How Has Classical Music Added Romance to Your Life?

Monday, February 14, 2011 - 12:00 AM

Editor's Note: In 2011, we received an overwhelming response to our survey on how romance has added classical music to your life. We've revived it for this Valentine's Day.

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 life by commenting below.

Read your fellow listeners' stories below.

We've asked various musicians -- and a couple of WQXR hosts -- how classical music has added romance to their lives. Here's what they had to say:

David Finckel, cellist of the Emerson Quartet, co-artistic director, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center with wife, pianist Wu Han

"How has classical music added romance to your life?" In our case, the question really is, "How has it not?"
 
I have previously revealed my conviction that I actually fell in love with Wu Han between the notes G and A in the first movement of the Schumann Piano Quintet. When the Emerson played it with her for the first time, she became the first pianist ever who allowed time for my phrase to peak across these two notes, and I can still recall the sensation of discovering someone who was listening intently and accurately to what was going on deep inside me. 
 
A common sensitivity to, and understanding of, the things in music that are so personal that they cannot be described in words, are perhaps analogous to the human connections necessary for long and successful relationships. Music ignited our romance and continues to fuel it, as our shared passions guide us in our work and inspire us to share our happiness with others, on stage and off. 

Amanda Forsyth Zukerman, cellist, wife of violinist and conductor Pinchas Zukerman

I find I am able to "set a mood" with music. If ever I am in the wrong state of mind, I can completely re-boot my outlook by selecting (and then playing) the right piece of classical music. Likewise, having the opportunity to perform great classical music with my husband adds yet another dimension to romance and, for that matter, any other emotion.

When Pinchas and I play the Brahms Double Concerto, there are moments onstage (particularly in the slow movement which is filled with romantic themes) in which we share some very meaningful and personal telepathic emotions. The musical conversation in the other movements have also become a love connection, too. There are some specific moments in Mozart quintets which, as Pinchas plays them, never fail to give me goosebumps onstage! We are so fortunate to share such beautiful music together on a regular basis. It definitely becomes part of our romantic lives together and adds an entirely different dimension.

 

Orli Shaham, pianist and wife of St. Louis Symphony conductor David Robertson

How has classical music added romance to my life? How hasn't it? If it weren't for music I would have never understood how to express passion. I would have never known that it is perfectly acceptable even in respectable circles to be swept off one's feet. And I would have never met my Prince Charming, my wonderful husband conductor David Robertson. Blame it on Chopin's E-minor Piano Concerto, which was the first piece we ever performed together and through which we met. The attentiveness with which he followed my phrases and the clear communication we shared in music eventually made us realize we would be able to do that for each other in all aspects of life. 

Then a few years later he exuded such absolute focus in the exhilarating ending of Bartok's Third Piano Concerto -- because he was about to propose and didn't want me to say no if the accompaniment wasn't perfect! It was clear to me I could always count on him to have my back. How nice it is when all is effortlessly expressed without words!  Shaham's childrens' music series "Baby Got Bach" continues Feb. 6 at LPR.

 

Simin Ganatra, violinist in the Pacifica Quartet and wife of Brandon Vamos, cellist in the Pacifica Quartet

Classical music has of course added much romance to my life. My husband Brandon Vamos and I met through classical music. As musicians our musical and non-musical lives are so intertwined it is impossible to separate the two. I fell in love with Brandon when we first played chamber music together. I particularly remember playing the slow movement of the Schumann Piano Quartet in a group with him and feeling such a deep personal and musical connection that I realized I'd met my life partner right then and there. That was twenty years ago. We've been married now for 10 years and at our wedding we had several of those pieces we played early on performed. Listening to them now always brings back that wonderful feeling of romance and reminds me why I fell in love with my husband.

 

Sandy Yamamoto and Daniel Ching, husband-and-wife violinists in the Miró Quartet

Classical music certainly had everything to do with our romance and provided the possibility of sharing love and a life together, both in music and outside of it.

We were teenagers when we met. We were from opposite coasts -- Daniel from the Bay Area in California, Sandy from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Way back then, media and automotive giants Seventeen magazine and General Motors partnered up to sponsor an annual concerto competition for youngsters in junior high and high school. That year we were both selected for the final rounds at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio. That also happened to be the school where Daniel was to attend college just five months later. Sandy also happened to end up just forty minutes from there also for her college years, at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Coincidence?

Anyway, we both played the first live rounds at Oberlin, and neither were selected to move on. Well, that left a lot of time in Oberlin (a week) for us to get to know one another quite well, and the rest is history... Well, getting to play in the same quartet for the past 15 years also helped! Certainly without our desire to excel in music and perhaps due to both of our inadequate performances at the concerto competition, we were destined to find each other, and we have classical music to thank for that.

Midge Woolsey, WQXR Host

Last year at this time when we talked about romance, I was single. This year, I celebrate Valentine’s Day for the very first time as a married woman. And I’ll tell you something... it feels really great! One of the most important things I’ve learned from my husband so far is that if you spend some time not just on Valentine’s Day but every day talking about the miracle of love, your day will be about 150% better. It’s like magic, real magic! When you go operatic and add music to the mix, you can find places in your heart that can’t be reached with words alone. When I think of operatic love duets, tenor Luciano Pavarotti and soprano Mirella Freni come to mind.  There must have been something in the water where they grew up in Modena, Italy, because the sound they made together was like a perfect soufflé.  Their Cherry Duet from Mascagni’s L’Amico Fritz is my idea of heaven and perfect choice for Valentine’s Day.

 


Kevin Murphy, pianist and
Heidi Grant Murphy, soprano

From Kevin: A friend at Indiana University (where I was a piano major studying with Menahem Pressler) told me to look out for this beautiful young soprano coming to IU who had it all -- beauty, a depth of soul and the most silvery, heavenly soprano voice. I instantly fell in love with Heidi Grant when she sang Durch Zartlichkeit und Smeicheln from Mozart's Abduction from the Seraglio in an audition. Her character, Blonde, lectures that the way to win over a girl's heart is by tenderness, coaxing and pleasantries. I did my best to heed Blonde's advice and eventually, I persuaded Heidi she was in love with me too. After twenty years of mariage, four children, and lots of concerts together, I still love hearing her voice every day -- the ringtone on my iPhone is Heidi's recording of Bach's, Bist du bei mir, which makes me smile every time she calls to tell me to pick up some milk.

From Heidi: Kevin and I are most connected when we make music together. We love to perform recitals and one of the most romantic songs we perform is A Dream, Rachmaninoff's Op. 38, No. 5. The voice and piano are intertwined -- so dependent upon the other, and it ends with the most beautiful piano postlude. Every time Kevin plays it, I get chills. One of my other favorite things he plays is Brahms' A-Major Intermezzo, Op. 118 No. 2. This was one of the pieces he used to get me to fall in love with him. It worked.

 

Gregory Beaver, cellist in the Chiara Quartet and husband of Julie Yoon, Chiara Quartet violinist

How has classical music added romance to our life? Aside from the obvious fact that Julie and I met in the music world and became a couple because of our work together in the Chiara Quartet, there are more subtle things. We have shared many incredible moments revealing great recordings to one another, such as when Julie introduced me to the Szigeti recording of the Brahms D minor Sonata, or I introduced her to the Brahms Deutsches Requiem recording with the Berliner Philharmoniker/Swedish Rundfunkchor and Claudio Abbado. More directly, the first question we asked when planning our wedding was what music we would have? For the processional, we asked our friends to play the third movement of Schumann’s Piano Quartet. For the recessional, they played the fourth movement, so that the ceremony itself was nestled right in the middle of the music. Creating music has been a singular passion of both of our lives, and it is that much more profound when you get to create the music together with the person you love most.

 

And finally, a story about the power of opera from WQXR host Naomi Lewin...

True Story:

He said (in answer to someone else's question): I don't think I've ever been to an opera.
She said (he looks cute): I'll take you to the opera.
He said (she looks cute): Thank you!
She said (what have I gotten myself in for?): You're welcome.
He said (as though I had a clue): What opera?
She said (perfect for a newbie): Madame Butterfly.

Years -- and Lucia di Lammermoor, La Traviata, Carmen, The Marriage of Figaro, The Barber of Seville, The Elixir of Love, Don Carlo, Il Trittico, Der Rosenkavalier, La Fanciulla del West, Don Giovanni and even Die Meistersinger later -- he's a confirmed opera-lover, and they're a couple.

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David Masello from Manhattan

On my last day of college as an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, I knew that it also signaled the last day of my first real love affair, since both of us would soon be heading off into adult life. As my then boyfriend napped, I listened to a lp recording of "Appalachian Spring," with Copland conducting his own work. These thirty-plus years late, I still cannot listen to that piece without thinking of that early love of mine and that last afternoon together in my room in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Feb. 09 2014 12:29 PM
William & Marianne Bird (& Celtie!) Nutley NJ

Classical music has the unique ability to reach us in a place and transport us in a manner unlike any other art form. A quietly romantic piece allows us to reflect upon those we hold most dear...my beloved wife Marianne, our precious little poodle Celtie...and to appreciate all those close to us. All those who stand with and by us no matter what, whether we deserve it or not. That's what love is truly all about.

Feb. 14 2012 06:52 PM

Yes, Mr. Meltzer, but love and romance are eternal. I'll repeat mine:

When I moved to NYC in the mid-1970s, I auditioned for a dance project at an off-Broadway company specializing in light opera. I was hired for the dance project (very little money) and as an assistant stage manager. So I got to hear and experience a lot more Gilbert & Sullivan than I had been exposed to in the south, where I grew up.

I met the assistant conductor there, and we struck up a friendship. We eventually lived together for 31 years; I also sang in choirs he was associated with (he was a Mannes graduate -- an organist). One choral society we both performed with yielded an opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall (Mahler's 8th).

We listened to Dame Janet Baker, Anna Russell, the Dale Warland Singers, and (every time we went on vacation to Florida) L'apres-midi d'un faune.

He even played for an audition tape I made (on a church-hall upright piano) that got me hired for a concert version of West Side Story with the Alabama Symphony.

I guess you could say that classical music, as well as other genres, added to our romance.

At a memorial service for him a couple of years ago, I included the hymn "In the Bleak Midwinter." The last verse ends with --

Yet, what I can I give him. Give him my heart.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I still do.

Feb. 14 2012 02:56 AM
Michael Meltzer

These comments are from last year!

Feb. 14 2012 02:36 AM
Michael Meltzer

How is it that no one has suggested Finian's Rainbow: "When I'm Not Near the Girl I Love, I Love the Girl I'm Near?"

Mar. 04 2011 11:14 PM
carolyn from ny ny

Who would have thought it - the late beethoven string quartets we found great for romance as early as the 1960's and since....

Feb. 26 2011 07:43 PM
John J. Christiano from Franklin NJ

Ah, Michael....excellent turn-about of the original question!

It's just as relevant as the original.

Feb. 23 2011 08:00 AM
Michael Meltzer

No one is putting first things first! The question should be, "Has romance added classical music to your life?"

Feb. 22 2011 11:33 PM
Jack Bronston from NYC where ele

True, I'm 89 but it drives me up the wall when I find that, no matter how educated and effete, this generation DOES NOT KNOW HOW TO SPELL!! Repleat???? Repleat??? Please spare me (and the English language) -- at least, look it up if you're not sure. The current generation is not only lazy, but apparently doesn't care.

Feb. 18 2011 03:42 PM
John J. Christiano from Franklin NJ

Mike, Neal and Jack.....

I have to give credit to some of the QXR announcers with thier foreign pronounciations. They're really not bad.

But I still cringe when I hear an announcer pronounce the plural of concerto as "concertoS", not concerti (con-cher-ti) as the Italian plural would have it.

Oh well, they're all New Yawkas!

Feb. 15 2011 12:35 PM
Michael Meltzer

Neil & Jack:
The solution is simple, if anyone cares. Here's my simple experience, no bragging.
Two weeks before I began my German course at MSM, i purchased the "Living Language" LP's for German (Now everything is CD or DVD). Side #1 was pronunciation, about fifteen minutes, soup to nuts. I did 15 minutes a day for two weeks, pronunciation only.
In the first week of my German course, the teacher asked me if I had grown up speaking German at home. Why the station doesn't own all the basic languages in recorded instruction and put it on loan for its professional announcers is beyond me. It only takes a little extra time and a little pride in your work.

Feb. 15 2011 12:04 PM
Neil Schnall

Jack,
The "Liebestod" issue has been mentioned numerous times in previous comments. Foreign language pronunciation does not appear to be his strong suit, as I have regularly heard him mangle French and Italian as well as German. It would certainly seem that at least approximate pronunciation of these languages would be a prerequisite for a job like this.

But who knows? I would bet that, at some point early in his administration, some close adviser actually pointed out to Geo. W. Bush that nuclear is not pronounced nukular... but there must've been some other agenda at play.

I dunno... maybe my reasoning (if not my breathing) is .... circlear.

Feb. 15 2011 11:10 AM
John J. Christiano from Franklin NJ

George from Verona......

Thanks for sharing that video with me the other day. Had I known, I would have hung around to hear Schubert's Ave; my favorite arrangement of that piece.

Feb. 15 2011 08:09 AM
Jack Zamboni from Somerset, NJ

I'm very much enjoying the romantic music on Valentine's night. However, I was distressed by Terrence McKnight's mispronunciation of "Liebestod" from Wagner's Tristan und Isolde. The final syllable is not pronouned like the English (or American) name, "Tod" as Terrence did twice. This German word for "death" sounds like the English word "tote" -- as in the tote bags often given away by public radio stations. This is a word that a classical music host should know how to say correctly as it occurs not infrequently in German romantic music.

