time with both a girl friend and classical music one night, when I hadn't money for a date 50 plus years ago, sitting on a blanket high up on the stone steps at the free summer concerts at Lewisohn Stadium. The music was "La Traviata" and I think the Violetta was Anna Moffo. On our next date, also at Lewisohn Stadium, I brought the blanket and the young lady brought sandwiches and coffee, and we heard Benny Goodman, whom I hadn't known was also a classical musician, perform the Mozart clarinet concerto with the NY Philharmonic....Those two nights hooked me both on the young lady, now long gone from my life, and classical music which remains a love.

Feb. 12 2010 01:28 PM
Carol Robbins

When I first met the man (1962) who was to become my husband(1966) I was new to NY and culture; he played Beethoven's "Pathetique" Sonata (No.8 in C minor, Op.13) for me. I remember feeling overcome with emotion, esp. while hearing the Adagio cantabile mov't. Could this be 'love' I asked myself? Today, Feb. 12, is both a memory to our 35 years of married life, and now the 9th anniv. of his death.

Feb. 12 2010 12:24 PM
Alexandra Whitcombe from New York City

Last summer in July as I was getting onto the Metro North train I bumped into who is now my fiance who was on vacation in our country from France. I am an ex ballerina and on the train I had in my head Claude de Bussy's Claire de Lune.
When I our eyes met I could hardly think. I was definately hit by "the thunderbolt" and I later found out, so was he.
Knowing I might never see him again, I swallowed my pride ( and my dignity!) and I passed him my card before exiting the train, something Ive never done before, and didnt think Id ever hear from him again. He emailed me and in a few days we were on our first date and falling madly in love. A few nights later, at my house, we were listening to QXR wrapped in each others arms and claire de lune came on the radio.
We fell silent and listened to the piece in quiet awe. We both will never forget this moment.
A few weeks later he went back to France and as the weeks went by we missed eachother like crazy. One summer night he called me late from France and I was so shocked to hear from him by phone.
All he said was "Darling, listen" and he played Claire De Lune for me right there on his piano. I cried. Months later he sent me a video of him playing it and Ive platyed it for all my friends and family...and I cry every time.
Claire de lune has become the soundtrack to out romance and I cant imagine a more perfect score to our extrodinary gift of love and unique love story. Charles-edouard you are my dream come true! And, thank you Mr. De Bussy for our beautiful score it will be played at our wedding!

Feb. 12 2010 11:55 AM
Bob from Manhattan

The slow movement of Beethoven's 4th Piano Concert always melts my heart.

Feb. 12 2010 10:47 AM
Ronnie from Woodstock, NY

I met my husband at an inn, and he offered to give me a lift into town. When I he turned on the engine, he one of my favorite pieces playing on the cassette tape, Schubert's Trout. It sealed the deal and that was 28 years ago. Ronnie

Feb. 12 2010 08:51 AM
Liz Williams from Ridgewood, New Jersey

Schumann Piano Quartet - 3rd movement - definitely romantic!

Feb. 12 2010 08:05 AM
Pamela LaBarbiera from Staten Island, NY

My husband and I met when I got in a cab and got talking with the driver about the music playing on the radio, Saint Saens' Carnival of the Animals. He asked me out, I said yes, that was 24 years ago, and we've been together ever since and married for 19 years. And we've had a subscription to the NY Philharmonic for 22 years!

Feb. 11 2010 11:34 PM
Ed Wlody from Staten Island, New York

A couple of years ago, my wife was ill the week before Valentine's Day, and I had to go to my office for a few hours on a weekend. When leaving the office to go home, the minute I turned on my radio, Midge Woolsey announced that she was doing something she never did at that hour - a ticket giveaway. It was for Voices Of Ascension. I immediately called, and I won. I asked Midge to announce that it was for "ma belle femme, Viviane". She did, and I called my wife, and told her to put on WQXR immediately, and listen for the announcement at the end of the music. When Midge made her announcement, my wife perked up, and started to feel better. We went to the concert a few days later, just before Valentine's day, and my wife considered that to be one of the best Valentine's Day gifts she ever received. She still is and will always be "ma belle femme".

Feb. 11 2010 10:49 PM
Cynthia from NJ

Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto always brings back memories of my beloved.

Feb. 11 2010 10:10 PM
SusanW from NYC

Years ago I had a blind date with a partner at BDO Seidman. He took me to a Knicks game, which I enjoyed very much. I took him (on our second date) to hear "La Boheme" at the Met. He hated it (during the standing ovation, he whispered to me, "I've never applauded this hard in my life for things I've LOVED!"). Despite this not so great beginning, we embarked on a two year love affair and he eventually came to think of Musetta's Waltz as "our" song. It was grand and I still have tender thoughts whenever I hear that glorious music.

Feb. 11 2010 08:49 PM
Karen Leahy from Mount Vernon

The soprano solos in the Court of Love section of Carmina Burana--oh my! Is there anything more gorgeous?!


Feb. 11 2010 08:15 PM

It may sound strange, but Lulu. Not a happy opera, that's for sure, but it was my first date with they guy who became my husband. When we met, it only took about 15 minutes before it became clear that we're both opera lovers. It wasn't a big step from there to many years together, loving each other and classical music, especially opera.

Feb. 11 2010 05:53 PM
naomi rosenblum

Anne Sofie von Otter singing Berlioz Les Nuits d"Ete is my idea of especially romantic music. Soft summer nights, trees swaying in the breeze, and etc.

Feb. 11 2010 04:48 PM
Frank Feldman

Once I had a brief affair with a woman I picked up at the Met, during the intermission of a fairly good production of Tristan und Isolde-Behrens, Troyanos, et al. It ended in disaster eventually, ironically enough.

Feb. 11 2010 03:49 PM

Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D major, makes us burst of love and joy!

Feb. 11 2010 02:52 PM
ignatius Russo-Alesi from my home

Classical music has been a means to the transcendence (the Divine), the source of all Love.
I know this "smacks" of the spiritual/religion BUT I cannot avoid it if I want to be honest.

Feb. 11 2010 01:16 PM
EJF from Summit, NJ

Resting from bouts of snow shoveling my thoughts lingered back to college days. I knew a piano student--she was good. Very, very good. And so very lovely. In the winter of 1971 she asked me to go with her to a university production of "Secret of Suzanne." At a get together afterward, our host (the graduate student director of the production) asked her to play. She performed "The Maiden and the Nightingale." Was it Albeniz? No, Granados, of course--I looked it up on the web. As I listened to Young Artists Showcase last night, I heard this same piece played by a young pianist from Spain. I had not heard it in played 39 years. And just as I was thinking about it. Wow. Thanks WQXR. And to Gabriel from Spain.

Feb. 11 2010 11:46 AM
Frank De Canio from Union City, NJ

I apologize to Sergei R. for leaving out his magnificently evocative and echt romantic 2nd and 3rd piano concerti in my previous submission. Of course, Mahler's 8th symphony is a valentine to the universe.
Then there's all of Chopin, particularly the waltzes and nocturnes. Schoenberg's Verklarte Nacht should find a place on Valentine's Day + all of Scott Joplin's rags. And who can forget Tschaikowsky's Presentation of the Rose from his Sleeping Beauty! And what about Mozart's 29th symphony. But I'm getting greedy.


Feb. 11 2010 11:23 AM
Joe M from Greenlawn, NY

For me, one of the most passionate and stirring movements in all music, is written within "O Soave Fanciulla" from Puccini's "La Bohème"

Feb. 11 2010 09:59 AM
Gaby from Newport RI

I loved Opera so that I volunteered at the Met.
One summer when they were doing Tosca in the parks I met a lovely man who worked backstage.
During the Visi D'arte I had u use a restroom so badly!! He stood through that aria gazing at me while I kept saying I wish she would hurry up!! ha ha. He later became my husband and we have been together for over 30 years. Till this day I still think of that moment when ever I hear Visi D'arte lol!! It still brings tears and goosebumps..

Feb. 11 2010 09:59 AM
Nancy from Denville,NJ

Certain pieces of music remind me of people I have loved and some I still love today. Chopin Scherzos 1&2, Nimrod(Enigma Variations). Most of all Weigenleid from OP91 of Brahms which I sang one Christmas Eve and then later was proposed to and am now married 37 years later.

Feb. 11 2010 09:03 AM
Dick Ziegenfuss and Bob Sikso

Our romance began in August of 1965 when we moved in together. One of our many shared experiences was a 6-7 year period earlier this century when we served as supers at the Met. We appeared in La Boheme, Tosca, Don Carlo, and Boris. We are now retired from the Met and have since become legally married (in Connecticut). Now in our seventies, our romance will continue till-death-us-so-part.

