Which Classical Piece Sets the Mood for Romance?

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Red rose on a piano keyboard (Shutterstock/Zheltyshev)

When you think heavy breathing, galloping hearts and long kisses, what do you hear? We asked you to tell us which pieces spell romance to you by voting in our Valentine's Day Countdown.

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So did you prefer lush orchestral works by Mahler, Debussy or Rachmaninoff? Or more intimate fare, like Brahms's Intermezzi, tangos by Piazzolla, or madrigals by Monteverdi? For a look back, check out the results from our 2013 and 2012 surveys – and the top five clichés.

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Comments [3]

Tango Apasionado by Astor Piazzolla. Libertango was on the list last year, though one of his best known compositions, for Piazzolla that's an odd choice for Valentine's Day. Balada para un Loco would be an interesting choice.

Feb. 14 2014 10:38 PM
Morgan from Manhattan

Days and Nights in Rocinha, by Phillip Glass; it builds similarly to Ravel's Bolero, but avoids the cliché of. The Glass is a rich and gorgeous piece...

Feb. 14 2014 04:45 PM

Vaugh Williams...theme on T. Talis for Dora from Peter.

Feb. 14 2014 02:52 PM

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