Feb. 14 2011 09:16 PM
Diana from On Rt 66 in Grants, NM

Fifty five years ago this week, I was married to Joe in our canyon home to the music of Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante in Eb for flute, oboe, horn and bassoon, K.9. From that time on, Mozart's music flourished in our New Mexico home. Our two girls absorbed classical music that has been part of our lives these many years. My husband even started playing the flute, practicing at home in the evenings until our beloved Abyssinian cat, Casanova, finally rebelled - as he didn't enjoy the high, piercing musical sound. Joe switched to playing a recorder to keep peace in the house.

Feb. 14 2011 09:00 PM
George from Verona, New Jersey

I recently had the joy of listening to my wife sing " Bess You Is My Woman Now " with a wonderful tenor in a memorial concert at the Morris Knolls High school in Denville, New Jersey. It was as thrilling for her as it was for me, manning the hand-held video camera from my chair in the audience, as she doesn't often get a chance to sing in public anymore, especially with a live symphony orchestra. I didn't have a tripod and it was difficult to hold the video camera steady, on account of the power and beauty of the music being sung by the two voices on the stage, but I knew I had to stay calm in spite of myself, so that they could later see and hear themselves sing, as I had, from a distance. The emotions coming off the stage were fueled by emotions already stirred up by those sitting in the audience at this concert, for it was dedicated to the memory of one, Judith Novellino, a beloved school teacher whose life was cut short- with a knife- by her own husband. He is now doing time in jail. The concert was organized by her nephew, a landscape architect who also plays the violin. I met Vinnie Novellino in a high school production of Oklahoma and he instantly fell in love with my wife, who sang the role of " Bess " in his concert. Sometimes the only thing a family can do in a crisis of this magnitude is turn to music for solace- and Vinnie's aunt had the good fortune to have a nephew who not only could play the violin but who had the wherewithal to organize an orchestra of professional musicians who donated their services in the name of healing for the loss of this beautiful woman. The last piece of music on the program was Schubert's Ave Maria- which my wife sang with a harp floating up out of the strings of the orchestra. It was like listening to a soul floating up to heaven.

Feb. 14 2011 08:37 PM
Marianne from NY, NY

On our first date, my (now) husband Dan and I learned that we both loved Wagner. I was partial to the first movement of Die Walkure; he loved the last movement the best. We also learned that he was a total Beethoven junkie. At the time, I was learning to play Beethoven's Piano Concerto #2. He was smitten! Marianne

Feb. 14 2011 08:14 PM
Ed from NYC

My parents are both deceased now, but my mother used to love to say that the ONLY reason she dated my father in the first place was that he listened to WQXR.

Feb. 14 2011 04:05 PM
L from Loveland

Naomi’s story strikes a chord with me. I met a beautiful lady by chance and she invited me to an Opera, I knew what it was at least, but my knowledge of classical music was confined to Clockwork Orange soundtrack, Curved Air, John Miles and various other rock bands who used it in their music.
We’ve been to a lot of Operas, symphonies etc. since, and they just add to what has developed into a wonderful relationship.

Feb. 14 2011 03:09 PM
john J. Christiano from Franklin NJ

Ooops let's try that one again....where was I? Oh, yeah.....

As I was saying, in my 20s, I was dating a lovely Sicilian girl from a very nice family. She loved to hear me sing and always asked me to sing along with tunes on the radio. But she was especially fond of my classical singing and encouraged me always.

We dated for a while but, as sometimes happens, things change.

I still think of her when I'm singing some Italian aria. I'm married now to a wonderful woman and we have a terrific son who loves to sing.

Perhaps somewhere out there, some faint notes will reach her ear.

Feb. 14 2011 01:16 PM
ohn J. Christiano

My story is not so glorious. In my 20s, I was dating a lovely Sicilian girl who came from a very nice family.

Feb. 14 2011 01:07 PM
Francia Peterson from Maplewood, NJ

"Love is a wonderful thing"
It is an understatement how classical music has changed my life.
The day that my boyfriend at the time agreed to see La Boheme with me at the Lincoln Center, it was the day I knew he was the one for me. A year later we were married. I have always been a fan of classical music and it was a great to know that I would continue to be a fan together with the man that I love.

Feb. 14 2011 12:53 PM
Stephen Kurtz from Mahwah, New Jersey

Shortly after meeting my wife in the Spring of 1964, I told her that I had a subscription to the Concerts in Lewisohn Stadium (at City College). We attended every concert that summer, and that July I proposed, she accepted and we have been married for 46 years. We also attended concerts at Tanglewood, and our romance continued.
We are both classical music devote's and have subscriptions to the New York PHilharmonic and the New Jersey Symphony. Also listen to WQXR every day.

Feb. 14 2011 12:16 PM
Patte B from Yonkers, NY

A job offer at Sarah Lawrence College brought Art and me to New York, and we have been "lost in Yonkers" ever since. WQXR is on during our waking hours. One New Year's Eve, I seranaded him, singing along to The Merry Widow--sotta voce, for the sake of the neighbors.

Shortly after, a colleague gave him a pair of box seat tickets to the exclusive, Valentine's Day dress rehearsal for Cosi Fan Tutte at the Met. He proposed during intermission. "I'll have to think about it." He responded, "I knew you'd say that." (It had only been 14 years--a girl doesn't like to be rushed into these things.)

For the sake of brevity (by my standards), I'll describe the "shotgun wedding" and its musical mayhem for the future.

Feb. 14 2011 11:57 AM
Amanda from NYC

When has classical music NOT added romance to my life? My husband is a veritable font of knowledge with regard to who composed what, and when, and under what circumstances. I can always count on him to know the piece we've just tuned into, even if we've only heard a snippet in the middle.

Some of the best times we've had have been spent discussing the merits of different pieces or artists. His knowledge, passion, and the intensity of his feelings for the pieces he loves are endlessly endearing and I wouldn't have it any other way.

His knowledge and passion know no bounds, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Feb. 14 2011 11:57 AM
Jeff Guerrier from NYC

My wife, Margaret, and I met while both working at the Joseph Patelson Music House more than thirty years ago. She, a flutist, was the girlfriend of a co-worker with whom I had become good friends. I liked her from the start but had no romantic intentions. When her relationship ended suddenly and she was so sad I, as a friend, made her a Valentine card to cheer her up; it had been around that time. Not long after we began to flirt and eventually date. I have since hand made a Valentine for her each of our thirty-two years.
Musicians and music lovers both, we have shared many favorites throughout our romance. Our marriage has been accompanied by Gould playing Bach, the Philadelphia performing Beethoven, Laredo's Rachmaninoff, Szell's Dvorak, and many more. So many melodies remind me of her but none more so than that of "Sheep May Safely Graze," which she has performed many times in her career. Currently we are particularly enjoying the string quartets of Borodin and rediscovering those of Hayden and Shostakovich. In the evening or weekends we often sit together and read or do a crossword while listening to a recording or something on WQXR.

Feb. 14 2011 11:37 AM
Luciana Marulli from Manhattan East Side

The man had a thing about Charpentier: something to the effect that Charpentier was God, and he and his Yale roommates were his prophets. They even paibted an imaginary portrait of him. Strange, but that failed to deter me: I started listening, and I can say I fell in love listening to a vinyl of the Magnificat. Thirty plus years later, we are happily together, we have a historic collection of the French Baroque composer, and search out performances of his works in the New York area. We have even begged Kent Tritle to put more on the programme of St. Ignatius.

Feb. 14 2011 11:20 AM
Andres Parra from Manhattan

Since I arrive in the NY area in 2002, I felt in Love with the radio station and by hearing "Phinlandia" from John Sibelious, my Heart was strike by lightning and LOVE... but this was a Love far beyond human understanding... it contains romance and unconditional Love among many other faces that Loves contains... it was like the Goddess of Liberty from the New York harbor was magnetizing my heart to this land.. then here I share with you what Love and XQXR music is all about:

Love, O Love, Where Can You Be?
Do you hide behind the rock, beyond the trees?
Or are you flowing deep within emotion’s stream,
Ever powerful, silently?

In ages past, I know not when,
I lost my sight, I lost the way.
Now come I again on bended knee
To seek God’s grace and pray.

I search and search for some small sign
Revealing you to me.
Somehow I know if I but strive
I will discover thee!

Then I once more awaken
And hear a sweet familiar song
That pierces through the darkness —
"Not alone, I AM All One!

You are there, ever present,
Always waiting patiently,
Tending to the Heart of God
Sacrificing endlessly!

Unaccustomed am I, in mind and emotion,
To the varied ways of the Heart,
I now await your tutoring — Divine Instruction
From the Golden Mind of The One.

O Love come forth that I may see
And know, expanding into Life
The sweet melodic strains of the Heart!
O Life, be filled with Cosmic Love!
O Life, be nourished by this Love!
O Life, become the Flame of Perfect Love!

Extend the Heart through sacrifice.
Let it strive constantly,
Healing, protecting, comforting
Shining forth abundantly.

Then hand in hand, homeward bound,
As our Light shines forth,
Bringing Fruit of Christic Virtue
To the land, to the hearth and home.

Love! O Love! I know thee now!
At Peace, I AM and Free
Proclaiming our Eternal Bliss
In Life’s true Destiny!

O Love come forth that I may see
And know, expanding into Life
The sweet melodic strains of the Heart!
O Life, be filled with Cosmic Love!
O Life, be nourished by this Love!
O Life, become the Flame of Perfect Love!

I AM Here! I AM God! I AM Love.

Lady Master Venus February 15, 2004
Copyright © 2011 The Temple of The Presence.

Feb. 14 2011 09:59 AM
claude weinberg

I am a chiropractor and clarinetist, brought up with classical music by a father who was a professional clarinetist and played in orchestras all over the world. My patients know of my passion for music, which prompted one, who, when I mentioned I was looking for a "sweet, kind, gentle woman," to suggest that she introduce me to her daughter who also had a passion for classical music but no one to share that with. Next month we will celebrate 4 years together! We hold hands as we share Philharmonic and Met Opera performances and she is my inspiration when I play concerts and recitals.

Feb. 14 2011 09:47 AM
Tori of NYC

Although I am a pianist I enjoy and inspired by many great non-piano music. Any music by Handel, Bach (and Mozart's glorious aria from the Marriage of Figaro) with my husband would make us feel so romantic, not only for each other, but unfailing, forever love from God--who greatly contributed to the making of classical music. Because we need someone who can love us unconditionally, always, not for who we are or what we have...deep down in hearts we all know this. That way we can live securely because the perfect love drives away the fear. Those music bring us the loving reminder (esp. every morning by delightful Jeff Spurgeon- many thank you! :) Now our new baby on the way, all three of us fall into the love of classical music all over again on this V.day morning. Happy loving day, everyone!

Feb. 14 2011 09:29 AM
Jonathan Atkin from NYC

Classical music simply permeates my life which is unabashedly romantic, in the most quizzical ways, while on photo assignments. On a shoot on Lake Ontario, aboard a 40' boat, waiting out bad weather in Cape Vincent, Land of 1812,had left a grungy "Deer Hunter" type of bar & grill called "1812" eating/drinking of course,"1812" beer, boarded our boat to continue drinking preparing for the crossing of the lake in the morn, turned on the local classical radio station and "1812" overture blasted away. Naturally.

Feb. 14 2011 09:06 AM
Michele Ryding from New York City

For our 20th anniversary in 2006, we wanted to find a really romantic, special place to celebrate. Lucky for us it was the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth, being celebrated that year at the Salzburg Music Festival. On that special night we sat in a beautiful rococo palace eating a dinner from an 18th century menu being served by waiters dressed in garb from that era. During the dinner a tenor and soprano sang arias from Don Giovani. How much more romantic can you get? Even the next day we were able to hear Nikolaus Harnoncourt conduct the Vienna Philharmonic in the 39th/40th/41st Symphonies. WOW It was a magical, romantic three days we will never forget.

Feb. 14 2011 08:57 AM
vicky cosgrove from Little Neck , NY

Is LOVE only for "humans?" What about the unconditional Love of dogs? I "adore" my Dachshunds!! My favorite classical (well more like folk music) song, celebrating the LOVE of my Dachshunds is: "The Dachs Song." Jeff Spurgeon knows this wonderful love song as he is singing (no not howling!) on the recording!!

Feb. 14 2011 08:17 AM
Mabel Tannenbaum from Queens Village, New York

I was born in 1920. My parents bought a Victrola soon after they became available. (c. 1925) It had to be wound up and the needle replaced after playing both sides of a record. My parents went to the music store together to buy records whenever they could afford it---father chose the chazzanut and mother chose the classical music--mostly opera. They both sang along with the music in beautiful voices. So music was in my soul from a very early age. By the time I was 6, I was already allowed to wind the machine and carefully play the records. For my 9th birthday my parents bought me a piano. ($400) At about 12 my aunt took me to my first opera--FAUST, at the Hippodrome. When I was 17, I started saving dimes so I could go to the Met on Saturday nights. It cost $1 or $1.50 for standing room. Since they sold only 400 standing room tickets, my brother and I had to get there early and stand on line. On March 1 1941, the opera wasTRISTAN U ISOLDE, with Lauritz Melchior and Kirsten Flagstad--really appropriate. Standing on line, we started a conversation with a group of 4 guys. One was particularly interesting. When we finally got inside we discovered they preferred the same standing spot as they did. After the opera we all went to Chase's cafeteria for coffee. Well one thing led to another, and I and the interesting one were married on Jan. 31, 1943. That was 68 years ago, and we now have a subscription to the Met--and we now sit. We still listen and love music together, and still love one another, too.