Feb. 11 2010 07:49 AM
William Martin from Manhattan

I know that it's a strange request, but it has much meaning for my friend Tom and me. The music is "The Graceful Ghost Rag" byWilliam Bolcom.
After my friend Tom and I had lived together for 3 years, he as a jeweler created our two love rings; and being gay we had privately established a "clinking of those rings" to show our affection in public.
One evening at dinner, listening, of course, to WQXR, Bolcom's "The Graceful Ghost Rag" was played, Without ceremony, Tom said that this was one of his favorite pieces for his ice dancing. I, a stage director, said that it was also one of my favorite's and had used it as underscoring music for a play. We both quietly listened through to the end. Pause. Tom reached over the table and "clinked" my ring. Nothing said. I then "clinked" mine to his. To this day, that moment is remebered whenever we hear "The Graceful Ghost Rag".
By the way, this summer we celebrate our 34th anniversary. Maybe it's going to last with the help of a graceful ghost.

Feb. 10 2010 11:37 PM
Ella Gregory

I fell in love to the Elizabethan Serenade
by Binge, a lovely dance of lyrical strings and rhythmic winds.

Feb. 10 2010 09:22 PM

My most romantic classical music experiences are with the first, second and fourth movements of Saint Saens Symphony #3 and the second movement of Rachmananoff's Concerto #2.
With Saint Saens, the first movement is full of longing and passion. The second movement is pure ecstasy and the fourth is like getting married in a great cathedral!
The Second Piano Concerto (slow movement) is so suffused with beauty and pathos, that it overcomes me with every hearing

Feb. 10 2010 09:20 PM

ANY music is romantic when hosted by Mr McKnight.

Feb. 10 2010 07:22 PM

I was never an opera buff, but my wife is. We are both lovers of Shakespeare. On our honeymoon in Italy, we heard "Carmen" performed on a warm summer evening in the open-air arena in Verona, city of the Montagues and Capulets. Everyone in the audience held a candle. The music from "Carmen" will always remind me of that romantic evening. Also, one of the first operas we attended together was the Zefferrelli production of "Tosca" performed at the Met with Luciano Pavarotti and Montserrat Caballe. The tenor aria in the last act still has power to move me like no other music. I may not be a great opera aficionado, but, after more than 25 years, this music is part of what we share. The beauty of this music reflects our love. And when I look at her I hear the melody from yet another opera that after reinterpretation by Broadway musical theater gave us the lyric: "And this is my beloved!" And, oh, by the way, my wife, Diane, would still like to hear Beverly Sills sing the aria from Giulio Cesare.

Feb. 10 2010 06:57 PM
Terry from Ocean NJ

Beethoven 6th Symphony, to me is very romantic and it takes me back to earlier days when I was very young and very much in Love.

Feb. 10 2010 06:19 PM
Daniel S. from Piermont NY

Back in college - the era of the LP record - I would put Glazunov's "The Seasons" on the turntable many a Saturday evening. Unfortunately the LP needed flipping after 20 minutes - just as the romantic mood was set and an arm was reaching across a shoulder... I finally splurged and purchased a second copy of the disc, to stack on top of the first! (As an ardent audiophile I abhorred anything other than single play turntables, but on rare occasion other ardors can take precedence...)

Years later I walked into a Greenwich Village studio, to be met by a diminutive woman who commanded 'Eat These' as she presented a small plate of shortbread cookies, all while a Gregorian Chant spun on her turntable. I enjoyed neither the music nor the cookies (turns out she had quadrupled the sugar) but nonetheless did propose that evening. She played at being hard to get, not accepting till the 3rd or 4th date - but that was February 11th 1984, and we're celebrating our 26th anniversary tomorrow (snow willing) by heading down to some old haunts in the Village.

To this day I consider "The Seasons" to be the perfect romantic mood-setter, and still dislike Gregorian chants. (Though she's finally learned to measure the sugar !)

Feb. 10 2010 05:58 PM
Kay from new york new york

As an expression of love and longing, I'd have to say that I think first of the third movement of Beethoven's 9th symphony, wholly because it reminds me of an Englishman who drifted in and out of my life for a number of years, and of one very tender meeting on a languid summer afternoon, with this piece playing in the background. Or, as a friend of mine once put it, perhaps more descriptively, this is a thinking man's make-out music. The Englishman was a thinking man.

Feb. 10 2010 05:33 PM
Terrence O'Keeffe from Pearl River, New York

A Romantic Twist -- Mascagni and Pugilism

I'd like to comment on how music that is perceived by almost all listeners as supremely romantic (and Romantic as well) can achieve very unusual psychological effects when it is paired with imagery that is just the opposite of romantic. I have in mind the opening scene from Scorsese's movie Raging Bull, a title that indicates something about the character of its protagonist, Jake LaMotta, a middleweight championship boxer whose career ran from the 1940s through the early 50s. In the movie's opening scene the viewer is plunged into a close-up series of slow-motion exchanges between LaMotta and Sugar Ray Robinson, their faces shown in painful contortions with the impact of punches as globules of sweat and blood trace graceful arcs through the air. The sounds of the fight and crowd are soft and blurry in the background, as the world sounds to someone going into or coming out of anesthesia. When the camera resumes its normal speed the sounds and sights recover their harsh reality. In slow motion, however, as the camera's depth of observation moves in and out, the whole scene is balletic, accompanied by the gorgeous Intermezzo from Cavalierra Rusticana. Thus we get brutality paired with the Intermezzo's tender, soaring line. It's an odd combination that provokes an odd response in the viewer, e.g., notions of the boxers as operatic heroes and the venue as the scene of an unfolding tragedy; ideas about the incongruous realities of nature, which often combines beauty with violence. And so on. By any interpretation it's a very effective "manipulation" (or, perhaps better, disorienting) of the viewer's mind and emotions, which is one of the special provinces of the arts. And it suggests many possibilities for future incongruous pairings. In listening to the rapidly "hunting motifs" of the horns in a presto movement of one of Haydn's early symphonies, I often imagine a scene of a pride of lions tearing into a herd of zebras, accompanied by this music. Don't ask me why, because I have no idea where this pairing of sounds and sights comes from, other tha dream, but I know it would look and sound wonderful on film. Of course it wouldn't be very romantic, since that's not the spirit of the music to start with.

Feb. 10 2010 02:56 PM
nancy wilken from New York

There is no deeper love than between daughter and father: a inclement day like today's blizzard was a like day of torrential rain spent on a New York brownhouse step gazing at the rain with my father when I was five or six years old. I was sad, can't remember why but my father said "listen to the raindrops" as you will hear the music of the spheres. That understanding of my mood completed a bond between him and me and is always remembered when I hear Chopin's RainDrop Prelude as Chopin wrote it waiting for George Sand to come home to him. He heard those raindrops with deep acumen and melancholy -- I hope you will play this piece in a remembrance year! For me, it invokes love with all its dangers and completeness as it is a supreme experience to be loved and to love!

Feb. 10 2010 01:40 PM
More Buck from Westchester, New YOrk

I wanted to get my new beau a special birthday present. I knew he wanted a LP of Bach's Brandenberg but it had to be played with an E-flat trumpet. So, country music fan that I was, scoured the classical stores in search of that darn trumpet. I found it in a small, out-of-the-way store in White Plains. He loved it and, much to my surprise, so did I. That was 1957. P.S. We'll be married 50 years this May and we're still listening to that trumpet.

Feb. 10 2010 12:56 PM
Deborah Fortier from New York, New York

I met my husband because I asked him permission to practice on the wonderful piano that was in the local church in Bar Harbor, Maine. After listening to me play some Bach, he gave me permission. He is the Artistic Director of the Bar Harbor Music Festival and I have been his wife now for 26 years.

Feb. 10 2010 12:26 PM
Livagirl from Williston Park, NY

How can one choose when there is so much to be moved and inspired by? Back in our '60s college days, the Brahms violin concerto was one of the first pieces to cement the classical music connection between my husband (who was at that time the "other" boyfriend) and myself. Pretty strong romantic stuff. Typically, (as I now know after almost 40 years), he wanted to know how I knew it was Brahms (??!).
Staying in a nostalgic vein, I will say that almost anything sung by Jussi Bjoerling qualifies as unabashedly and soul-soaringly romantic.
But wait! WQXR just started to play Dvorak's American String Quartet. That sounds preet-ty romantic. I'd better call my husband. He's in Boston...

Feb. 10 2010 12:25 PM
EuGene from New York

In the Ring when Siegfried awakens Brunhilde.

Feb. 10 2010 11:59 AM
Miriam from New Jersey

Before we were married my husband, Jude, shared with me his favorite piece of classical music, Pachelbel's Canon in D Major. I knew right then it would be my favorite, too. For both of us the romance and love for classical music continues to this day after almost twenty years of marriage. Thank you WQXR for being a part of the romance.

Feb. 10 2010 11:38 AM
Mary Thomas from Maplewood, NJ

When I was young I took violin lessons from Father Germaine, a benedictine monk at Delbarton, a Catholic boys' school in Morristown, NJ. He had his students play in the orchestra, apparently regardless of ability, as I had little. Taking a young adolescent girl and throwing her in the midst of swarms of slightly older adolescent boys perhaps is not the best idea. With my mediocre talent and racing heart, I was not the most focussed. There was this one particularly charming French horn player with an adorable Cheshire cat smile. One Wednesday evening as we warmed up for rehearsal, he smiled at me, which sent me over the moon and running to tell my friend--who is now a professional musician. However, though I went through the doorway no problem, my new bow did not, shattering into pieces before me. Oh, the humiliation. How does one explain this impetuous action to a monk? Let alone one's mother who had just recently bought said bow? Racing hormones won out and I now think wistfully of that French horn player while listening, not playing music.

