Welcome back to our Monthly “Recommended Listening”!
Every month, we are here to help you inspire your child with some season-appropriate musical pieces. Listening to music is not only enjoyable but is also beneficial in development many skills including coordination and self-confidence that will continue to be useful for your child throughout their lives.
In honour of Valentine’s Day, we thought we would explore something a little different. Today we celebrate Valentine’s Day by giving cards or flowers to the ones we love, but what about the love stories behind some of classical music’s greatest names?
Letters of Love
One of history’s most prolific composers comes to mind when we think of grand romantic gestures: Beethoven. Beethoven met and fell in love with Giulietta Guicciardi – an Austrian countess, and briefly a student of Beethoven’s. A year after meeting, Beethoven composed one of the most romantic piano pieces in history: The Moonlight Sonata, dedicated to Guicciardi. Although they planned to marry, they were unable to because Guilietta’s father didn’t approve. She went onto marry, but Beethoven never did.
Hear the music: The Moonlight Sonata
Perhaps one of the most incredible romances in the world of classical music was that of Robert and Clara Schumann. They first met and fell in love in 1836 but didn’t marry until 1840 because of her father’s adamant refusal. During these years, Schumann courted Clara through secret love letter and rendezvous. On the year they finally married, Robert wrote 168 love songs in celebration of his marital bliss.
Hear the music: Kinderszenen or Scenes from Childhood
Tokens of Love
Perhaps one of Britain’s most revered composers from the romantic era was Sir Edward Elgar. He met, fell in love with and got engaged to acclaimed English author, Caroline Alice Roberts.
Discontented with mere rings to celebrate their engagement, they exchanged artistic gifts too. Wife-to-be Alice, had written Edward a poem which he immediately set to music. Elgar’s gift to Alice was a musical token of love, and to this day remains one of his best-known works, entitled Liebesgruss meaning Love’s greeting.
Hear the music: Salut D’amour
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