Feb. 14 2011 01:46 AM
Amanda from New York

I don't remember not loving classical music. After a childhood of young people's concerts, it seemed like an obvious choice to pick an instrument and try to make a career of it. I chose the French horn and worked hard at it, but "doing music" began to feel more like a chore and less like enjoyment. I became a singer, which I found more gratifying, but I no longer listened to music for pleasure. I only listened to recordings when I was trying to learn a piece, and after a day of practicing, the last thing I wanted was to sit down to more work.

I always thought I would have to marry another performer, as few young people share a musician's enthusiasm for classical repertoire. As it turned out, the man I would eventually marry is an avocational singer and more of a fanatic for classical music than anyone I've ever met. For our first date he suggested we go see Schoenberg's Moses und Aron. (He later admitted this was something of a test.) But I already had tickets to a Handel opera. He may not have the same taste as me (I like Baroque, he loves Mahler), but he has introduced me to historic recordings and new repertoire that have taught me to listen closely again, and music is no longer the thing I struggle to do but a lively companion to both of us.

For example, I had only known Sibelius' 2nd Symphony before I met my husband, but now I know and adore many others. We listen to his inspirational 5th Symphony when we go camping in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and the reflective 6th Symphony when we come back. Also, since we've been living in New York, I always seem to find parking spots just when some soaring Sibelius is playing on WQXR. Keep up the good work Midge Woolsey!

Feb. 13 2011 10:33 PM
Linda from South Orange, NJ

I grew up on Staten Island, the daughter of Italian immigrants. My parents were very open to the opportunities of their new country, and wanted my sisters and me to take part in as much as we could in America. I loved the music and plays I saw on Channel 13, but I never learned about opera.

Then I went to work at a law firm in the big City. There, I met and started dating a lawyer, who took me to the Met to see Rigoletto, Peter Grimes and other great operas. I loved them, especially those in Italian, because I could understand them, and therefore they were more accessible for a beginner.

I also fell in love with the lawyer, but we eventually broke up. My love affair, however, with opera continued and grew even stronger. I even got my own subscription to the New York City Opera.

One Friday in 1988, I had a ticket, right in the center of the first row of the balcony, to see Barbieri. As an emotional, and almost vindictive, gesture of finality to my relationship with the lawyer, I asked him if he’d like to come with me, although he’d have to get his own ticket, and I really didn’t think he’d be able to get a seat near mine. Much to my surprise, he came, and his seat was way over on the side of the balcony. To my even greater surprise, we talked so much before the show and during intermission that I went to sit by him during the second act. Something in the music and magic of the show helped give us focus, released the pain and broke down the barriers to communication we’d had before. My parting gesture turned out to be the start of a new path for us, leading to marriage, kids and a dog, and always with a soundtrack of really great music.

Feb. 13 2011 08:54 PM
Miles O'Hare from Morristown NJ

In 1982, after listening to George Winston's "December", my musical interest left the same old rock & roll stage and entered the romantic state of the classics. Although lovers came & went, they never seemed to be orchestrated with my musical interests.
Luclily this past spring I finally met the one and as we blossomed through the year with classical music as our vanguard, we've shared and embraced the joyful moments only the classics can bring.
For on a cold snowy night, this past winter, I heard George Winston's album once again. As my dove laid beside me, a classical inspiration fell to earth:

One Trillion Snowflakes

It seems one trillion
snowflakes are falling tonight.
Across the frozen snow laden
pond the geese gather close.
The log cabin roof is white and
in the night is still white.
A sky of grey outlines the evergreens
but of course green is black in the night,
you understand.
One trillion snowflakes land without a sound.They all glisten with beauty
in the frosted winter.
The cold season of change.
But snow has a warm feeling when observed by a the one you love.
There's wine, cheese and a musical cheer tonight because one trillion snowflakes are dancing just for us!

Feb. 13 2011 08:18 PM
mark giannini from W.O. N.J.

One never knows quite where their music will take them- if one is a classical violinist, pianist or cellist. Not only in terms of their own career, but in terms of the people one meets along the way. I think the people one meets in their chosen profession are naturally like-minded people who, for reasons not unlike our own, have chosen the same path. So it isn't really surprising at all, when one thinks about it, that two musicians should " hit it off " immediately when the music that brought them together in the first place is there to fuel the chemistry they share. For who is to say how much of that chemistry is from the music itself as much as from any of the normal things that tend to bring couples together. If this sounds a bit cynical, that is not the intent. Merely that all of those couples who seem to have been brought together by or because of music, must realize that music itself is the ultimate matchmaker and should not be regarded as a mere back seat driver in their relationship.

Feb. 13 2011 08:00 PM
Bill Walters from New York

I met my wife, Donna, when I was on tour with Peter Schickele's PDQ Bach Program in 1986. I was the stage manager (and still am) for the show as we toured colleges throughout the Midwest. One of our performances was at the University of Wisconsin. Donna was a theater student and was working on the stagecrew as part of her work study commitment. She operated the lightboard and I, as the visiting company stage manager, gave the cues over her headset. A conversation ensued, one thing led to another, and we went out after the show. I kept up a correspondence with Donna, and as things developed, she became not only my wife, but also a regular part of the PDQ Bach family. She has made many on-stage appearances and appears with Professor Schickele and Elliott Forrest on the PDQ Bach Album, "WTWP: Classical Talkity-Talk Radio". Music was, and still is, part of our romance.

Feb. 13 2011 07:46 PM
Caroline from Morris County, NJ

After 36 years, a simple twist of fate reunited the love of my life during a second date at the Met to see Edward Gardner's exquisite production of Carmen. My Valentine and I had been childhood sweethearts during 6th, 7th, and 8th grades in grammar school. He was a star basketball player and I was his cheerleader. He was the center of my universe as a young, inexperienced girl full of hopeful dreams of romantic love. My mother was our school music teacher where Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony # 6 and the "Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel's Messiah were standard fare instruction in her music classes. She would often keep a watchful eye on her lovestruck daughter. Back then, my love and I both preferred to sing more popular music of the day with the likes of Hurricane Smith's "Oh Babe, What Would You Say" and Elton John's "Crocodile Rock." Our newly found interest in opera emerged, however, when we treated ourselves to 3rd row orchestra seats for my love's 50th birthday last November to see the Bizet masterpiece of passion, intensity, and drama. During this date, we rekindled our dormant friendship of 36 years and replayed the tapes of our childhood dreams. Our long lost love, yearning, and lust entered into our hearts and bodies like a "deus ex machina" would enter any good story.

During the intermission, we toasted champagne to our future as fifty year olds as if we were back at our 8th grade graduation again. Back in our adolescent courtship, we never kissed but held hands, stared at each other, and held hands looking into each others' eyes. The opera
rekindled the time and space that time forgot. He is now my romantic lead on a white charger who came back into my life 36 years later.

I guess I can end the story with the classic line "all good things come to those who wait" and I can thank the Met and Carmen for being part of my destiny.

Feb. 13 2011 07:24 PM
Dolores E Reed

I started listenin to Classical music 40 years ago. Before we got married my husband (deceased) Steven always listened and played classical/opera music. The first time I saw Swan Lake I was mesmerized and then Madame Butterfly I cried even today it's still emotional. I remembered Steven saying, "So you really liked it", I was glad I had tissues in my pocketbook.

Feb. 13 2011 07:23 PM
Peter Kahn from East Brunswick, NJ

When I was courting the woman who became my wife, we were graduate students in Manhattan in the same department. She had come from Australia on a scholarship. We met a week after she arrived and became engaged a month later. Classical concerts, including the opera, to which she was already devoted, were a good part of our time together then. That was 45 years ago, and we're going strong - and reveling in classical music together daily. (When the department gave a reception in honor of the entering class, like a good Australian she was standing next to the beer. That may also have had something to do with it all.)

Feb. 13 2011 05:52 PM
Richard Falk from UWS

Last December 4th a friend asked me if I would like to go to the Opera, because he has an extra ticket. At the first intermission I walked into the lobby at the Met and found my other soul, husband, friend, lover. At 63, I have been through a great deal with love and probably worked too much, but at long last I found Anthony and at 57, he found me. Now we both know why those last duets in the first act sound so right.

Feb. 13 2011 05:27 PM
Luise Romano from Denville NJ

Tho' not a "love story" between a gal and a guy - it is the story of two women who formed a beautiful friendship. I was working near Lucca, Italy and Susan was traveling, having just broken off with her boyfriend. The heirs of the families who ostracized Puccini from his hometown were now honoring him with nightly concerts in the church in which he was baptized and played the organ. This was Summer 2007. Susan stopped in and never having attended opera was curious. Thankfully, having grown up in metropolitan New York city area, I was very fortunate to attend opera at an early age. The musicians and singers who performed were astonishing and the music and words soared and vibrated in the old cathedral. I could see Susan was enthralled and during the break, we began the first of many conversations which generally include our having met during a Puccini concert. She and her guy got together and now live very happily in Cape Ann, and I am back in metropolitan New York. However, whenever I return to Italy, Lucca and Puccini are always on my itinerary.

Feb. 13 2011 01:45 PM
Alan Silber

ROMANCE AND CLASSICAL MUSIC FOR VALENTINE’S DAY
Magic, when it happens, is easier to describe than it is to make real and credible. The catalyst for the magic that I am about to describe was WQXR’s New Year’s Eve Countdown of Classical Favorites. The magic, fueled by the music, involved all the classic aspects of romance (Romance): the despair of separation overcome by emotion that allows – perhaps, demands – that longing prevail, defenses evaporate and souls reconnect. Why the tale rises above cliché to be worth the telling is its context.
The woman, for whom I have deep feelings, and I decided we had come to the end of the line. We would be together for New Year’s Eve and then go our separate ways. Right after Christmas, she came down with a horrible flu. The morning of New Year’s Eve day, she emailed me that she was too sick to do anything. So, the tale takes place against a backdrop of my sullen desperation caused by the notion that I am being blown off. My Bogart surfaces and I harden and protect – and stew.
Early in the morning, I email a “get-well” response and tell her I am listening to the WQXR count down. I comment that the Mozart piece playing was one studied in my college music appreciation class, lo those many years ago. She responds with how the music connects her to a contented place in spite of her discomfort. Four hours later as the music changes me, I email “What a great afternoon.” And her response opens the door to …everything. “There are moments like now when it just floods my soul.”
We discuss the Mozart Requiem and the Rachmaninoff (#10). “I’m just listening and thinking and feeling content.” She responds, “It feels so good after feeling so bad.”
She compares Bach to Beethoven, “So different from the hefty Mr. B; Lyrical and like fine champagne.” We draw memories from our past spurred by “The New World”. She remembers lying on her back under the stars on a warm night in Central Park. I admit that I like the image of her in that posture (Eros has a prominent place in Romance). She: “Takes my breath away.”
It is close to midnight; we are separate, but the music is connecting us in a special way. “This part right now.” “Second Movement theme.” “Yes. Yes. Yes.” “To Joy.” “Ooode.” She “I poured the last half inch of a Glenrothes ’89 single malt. I raise my humble glass to toast one of my most memorable and certainly most beautifully musical of New Year’s eves. Such fun it was sharing it with you.” I reply equally rapturously, “I am doing the same with Germane Robin Brandy. This has been grand. We will remember this. Happy New Year with an Ode to Joy.”
We said our good nights, appreciating the amazing feelings that had been generated. She did recover, and met me the next day. I will disappoint those hoping for prurient. But, the day will live in my memory until memory is stilled.
Perhaps this will spark Magic Redux. It was she who urged me to write this essay.

Feb. 13 2011 01:09 PM
Helen from Milford, NJ

I was having dinner with a new male friend when my cell phone went off. My ringtone was Beethovan's 9th. We started talking about our mutal love of classical music. He told me later it was then that he realized I was "dating material" rather than just seeing me as a friend. We were recently engaged and will be married in the fall.

Feb. 13 2011 12:41 PM
frederick

When I was in college I used to get score desk seats to the Met Opera on mondays (the Old Met). I sang in the chorus and the Music dept. used to give score desk seats out to serious students.When I met Elizabeth,my new girlfriend ( and later to be wife),I took her on a date to the Met to see The Barber of Seville. As students, we sat at the score desk seats, but after the first act we saw some onoccupied seats in the Grand Tier and persuaded a nice usher to let us use those seats for the remainder of the opera. We had such a wonderful time and lI think we fell in love that night at the opera.

Feb. 13 2011 12:27 PM
Anne Dopkins from Weehawken, NJ

My girlfriend of five years and I met through a yahoo! group for fans of the wonderful mezzo Susan Graham! She was a Renee Fleming fan first and found Susan through Renee's recordings. We became friends through the group and emailed each other for over a year. At the time, I lived in NYC and she lived in New Mexico. We met in Chicago(a good halfway point) to see Susan in "Der Rosenkavalier" at the Lyric Opera. It has been true love ever since... She moved out here after a year of long distance dating, and we continue to attend operas at The Met, especially those featuring Susan and/or Renee. Our love of sopranos brought us together.

Feb. 13 2011 12:21 PM
Barbara Schneider from New York City

I met my husband while attending a performance of Faust at the met.

Feb. 13 2011 12:18 PM
Bernard F. Dick from Teaneck NJ

Wagner's The Flying Dutchman is probably no one's idea of romance, unless one is a haunted captain of a ghost ship or a death-obsessed woman. But thiks was the first opera I ever took my future wife to see. It was in, I think, either 1951 or 1962, and it had an extraordinary cast, London and Rysanek. That did it; she became as much of an opera buff as I, so much so that we went to Munich and Bayreuth (Tannhauser) for our honeymoon. We have been married since 1965 and still go to the Met. Wagner brought us together, something for which I will always be grateful. And, of course, the Deity had a hand in all this.