Feb. 10 2010 11:32 AM
Carol Seischab

There is nothing more sensual than the "love affair" between two violins in the Largo movement of Bach's Concerto in D minor. It stirs the heart beyond words.

Feb. 10 2010 10:39 AM
Joseph from Jersey City

Please play "Waft Her, Angels" from Haendel's Jephtha, as sung by Mark Padmore on "As Steals the Morn," for a Valentine lost.

Feb. 10 2010 09:28 AM
Ruth from Summit, NJ

I met Jack at the Empire State Games in 1986, when I was 19. He was from Rochester, I was from Queens. We were both fencers. When we weren't fencing, we spent every spare minute together. Our minds and hearts leaned toward each other. We never ran out of things to say. We sat together in the shade on the campus of SUNY Buffalo in the hot summer air. He gave me his copy of Richard Bach's "The Bridge Across Forever," a novel about the phenomenon of soul mates. On the bus back to Albany, I sat next to him. He taught me how to juggle. He put his earphones on my head and said, "Listen to this." It was Canadian Brass playing Pachelbel's Canon in D Major. It was then I fell in love with classical music, maybe because I knew I couldn't fall in love with Jack. When we arrived at Albany, we said goodbye.

Feb. 10 2010 09:27 AM

The Wayne King orchestra playing None But The Lonely Heart Waltz by Tschaikowsky with the recitation of the poem Alone by Robert J. Burdette by Franklyn MacCormack says it all-even to those of us lucky enough to have our valentines with us. Though flowers and heart shaped goodies may be nice, the essence of "I would nestle in silence beside you, And all but your presence forget." is more than sufficient.

Feb. 10 2010 08:59 AM
Aaron from Staten Island

Just when I thought I was never to find the right person in which to share my life, I found the woman that I could not live without, her character and beauty are more powerful than the sun, more beautiful than the moonlit ocean. To me she is the most perfect person in which for me to share my life.
For me Beethoven’s “Quasi una Fantasia” or Moonlight Sonata is what classical music encompasses, beauty beyond comparison.

Feb. 10 2010 08:57 AM
Larry Thomas from Ypsilanti, Michigan

Rieti's Partita catches the up-side of romance and came to represent the springiness of love in my life. The lugubrious parts came later.

Feb. 10 2010 08:25 AM
Bernard F. Dick

I know the prelude to "Die Meistersinger" is not the most romantic of music, but it has special meaning to me. My wife and I went on our honeymoon to Germany, first to Munich, then to Bayreuth. Our first opera in Munich was "Die Meistersinger," with Jess Thomas, resplendent in white, and Claire Watson, both of whon left us too soon. As soonas the prelude began, I knew that my marriage would work. (I come from a family where marriages did not.) On 31 July, we will have been married 45 years. For our fiftieth, we hope to be back in Munich. Perhaps "Meistersinger" will be in the repertory.

Feb. 09 2010 11:05 PM
Tamulonis from New York City

Back in 1981 I was just back from five years in the Congo with the Peace Corps and readjusting to life in the States. I was in Connecticut, pursuing a master's degree and looked up an old friend from my life before Peace Corps. He was living in New Haven, in the MFA Acting Program at Yale. He played Kenny Ranking and Debussy when I came to visit, on his old record player and "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun" was one of his recordings. The player was on repeat and the music played over and over. We talked and talked all night long and we are together still. I can't separate the music from our night together, no matter when or where I hear Debussy's extraordinary music. Seeing the ballet years later, as re-created by the Joffrey, served only to further fix the music and our time of courtship in my head.
Years earlier, while we were both students at Penn State, I heard my future partner sing "Bess, You is My Woman Now" in a musical theatre class and although he was singing it to a woman, it may have been then that I fell in love with him, without even knowing it.
To this day, I can't hear that aria without that moment being recalled as if in a dream in my head and heart.

Feb. 09 2010 09:13 PM

One morning, I was driving to a doctor's appointment and was a little nervous. I needed to listen to something relaxing. I came across this voice. I took a deep breath and kept listening. It was Jeff Spurgeon. He told me the next piece was one of his favorites. I haven't changed the station since then. The piece was the first classical download on my ipod and every time I hear it I take a deep breath and thank Jeff Spurgeon for my new true love of classical music. The piece--- Scheherazade by Rimsky- Korsakov.

Feb. 09 2010 08:42 PM

Some of the most romantic music in the world to me is that from the balcony scene of Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet-and maybe other scenes between the two lovers.

Feb. 09 2010 08:24 PM
Lola from Park Slope, Brooklyn

Jeff speaks of "celebrating Valentines Day already" which is my husband's motto in life, more or less. We met 50 years ago through a friend. Our first 'date' was trying out rental pianos for my year out of college, devoted to serious piano work. I found a good piano and we found so much in common that we married 2 years later and have been listening to music together ever since. Without his support I wouldn't have dared to take on Beethoven's opus 101 and 111 which enlarged my life. We're sorry that Jeff moved off our block.

Feb. 09 2010 08:22 PM
Nuala Stack from Memories

When I hear Beethoven's Romance #2 in F major I am walking on the tree lined streets of Nantucket with my husband. A young musician plays the violin there every evening. Somehow my husband and I time it just right to hear Romance #2.

My husband is gone now but the music is alive and so is that wonderful memory of a warm summer's evening with Beethoven's Romance.

Feb. 09 2010 05:21 PM
Alfred Szymanski from New York City

My long time partner, Luis, loved opera. We attended many Met performances together. On many occasions, he would squeeze my arm just before an upcoming aria, alerting me to the beautiful music to come, such as Vissi D'arte from Tosca. .
He died too young. As I listen to opera today, I think of him and the many squeezes that I still miss.

Feb. 09 2010 04:34 PM
Lou Gerbino from Easton,CT & Silver City,IA

It started for me not with music,but with the reports from the Washington bureau back in about 1991.A young woman who had been a good friend was fascinated by the daily tapes I brought her.Since these cassettes also contained 90 min.of WQXR music ,that eventually led to a romantic transformation of our relationship that has only intensified over the years.One more thing for a listener from childhood to be thankful for to this one-of-a-kind station.LOL

Feb. 09 2010 03:37 PM
Kate from New York

Jordi Savall's 'La Folia' album is one of the most romantic, sexy, and breath-takingly beautiful works of musicianship this dedicated listener has ever heard. As soon as the first track starts, I can feel myself relax and open up to a different, better state of mind. The performance of this music is the rare combination of being both calming and thrilling. The technical and musical virtuosity of Jordi Savall's viola da gamba playing is unrivaled, and the repetitive nature of the pieces makes one meditative, as well. It's been our soundtrack for countless evenings of candle-lit, wine-soaked, very tender adoration over the last decade.

Feb. 09 2010 02:55 PM
Sharon Lowenheim from New York City

My parents have always maintained that "their song" is Rachmaninoff's 2nd Piano Concerto. As Brooklyn College students in the late 1940's, they were walking together after class and heard music emanating from the bookstore. "I know that piece,", said my mother. "It's . . . " "Rachmaninoff's 2nd Piano Concerto", completed my father. They looked at each other "with renewed eyes", as my mother puts it. Last week they celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary, and classical music (and WQXR) is still very much a part of their lives.

Feb. 09 2010 02:54 PM
Julia from Kearny, NJ

When I split with my husband a year or so ago I decide to move back to NJ . Being here I got again the opportunity to tune in Clasical Radio (96.3 and now 105.9)... I could not get this station in Fl.
Since that moment I fall in love all over again with Classical Music. Why? Because I work from home and Classical radio station is my campanion 24/7.
I love to hear Mozart, Brahms, Chopin, Beethoven etc. ...My personal discover and the piece that I choose as the more romantic and inspire for this "Valentine Day" is Meditaion from Thais / Massene.
Thank you very much WQXR to be in my life again .You are trully my Valentine!

Feb. 09 2010 01:27 PM
Adam from Brooklyn, NY

Our eyes met, and then became somehow glued, tractor beams, dragging me into him as I melted in the warmth of his smile. Twas beauty seduced the beast.

Thus began four nights of thoroughly unexpected romance and the plaisirs d'amour so quick and ravishing that the language gap (English-French), the cultural divides seemed to evaporate into thick, sweet air.

Even before he returned to Côtes du Rhône Provence, I knew inexorable attraction would pull me there. Through the haze of broken translations, or perhaps all the more because, our letters reached out for hearts just barely within -- or out of -- reach and comprehension. French plus Nigerian petty nobility, complicated by a broken home and provincial French racism/xenophobia -- made him both bewitchingly beautiful, exotic, neurotic in ways so familiar yet also mysterious to a nice Jewish boy from suburban NJ.

What was to have been a two week mid-summers flowering of the seed of our hearts was instead the battle royale of cultures. My well ordered plans dashed against his wild insouciance. My vision of a faithful couple he ditched for polyandrous couplings. His expectations of New York passionate largesse drew more toward Wall Street than Lovers Lane. While his family admired me, I couldn't yet read that they knew what I was just discovering. Rent by his own emotional and cultural schisms, he was externalizing his inner turmoil by striking out at me. He wanted me, he wanted the idea of us, and yet, that being impossible, he would make me suffer for it.

