St. Valentine's Day is celebrated on the 14th of February, and it commemorates an early Christian saint who was martyred for performing weddings for Roman soldiers who were otherwise forbidden to marry. Since the Saint's Day was declared, it has become a focus for expressions of romantic love.
Composers have reflected on themes of love in their music pretty much for as long as music has existed. This week on Learning to Listen, we're going to hear music that reflects ideas of romance or love.
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Program PlaylistPeter Tchaikovsky
Theme from Fantasy Overture to Romeo and Juliet
Love in the Dictionary
Joyce di Donato
Falling in Love Again, from Blue Angel
If Music be the Food of Love
Adagietto from Symphony No. 5
Movement 2 from String Quartet No. 2 'Intimate Letters'
Put ti miro from The Coronation of Poppea
Sylvia McNair, et al.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
from Don Giovanni: La ci darem la mano
Bryn Terfel, et al.
Benjamin Britten/WB Yeats
Down by the Sally Gardens
Aaron Copland/Emily Dickinson
from Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson: 'Heart, We Will Forget Him'
Learner and Loewe
from Camelot - 'Before I Gaze at You Again'