Feb. 12 2011 10:18 PM
Jack Bronston from NYC

It was at Tanglewood in 1946 and Koussevitzky was conducting the Beethoven Seventh. I had just come back from service with the Marines in the South Pacific and was listening on a blanket with my intended. When those first notes of the Third Movement poured into the summer night, I started to whisper in my fiance's ear that we could live a long time and not be as happy as we were hearing that dramatic sound in that dramatic setting. But she interrupted me with some off-the-wall comment about living a long time, blah, blah, blah and I knew then and there that she was really not for me. I never forgot the interruption and when we divorced some years later, I married the loveliest person who ever walked the face of the earth and have been deliriously happy in the 30 years ever since!

Feb. 12 2011 08:54 PM
Peggy Bagnall

In 1945 my date and I attended the New York Oratorical Society's Messiah. When he cried at the Hallelujah Chorus I knew I had found the right one. We were engaged by Christmas and married for 62 years before he died in 2008.

Feb. 12 2011 01:39 PM
richard brof from brooklyn Heights

Jane and I (dick&Jane) met at a rustic resort
in 1968.The resident company presented arias from romantic opera,and Jacque Brelle.
We fell in love that week,Married On Valentine's Day, 1969,and this monday are celebrating our 42nd Anniversary. We bought a second home 35 years ago to be near Tanglewood. Jane looks even more beautiful
today-I'm another story.

Feb. 12 2011 12:24 PM
Armen from Garden City NY

WQXR has always been part of out 55 years together . Virginia and I can associate various incidents during our lives with particular music. WQXZ follows us wherever we are. When WQXZ was off the air for a period of time- we were hopeful that some how they would be back-- and they came back . Wonderful keep up the wonderful programming

Feb. 12 2011 09:08 AM
Joanne & Jim Lorello from Colonia, NJ

Opera adds to the romance of our lives. For the last few Met seasons, we've had a monthly date for a Saturday afternoon of beautiful music, amazing vocals, and stunning scenery. It takes us away from daily stresses and allows us a few hours to relax with each other and enjoy a truly incredible experience.

Feb. 12 2011 07:56 AM
Bob Nearier from New York, NY

Every time WQXR plays a waltz, or even music that is vaguely waltz-like, my wife and I do a waltz around our apartment. I'm not much of a dancer, but all of this waltz music, and waltz-like music, gives us a lot of opportunities to embrace.

Feb. 12 2011 12:10 AM
Laura from West Orange N.J.

I was literally born to the sound of music- I believe that I have actual notes running through my blood stream- My mother has been considered to be the number one piano teacher in N.J. She has taught with love for sixty years! Her students have spoken of their inspiration and love of playing the piano solely or should I say soully from my mothers teaching! Yet only I and my brother a brilliant violinist have actual notes IN us because my mothers piano teacher introduced my mother to my father and they fell in love! My brother and I are here literally because of my mothers love of music and the piano- She said she used to touch her stomach with me in it when she played Mozart and that I came out just knowing how to play- I have listened to more music and more students then most people in their lives- because of my mother and her total love- love of music- love of her son and daughter in law who also fell in love playing music and love now of her grandson that loves to sing! So music truely is in our genes!

Feb. 11 2011 08:15 PM
David

When I moved to NYC in the mid-1970s, I auditioned for a dance project at an off-Broadway company specializing in light opera. I was hired for the dance project (very little money) and as an assistant stage manager. So, I got to hear and experience a lot more Gilbert & Sullivan than I had been exposed to in the south, where I grew up.

I met the assistant conductor there, and we struck up a friendship. We eventually lived together for 31 years; I also sang in choirs he was associated with (he was a Mannes graduate -- an organist). One choral society we both performed with yielded an opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall (Mahler's 8th).

We listened to Dame Janet Baker, Anna Russell, the Dale Warland Singers, and (every time we went on vacation to Florida) L'apres-midi d'un faune.

He even played for an audition tape I made (on a church-hall upright piano) that got me hired for a concert version of West Side Story with the Alabama Symphony.

I guess you could say that classical music, as well as other genres, added to our romance.

At a memorial service for him a couple of years ago, I included the hymn "In the Bleak Midwinter." The last verse ends with --

Yet, what I can I give him. Give him my heart.

Feb. 11 2011 06:53 PM

My father unintentionally instilled a love of classical music in me for as long as I've been alive (nearly 35 years, for those counting). I say unintentionally because it was never forced upon me or my siblings as we were always free to leave the living room. It's a love that I hope to pass on to my children...but I'm getting ahead of myself. You wanted a romantic story involving classical music, so here you go.

In 2003 I proposed on Christmas day, in a mostly empty movie theater (it was just me, my girlfriend, and an usher who was busy cleaning up in the back of the large room), during the closing credits of the movie we'd just watched...for nearly 4 hours. The movie? Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. OK, I know, I know, you classical faithful are probably going to try and crucify me for putting Howard Shore on the same plain as other composers, but it's my story and I'm sticking to it! ;-)

Anyways, towards the very end of the credits (after the Annie Lennox song "Into the West") I gathered my nerve and grasped the box in my pocket with the ring, and at the precise moment after I'd asked her to marry me, there was an orchestral crescendo as she said "yes" that couldn't have been planned if I had spent the better part of the year trying.

Though I'm sure it would have been special if the proposal had happened in silence, it was transformed into a completely and utterly surreal and magical moment...all because of the music. Music that is perhaps not strictly "classical" per se, but orchestral nonetheless.

And so, to bring this full circle... If not for my father's love and appreciation for music (baroque, classical, romantic, modern, etc.) rubbing off on me, the moment would have been just another "well, I proposed and she said 'yes'" story. Instead, when I recount the event, it's the music that plays in my mind's ears whenever the story is told, and likewise the story that is remembered whenever that music is replayed.

Feb. 11 2011 06:21 PM
Janet Adamski from Brooklyn, New York

When I married, my husband loved baseball. I loved classical music. We made a pact. He would go to classical music events with me if I would go to baseball games with him. So far I've been to about 200 baseball games and he has come with me to about 30 operas and symphonies. We enjoy both together.

Feb. 11 2011 04:47 PM
Francis J. Ciaramella from Bayside, New York

I am 67 years old & have always loved classical music. Living with this love I have had few like friends & far between. When I was 19 there was a nice girl that I cared for as a friend only who shared a love for the classics. I thought that I should at least once show her a good time, since we as classic lovers were all deprived of good times. I bought two tickets for a benefit concert with Isaac Stern among other greats, at Carnegie Hall; ($20 a ticket could get you an orchestra seat !). We had dinner at her house & then her father (an engineer for ABC radio/ a Rock & Roll station at that time) drove us to the Hall, (protective of his daughter, I guess since she was 17). We were seated a few rows from the orchestra center. As the other patrons were also being seated, a woman proceeded to cross over us & following her was none other than Arthur Rubinstein who sat right next to my friend ( with his fox head cane) ! He was my friends most favorite pianist ! From that day on my friend was in love with me, to my horror ! The concert which was all string music, Vivaldi, etc., I thought, as a staunch 20th century music lover, I would not like--how ignorant--it was one of the best concerts I had ever witnessed. Alas my friend, my friend, it was not to be...

Feb. 11 2011 04:24 PM
Frederic Wile from New York City

On two consecutive summer Saturday nights some 50-55 years ago, I fell in love with my first serious girl and with classical music. Seated on a blanket high up on the stone steps of Lewisohn Stadium (now gone) listening to free performances of, the first evening, La Traviata with, I think, Anna Moffo. The next Saturday night it was the Mozart clarinet concerto with Benny Goodman....I was hooked on both the young lady and on opera and classical music in general.

Feb. 11 2011 04:15 PM
Joan from New York

I always loved classical music, as did my then boyfriend, current husband. When we moved to Paris together in the mid 1970s, we brought a few of our favorite classical music tapes including The Brandenburg Concertos, We listened to them reapeatedly in our charming, romantic apartment, 5th floor walk up on the Left Bank. It was in that apartment that we decided to get married when we moved back to New York. We chose the 4th movement of Bach's Brandendberg Concerto #1 as our wedding march to bring back our wonderful memories of Paris.

Feb. 11 2011 03:28 PM
Bruce from Brooklyn, NY

My love of classicial music began in earnest when some thirty years ago, I discovered Schumann's piano music from the 1830s. I loved his C-Major Fantasy when I first heard it live some 25 years played by Murray Perahia at Lincoln Center. I loved the story behind the music, of Schumann's [then] unrequited love for Clara Wieck, and made me think of the unrequited loves in my own life. Then I heard Schumann's Opus 11, the F-Sharp Minor Sonata and the great Aria, a flood of longing. Hearing this music, I always think of love as transcendent, precious, almost sacred, embodied in the music. I also admire and appreciate musicians, since I cannot read music, and am not a musician. I especially love listening to a bright new pianist, Yuja Wang whom I've seen on YouTube. Magnificent!

Feb. 11 2011 01:48 PM
Geraldine Marson from Allendale, NJ

My husband grew up in Bergen County, NJ and played trombone all thru high school. His mother worked a part time job to help him go to Manhattan School of Music - he is that good! After 2 years he realized how difficult it was to be a professional musician - having to promote yourself to everyone and not accept no for an answer. At that young age he was not that self confident. So he left Manhattan School of Music and started working for a local plumber and then got into the Swimming Pool business. After many years and two partnerships he started his own company (Keith the Pool Tech) in Allendale, NJ (where we live).
Me, I grew up in Rockland County, NY and played viola all thru public school, but was never good enough to play professionally. After college, I joined a local orchestra in Rockland County where Keith and I met in 1986. Within a few months we were living together and in 1990 we married. It is now 21 years later, we are still very happily married and playing in local music groups. Keith is principal trombone in Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra and I sit 3rd stand viola. Keith also plays in local community bands and loves to play in big band.

He introduced me to Berlioz Symphony Fantastique - his favorite piece of music. And now our favorite!

Without our love for classical music, we never would have met! Music is wonderful - and our life together is the best!

Geraldine & Keith Marson

Feb. 11 2011 01:19 PM

Classical music has enhanced the romance in my life in a broader sense. Classical music helps me to relax, and to manage the stress in my life, allowing me to be the kind of wife that I want to be. Listening to classical music during the ride home from work lets me walk into our home pretty much "baggage free". A marriage with a minimal amount of tension is truly a blessing!!!

Feb. 11 2011 10:32 AM
Betsy Hansel from Brooklyn (with memories of Prague)

I had an upcoming business trip in a couple of months that would me to Cologne and Prague. "I'm jealous," he said. I had known him for many years as a friend but the length of our romance could be counted in just weeks. My response surprised both of us when I said, "Come with me." And so after hastily getting a passport, he joined me in Prague at the Hotel Opera.

Prague is a city filled with classical music and each evening when my work was through, he was there waiting for me with tickets to a new performance somewhere else in the city. But the highlight was the Opera where we sat in our own little curtained box in the small but beautiful opera hall where we were enchanted with the performance of Carmen.

He proposed to me there in Prague, and I wouldn't say no, although I made him wait a few months for my definitive "Yes!"

Our house has been filled with classical music ever since, and Carmen will always bring back the memory of that magical city.

Feb. 11 2011 10:23 AM
Lucy Davidson from Port Washington, NY

Both my husband and I have loved classical music since our childhoods. We met volunteering for an arts organization that presents, among other things, orchestral, choral and chamber concerts of classical music. As volunteers, we were called upon to do all kinds of jobs, and formed a friendship. Friendship led to love and, eventually to marriage. So, here we are, old married people, still listening to classical music (on WQXR of course!) every chance we get. We never grow tired of it.

Feb. 11 2011 09:45 AM
Margaret LoRe from New YOrk

Classical music gave us the opportunity to spend a magical evening under the stars at Tanglewood. Romantic dinner with wine, candles and a beautiful moonlight night was amazing while listening to Copeland and Stravinsky.

Feb. 11 2011 09:40 AM
Saskia from Upper West Side

The Metropolitan Opera schedule ruled my love-life for 20 years. I had a lover who had moved from NY to Boston but came back often because he had an orchestra subscription at the Met for 17 seasons of our relationship.

As soon as the schedule came out, we would enter the performance dates on our calendars, and then we'd figure out how to space our other visits allowing us to be together every 12 days.

So not only did our love of music bring us together, it literally determined the course of our romance for almost 20 years.

Feb. 11 2011 08:03 AM
Antonia Szilagi from Great Neck, NY

My late mother in law was a singer who did needle crafts while listening to WQXR. Guess what? I am a singer who does needle crafts while listening to WQXR. Freudian huh? I guess that's why we've been married 23 years and have 3 children. Thanks WQXR!!!

Feb. 11 2011 06:41 AM
John from Springfield, NJ

My new bride brought with her an LP collection that included the Vivaldi "Four Seasons" performed by I Musici. I have never forgotten it, and never heard it played the way they played it. There were parts of it that she said were "orgasmic" ! Listenting to it I understood what she was feeling. That started me off with my ove for Baroque music-- up to that point I was strictly a Beethoven afficionado.

Feb. 11 2011 12:32 AM
Neil Schnall

My wife Amanda and I first met some years ago in an internet chat room devoted to classical music. We resided in different parts of the country at the time. It had piqued my interest that this person, still in her teens at the time, had such precociously sophisticated taste in music and opera. She had, in fact, determined that her favorite opera was Richard Strauss's Salome. In particular, she had been to performances and thus completely taken with soprano Hildegard Behrens (too soon departed and much lamented) in the role. I had seen Behrens here at The Met, notably in Fidelio (which must hold its place of honor as my favorite opera, composed as it was by Beethoven). But Salome is right up there amongst my top faves, although I am especially partial to Ljuba Welitsch.

But Amanda's passion for that music proved irresistible. You might even say it was through Salome that we lost our heads!

