As we all know, a certain holiday is coming up that has to do with love. Whether you’re in a relationship or not, there is some great music to appreciate on the theme of love, and it is gorgeous and worth the listen. Therefore, the following playlist for February is entitled: Gorgeous Music.
1. Un Sospiro by Liszt– We covered this in the last post. This piece is just gorgeous from start to finish.
2. Variation 18 from Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini, by Rachmaninoff– In this particular variation he turned the theme upside down to create a melody that is an instant hit.
3. Ballade By Debussy– This doesn’t necessarily have anything to with love or a love story, except that this reminds me of the movie Up, when it shows the story of the grandpa character and his wife. There’s a recurring theme in that soundtrack which is similar to the theme in this piece.
4. Liebestraum No. 3 by Liszt (German for “a dream of love”)- Yep, this is from the Romantic period (this doesn’t mean the Romantic period is all about love). You may have heard this as a ringtone, but the cell phone version doesn’t do this piece justice. This must have been one of the pieces that got all the phone numbers when Liszt performed it in public (I joke, but certainly this piece has that kind of power).
5. Fantasy in C by Schumann– This movement was inspired by events in Schumann’s life, namely the struggle of trying to marry Clara Wieck against her father’s wishes. Her father had threatened even to kill him, and finally it took a lawsuit to allow Schumann to marry Clara. You can hear the conflict and struggle of those events in this movement.
6. Adagietto from Symphony No. 5 by Mahler– Saving the best for last (these are all good but this is EXCELLENT). Mahler wrote this as a love song to his wife, and you will definitely hear a love story in the music.