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    Question Songs of Love, Tragedy, Devotion --what music piece best expresses love, you think?

    Love has many times been the center of many great artworks including music. Whether it be love's blissful moments, tragic consequences, or happy endings, people throughout history and all over the world have tried to capture the nuances of this human emotion through song and music.

    Getting into the spirit of the Love Month, we'd like to know: what piece of music best expresses love in your opinion?

    Could it be a Portuguese Fado, the tangos of Astor Piazolla, maybe even a Chinese folk song? Do you have a personal favorite that gets you waxing sentimental each and every time you hear the first few notes? Maybe it's not just one song or two, could it be the entire Romeo and Juliet ballet?

    All in the spirit of Valentine's we'd like to know!





    And just to add a little more spice, here's some music that just might give you a little more romantic inspiration.

    Songs of Love from Lyrichord


    Tragic Love in Ballet and Opera



    Rare Romantic Symphonies


    These are just suggestions. But let us know what you think!

    -ClassicsOnline


    For your listening pleasure, please take this complimentary track from ClassicsOnline:




    Egmont, Op. 84
    No. 2. Entr'acte No. 1: Andante

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    I think many people take a different view of love and personal experiences can come into play when identifying with a piece. Puccini's Madama Butterfly expressses a very traditional idea of love and one that I think makes a lot of sense. It gives you a glimpse into the mind of a woman willing to give up everything she has and devote herself to one person while expecting nothing in return. There is a painful tension running through it, because we can identify with the fear of loss/bereavement/abandonment that comes part in parcel with the most intense relationship.

    That's my layperson's take on it anyway.

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    It certainly depends on what kind of love you're talking about. With my tastes, if I want to experience music about love, I'll listen to Francesca da Rimini

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    I find a lot of great and striking love expression in two famous operas: Verdi's Traviata and Wagner's Tristan und Isolde.

    Also Hector Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique is very realistic in it's love themes.

    And you could check out this song by Hugo Wolf:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sFV8phOT6g

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    Yes, Tristan for sure and also Symphonie Fantastique. It is great the world has such a great symphony to express unrequited love.

    I do think that Puccini got it so right so many times in his operas. I would say Tosca and Madame Butterfly. The duet between the lovers in Act One of both operas is the height of this kind of romanticism. The kind that sends chills. Also 'E lucevan le stelle' from the final act of Tosca (what an outpouring of pining for a loved on - especially sung by Di Stefano) and the moment of reunion between Mario and Tosca in the same act. These are such intense moments especially in light of the tragedy to come.
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    Tragedy

    Also a very enjoyable 53 minutes 43 seconds.

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    Since it expresses love better than everything in the world put together with a side of fries, it must be the Turangalîla-Symphonie.

    Please let me know when I become too predictable. Thanks.

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    The dazed look of dawning love on her face at the end!

    [yt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvuBZW_B9oQ[/yt]

    I really like the depiction, whether in music, literature, or cinema, of the precise instant when someone "gets' that they are now in love.

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