Feb. 11 2011 12:17 AM
Neil Schnall

Note to Midge:
Very happy for you!!
I think you are, perhaps, correct about there being something in the water of Modena. Reportedly, Freni and Pavarotti (born in the same year in that town) shared a wet nurse!

Feb. 10 2011 11:55 PM
saskia shakin from Upper west side

For 17 years I had a romance with a European man who had moved to Boston from NYC. We traveled between NY and Boston every 2 weeks to be together. Our travel schedule and our time together was determined by the Metropolitan Opera season to which he had orchestra tickets.

Each year, we would work backwards from the dates of the operas to stagger our visits as often as possible. Our love of classical music not only drew us together, it literally dictated when we would see each other.

Feb. 10 2011 11:04 PM
EJ Flynn from Summit, NJ

Classical music is love at its very core. How is it not wrapped up in the very miracle and mystery of our lives? As I lay down between bouts of snow shoveling on a blizzardy day my mind wandered back to college days. Someone I knew -- how lovely she was, a
Piano student on the university -- kindly invited me to a Music Department production of the operetta "The Secret of Suzanne." We were invited afterwards to a get together of mostly music students at the apartment of the graduate student producer. She was good. Very good. At the host's invitation she played "The Maiden and the Nightingale" by Granados. I had not heard this piece again in over thirty years -- until it was just then performed on WQXR as I lay resting. Love. Mystery. Music. No, I lost track of her. Where she is today--another mystery.

Feb. 10 2011 11:01 PM
Jing from Lower Manhattan

I was a college freshman classical piano major when I met my husband, who was a jazz drummer. So yes our worlds were pretty far apart. Our very first date was over two strawberry milk shakes and a heated discussion of which pianist had the best performance of Rachmaninoff 2nd piano concerto (one of the few pieces a jazz drummer knew). On our wedding a friend of ours sang Schumann's Du Ring an meinem finger and Widmung. Fifteen years later we are still celebrating our anniversaries with strawberry milk shakes and my husband now is a classical music connoisseur but sadly I remain a jazz amateur.

Feb. 10 2011 10:30 PM
Faith from Somerville NJ

One summer night, I experienced the NY Philharmonic in Central Park. I was 18 and awed by the romance of beautiful music shared with my New Yorker boyfriend under the stars. This was the life for me! Instead, 30 years later and long married to my New Yorker boyfriend, there has not been much time for romantic concerts. But, thanks to WQXR, music has filled our home and hearts as we've raised our children and gone about the business of living. It is bliss.

Feb. 10 2011 09:05 PM
Joyce from Hyde Park, NY

I have always loved classical music. In college listened to it always. My husband to be wandered into my dorm one night and played The Warsaw Concerto on an old upright. He played exquisitely.We eventually married. Sadly, the marriage ended.
I had always wanted to make love while listening to Ravel's Bolero. Years later the love of my life entered my life. My long time wish was granted. On that special occasion of first night love making, we lit candles, put on Bolero and the night was magical. We were deeply in love. Sadly again, it was not to last for he had a serious drinking problem. I had to let him go. But whenever that piece plays I remember that beautiful night. The passion, the beauty, the tenderness, the bliss comes flooding back.

Feb. 10 2011 08:22 PM
Paul from Huntington, NY

Classical music has given my husband a reason to follow me to concerts where he sleeps while I dream. It gives us a night out at dinner before or after the event. And time to decompress from the day over a glass of wine and then some strains of music.....

Feb. 10 2011 08:11 PM
Sylvia Le Vine from Woodcliff Lake, NJ

My boyfriend and I were having discussions about getting married but were not yet formally engaged. At the time, I was studying operatic singing, and he knew that my favorite opera was "La Boheme." I regaled him with arias from it every night.
One evening, as we were finishing dinner, he presented me with a somewhat large package, telling me that he knew that I loved the opera and he wanted me to have what was inside. I was thrilled to find the entire vocal score for "La Boheme." Now I would be able to accompany myself on the piano while I sang.
What I wasn't prepared for was the magnificent diamond engagement ring that fell out from the page of "Che gelida manina" as I was examining the pages of the score! That certainly would have warmed Mimi's hands up!

Feb. 10 2011 07:05 PM
Fred and Elaine Schick from NEW JERSEY

In the summer of 1956 I was the pianist in the Jan Fields orchestra at Kutsher's Hotel in the Borscht Belt. There was a waitress called Elaine in the dining room who caught my eye. One evening, passing the waitresses sleeping quarters, I could hear the strains of Mahler's 1st symphony coming from one of the windows. I investigated and discovered the music was coming from Elaines portable phonograph. I introduced myself and told Elaine that I was a relative of Gustav Mahler (the truth- my grandmother was Leopoldine Mahler). To make a long story short, Elaine and I just celebrated our 53rd anniversary.

Feb. 10 2011 06:00 PM
Goldie from Brooklyn Heights

This is a private (public) comment to my special husband Tom, who started our relationship by bringing me a double record album of Mozart symphonies, knowing I was an unsophisticated girl from Brooklyn. 500 + classical music CDs later, I guess he taught me a thing or two!

Feb. 10 2011 05:20 PM
Phyllis Carstens from Newton NJ

My future husband and I were dating when Van Cliburn won the Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in l958. I worked at Columbia Artists Mgt. and all of us were pressed into service to handle the resulting chaos. One of our dates was the ticker tape parade and presentation of the Key to the City to Van Cliburn. Another was his performance of the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto in Newark with Kiril Kondrashin conducting the NJ Symphony. It was an incredibly exciting time to be involved in classical music in New York, and romantic as well. We were married 1 year later and enjoyed classical music together for 50 wonderful years.

Feb. 10 2011 04:54 PM
Barbara Raisner from Queens

In 2006, at the age of 74, after 3 years of widowhood, I joined a community chorus, The Queens Oratorio Society, where we sing classic choral music. I had been a music lover all my life, attended Music and Art High School, played piano and bassoon, and taught Adult Ed. classes in Opera Appreciation. At the Oratorio Society I met a recently widowed man, also 74, who had sung in synagogue choirs for many years. We've been singing together ever since, and enjoy a new life of music and travel that we could never have predicted.

Feb. 10 2011 04:43 PM
rafael rodriguez from upper montclair, nj

I had a partner for ten years he was my best friend and we shared all the things that make a couple happy, he died of cyrhosis many years ago and it's never been the same. When my dear friend and NYC HS classmate (whose birthday, incidentally is Valentine's day!) and her husband celbrated their 25th wedding anniversary with a bash in an Italian chateau I hesitated about going, but as soon as they made me feel invited indeed as a single guy I made the arrangements. At one point the husband asked a woman next to me to dance and she refused, so he asked me and I obliged, to the shock of some, but it was good light fun! Love is what you give and people beam and radiate with it, it doesn't have to be for a person, it can be for charity, or music...but of course there is a picture of my partner in my living room attesting to the best thing that happened once in my life. Among the guests at the party, there was nobody there for me, and I am really happily single, but I've been told by one of my many close friends that I have "too many brothers" and one day one of these friends will be more a friend than the others or I will meet somebody new.

Feb. 10 2011 03:54 PM
Abby

I'm in love!!

Feb. 10 2011 03:27 PM
Jane

In 1973 I was a young, engaged-to-be-married, college student, who never listened to classical music. I struck up a classroom friendship with a young man who was crazy about opera. He bought me a copy of the Bjoerling/Merrill recording of La Boheme and invited me to La Boheme at the New York City Opera. Daringly, I accepted. I broke off my engagement shortly after, and I've now been married to my opera-lover for thirty-five years. We've attended dozens of performances of La Boheme since then, and we love it more than ever.

Feb. 10 2011 01:58 PM
barbara mallonee

My husvband and I met at college. I was the oboeist of the wind ensemble and he was the french horn player. We have been making beautiful music for the last 45 years!

Feb. 10 2011 01:27 PM
Thomas McNeilly from Glen Ridge, New Jersey

I met my wife Patricia while performing in "Song of Norway" with an amateur New Jersey company. I played the role of the Count, and she had come with a girlfriend to help do make up for the show. We got to talking, and then went out on a date (she thought I would never ask!), and we shall be married thirty-one years in June. Edward Grieg (hero of "Song of Norway") hopefully would be proud at what his piano concerto could bring together!

Feb. 10 2011 01:24 PM
Jon Lefkowitz from Brooklyn

My daughter's birthday is on Valentine's day. She was born 6 years ago on 2/14/05. she is the cutest little girl, and if that is not romantic enough, the hospital staff were playing Dvorak's opera Rusalka in the background during the delivery!

Feb. 10 2011 12:33 PM
BJ Welsh from Edison, NJ

When I was growing up, my mom would play piano and dad violin after putting us kids to bed. They lit soft lights on the piano; just enough to read the music. We would call down from our beds "play the one that goes like this!" There was no better way to be lulled to sleep as a child. Once in awhile, when the music would stop for too long, one of us kids would run out to the landing and catch dad bending mom over backward on the bench for a deep, passionate kiss. They met through classical music - their church choirs. Tomorrow, February 11, 2011 they will be married 60 years and are still quite the romantic pair. And they listen to WQXR all day long!

Feb. 10 2011 12:29 PM
Yolanda Silverio from New Jersey

Classical music has been an important part of my life. I listen to Classical music practically all day long. It is the all time
romance music and it bestows my romance not just on Valentine's Day but everyday. Classical music inspires me in a very special way. I take every single moment and enjoy the moments. It moves my senses. I can smell the flowers from afar, I hear the birds singing along with Classical music in the garden. The soft touches from my cat while we hear Classical music its almost as she is playing an instrument. I see all things clear in my mind while I hear Classical music and I taste the aroma of the coffee even before I drink it. Classical music is in my soul.

Feb. 10 2011 10:48 AM
Donna Rosenstiel from Nashville, TN

My husband and I commute to and from work together, and, we often listen to classical music in the car during these day-in, day-out rides (often on our public radio station, WPLN). Invariably the music transforms what would normally be a mundane, even tedious experience, into one filled with conversation and the opportunity to deepen our relationship. Occasionally pieces will trigger memories of and conversations about times we spent together during certain life events or in specific locations -- such as the Bach Cello Suites that permeated our vacation in the Berkshires ten years ago. I believe there is romance in these hours we spend together, with classical music as the backdrop.

Feb. 10 2011 10:11 AM
Frank Treworgy from Manhasset, NY

Classical music has always been a part of my life. From my earliest childhood I was surrounded by classical music. There were symphonies (Beethoven, Mozart, Boyce, Tchaikowsky, et al.). There was sacred music (Handel, Mendelssohn,Bach, Vaughn Williams, and many others). And, of course, chamber music.
I learned to love it all. However, when I met my future wife, everything (including classical music) took on whole new depths of meaning and shades of color.
The Moonlight Sonata was now a tie that bound my love and I closer than our words could somehow achieve. We could sit for hours listening to an album titled " Leurs Amours ". No word needed to be spoken. Our two souls would rise on gossamer ribbons of musical magic and there entwine, to be molded and melded into one joyous, blissful whole, knowing and feeling what words could never express.
Classical music not only added romance to my life, it added life to my romance by allowing my beloved and I to share ourselves in a way hitherto unknown by either of us.

Feb. 10 2011 09:38 AM
Peter Edelman

' Met my wife at a concert the night of a blizzard in 1983. She had recently immigrated from China and all we knew about each other at the time was that we shared a love of music. The rest is history. (Married nearly 26 years.)

Feb. 10 2011 09:29 AM
Runa Schlaffer from Chestnut Ridge, NY

My student job at college was in the audio library, to play selections on request. There was a pesky student who knew I hated Ravel's Bolero, and kept coming around to request it to tease me. I married him three years later, and we were together for the next 52 years until he died. Should I hear you read this on the radio, and should you play Ravel's Bolero thereafter, you can be sure I'll switch the radio off!

Feb. 10 2011 08:49 AM
William Wurch from Hoboken

My story begins 21 years ago when I met my Austrian (now) wife in New York City at the Boat House Cafe in Central Park. I was the bartender(pursuing an acting career) and Christina was the guest/patron(persuing a modeling career). Our eyes met as a classical trio played nearby and we fell in love. We dated for 3 months then she returned to her native Austria out of homesickness. I was broken hearted. 10 years later to my surprise Christina calls saying that she will be in Times Square celebrating the millenium with her uncle would you like to meet. We met for a long 8 hour coffee. We got engaged 3 months later in the crown of the Stature of liberty then married 3 months after that in a hot air baloon in Harmony New Jersey. Little did I know she gave up her relationship with an Austrian prince and a castle she called home to be with me in New York! Our love of classical music led us to start a flower shop called Beethoven's Veranda-a symphony of flowers and plants after one of our favorite composers. Classical music on WQXR plays every day in our two stores (Hoboken/Edgewater)and fills our life with joy, happiness and love. Whenever Blue Danube plays Christina insists we dance a waltz. I love classical music on WQXR and more importantly I love my beautiful wife Christina more than words or classical music could ever express. Please play Blue Danube and if Christina is listening it will fill her heart with warmth and love. Thank you. www.beethovensveranda.com

Feb. 10 2011 07:29 AM
Mary from Astoria, NY

You led with Richard,
I responded with Johann
In the waltz of the Strausses.
You echoed through the Bergs (Alban and Schoen-)
I answered you Bach.
You were Liszt-less to my Gould-fever
And Stern to my Ma.
You turned me to la Pasion Segun San Marcos
And I, moved by the Matthaeus Passion....

...Wait -- is this still about music or is it becoming something else?