Back in NY, I licked my wounds that autumn, regaining my footing after being blown apart by that mistral tornado. Then, that night at the Metropolitan, on a last minute invitation, I unexpectedly discovered my life playing out right there on stage, mad yearning, conflicted, tortured hearts more clearly invoked in 'Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix' than I had yet been able to articulate to myself. It didn't hurt that Levine's production of Saint-Saëns' Samson et Dalila portrayed the Hebrews as somewhat frustratedly puritanical and the Philistines as wild, passionate, seductive Africans. A flood of tears sprang to my eyes.

I can't help now from reliving that moment of ecstatic revelation of suffering elevated to art, complex passions realized so exquisitely that the pain is also experienced as joy whenever I hear that work.

Feb. 09 2010 01:20 PM
Judy O'Meara from Bronx NY

Definitely the ROMANCE cut from The Gadfly, op. 97a, Shostakovich. This cut unglues me big time.

Feb. 09 2010 01:19 PM
Amy from Jersey City (famous romantic locus)

I'm surprised that no one has cited the Sophie/Octavian duet at the end of Strauss's "Der Rosenkavalier"--a sublime private betrothal that surely resonates in Bernstein's "One Hand, One Heart" from "West Side Story". Not the storms of romance but its almost sacred transcendence. (And, depending on your perspective, the Marschallin's comments equally bespeak another aspect of romance.)

Feb. 09 2010 12:40 PM

True love: a sharing of souls. The two of us share so much that is magical - great wine and food, books we love, jokes, family and friends, travel to new and beloved old places - and when it comes to music, we do not so much agree to disagree as to share in each other's bliss; so at least once a year he comes with me to the Met, and I go to a heavy metal "concert" (wearing, on advice, serious earplugs) ... but I believe, yes I BELIEVE that Puccini, Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, Britten & Co. are the ones who really keep the flame of passion burning. Good luck, St. Cecelia, you and St. Valentine definitely make the perfect romantic couple, and thank you for the music.

Feb. 09 2010 12:38 PM
Diane from Brooklyn

Cleopatra's seduction aria, "V'adoro pupille" from Handel's Giulio Cesare has been the most romantic music for me ever since first hearing Beverly Sills sing it to Norman Treigle. When preparing for my wedding, I found a piano reduction of the score at the Performing Arts Library at Lincoln Center (I was very proud of myself) to use the music from that aria for our processional music. To make a long story short, due of a variety of mishaps, when it was my turn to walk down the aisle, the music I heard was "Jesu joy of man's desiring" (beautiful, but not what I was expecting). I immediately broke into unstoppable tears (my husband's relatives must have thought I was either having second thoughts or just crazy) which did not subside until my parents handed me over to Victor at the chuppah. What had happened was that the pianist had played my music once, before I came out and then continued with his own selections. To make up for the mistake, the musicians played the Handel for us later at the reception. 25 plus years later, we're still laughing about it together.

Feb. 09 2010 12:23 PM
Anna DiMeo from Rutherford, NJ

Bernstein's, "Make Our Garden Grow" from Candide, is one of my favorite Romantic piece's because it bridges love to reality. Celebrating 48 years of married life -this month- calls for days of contentment -not all from bliss- in just knowing that we still hang (in even as we hang) on to a dream studded with blossoms and weeds; yet we make our garden grow.
I had the thrill of performing this work with the exceptional Montsclair U Chorale. I sang it from my COR (heart.)

Feb. 09 2010 12:21 PM
Jacqui Turin from Boston

This is definitely for adult ears only... I've always thought that there was one piece that epitomized that delicious languor one experiences following passionate, physical romance in the bedroom. Strangely, or not so strangely, it is Trumpter's Lullaby by Leroy Anderson. Whenever I hear it my mind goes immediately to those very special moments in my past love lives when I was completely and utterly satiated and spent. People should definitely have more Trumpter's Lullaby in their lives...

Feb. 09 2010 11:03 AM
Maurice Daitz

One of my favorite romantic pieces of music is the 2nd movement (adagio) of Mozart's 23rd piano concerto (great recent recording by Leon Fleisher). On my second date with my wife, I invited her to a classical music concert at Lincoln Center. I had been listening to classical music all my life but she was a novice. As the first movement of a 3 movement piece ended, she started to applaud. I reflexively grabbed her hand to prevent this classical music faux pas. This was our first hand holding and I never let go! We have now been married for 15 years and attend concerts together all the time.

Feb. 09 2010 10:16 AM
John Seaman from New York, NY

I am now a 73-year-old bachelor with many happy memories of romance when Iwas a college student, 55 years ago. Our favorite lovemaking music at that time was Bach, Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043, and also Rachmaninoff, "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini," then known as "24 Variations on a Theme of Paganini." The music helped a lot.

Feb. 09 2010 09:55 AM
Robert Gulack

My wife and I enjoy just being quiet together and listening to the second movement ("language") of Esa-Pekka Salonen's FOREIGN BODIES (2001).

Feb. 09 2010 09:39 AM
Allison Berget from Queens

My husband was learning how to play the violin when he was a younger man. By that time I loved (and still do) Liebesleid (Love's Sorrows) by Kreisler. I went on a trip to Europe for a month, and when I came back, he had learned the piece and played it to me as a welcome gift. I had tears in my eyes.
Every time I hear that piece I go back to those happy days...

Feb. 09 2010 08:43 AM
Celtic Creme Bird from New Jersey

The music of Bach, Beethoven and Mozart are just a few of the melodies that I love to listen to with my mommy and daddy near by. Oh, and anything French...

Feb. 08 2010 10:42 PM
William Bird from Nutley NJ

My ideal vision of romance includes a warm summer evening, sitting on the beach in Ocean Grove with my wife, my love, my Marianne....enjoying a cool ocean breeze, watching the moon come up over the water and listening to a violin sonata on WQXR.

Feb. 08 2010 10:19 PM

My love of the Largo from the 2nd movement is shared with my daughter. She was a ballet dance and choreography student. For competitions, I supplied the music. With the Largo, she won a Dance Educators of America national competition. Now, she is a Mom with two kids on the other coast. If one of us hears this piece on the radio, WQXR here or KUSC in Los Angeles, the discovering party phones up the other and simply holds the phone up to the speaker. Until the moment passes. Then silently slips the phone back on the cradle. Later, we speak about it. This has been going on for 19 years.

Feb. 08 2010 10:15 PM

The slow movement of Beethoven's "Emperor" piano concerto is a most tender, lovely, romantic piece. It moves me particularly because my dream love, of European origin and graduate of
New England Conservatory of Music, won a competition to play this with a local orchestra. Subsequently, as I grew closer to him I found that like so many artists, he was afflicted by mental illness, and I decided not to see the relationship further develop. However, I will always love him and the "Emperor".

Feb. 08 2010 08:36 PM
Chelsea from Garden City

I was sitting with my best friend in our sight singing class at Eastman... While we waited for our Professor to walk in, suddenly there was a lull in the class. At the time I turned to my male friend, and just as I looked back at him, Bellini's Casta Diva started playing in the next room!! During that moment we both knew something very special was happening. That friend from class has been my husband for the past 24 years!! :)

Feb. 08 2010 05:30 PM
Janet from Long Island

Tristan and Isolde and La Boheme (what else) represent for me the greatest love music. I am a widow ad shared a home with 'him' for 14 years. Gershwin's The Man I Love, Someone to Watch Over Me and My Funny Valentine were meaningful to my sweetheart and me.
I have been listening to WQXR since Duncan Pirnie did the 5 oclock in the evening program and I was preparing dinner.

Feb. 08 2010 04:55 PM
Rich from NJ

I have to first say Ravel's Boloro but this is based on the Torvill and Dean ice dance from the 1984 olympics. That to me was the height of romaticism.
But in reality it is not a classical piece but the song by Joe Cocker of "You are so beautiful" that that is totally associated for me with my wife and instantly tears me up.

Feb. 08 2010 04:54 PM
Hal Klinger from NYC

In the the Spring of 1976 I was not overly familiar with either my future wife or chamber music. That all changed when this lovely woman took me to a concert of The Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society. The featured piece was the Dvorak Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81. Upon hearing the rapturous cello solo which opens the piece, I took my date's hand. We smiled at each other. I believe there is a book entitled "Dvorak in Love". - how appropriate. At that moment we discovered we were as well

Feb. 08 2010 03:13 PM

Correction to my post earlier today. Villa-Lobos's 70th birthday celebration, not 75th. in retrospect, everything points to the summer of 1957. Apologies.

Feb. 08 2010 02:34 PM
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Feb. 08 2010 02:00 PM
FRED from Bronx, New York

I met my wife while she was signing an aria from the Weissen Rossl (The White Horse Inn) by Benatsky.I was the chorus director. We stayed at the Inn near St. Wolfgang and I proposed to her on the lake. We danced to the Waltz from the operetta at our Wedding reception.

