Love-Inspired Compositions

Love-inspired Compositions over the past 200 Years have particularly affected my sensibilities from an early age: indeed they have informed many of my recital programs and led me to explore the romantic classics that could be viewed at the movies. Nowadays, of course, the Internet has brought them into our homes  via television and various online devices.

With the advent of spring, love is in the air, or as e.e.cummings wrote:

“sweet spring is your
time is my time is our
time for springtime is lovetime
and viva sweet love…..”

 

Here, then, are some Solo Piano Works for which I have always had a deep affection and which I performed 6 years ago to the day at my Spring Music Appreciation Class at the Southeast Senior Center for Independent Living (SESCIL) in Englewood, NJ.

Love-inspired Compositions
over the past 200 Years:
Solo Piano Works

Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Romance in F sharp major, Op. 28, No. 2
Alicia de Larrocha
https://youtu.be/QxzqjShS5BA

Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Liebestraum (“Love’s Dream”) No. 3 in A Flat major
Evgeny Kissin
https://youtu.be/XsxDH4HcOWA


Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
Love’s Greeting (“Salut d’Amour”) in E major, Op. 12
Aldo Ciccolini
https://youtu.be/C5IVn1yh3co


Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)

Romance (from “Ten Pieces”) in D flat major, Op. 24, No. 9
Vladislav Peysakhov
https://youtu.be/JBGbPRh5nw0

Rudolf Friml (1881-1972)
Chanson in D flat major
Played by the Composer, Rudolf Friml,
on Ampico
https://youtu.be/nsOVuKytH6g

 

Reference:
My SESCIL Music Appreciation Programs (1996–2015)

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