Feb. 10 2011 06:46 AM
Kenneth Bennett Lane from BOONTON, NJ

ROMANCE & ST. VALENTINE'S DAY & MUSIC go together like the the "pop" song Love & Marriage. From other composers the most intense 'incendiary" passion inspiration has come from TRISTAN, La TOSCA, Gounod's ROMEO & JULIET and ANDREA CHENIER. In those operas both lovers are equally attracted, addicted to each other's presence and would have had ecstatic long-lived passion for each other had not POLITICAL complications foredoomed them tragically.

Feb. 10 2011 12:54 AM
David Bernstein from Dobbs Ferry NY

In college one evening I was in the library looking for a free phonograph. We students listened through headphones, there being two sets at each turntable. At all but one of the turntables both headsets were in use. When I asked the very pretty girl who had a free headset on the table what she was listening to, she said she didn't know. On picking up the second headset I proceeded to tell her. Rachmaninov's piano concerto number 2, played by Horowitz with Toscanini conducting. We stopped the turntable to check. I was correct. Also insufferable? No doubt. Lucky? Absolutely. My parents, both from Russia and of Romantic temperament, owned that recording and played it often. So, you ask, how did classical music change my life? That pretty girl and I started going out to concerts in Symphony Hall and Jordan Hall, and on many a weekend could be seen driving down from Boston to the old Met. Most memorable night at the old house? Standing for joint debuts of Leontyne Price and Franco Corelli in Il Trovatore. After college we got married, and now 50 years after that first encounter I still often smile at how all the stars were in the right place that evening in the old Brandeis Library.

Feb. 09 2011 11:38 PM
mary jo from new jesey

On January 29th at about 8:15 I was having my morning coffee, listening to WQXR, checking my email and FB messages from friends who sent me birthday wishes. Suddenly..I heard the loveliness of Rachmaninoff's "Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini" fill my house. This was a favorite of mine and my beloved husband Robert who died of complicatons due to cystic fibrosis at age 48 in 2002. It was a wonderful birthday gift to hear this on the morning of my birthday. Coincidence?

Feb. 09 2011 09:53 PM
Steve from White Plains from Westchester County, NY

When I was dating the woman who would become my wife at Buffalo State College in the early 80's she introduced me to the music of Chopin. Previously I was only familiar with the "Funeral March" and "Minute Waltz", well, to be short I was crazy about Chopin and still am. Did it add to romance? I can say for sure it helped, as it convinced her that I was a sensitive and cultured soul and fit to be around. 25 years later, we're still together and still listen to Chopin, although she's got a new favorite, Ralph Vaughn Williams.

Feb. 09 2011 09:31 PM
Monica from New Jersey

Making love to Grieg's Hall of the Mountain King is a most unbelievable experience!

Feb. 09 2011 08:35 PM
Saied from New York

I had my loved one's hand in my hand at a concert of Mahler's "Das Lied von der Erde" couple of weeks ago, and we experienced the flow of love from one body to the other through the music like never before. The "Abschied" song of this piece of music is the ultimate expression of "Love".

Feb. 09 2011 07:18 PM
Jane Theiling from Folly Beach, SC

We have only been married for 55 years, so, we are still discovering new and wonderful things about each other. (If you believe this, I can recommend a good nursing home.) We both had a love of classical music before we met, and it has always contributed to our love. Nobody and no thing inspires romance like classical music Please keep it coming.

Jane, a former TWAer...in NYC...in the 50s

Feb. 09 2011 07:12 PM
Andrea Kish from Irvington and White Plains

Classical music from WQXR plays on our Bose radio when we go to bed at night and when we wake up (earlier than needed) in the morning. You will have to read between the lines for the rest of the story!

My husband and I also own and operate a wine and spirit retail store called "Aries" in White Plains. The name says it all! We are both from the Aries birth sign and the only thing that keeps us (more or less) calm and loving all day is the classical music from WQXR that plays on our store sound system from when we open until when we close.

Feb. 09 2011 05:53 PM
Stephen Forgione from Bayonne, NJ

I love almost every aspect of classical music including Opera, orchestral, choral, recital, etc. However, my wife of 42 years does not share my passion. But because she cares so much about me and my love for this music, she has treated me to opera performances, joined me for jaunts to Carnegie hall and Lincoln center for some memorable performances. I love this woman and the way she cares for me. So I return the favors in many ways by joining her for the music and theater that she loves. I wouldn't have it any other way.

Feb. 09 2011 05:14 PM
Mila Lipovski from New Jersey

99.9% of the comments are the happy ones and they are wonderful. Unfortunately, mine is in Minor. Thou romantic as well.

Classical music is capable of doing much more for the human souls besides bringing them together.
He was 52. He knew he was dying.
Every night at the bed time he would say: "Please, let me listen to it." So still he was....lying down, listening to Beethoven's Emperor Concerto. Sometimes - with Artur Schnabel, sometimes - with Artur Rubenstein. The same piece night after night. I don't know why.
Every year on the anniversary of his death, late at night I light a candle and listen to the Beethoven's Fifth Concerto. Sometimes - with Artur Schnabel, sometimes - with Artur Rubinstein. I do cry... But those tears are blessed. As an old, famous proverb says: "The only truly dead are those who have been forgotten."

Feb. 09 2011 01:58 PM
Steven Lanser from Upper Manhattan (Inwood)

I am a long-time classical avocational choral singer and I met my bride of 14 years (also a choral singer) at a 1994 New Year's Eve party given by another singing friend. We got married in 1996 and continue to enjoy singing together and the classical music scene in this great city.

Feb. 09 2011 01:48 PM
Jack A. Atkinson from Jersey City, NJ & Denver, CO

Pour two glasses of champagne. Ask your significant other to close their eyes and sip some sparkling wine while you both sit together, touching shoulders and intensely listen to Chopin's Fantasie-Impromptu in C sharp minor, Op.66. You both are guaranteed to fall in love with the music - the mood is set.

Feb. 09 2011 01:30 PM
diane messina from bloomingdale,nj

my husband and i always have classical music playing at dinnertime.we both have very stressful jobs and the soft classical music helps to relax us.needless to say we have been married 33 years and the love just keeps getting stronger.

Feb. 09 2011 01:04 PM
Arthur R. Pell from Hartsdale, NY

When Erica and I met, she was a student at Juilliard. One of the pieces she working on was Beethoven's G minor Sonata (Op.13), "The Pathetique." We both loved it and the theme became "our song." When we were married we shocked our guests when, instead of the bride marching down the aisle to the traditional Wagner wedding march, the organist played the Pathetique theme. Many years later, our son and his bride chose this theme for their wedding. Erica and I will be married 65 years this May.

Feb. 09 2011 12:56 PM
Joseph and Mary Salerno


the first time I heard "A te o Cara" from i Puritani I just swelled with emotion and love for my wife of 25 years. Every time we hear it we look goo-goo eyes at each other even though we evoke funny comments from the (adult) children. Well worth the "ridicule", it will always be "our song", though our wedding song was "In My Life" by the Beatles.

Feb. 09 2011 11:49 AM
Fly Over Country Guy

I always found the soundtrack to "Somewhere in Time" by John Barry to always have some type of intoxicating effect on both parties involved. I had it in both LP and CD fomats over the years so with that type of staying power I think the effect of the music speaks for itself!

Feb. 09 2011 11:00 AM
Julia Marchesi from Yonkers, New York

How has classical music added romance to my life. While listening to classical music on wqxr my husband and I enjoy having romantic candle lit dinners, in the den by a cozy fireplace while it is lightly snowing outside. This setting reminds me of the beautiful arias in Act III of Puccini's La Boheme. How delicately the snow fall adds to the heart wrenching parting of such romantic lovers, Mimi and Rudolfo. Truly nothing defines romance as classical music.

Feb. 09 2011 10:56 AM
Sue O'Dougherty

Unrequited love. I cried. I was a Freshman in H.S. when Senior "Andy" played his viola for the school and students talked the whole time !!! I took my indignation to the principal .... the almost phd. English teacher ... nothing. I marry a carpenter,city worker, bear five live children (one dead) then curly haired, left handed number 5 picks up the thing. She wanted viola but grandma had a violin. The girl can play: chair 2-10 in regionals (over 150 "violins" for this game of true musical chairs) God saw my tears even if "Andy" (my candy) could have cared less.

Feb. 09 2011 10:23 AM
Paul Pesenti from Hewlett, NY

Douglas Moore's "Ballad of Baby Doe" was the romantic miracle that brought us together. It was a college workshop production. Sharon and I were not cast as the leads bus as husband and wife nonetheless (Bushy and Sara). We held hands and gazed into each other's eyes backstage as Baby's heartfelt outpourings of endless devotion swept over us. I learned to sing that immortal line from Act I, "Yes my dear, you're right--you're always right." They turned out the be the only words I needed as we went on to star in the opera of our own married life for the next twenty-nine years. Our children, Alexis and Ben are now pursuing their own careers in classical music thanks to the Moore's magical and simple American music that helped pull us into the web or our romance. If you can, listen again to Beverly Sills singing "Always Through the Changing" the aria that ends the piece, and you will feel something of what we feel this Happy Valantine's Day!

Feb. 09 2011 10:21 AM
Susan Brown from Upper West Side

My husband and I met singing in conductor Amy Kaiser's 92nd St Y Chorale in 1982. I was on my way to a chorus party and the elevator got stuck, and there Peter was, carrying the most delicious-looking salad ever. A man who can cook and loves to sing--Bingo! Our first "date" was a sightreading of Israel in Egypt, and we're still singing together, now in Patrick Gardner's Riverside Choral Society.

Feb. 09 2011 08:22 AM
Rogette from Newark

My story is about peanut butter and Vivaldi
My husband of 37 years and I had traveled out to Delaware Water Gap park a few summers ago. We didn't know that there were no food concessions in the park, so we came out and went to a little store and bought bread, peanut butter and drinks. We drove back into the park and later pulled to the side of the road at a meadow and began eating the sandwiches I had put together. We had Vivaldi on our car radio and when we rolled down the window, the music scattered dozens of butterflies into the air- they looked as though they were dancing! So there we were, me, my wonderful husband, the butterflies, the peanut butter and Vivaldi- one of the most romantic moments of my life!

Feb. 09 2011 05:57 AM
Amrinderjit Singh from Queens

Though it cannot be said of every single piece of classical music there is one particular piece that did make a lasting impression on my romantic life. Peter Tchaikovsky's symphony No. 2nd movement. It takes me back to a time before I met the love of my life, Nicole. A time when due to many circumstances I felt that my life was going full speed and uncontrollably towards a path that was filled with everlasting emotional black holes and destruction of some form the only possible outcome. Then the music slowly brings me back to the beautiful present, to her. She made me feel again, the music makes me remember it all again.

Feb. 09 2011 01:56 AM
Victor from West Orange, NJ

I had two romantic stories. First, there was a music, hard rock and art rock, alas. By age of 21 these kinds of music became increasingly boring and here the first romance began - classical music: Moonlight, Four Seasons, Goldberg, Eine Kleine, Paganini, Mozart's 40th. Some time later I met a young lady, who appeared to be piano teacher and who became a subject of my second romantic story for almost 30 years; for musical and non-musical reasons. Now, when that young lady is dead, I have only one romance again and I am very thankful to WQXR, who helps me stay with my love.
Hopefully, I will not win anything, otherwise what am I going to do with the second ticket?

Feb. 08 2011 11:23 PM
Ed Wlody from Staten Island

A few years ago, my wife and I hadn't been to a concert in a good while, and for over a week she had been feeling sick. One evening, as I was leaving work, and walking to my car, the host (I 'm sure it was Midge Woolsey) announced a giveaway for a Valentine's Day concert by the Voices of Ascension. I won, and asked the host to announce that I won it for "ma belle femme, Viviane" (she's French). I then called my wife, and told her to get up and turn on the radio to WQXR, and wait for the music to finish, and listen to a special announcement. When she heard such, she was so elated! It lifted her spirits a mile high. Needless to say, we had a wonderful Valentine's Day romantic dinner and concert!

Feb. 08 2011 09:34 PM
Arlene from Stamford, CT

My relationship with my husband, Carl, has always been connected to music. As college students we both participated in muscials---I on the piano as the rehearsal accompanist and orchestra pianist; and he as a producer. The musical I remember best is 'Company', an offbeat kind of commentary on love or the lack thereof. Now, he is taking up the bassoon again after a long hiatus, and our plan is to play duets together---hopefully sooner rather than later. And now I am totally smitten each time I hear a bassoon piece. In fact I just downloaded Mozart's Sonata in B-Flat Major for Bassoon and Cello. I heard it this very evening on your broadcast and rushed to add it to my collection. Carl approved heartily. Happy Valentine's Day.

Feb. 08 2011 09:16 PM
jsb16 from Fair Lawn, NJ

I met my now-husband when I showed up at his bridge club during my first year in college. We disliked each other instantly. Fast-forward about a year and a half, a mutual friend told me that he had cried at a beautiful performance of Wachet Auf and persuaded me to try hanging out with them away from the bridge table. We started dating on his 21st birthday. We've been together ever since, though we don't get to concerts nearly often enough.

Feb. 08 2011 06:46 PM
judy hoberman from bronx, ny

Last year after 34 years together, my
husband started listening every day
to classical music .
This added something wonderful
we could share and enjoy
together.

Feb. 08 2011 03:51 PM
Robert Maldonado from Williamsburg, Brooklyn

In Hunter College, in 1998, I was part of the Hostos Puerto Rican Club. I met my wife there. We were the only 2 in that organization who appreciated your station back when it was on 96.3 FM. Everyone else found it to be... well we've all heard the mundane complaints. We leave our radio on at night on WQXR. We play it for our unborn baby (due in May) as well.
We're really enjoyed the Mozart Birthday Marathon as well. Thank you for providing the soundtrack to our relationship.