Feb. 08 2010 01:53 PM
Claire Slemmer from Manhattan

I hope you will play Rick Sowash's "The View From the Carew!" It is absolutely gorgeous and reminds me of a very special Valentine's Day in Cincinnati, Ohio, my hometown, where the Carew Tower is located. The subtitle of the piece is "Romance for Clarinet, Cello and Piano." Can't get more romantic than that! It's on Sowash's "Sanctuary at 3AM" CD.

Feb. 08 2010 12:27 PM
John Dixon from Old

A few weeks ago, my wife and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary, still very much in love.
Music on WQXR has been enriching out lives, reinforcing the bonds that link us, almost daily for that half century.
Whether we're marveling over passages of Beethoven, Brahms, or Sibelius -- or perhaps getting weepy over some Puccini -- music on the radio contributes to our shared experience.

Feb. 08 2010 12:22 PM

At a free concert in Lewisohn Stadium, Heitor Villa-Lobos was conducting at his own 75th birthday celebration. Past midpoint , the clouds opened, and drenched the throngs seated on the hard stone steps which ringed the arena . The composer offered to end the concert, but the audience continued to clamor for the performance to continue. At its conclusion, the audience still wouldn't leave. So, as an encore, the composer, partially protected in the bandshell, conducted the entire Bachianas Brasileiras No.5. Bidú Sayão braved the storm and delivered a superb vocal performance. Drenched as we were, no one was quick to leave. Everyone stood up in the downpour and continued cheering . Isn't that romantic?

Feb. 08 2010 12:13 PM
Antonio Hernandez

There are a lot of exquisite and romance pieces in the history of the music. For me, the most moving and sincere music for piano is Solace -A Mexican serenade- by Scott Joplin.
But please, choose a slow tempo performance. It is Scott Joplin, but is not a ragtime. Joshua Rifkin and Alexander Peskanov recorded it on the right sense.
For orchestra, the romance from The Gadfly by Shostakovich and the Pas d'action of Odette and Sigfried from the Swan Lake by Tchikowsky, both russian composers got the real "sense of the eternal love".
For voice the aria "Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix" from Samson et Dalila by Saint-Säens and "Casta diva" from Norma by Bellini both performed by Callas are really touching.

Feb. 08 2010 11:53 AM
Linda from New Jersey

Classical music is full of wonderful, love-inspiring music. Beethoven's Triple Concerto exudes raw passion.

But when it comes to real romantic, heartfelt love, for me nothing compares the second movement of Lee Hoiby's Piano Concerto No 2. What's more, I had the great pleasure of meeting Mr. Hoiby, and he gave the greatest insights about love that I have ever heard. No wonder his music is lush and romantic. It comes from his heart.

Feb. 08 2010 11:24 AM

Three pieces come to mind, in order of my evolving taste in music: Romeo and Juliet overture by Tchaikovsky (high school)
Love duet from Madama Butterfly (college)
Che faro senza Euridice (graduate school)
Thank you WQXR for playing so many beautiful opera arias.

Feb. 08 2010 11:07 AM
Richard Severson from Highlands, NJ

In 2004, I believe it was, my wife and I celebrated our 15th anniversary by having dinner and taking in a show at Alice Tully Hall featuring Emanuel Ax performing Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue". Given our circumstances at the time, all we could afford were tickets in the nosebleed seats. Unfortunately, my wife is terrified of heights and by time we got to our seats, she was in a state of high panic. A wonderful usher came over and asked if there was anything he could do to help? We explained the situation and he said said "I have an idea, follow me."
He then led us around the theater and through a door and led us to THE MANAGER'S BOX! Without giving us a chance to so much as say thank you, he smiled and said, "Happy anniversary. I hope you enjoy the show", turned around and left. It was one of most generous tributes to romance I have ever experienced and the memory will stay with us always.

Feb. 08 2010 10:17 AM
MENAKI KUNDU from New York

The musical piece that evokes romantic notion in me and my husband came about 9 years ago when we were first introduced to the appreciation of western classical music (we are Indians) by our Czech friends. We were trekking in the Bohemian Forest outside Prague and while the ears of the rest of us were lent to the exquisite sounds of the flora and fauna of Sumava, my husband’s were glued to an i-pod to the majestic waves of the Vltava movement of Smetana’s Ma vlast, a gift from the same Czech friends to him. Since then we have developed a game of sorts, whereby while I chauffer him he has to guess the name of the composer of the music currently playing on WQXR or else get out of the car. Invariably he says “Dvorak” (and not even Smetana?!) and then will start our heated banter about the music, both of us hilariously wrong! I suspect he is not as clueless as he pretends, but I am, as I am sure he is, loath to fracture these totally irrelevant, romantic moments of ridiculous intimacy in our otherwise maniacal life style. Thanks!

Feb. 08 2010 10:12 AM
Andrew Axelrod

I'm a classical pianist and music vies for center stage along with my romantic partner. Ideal, is an occasion for this menage a trois to be together and when a particularly poignant passage sounds, I can clasp the hand of my partner and have it all.

Feb. 08 2010 05:21 AM
Richard Matuszewski

Having suffered from unrequited love for the same beautiful woman since 1985, it must be the Brahms Intermezzo in E minor.

Feb. 07 2010 06:22 PM
carol winer from New York City

Franz Schubert's "Shepherd on the Rock" has been a love of my life for decades. Schubert was mad for a soprano, Anna Milder, and wrote this for her, perhaps as his last piece. The lyrics are brilliant and touching and the dialogue between voice and clarinet is breathtaking. A perfect love song in so many ways.

Feb. 07 2010 05:44 PM

Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor. Not because it is romantic per se, but because it brings back loving memories of the girl I first fell deeply in love with way back in 1953. To this day whenever I hear that piece it brings tears of love to my eyes. I decided to play it while I wrote this.

Feb. 07 2010 03:53 PM
Gary Zaboly from Riverdale NY

Scriabin's POEM OF ECSTASY captures both the physical as well as the spiritual aspects of romance as no other work---for this romantic soul, anyway. :)

Feb. 07 2010 03:05 PM
Janet from Brooklyn

Loved Terrance's take on this subject! LOL!!!!

Feb. 07 2010 12:18 PM
Joan Greenfield

Maurice Ravel's Piano Concerto in G Major. I first hear this at New York City Ballet's 1975 Ravel Festival. Peter Martins and Suzanne Farrell danced the second movement in a tender pas de deux that left me breathless. Jerome Robbins' choreography, the piano and orchestra, the exquisite performances - the definition of romance. Whenever I hear the music, that moment is recalled.

Feb. 07 2010 11:34 AM
TIM D from astoria

2nd mvmt of Beethoven's op 127

- of course you should listen to it in the context of the entire work, beginning with the first mvmt- stately and triumphant, regal and righteous- this variations piece marked adagio/andante/adagio is the most sumptuous, sensuous and, yes, ROMANTIC piece of music you'll ever encounter. Is it any coincidence that a man so frustrated in worldly love was the most romantic and lovely of them all? in a word, no.

My advice? Take your best girl (should the occasion ever present itself) and should you be so lucky, and the gods be so willing, have this music ready. A divine synergy awaits, provided your love is true. This music is for making love.

Feb. 06 2010 08:06 PM

I would have to say Dvorak's "Song to the Moon"...sung by Rusalka, a water sprite, who has fallen in love with a human who swims in her lake. This is her song to the man telling of her love for him. Her father warns her this love is not a good idea, for if he betrays her, she will lose her power of speech and will be eternally damned....well, needless to say the man dies, and Rusalka thanks him for knowing human love She winds up returning to the pond and becomes a demon of death. Ta-Da.
The first not struck by the pianist in the third movement of Grieg's Piano Concerto in Cm.

Feb. 06 2010 07:16 PM
Mary Picard from Hoboken, NJ

While all the French opera arias and Chopin piano works, to say nothing of the Mozart operas, inspire me to romantic thoughts, the most piercing for me is Couperin's "Le rossignol en amour", whether as a harpsichord solo, or paired with a flute. This romance is further enhanced by the memory of how my husband and I met many years ago. I had performed in a duo concert with a flutist, and a friend of hers volunteered afterward to help get my Hubbard Bentside Spinet back up the stairs to my apartment. Like fine wine and operas, it took many more years for our romance to blossom into marriage, but we still listen to WQXR together!

Feb. 06 2010 01:00 PM
Ida Giorgio from Montville, N.J.

Vic and I met in 1946. On our second date I played the "Chopin Prelude No.7" for him and the lovely "Shubert Serenade." He expressed his love for Classical music to me telling me about the very educational WQXR monthly program guide. He took me to a record shop in East Orange N.J. by the name of Chalmers which had private booths for music listening. He put on the changer a recording of Schubert's Rosamunda Incidental music and then took me into his arms to dance along with the beautiful melodies. We both fell in love that day. Until his passing in 2008 we listened and danced to many of the lovely works by the great composers. I miss my Vic dearly and now the music and love that we shared together for 60 years is a most joyous reminder to me of one of the miracles of the world to who soever listens.
My thanks to WQXR and its hosts for providing us with an education on the world of music.
My very favorite is Wagner's Tristan and Isolde love-death.

