Which Classical Piece Sets the Mood for Romance?
Friday, February 08, 2013 - 09:59 AM
Just as candlelit dinners, flowers and chocolates remain time-honored emblems of romance, so does classical music.
For evidence of this, one need look no further than the recent "50 Shades of Grey" marketing phenomenon. E.L. James's so-called "mommy porn" trilogy – which holds onto the top three slots on the New York Times best-seller list – name-drops classical pieces like Spem in Alium, Tallis's great motet for 40 voices.
Does Renaissance vocal music mean sensuality for you? Or how about a Brahms intermezzo, Wagner's Tristan und Isolde or a tango by Piazzolla?
In short: when you think heavy breathing, galloping hearts and long kisses, what do you hear?
Our poll is closed now. Below are your top 12 responses, which we counted down on Valentine's Day:
12. Liszt: Liebstraum No. 3 in A-flat
11. Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe Suite No. 2
10. Brahms: Intermezzo No. 2 in B-flat Minor, Op. 117/2
9. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet Suite No. 1
8. Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
7. Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
6. Piazzolla: Libertango
5. Puccini: La Boheme: O soave fanciulla
4. Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op.
3. Bizet: Carmen: L’amour est un oiseau rebelle (Habanera)
2. Wagner: Tristan and Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod
1. Ravel: Bolero