Feb. 08 2011 03:38 PM
Elizabeth Miller from New York NY

At work, at home, or on the road travelling, for me classical music is the most intimate, personal and romantic experience. It evokes old passions, romantic memories and dreams of the future.
I shall love listening for as long as the music is being played and performed.

Feb. 08 2011 03:11 PM
Nicholas Bergman from New York

A night at the Metropolitan opera is an opportunity for my wife and I to dress up (even as many in the audience dress down) and become immersed in an art form that centers on themes of love. In particular, a recent production of Carmen was moving and exciting for us. In a sense, it was all make-believe, and yet the emotions that the opera inspired in us were real.

Feb. 08 2011 03:01 PM
Leonard Cox from Upper Westside

On a hot August night in 2001, I walked up to the box office at Avery Fisher and purchased a ticket to hear Alicia de Larrocha perform Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 25. She was magical as she began to play. About halfway through the performance, there was a brief brownout. All the lights in the hall went out. The Mostly Mozart orchestra immediately stopped playing but de Larrocha continued pounding the keyboard as fiercely as ever. After about two minutes electricity was restored and the lights came on. The conductor tapped his music stand and de Larrocha stopped playing. The entire house jumped to their feet and gave her a roaring, standing ovation that went on for much longer than the brownout. She stood up, curtsied, then sat back down to finish the piece with the orchestra. Although I had a single ticket, I've always remembered that moment as one of the most romantic in my life.

Feb. 08 2011 02:45 PM
Eleanor Arnold from Yorktown Heights NY

When dating Mr Right many years ago (we are now seniors) I invited him to a performance of Don Giovanni since he was a Mozart lover and I an opera lover - During the performance as the aria "La chi
darem la mano" was being sung, he took my hand in his and we knew we were on the right path. We are married for decades
and are sublimely happy and WQXR is our
constant companion- like part of the family

Feb. 08 2011 02:29 PM
Diana Clark from Chatham, NJ

My romantic story is in fact that of two dear cousins, my favorite lovebirds (not that I don't have a few great stories of my own) - HE proposed to HER on bended knee on the beach against the backdrop of a Pacific sunset and on their wedding day presented her with a silver rose - a la Rosenkavalier. Their romantic life of shared music has continued, she is a classical violonist and teacher, he a teacher and lifelong Metropolitan Opera fan - and their romance has produced a son who plays in the NY Youth Symphony is now launching a career as a classical musician by auditionig at conservatories as I write this. Their lives are embraced and defined by their shared love of classical music ... as symbolized by that lovely rose.

Feb. 08 2011 01:28 PM
Victor from Brooklyn

My wife, Diane, loves opera, and she has helped me to appreciate it. Our first opera was "Tosca" at the Met. The tenor aria in the dundgeon about how precious is life is romantic. We were in Italy for our honeymoon and therefore the Intermezzo from Cavaliera Rusticana is romantic for me. And Borodin's melody for "This Is My Beloved" just because she is.

Feb. 08 2011 01:21 PM
caroline from nyc

Classical music takes me to the very romantic place I need to go when I paint. It is never boring,its written by geniuses, and so complicated,its hard to remember and therefor always fresh. NOW, thats romantic!

Feb. 08 2011 01:02 PM
Eileen W. Cohn from Queens, New York

I was always different from my friends; I always loved classical music and took piano lessons as a child. I married at 19 and had a wonderful life for almost 18 years until my husband passed away suddenly. I had thought of taking my life but
Beethoven's 7th symphony saved me. Not knowing if there was music in either heaven or hell, I decided to stick around. I was rewarded and blessed. 5 & 1/2 years late I met a wonderful man, a classical composer, James Cohn, (whose original compositions and arrangements you have played on your station). My life is surrounded and encompassed by music for the, so far, 31 years we have been married. I'm one lucky lady.

Feb. 08 2011 12:02 PM
Jennifer M. from New York, NY

My lifelong love affair with the ballet began when I was three years old. In the twenty-eight years since, there has been for me no more iconic expression of romance - with all its attendant joys and heartbreaks - than Balanchine's "Serenade", set to the glorious Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings in C Major. In moments of romantic longing and melancholy I have listened to it out of order, as Balanchine set it: with the Elégie at the end. More often, though, I play it as Tchaikovsky intended it, evoking a blissful happy-ever-after.

Feb. 08 2011 11:52 AM
Henry Schriever from New Hyde Park, New York

Dorothee and I got to know each other in our college choir. On Valentine's day 1951 we had our first date and have been making music together since. We have been married 53 years, have three sons and two daughter and and 22 grandchildren. We awaken each morning with thanks and with WQXR.

Feb. 08 2011 11:48 AM
Becky from NYC

When my sweetie proposed to me, he popped the champagne and poured it into our new, very expensive champagne flutes from the crystal we had selected. Of course I said “YES!!!!” Then I excused myself to bathe and dress for dinner: he had made reservations at one of Manhattan’s premier restaurants.

Naturally, WQXR was playing on the radio – and just as I turned on the hot water in the shower, Pachelbel’s Canon came on the air. That is among my top five favorite pieces, the perfect music for the perfect proposal, and my darling (whose abundant charms don’t include physical grace) leaped to turn up the volume so I wouldn’t miss a note.

Unfortunately, my champagne was sitting right in front of the radio’s dials…

I still have our broken champagne flute. And we still smile every time we hear the Canon.

Feb. 08 2011 11:42 AM
dean ecke

The music takes the coarseness out life ;and expands the emotional canvass of one transit thru this journey.

Feb. 08 2011 11:30 AM
Spencer from Forest Hills

My wife and I met in December 2007 through a mutual love of classical music! I had tickets to a New York Philharmonic piano concert and I was looking desperately for someone to go with me (my intended guest had bailed out at the last minute). I asked some friends and family if they wanted to go but no one could go. I didn't want to go alone or for the ticket to go to waste so I kept searching. Finally, one friend told me she knew someone who played piano and might like the concert, so I got her (my future wife's) number from my friend, called her and she agreed to go! We met for the first time at Lincoln Center before the concert. For a while later, we continued to meet up periodically at Lincoln Center or Carnegie Hall as "classical concert friends" whenver either of us had a pair of concert tickets, and about a year later went on our first "official date" at Central Park, after a snowstorm. We were married in November 2010, classical music being the foundation of a great relationship.

Feb. 08 2011 11:29 AM
martin rogoff from smithtown long island

She would not give me the time of day. Ilearned she loves richard shickle. igot tickets at carnegie hall she went out with me

Feb. 08 2011 10:58 AM
Helen Jean Arthur

Not much is known about NYC's non-professional classical music scene, but nevertheless it flourishes. Many centuries ago I pulled out my dusty violin and joined an amateur orchestra. Eventually a young man in the cellos asked me out. This was the beginning of a whirlwind romance that lasted til he died, 47 years later. During that time, he was one of the founders of Greenwich Village Orchestra, one of NYC's best kept secrets. Even though Michael is no longer with us, his legacy lives on -- VIBRANTLY.

Feb. 08 2011 10:54 AM
Jacqueline Washack from Lake Hiawatha,Nj

How did music bring Bill and I together? I was about to give up when I heared that Wqxr and the NY Philharmonic was sponsoring a concert for singles on June 24, 2010. I signed up. What was the worse thing that could happen? I would hear beautiful music. Bill and I met at the cocktail hour before the concert over the tray of stuffed crab meat. I declined because I was allergic to crab meat, Bill appeared, a handsome man, out of the blue. He said, " you, too." We discussed our allergies, laughed and attended the concert, Al Largo by Magnus Lindberg. I had a hard time focusing on the music because of what had happened.I knew I had to focus because I was a music teacher.We spoke during intermission about the music and ageed to speak again at the conclusion. The Missa Solemnis by Beethoven was one of my favorites so the tension to impress him was not as difficult. Since then we have been to the Philharmonic (Haydn is his favorite) I am more of a late Beethoven, Romantic Girl but just the same Music brought us together and I am foever grateful. We love to listen together and discuss and just Be.

Feb. 08 2011 10:43 AM
Jorge from Vestal

Romantic music is called that for a reason. To listen to Chopin's explosions of passion in the g minor Ballade for example is to make love with your clothes on (or off). And it is still legal and not taxed. But let's keep that a secret. The only thing that can top it is finding someone to share the joy.

Feb. 08 2011 10:31 AM
Christian Waters from Huntington

My wife Susan and knew each other for years as coworkers, and didn't even particularly like each other. But I had an extra ticket to see the Mariinsky Ballet perform Sleeping Beauty. After calling every other women I knew I shrugged and called Susan. She warily accepted and we agreed to meet in front of Lincoln Center. But when I saw her get out of the taxi I knew instantly that I was going to marry her. Twelve years later and classical music is still a part of our lives. We just took our 5-year-old daughter to The Nutcracker for the first time.

Feb. 08 2011 09:26 AM
Josef and Roberta Flaschner

Classical music has always been part of my family life. Since childhood my brother and I took music lessons and heard great music throughout our home. It is our cultural food that continues to nourish us.

Feb. 08 2011 06:26 AM
Flavio Hasselmann from Rrio de Janeiro, Brazil

Classical music has been my passion for over 50 years. Anyway, in the afternoon of July 29, 1971, I took (my wife of many years) Angela to watch Ken Russell´s "The Music Lovers", where Richard Chamberlain plays the life of Tchaikovsky and, taken by the piano concerto (our music ever since), we gave the first kiss.

Feb. 08 2011 06:23 AM
Nune from Cincinnati, OH

One of my favorite moments did not materialize into a relationship, but if I ever go into a relationship, it will have moments of quality of the following.... I just graduated from a graduate Arts Administration program and was offered an interview for general manager psition at one of small opera companies in a city about 4 hours drive from Cincinnati. Being a foreign studnet and not having a car made it impossible to drive to the city of the interview, and so the artisitic director offered to drive me - he happened to be in Cincinnati. That was the most wonderful drive of my life - he had Cecilia Bartoli's CD in his car, it was a sunny day, and we were driving past sunflowers fields and the sky was blue. We reacted in absolutely same way to the music on CD, and after one of the pieces I said "If I have to choose music to die to, this will be it" and he said "I know what you mean." I got a job offer, but did not accept it, and never heard from the artistic director, but those 4 hours of drive were perfect!!!

Feb. 07 2011 07:02 PM
Hope Brown from NYC

Classical music has added great romance to my life. I fell in love with George Jellinek and Jeff Spurgeon. I miss George terribly, and enjoy Jeff every day. I love my dogs too and we listen to wqxr together. It keeps them company when I am out.

Feb. 07 2011 04:43 PM
Richard Newburger from New York City

My "special friend" established a vocal scholarship at Julliard in memory of his late partner who had been an opera singer. I feel that I am an additional beneficiary of his generosity because we are invited to so many wonderful concerts there. It augments the very special feelings for each other that we share.

Feb. 07 2011 03:19 PM
David from West Orange NJ

Beauty has been a turn-on in human life from time immemorial. What deeper beauty can there be than the enduring beauty of music, which always remains pristine, ever enthralling. We associate music with poetry, with beautiful scenes and beautiful people, even the expanse of the cosmos, and with worship. How much more romantic can one be than to associate music with the highest and grandest and most intimate experiences of our lives? Music moves and unites us in compassion and passion alike.

Feb. 07 2011 01:58 PM
michel from westchester

When I was first going out with the woman who became my wife I let her know quickly my love for classical music. We would go to my studio apartment every week-end and I woud play for her the second movement of Beethoven Symphony#7. I explained how the composer uses one main theme and develops variations around it. My then girlfriend was impressed by how well I knew this symphony. This is 25 years ago and our life has been a theme on love with all sorts of variations around it, good and bad. Whenever I play hte 7th for her we reminisce on that day and realize our love is our main theme and life's struggles and joys hte variations around that theme. In the end we always come back to the main theme: our love for each other.

Feb. 07 2011 01:56 PM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

I set out purposely decades ago to satisfy my curiosity and learn about Classical music (and a bit later, about Jazz as well) because I wanted to know what all the fuss was about (for some people) even hundreds of years after the music was composed.

Since then, my love for Classical music has been the most obvious example and expression of the deep passion for any and all aspects of what life offers contained within me.

Only a few women though have been attracted to this strain within me; most are a bit frightened of the well of emotion, confusing passion & joy for something darker.

Nevertheless, I would never trade my ability to feel deeply for a neutered approach to life or art of any sort.

Feb. 07 2011 01:45 PM

My husband and I worked together for 10 months before we finally went out on a date. One night as we were leaving the office and passing Carnegie Hall, which was across the street, he told me how much he loved the CD of the Christmas concert Frederica von Stade had performed there a few years earlier.

The following week I mentioned that, oh, hey, this year's Christmas concert is coming up next week! He asked me if I'd like to go, and we did -- to the 1993 concert. We've been happily together ever since! If not for Carnegie Hall serving as the ice-breaker, things might never have heated up...

Feb. 07 2011 01:37 PM
Alex Hardesty from Columbus, OH

Can I be blunt? I'm going to be blunt. It hasn't.

Feb. 07 2011 12:28 PM
Willam and Marianne Bird from Nutley, NJ

When we think of Valentine's Day, we think of love..for life, one another, family and that special love we share for Celtie, our l'il toy poodle, who brings sooo much love and joy to our lives.

Valentine's Day is a day for reflection of this love and whenever we hear a violin concerto by Bach or Mozart..we seem to fall in love...all over again.

Thank you, WQXR for Bach, Mozart and all the music we share together.