Feb. 05 2010 10:25 PM
Mary Lou

These are three that I find romantic:

Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet,
Mendelssohn's Concerto in E Minor for Violin and Orchestra, Op.64, and Beethoven's Violin Concertos

Feb. 05 2010 09:04 PM
Frank Feldman

The last fifteen minutes of Act 1 Tristan, where the lovers' true feelings explode into consciousness.
The Act 2 duet between Sophie and Octavian, where, in a more delicate way, the same thing happens.
The end of Act 1, Walkure. What's a little incest between friends?

Feb. 05 2010 07:35 PM
Frank De Canio from Union City, NJ

Bravo to Zac and Mary Ellen for their respective Horn Trio & Intermezzo submissions.

I'd include ALL of Brahm's intermezzi - in fact most of his solo music where, as I believe BH Haggin wrote, that it's the genuine Brahms as opposed to the presumed Beethoven successor of the symphonies.

Nevertheless, how can one not be moved by the late autumn, scorchingly beautiful second movement to his Symphony number 2.

Peter Tschaikowsky's Romeo and Juliet always evokes burgeoning love, while Schuman's second piano concerto and Grieg's only one, especially the former's slow second movement are wonderful exemplars of the romantic mood.

Satie's gnossiennes are eerily beautiful, but more for a chilly autumn night brooding on lost love than for your valentine.

For those who long for love unrequitedly, what can match the barren landscape that ushers in the third act of Wagner's Tristan?

What about the "Elvira Madigan" piano concerto of old Wolfgang Amadeus, I believe it's the 21st especially the middle movement, as an example of romance.

But when push comes to shove, it's what music you associate with a romantic encounter; the old Pavlovian equation.

If you meet your Valentine during a performance of Bach's The Well Tempered Clavier, that will elict fond memories over and above the intrinsic value of the music.


Feb. 05 2010 05:33 PM
Mildred Rust from E. Brunswick, NJ

I'm with Norma Arnold - Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto and "Brief Encounter". But, my first real boyfriend I met because he played violin. He belonged to a string quartet; I, their lone audience, listened enraptured to chamber music, learned about and loved it; the most - "Archduke Trio" and "American Quartet" (Dvorak). Others too- "Theme of Paganini" and "New World Symphony". Very romantic!

Feb. 05 2010 03:33 PM
Jason Raphael from NYC

The art of Josef Marais and Miranda and their songs of love either lost or requited have always melted my heart since my mother played them for me in the 1950's.

Feb. 05 2010 03:31 PM
Mark Stubis from New York

The most romantic music in my life was a private recital I gave to a beautiful Chinese girl who had just arrived from overseas to study in America. I surprised her by giving her a one-on-one Christmas piano concert, just her in a comfy chair and me at the Steinway playing a raft of sensuous pieces starting with a dark, glinting Scarlatti sonata in b-minor, a Mozart sonata with a beautiful slow movement, the third Ballade of Chopin, Debussy's "The Girl with the Flaxen Hair" (which I retitled in her program as "The Girl with the Ebony Hair"), and ending with Scriabin's tragic Etude in c-sharp minor Op. 2 No. 1 and his stormy Etude in d-sharp minor Op. 8 No. 12. I hoped that after I played she would go out with me, but it worked out better than I planned: she not only went out with me....she married me!

Feb. 05 2010 02:04 PM
Frances Apgar from New York City - Upper Westside

There is absolutely
nothing more romantic than the albums
by Bobby Hackett particularly "Night Love"
with Glann Osser and the Midnight Strings
playing excerpts from classical works like
theme from "Romeo and Juliet", theme
from the 5th Symphony of Tchaikovsky,
aria from Puccini's Madame Butterfly" and many more like that.
Played by THE must beautiful romantic horn (trumpet) in the world; a perfect musical setting for the perfect romantic
Columbia Records 1962

Feb. 05 2010 01:25 PM
Joan Reamer

There was a time when I had no knowledge of or experience with Opera. Then I saw the movie Moonstruck with Cher as Loretta and Nicolas Cage as Ronny - a passionate couple, to say the least. Their very romantic night at the Met to hear La Boheme inspired me to delve into the world of Opera and although I still consider myself a neophyte, my husband and I enjoy learning about and attending the Opera, experiencing our own romantic evenings! La Boheme is his favorite!

Feb. 05 2010 01:14 PM
Lynn Simonet from Washington Township, NJ

Beethoven's Adagio from the Pathetique. I was about 10 when I watched the movie with Ann Todd and James Mason The Seventh Veil. One of my earliest memories of classical music (aside from the cartoons) when I started to take an interest. The way the movie evolved, the young ward (Ann) realizes she loves her guardian, no relation (James) and he her. Great movie if you've never seen it. The music haunts me to today (in a beautiful sense).

Feb. 05 2010 11:50 AM
Keith from new york

When I was studying at graduate school in Philadelphia, I would listen to the local classical music station . The early morning program always began with Gabriel Faure's Pavane at midnight. Lovelorn, I would sit at my desk transfixed until the piece ended...I still get chills hearing it's haunting melody.

Feb. 05 2010 11:18 AM

So maybe they weren't all music lovers, and maybe none of them know it, but everyone I've loved has her own theme that plays in the soundtrack (kind of like Jeff suggested) to the movies running in my mind. Sal's 'Young Prince...' is definitely in there, and so is the Borodin D Quartet, the whole thing--I've got thirty years of film on this one.

Feb. 05 2010 11:14 AM
Carla from Edgewater NJ

I had suggested Debussy's La Mer for starters, adding all the impressionists, and after hearing Ravel's Daphnis and Chloe just now, I'm ready for a cigarette! And that's if I smoked!

Feb. 05 2010 11:06 AM
Al Luna

Faure = Romance. 'nuff said. Soundtrack to my life. Terrance you rule!

Feb. 05 2010 10:23 AM
Norma Arnold from New York City

My favorite romantic piece is Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2: I just love hearing it, and also seeing the 1945 Noel Coward film, Brief Encounter starring Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson, the story of an impossible love affair in wartime England. The film is beautifully underscored by this unforgettable and moving music. I also love Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2. I think Mr. R had romance in his bones!

Feb. 05 2010 10:19 AM
Bob from Jersey City

Nothing says romance like a wedding ring and a couple of pages of a drum method.

Feb. 04 2010 11:11 PM
Neferlyn Gray from Manhattan

A piece that has always had romantic connotations for me is Sospiri by Edward Elgar. It seems to tell of a love which, though pure and transcendent, may be too idealistic to be consummated in this physical world. I do not speak of an unrequited love, or an impossible one, or one that could never have been. I speak rather of a love that could have been if we had made a better world. Whether it is a love that is subverted and commandeered by cultural and racial prejudices, like Tony and Maria in West Side Story, or one that is poisoned by the sexual prejudices that enslave the minds of some of us today, it does not matter. The music seems to speak of a subsequeeent point in time, when the two hearts, having endured an earthly crucible, are allowed to rise to a better world where all that remains of what they endured are but a few poignant sighs--Sospiri.

Feb. 04 2010 07:59 PM
Marianne from Nutley, NJ

Any violin 'piece of music' from Bach or Tchaikovsky can easily transport me into a world of romance. And, if William is sitting next to me with Celtic Creme, our toy poodle in the's my music, my love, my romance. Thank U, WQXR for supplying the soundtrack.

Feb. 04 2010 05:47 PM
Estelle Tsantes from 11226

For me, the most romantic piece of music is Cesar Franck's violin sonata in A. It's like a conversation between two lovers. The piano speaks and the violin answers and the music evolves into an expression of their passion for each other.

Feb. 04 2010 01:38 PM
Bob from Plainview, NY

Don Giovanni, although not romantic in the normal sense, has meant a great deal to me because it was the first opera that we heard on a trip with George Jellinek to Vienna. That tour led to meeting my wife and susequently many happy years.

Feb. 04 2010 01:37 PM
Anne from Bayside, NY

I agree with Margaret. Tchaikovsky is my earliest memory of classical music, as a child. Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet and my favorite, Symphony #6, "Pathétique". Oh, so romantic!

Feb. 04 2010 12:10 PM

For sheer romance, my choice has to be "Idyll" by Frederick Delius, which depicts two people so in love that they can't see anything else but each other. It reminds me of my love and I. The music so compliments the text. It leaves me breathless. And while I'm on a Delius roll, let me mention, "Cynara", about a man carrying a torch the size of Lady Liberty's. He goes on with his life but her memory is always there. Incredibly romantic.

Feb. 04 2010 10:16 AM

Gustav Holst presents the musical portrait of my life's romance - captured in Jupiter from The Planets. He's shimmery, confident, honest, gentle but strong, tender and most of all, he's the Bringer of my Jollity. .....and he's often on the WQXR playlist - a bonus for me! Happy Valentine's Day, my love.

Feb. 04 2010 09:37 AM

I would have to say that "Meditation" from the opera "Thais" has to be one of the most romantic and beautiful pieces of all time. Thank you Massanet! And, of course, any classical cello composition.

Feb. 04 2010 09:11 AM
L. Levi from New York

Beethoven's Fur Elise or may be for Therese is to me a very romantic piece.

For that matter, Moon Light Sonata as well.

Feb. 04 2010 08:37 AM
Eric Smith from Jamaica Queens N.Y.

Here's my pick for some of the most romantic music please play at least 1.1.Antonin Dvorak - serenade for strings in E major op.22 "tempo di valse" . 2. W. A. Mozart - String quartet no. 17 in B flat, k 458. 3. Giuseppe Torelli - Concerto for guitar, violin & orchestra in A major. Now that's some good listening on valentines day! Thanks!

Feb. 03 2010 10:54 PM
Lego from Mexico

In a very personal way i think in "Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiß" from Giuditta by Franz Lehár as i think in my girlfriend since 5 years now.

but i also agree with the Musetta's waltz "Quando me n’vò" or maybe even the Carmen's seguidilla "Près des remparts de Séville"; i don't know it's very hard to choose a favourite but in the non-operatic music perhaps i would choose Beethoven as the Kreutzer sonata really frightens me of being in love but at the same time in such a way of being it...

Feb. 03 2010 10:26 PM
H. Johnson from New Jersey

Classical Music has been part of my life forever. My mother shared her Chicago Symphony subscription with me once a year and it was such a treat to get all dressed up and go to Chicago.

But, before that, going to Severance Hall in Cleveland with my parents was part of my life. I cannot forget driving there and the anticipation of the wonderful music.

In grade school, I remember turning my nose up at Aaron Copeland's music only to become mesmerized by it when I reconnected with it as an adult.

I love so many composers, but stand-outs are Handel and Beethoven. I have passed this love of classical music onto my sons. As a matter of fact, my youngest and I just shared his first opera at the Met and plan to see St. Luke's Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in a few weeks. My subscription to the Metropolitan Opera has brought me many years of pleasure.

I am thrilled that WQXR was not lost to us, but to be found at 105.9.

Feb. 03 2010 07:46 PM

Romance is perhaps a state of feeling my soul when I listen to the classical music, experience the quiet joy. How about Franz Liszt's piano sonats?

Feb. 03 2010 07:15 PM

For me, for us, it's that quiet, inner peace - contentment - expressed in 'Walk to the Paradise Garden', from the opera 'A Village Romeo & Juliet'. Thank you Frederick Delius! When you are with the right one, you know it.

Feb. 03 2010 04:57 PM
Nelson from New Brunswick, NJ

Fur Elise, Beethoven, My first love would play that over the phone when we first met in the 8th grade. Even though we are no longer together I cant listen to this piece without recalling the memory of my first love and friend.

Feb. 03 2010 04:35 PM
Guy Stanwaye from New York

In my youth in the pivotal year of 1980, when I was in a seductive mood I played the always effective Ravel’s Bolero. But when the love of my life first appeared in my apartment, I had been listening that morning to Bach’s Concerto in D for Two Violins and rather than waste time looking for a more appropriate record I put that back on. It must have worked because we are still lovers and lovers of Bach is it really? thirty years later. At least it was for double violins that played with and against each other.
These days when I have to use ear-plugs at most gay events, I wish I had started a Classical Queers movement back then,

Feb. 03 2010 03:51 PM
mark giannini

It was music that brought my wife and I together-Classical music- some ten years ago-and it is music that keeps us together- although it wasn't what caused our paths to cross. We both play instruments- she piano, me violin, but did not travel in the same musical circles. I first observed her from the window of my music studio- where I taught the violin- singing out loud on her way to Yoga class. Eventually I mustered up the courage to follow her into the local book store where they also sold cappuccino. She turned around unexpectedly while I stood on line behind her and, with a big smile, said " Hello ". I was taken off guard. She was some how much more approachable than I had expected- given her good looks and apparent zest for life. ( I was miserably depressed at the time and didn't think myself worthy of such attention ). But I know I have strayed from the point which is music. When I told her I played the violin she was somewhat stunned as I looked to her more like a truck driver. When she told me she was a singer ( and pianist ) I told her I already knew. She asked me how and I said " A little bird told me " ( That little bird was her own un-selfconcious singing on her way to class ). So she called my bluff and arranged for us to have a " rehearsal " at the church where she worked. She would hire musicians to play with her from time to time and she later told me that this was actually an audition. She wanted to hear if I could really play. I put the music to the Handel sonata in D on the piano stand and took out my fiddle. After the first three notes of the opening, we looked at each other and have not taken our eyes off of each other since. That was ten years ago. We now have an eight year old boy named Antonio.
He is a gift from God to us and was born out of our mutual love of music.

Feb. 03 2010 02:29 PM

A romantic moment: Arena in Verona- O mio Bambino Caro- Gianni Schicchi- "La Rondine" by Puccini, "Barber's Adagio for strings". The beauty of classical music fulfills the soul, mind and spirit--Rivela, comunica l'amore verso a chi si ama.

Una futiva lacrima dagli occhi tuoi spunto'....

Feb. 03 2010 02:11 PM

Some Enchanted Evening. Bryn Terfel.

Feb. 03 2010 11:02 AM

My husband and I, both lovers of classical music, decided to turn our wedding into a fundraiser for a local orchestra, the Ridgewood Symphony in NJ. We held a free concert of classical wedding music and a few personal favorites. It was the most wonderful wedding, a treasured memory for both of us. Each anniversary we play the CD of the concert and toast our continued love of each other and classical music.

Feb. 03 2010 10:52 AM
Tom S from NWNJ

While there are many instrumental works that are capable of inducing a romantic atmosphere (many of which have already been listed) nothing compares to the human voice. Years ago I was standing on a train platform seeing my one and only off to her then distant home when the strains of "Una furtiva lagrima" came over a nearby radio. Well it's mood clearly matched ours but it made the moment all that much more romantic. Next time I'll pick a piece that matched her homecoming two weeks later.

Feb. 03 2010 10:38 AM

I kissed the love of my life to the intermezzo of Cavalleria Rusticana at the tender age of 22. It was one of my most passionate memories.

Feb. 03 2010 10:35 AM
Tim Welles from Port Chester, NY

To my ear, the most romantic piece of music is Chopin's 1st Piano Concerto. Every time I hear that I have to stop what I'm doing and just marvel at the incredible romantic melodies!

Feb. 03 2010 09:33 AM

Addio senza rancore Act III La Boheme.

Feb. 03 2010 09:18 AM
Kathy Pucci

Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings is one of my favorites. Rachmaninoff Symphony #2 is up there too. Both of these are my choice when cuddling up with my husband to watch the stars!

Feb. 03 2010 09:10 AM
Roberto from New Jersey

Both preludes to La Traviata, they are the most intimate expression of a soul's awakening to love for another being.

Feb. 03 2010 08:53 AM
Frank Morello from New York City

"La Rondine" by Puccini is the greatest romantic opera ever...If a bottle of a red wine and Anna Moffo singing the arias dont do it for ya...then nothing will !!!

Feb. 03 2010 08:04 AM
Sylvia from New Jersey

Almost any opera by Puccini warms the heart and the bonding between two opera lovers.

The pathos of Madama Butterfly, the sensuality of La Boheme both are incredibly romantic.

Though our most romantic operatic moment came during Turandot. We saw it in Rome at the Baths of Caracalla on an unusually cool night in August. I don't think we will experience a musical magical moment so exquisite as that one ever again.

The beauty of the music, the lights on the ruins, a cloudless night with a bright, full moon and the two of us seeking warmth under a shawl I had draped around my shoulders. Perfect!

Feb. 03 2010 01:12 AM
Annette from North Bergen, NJ


In 2007, my husband and I celebrated our anniversary at Avery Fischer Hall to see Emanuel Ax play the Brahms 2nd Piano Concerto with the NY Phil.

The music was beautiful, and I was swept away by the power, the performance, and, of course, my best friend.

It was a perfect evening, and I remember it fondly.

Feb. 02 2010 11:56 PM
Caught Forever from Bergan County New Jersey

Sat next to a clarinet player in the Stone Soup Symphony in the wilds of New Jersey. Do not know if it was the Slavonic Dances, The New World Symphony, or her beautiful clarinet playing but the music captured my soul and the clarinet player, my heart.
How can so much beauty reside in notes or in the hands of a seraph.

Feb. 02 2010 11:43 PM

The music of Victor Herbert!

Feb. 02 2010 09:50 PM
Wilma Messenger

Any evening at home, listening to classical music on WQXR is romantic. It is so seldom I am not at a rehearsal or at my job teaching music to middle schoolers; to just be home, listening to music - maybe a cup of hot chocolate - my 3 cats lounging beside me and my husband at home on the couch. Hey! Nothing is better!!! At my age, this is a romantic evening!

Feb. 02 2010 09:32 PM
clair quilty from the planet earth

late '92 at college in mich. there was a very romantic weekend with bach concerti that i will never forget.still got the c.d.