Feb. 07 2011 12:11 PM
Bebe Regnier-Tobin from NYC

We live near Lincoln Center and look forward to concerts. However, every February for the past few years, one of our appliances has broken. Instead of a night on the town, I got a new dishwasher, microwave and stove. We stayed at home, cooked a fabulous gourmet meal and listened to WQXR. What could be better? This year I said, "Anything that plugs in does not qualify as a gift!"

Feb. 07 2011 11:37 AM
R. Dalmasi

My love for classical music began the first time I listened Chamber Music. It was like discovering my inner self. I starting feeling the passion of tremendous feeling of a mixture of love, passion & bittersweet sadness in my soul..It was like waking up my deepest feelings. The reassurance of my love for classical music came when I took in college a classical music class. I could not describe my feeling at that moment every time I listened S. Bach and other Masters. Since then, Classical music is my world. It gives me that kind of peaceful and relaxing state of mind with a lot tranquility, love, sensitivity and above all, a mysterious state of happiness...

Feb. 07 2011 11:06 AM
Susan from Montauk

I was young and poor when I met an interesting man on jury duty. He had a subscription to the NY Phil which entitled him to go to rehearsals. We called in sick during our second week so we could go. All the boys I knew were heavy into that new phenomenon, punk. He was sweet in so many ways, but I always say it was the sharing of music that sealed the deal. Music is still an important part of the glue 32 years later.

Feb. 07 2011 10:51 AM
sally webster from Upper West Side

My husband, Nick, and I are about to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. Our favorite family story is that I accepted his proposal during a perforomance of Beethoven's piano sonatas played in Boston's Symphony Hall by the sublime Russian interpreter, Sviatoslav Richter. Transported by the appropriately titled Appasionata, I wrote on my program that I imagined life with Nick would be as beautiful as the music and, yes, I would marry him. Our life together has been as exciting, romantic and challenging as any Beethoven sonata. What we could not have imagined then was that Nick would go on to manage the New York Philharmonic and that classsical music, and WQXR, would be woven into of the fabric of our lives.

Feb. 07 2011 10:33 AM
steve sanders from shelter island

romance and classical music?? well, where to begin? my wife carolyn and i met 11 years ago through the "classical music lovers exchange". we came to this organization because we both felt music, and particularly classical music, is so close to the core of our souls that we couldnt imagine not being with someone who shared that.

long story short, we were (finally...) married last month although i guess it didnt hurt that my birthday is february 14th.

Feb. 07 2011 09:28 AM
Leonard Barkan from Princeton New Jersey

My partner and I--we've long since taken advantage of the civil union opportunity afforded by our enlightened home state of New Jersey--met via an internet personals column. One of the things I said in my ad was that I owned a Bechstein. He replied to my ad saying that he would love to play my Bechstein. He's been playing the Bechstein now for almost twelve years. By the way, I DO mean a piano.

Feb. 07 2011 09:11 AM
Heather from Westwood, NJ

Ever since I graduated college, I have played violin in community orchestras wherever I have lived. In the fall of 2004, my Long Island group was performing Dvorak's 7th Symphony. At the conclusion of the symphony, my boyfriend came up on stage and proposed to me. We have been married 4 and a half years, and have been blessed with a beautiful 14 month old daughter. She has many musical toys, including a toy violin. Hopefully she will grow up to love music as much as we do!

Feb. 07 2011 09:09 AM
miriam katin from New York City

When I met my future husband I spoke very little English.On the moonlit deck of a passenger ship, looking over the bay of Naples we tried to communicate.
He is a musician and I had a very serious music education in Hungary. Thus the often repeated story of our quick romance. He said: Beethoven, I said: yes yes Beethoven! I said: Mozart. He said: yes! Mozart! Mozart!
We got married.

Feb. 07 2011 08:38 AM
Doug O from central NJ

My very dear girlfriend and I were on a match site (before we met). She was looking at profiles, seeking someone who's interests included classical music/opera - apparently something that very few people admit to on these dating sites. She came across my profile which listed classical music as one of my great interests - an immediate connection. It was a natural match so she responded by contacting me - now, four months later, we are thoroughly enjoying each other's company. We have attended the Metropolitan Opera on several occasions and we enjoy our evenings talking and listening to WQXR where we try to help each other identify and then discuss the composers and compositions that we are enjoying on WQXR.

Feb. 07 2011 08:33 AM
Susan from Montauk

I was young and poor when I met an interesting man on jury duty. He had a subscription to the NY Phil which entitled him to go to rehearsals. We called in sick during our second week so we could go. All the boys I knew were heavy into that new phenomenon, punk. He was sweet in so many ways, but I always say it was the sharing of music that sealed the deal. Music is still an important part of the glue 32 years later.

Feb. 07 2011 08:24 AM

I don't want any prize so if I win it, give it to someone else. This is my deal. I very frequently play orchestra concerts. My stand partners are usually lovely, sensitive young women. As we play beautiful, inspired musical phrases, we exchange meaningful glances tinged with romantic overtones. That's all I will say.

Feb. 07 2011 01:41 AM

Classical music is the perfect accompaniment to romance because it sinks deeply into your subconscious... when you are with your partner, you are not getting caught up in pop song lyrics, or trying to dance to an old standard -- you are just being cleansed and stimulated -- exactly the way you want to be when with your significant other!
Auerbach was right -- "music washes from the soul the dust of everyday life."

I've found the perfect Valentine's Day event -- a recital and lecture with multi-million dollar violins and the artistic director of the Kiev Philharmonic: http://tuj.org/Web_site_EM/Web_pages/Images/Valentine_Day_2011.pdf

Feb. 06 2011 11:26 PM
Fred M. Wiesenfeld Sr. from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn

My love of Classical music began when I
listened to the"Largo al factorum" sung by
Enrico Caruso on station WQXR.
His voice and the fantastic music brought
me to tears.My girl-friend asked me why I had tears in my eyes and I told her that I was\in Love.She laughed so hard that it brought tears to her eyes.I told her that we had alot in common as we both loved
Opera and Classical music.
I asked her to marry me and we have
lasted to date for 52 Years.

Feb. 06 2011 09:37 PM
Carol

After an evening of great conversation, dinner--all these involved several other people--my friend (at that point, he was just a friend) and I settled in to listen to the Brahms Violin Concerto. It was so gorgeous; I started to weep. My friend asked what was wrong. I said, "Nothing, it's just so gorgeous." He said, "I've never met anyone who feels the music as deeply as I do." "Friends" forever. . . .

Feb. 06 2011 07:54 PM
ann harrison from Larchmont NY

I discovered the romance of opera purely by change. In March 1977, I happened to tune into a historic broadcast of La Boheme, from the Met, with Lucaino Pavorotti and Renta Scotto..
The music, librettos,and passion of the opera genre have allowed me to experience romance and love even when it is not there to touch and feel.
My love affair with Opera, the Met, and WQXR Broadcasts have lasted a lifetime. In fact, Cupid appreared in another chance encounter, at the Met Opera, where I met my loving partner. It really doesn't get much better than that!

Feb. 06 2011 06:10 PM
Louise Forsyth from Brooklyn, NY

I'm a 63-year old widow and once again am in a loving relationship. An old friend and I had become lovers but our feelings went to a whole new level when we sat upstairs in Family Circle at the Met for Stauss' Rosencavalier. We held tightly onto each other for the entire performance. The music cemented us our closeness.

Feb. 06 2011 06:01 PM
Helene Williams Spierman Lehrman from Valley Stream, NY

You can tell by the number of my names that I'm a romantic person! But music is reflected in the names as well: Conductor Michael Spierman added music to my life that I'd never heard before, and I absorbed it all playing in his orchestra, as well as singing in the opera company we founded. Composer Leonard Lehrman wooed me with music I love to sing and gave me the gift of many public places to sing it.

Feb. 06 2011 04:51 PM
Mary

Many years ago while studying in Venice for a year, I met a Venetian and with strains of Vivaldi, Gabrieli, Monteverdi weaving through our romance and our wanderings through the calle and piazzas of Venice, we made a pact to stay together always...until it was time to resume studies in the US. Then we decided the more practical route was to live on memories of wonderful moments together accompanied by the great music of Venice. Only recently did he find me on Google, sent me a box of glorious Venetian music to remind me of days long past and who knows?

Feb. 06 2011 11:31 AM
Reynaldo Lauron from Jackson Hts. Queens

How has classical music added romance to my life?
I was a young organist in an elite church in the Philippines. Whenever I looked down from the choir loft I could see the young girl limping with polio, accompanied by her strict parents. She would always look up and smile at me. The only way we could communicate was by my improvisation on Borodin's String in D major, the popular, "This is my beloved". Finale? - elope to US.

Feb. 05 2011 08:03 PM
Richard Matuszewski from Bloomfield, NJ

It was the first Valentine's Day since our engagement and Cindy and I were stuck in traffic on the West Side Highway, trying to get to a restaurant. WQXR played what is perhaps, the most romantic piece of music of all time, Wagner's Liebestod. Cindy, whose musical tastes run more toward pop, jazz and hip-hop, exclaimed, "How incredibly beautiful!" Later, after returning home, she would listen to Wagner, Wagner, nothing but Wagner, throughout the night and into the morning!

Feb. 05 2011 06:54 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane from BOONTON, NJ

ROMANCE & ST. VALENTINE'S DAY & MUSIC go together like the the "pop" song Love & Marriage. From other composers the most intense 'incendiary" passion inspiration has come from TRISTAN, La TOSCA, and Gounod's ROMEO & JULIET. In those operas both lovers are equally attracted, addicted to each other's presence and would have had ecstatic long-lived passion for each other had not political complications foredoomed them traqgically.

Feb. 05 2011 05:27 PM
Greg from CT

Making love with the melodic rhythms of Pachabel's Canon in D started a love affair both withmy partner and of baroque music. Just a lovely moment in my life.

Feb. 05 2011 01:52 PM
Michael from Queens

My new girlfriend never listened to WQXR.

Now when we make love WQXR is on in the background.

She is now a big fan of the station

Feb. 05 2011 12:49 PM
Emily from New York City

My husband and I met as undergraduate students; he studied engineering and music, and I studied foreign languages. On our second date, after we had coffee together in a local shop, he took me to the basement of the music department at our university. We sought out a small piano practice room, where K played me a piece he was working on, the second movement of the Schubert E flat major piano sonata. The movement provoked a feeling in me of "rightness" with the world, the sense that everything would turn out well, despite the problems that I was facing at that time. I also realized that I was falling in love with the pianist!

Three years later, we were married in the performance salon of the music school in Greenwich Village where he had taken lessons since childhood. In his honor, I read him a love poem by Neruda; in return, he played The Chopin Aeolian Harp Etude for me and our guests.

I have a recording of my husband playing the Schubert sonata. Whenever I listen to it, I remember that feeling of rightness that guided me in the first weeks that I knew K. It also conjures up other images from that first year together: the bicycle rides we took together through campus; the blossom of the magnolias in spring; the allure of late-night walks through the woods; and the unforgettable feeling of falling in love with the right person.

Feb. 05 2011 12:23 PM
Tulsi Reynolds from NYC

For me, it's always been Mozart - wall to wall - the operas, the instrumental ensemble, full orchestral works, Mozart in any shape and form, from morning till night. My husband, who passed away at a young age, was a musician - a jazz musician (and a brilliant one) - he always said that Mozart reordered his brain. I feel that way as well -so Valentine's Day, alone or with others, is dinner with a lovely wine, lots of flowers, and Mozart to warm the heart and reoder the mind!

Feb. 05 2011 11:38 AM
Jean Anderson from Red Bank NJ

When I first met David he did not know much about classical music--now he is one of your biggest fans (WQXR) and he has a very good ear; early on in our dating days we saw the movie Elvira Madigan and we both loved it and had such fun listening to its haunting theme; each time we hear it, it brings back those early days of our rommance (we are now married 39 years)

Feb. 05 2011 11:23 AM
Kris Morasso from Westfield,NJ

34 years ago as I was singing in a college Christmas concert @ Rutgers University I heard a mesmorizing tenor voice singing a solo vocal arrangement of the Catalan Christmas song "The Song of the Birds" with the Rutgers Glee Club.I asked a friend to introduce me to that tenor voice and the rest is history.34 years,29 married years,2 amazing daughters and scads of happy memories later,everytime I hear that tune(which isn't very often) I feel the flutter of new love.

Feb. 05 2011 11:09 AM
RIchard Failla from Annadale, N.Y.

I wanted to impress my new girlfriend by taking her to the MET to see Carmen.
Unfortunately, she had a little too much wine at dinner and she sleep through the
entire first act and part of the second.
I couldn't imagine anyone sleeping through a, “Noisy" opera like Carmen, but she was very impressed anyway and on the following Valentine’s Day we got engaged.
Now, we have been married for 27 years and this year will see La Boehme. Just like in the film, “Moonstruck,” we will once more fall hopelessly in love.

Feb. 05 2011 11:05 AM
Joe Malone from Leonia, New Jersey

Forever and aye, Cesar Franck's Violin Sonata in A will bring back those halcyon student days of the mid 60's in Berkeley where Pam and I shared our first married apartment, "The Mouse Hole". The first note sends the sun tumbling again through our watercolored "church window". My God for the Mountain, my God for the Mountain of Eternal Spring!

Feb. 05 2011 08:05 AM
Christian

The emotive richness inherent to profound music allows for a kind of communication that seems to elude the mere words of ordinary language. There is perhaps an unparalleled beauty in being able to hold your beloved close and say “You know that feeling that overcomes you when you listen to Chopin's F minor Ballade?” And when she answers with a resounding “yes,” and you explain how she, too, makes you feel that way and much more, you have communicated a great deal.

Feb. 05 2011 05:17 AM

With music, you never need to worry if you've chosen the wrong words.

Feb. 04 2011 04:54 PM

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