Feb. 02 2010 09:05 PM
David Swartz


In Northern Greece, there were 13 of us,
The names quite ordinary
Beyond the Beavers we had
And the Philip Morris I knew, even carnally,
And the Charlie Brown,
Whose name I ran into years later at a State University,
A journalism prof in a department
About to go belly up in 1963,
An old man then and likely now, 40 years later,
Decades in the earth.
Who picked up a young man at a very gay MY OH MY,
One early morning
And walked him back to a Victorian flat
And plied him with JOHNNIE WALKER BLACK
And a whiff of NEPAL
And a touch of Mozart
And some fascinating conversation, till in a dark vague blur
In a close damp room
They stripped, and attempted love in a halting, painful
And Brown, the professor, told the boy-really,
Over and over,
Taking him into his arms
When the young man cried,
And when the light crept up, in the unforgiving
Sent him back to his wife.

Feb. 02 2010 08:00 PM
Eileen Gardiner from New York

When I think "romance" I think of medieval romances of knights and maidens, so for me the piece that never fails to add some romance to my day is "La cheminée du roi René" by Darius Milhaud.

Feb. 02 2010 07:54 PM
Ron Musto from New York City

Walton's Sonata for String Orchestra has always been for me the musical analog to Bronte's Wuthering Heights: the essence of romantic. Not box-o-chocolate romance, mind you, but like Heathcliff and Kathy: brooding, passionate and often dangerous. Beautiful too.

Feb. 02 2010 07:35 PM
Cheryl Zilinyi from New York, NY

Not sure what my most romantic music would be but, because of classical music, my husband won the WQXR two-week European Cruise back in 2003. It was the most romantic time of our lives. Midge was on the cruise and I hope she loved it, too. I do love Puccini!

Feb. 02 2010 07:32 PM
Anne from 11756

p.s. please excuse the typo in earlier comment!

Feb. 02 2010 06:47 PM
Anne from 11756

The Prelude and Liebestod from Wagner's Tristan and Isolde tops is very high on my list. And how about the Love Duet from Bizet's Les Troyens?

Feb. 02 2010 06:45 PM
Michael from Brooklyn, NY

Rachmaninoff Second Symphony is IT!!

Feb. 02 2010 06:01 PM

My vote for passionate, romantic music is definitely Rachmaninoff -- especially "Vocalise" and "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini."

Feb. 02 2010 05:19 PM
Daniel Somers from Green Village, New Jersey

Barber's "Adaggio", Lang's "Little Match Girl" and "La Boheme".

Feb. 02 2010 04:48 PM
Michelle Pellegrino from Bound Brook, NJ

My husband and I are absolutely certain that we conceived both of our beautiful children as a result of attending live orchestral performances. What is more romantic then that?

Feb. 02 2010 04:38 PM

Sergei Rachmaninoff wrote some of the most romantic melodies: it's hard to choose just one. The middle section of the piano Prelude in G minor is one. And if we can give a nod to same-sex lovers: the duet "Au Fond du Temple Saint" in Bizet's "The Pearl Fishers" goes right to the heart, as does the Flower Duet in Delibes's "Lakmé." And I agree with Karin: the Meditation in Massenet's "Thaïs" is one of the most sensuous pieces of music in the violin literature. Happy Valentine's Day to all!

Feb. 02 2010 02:53 PM
Mary Donohue from Lynbrook, NY (Long Island)

Classical Spanish guitar music can make me swoon. I was introduced to it years ago by another NY classical music station by their Sunday a.m. program Guitars around the World. The program and the station are gone, but I still use this music for 'together time.'

Feb. 02 2010 02:01 PM
Diana from Chatham, NJ

My Dad played oboe with the D'Oyley Carte orchestra and we grew up listening to all the operettas. "Ah, leave me not to pine, Alone and desolate" from PIRATES OF PENZANCE always tugs at my heart strings, the absolute expression of love lost ... but we know that Mabel and Frederic are soon to be joyously reunited so the tears dry quickly. And as for overwheming passion engendered by music ... any time Placido Doimingo sings, as tenor or baritone I care not, he sings for me alone and fills me with the ecstasy that classical operatic music at its height can convey.

Feb. 02 2010 01:09 PM

Oh, so many to choose from:
Rachmaninov's 2nd Symphony, specifically the third movement, Adagio - sheer bliss; Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending of course brings me to tears (tears of joy at the sheer beauty of the sound);
Massenet's Meditation for violin and orchestra;
Dvorak's Romance, Op.11;
Strauss' 4 Last Songs;
just to name a few.

Feb. 02 2010 12:51 PM
Carla from Edgewater NJ

There is so much romantic music for the lover at large and an additional category for the romance of our childhood, nostalgic pieces nudging us with that painful twinge. For some, ecstasy. Downright lovin ala LLCoolJ? Try getting lost in Debussy's La Mer and other lush impressionists or enjoy the ride of Stravinsky's Firebird Suite. Those quivering strings, powerful timpani at the climax? Bliss!

Feb. 02 2010 11:11 AM
George Jochnowitz from New York

Romantic music should be filled with life and energy. I find Rossini the most romantic of composers. I also think that Offenbach's Cancan music from Orpheus in the Underworld is filled with love, as is the Lone-Ranger theme from his overture to William Tell.

Feb. 02 2010 11:07 AM
Jane Axelrod

There is something very romantic about the violin. It has been described as singing and my father used to refer to it that way. When I was a teenager, my father took us to tea at the Plaza Hotel in New York City and there was a violinist there that played the most romantic pieces while we were there. But I agree with Musetta's waltz being very romantic and the waltz from Sleeping beauty and the wedding march from Midsummer Night's Dream(Mendelsohn) and his violin concerto and O mio babbino caro (pucinni) and Fritz Kreisler's Liebesleid" and "Liebesfreud" also make my heart sing. There are far too many to list here but these are some of those that I think very romantic...

Feb. 02 2010 10:59 AM
Lynn David from Jersey Shore

usually my love and I end the day by going up the stairs...getting into bed and reading along with wqxr...there are several pieces that consistently turn the night from cerebral to physical...
the adagio from Rachmaninov's second symphony and the entire first act of Puccini's La Boheme for starters...
unless the grandkids show up, of course.

Feb. 02 2010 10:45 AM
Sal from Manhattan

The Young Prince and the Young Princess, Sheherazade. The New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein.

Feb. 02 2010 10:41 AM
Zac from bklyn

Brahms Intermezzo Op 118 #2 is my choice.

Feb. 02 2010 10:37 AM
Karen Micallef Tylutki

I was talking to my mom last night at our Scribbler's Circle Meeting about Romance in music and suggested to our group that we all listen to a piece of Romantic Music and write an original piece inspired by one.
Puccini always does it for me. Madama Butterfly...Musetta's Waltz from La Boheme and then there is the score from The Vagabond King. I have been to performances of all these and as the music swells and the voices rise I am lulled into a state of euphoric other worldly delights that wisk me away in romantic adventures beyond the physical.
Maybe your childhood prepares your heart for love...I know the most important gift I received from mom and dad was the gift of a radio or record player in all four rooms of our apartment growing up. Mario Lanza, Enzo Stuarti, Franco Corelli, Mario Del Monaco, Joan Sutherland...Leontyne Price...Kathryn Grayson...they all spell romance for me. When music brings tears to your eyes and quickens your heart beat, Your composer and musician turn into a magician and muse as well.

Feb. 02 2010 10:26 AM
Tom Graves from West Orange, NJ

I’m with Midge on her choice of the most romantic aria, the Saint Saens, ever since I heard Klaus Nomi perform it back in the 80’s, and lol on Terrence McKnight’s choices. I hope he’s kidding.

Feb. 02 2010 09:57 AM

Tchaikovsky is the most romantic for me!

Feb. 02 2010 09:49 AM
Hayne from Hyde Park, NY

"Scène d'amour - Nuit serène" from Roméo et Juliette by Hector Berlioz. Initially dreamy and reflective, then, successively, intensely explicit, it takes all the time it needs to get where it wants to go. I heard an arrangement, once, for two guitars, played by Thomas Geoghegan and his brother, which emphasized the fundamental intimacy of it's expression. Berlioz clearly knew whereof he wrote and explains it all for you.....

Feb. 02 2010 12:44 AM
Barry Light

A romantic moment:

La Sonnambula
Act 1 duet
Son Geloso

Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Florez
March 2009
Metropolitan Opera
To be released in February
I believe it to be one of the most romantic scenes in Bel Canto opera

Feb. 01 2010 09:35 PM


Feb. 01 2010 08:54 PM
Andrea from New York, NY

When I think of love, romantic love, but especially deep, true, and lasting , I think of the waltz from "The Merry Widow." I've heard it since I was a child (60+ years ago) and associate it with my parents' dancing at their anniversary, with weddings, etc. In the operetta, it is truly bittersweet, a thwarted love that is finally coming to fruition. It is thrilling and satisfying, but sad because of the years wasted.

Feb. 01 2010 02:13 PM
Mary Ellen from Manhattan

For me, very romantic music includes the Brahms horn trio, the Barber Adagio for strings, and V'adoro pupille from Giulio Cesare by Handel!
I could go on and on, but I'll stop with three!

Feb. 01 2010 02:12 PM


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Feb. 01 2010 09:49 AM
Vicki Slockbower

Where is the obit on the woman who played the organ at the baseball games? I can't find it in today's Times

Feb. 01 2010 08:05 AM

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