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#1910016 - 06/07/12 01:27 PM Looking for love songs
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I understand the phrase "love song" doesn't hold much water in the context of classical piano, so allow me to define it as any piece that you, the forum goer, finds melancholic, romantic, reminiscent of some warm summer's eve, or evoking emotions of love or affection.

I'm looking mainly for pieces from the Romantic Era and contemporary pieces, but any other pieces from any other epochs are welcome too smile

Your help in this matter is greatly appreciated

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#1910020 - 06/07/12 01:35 PM Re: Looking for love songs [Re: autoanorak]
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there's certainly more but i can't think of them
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#1910022 - 06/07/12 01:37 PM Re: Looking for love songs [Re: autoanorak]
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and this one

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#1910050 - 06/07/12 02:21 PM Re: Looking for love songs [Re: autoanorak]
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Liebestraum?
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#1910059 - 06/07/12 02:31 PM Re: Looking for love songs [Re: autoanorak]
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La Campanella and Chopin Nocturne Op. 9 No. 2. I also like Mariage d'Amour by Paul de Senneville(performed by Clayderman).

EDIT:I also like Music of the Night from the Phantom of the Opera, but one would need to have seen the musical or heard the song before.


Edited by Jame334 (06/07/12 02:34 PM)

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#1910099 - 06/07/12 04:10 PM Re: Looking for love songs [Re: Jame334]
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[...]I also like Music of the Night from the Phantom of the Opera, but one would need to have seen the musical or heard the song before.


No, not if you can read music.
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#1910101 - 06/07/12 04:16 PM Re: Looking for love songs [Re: BruceD]
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Originally Posted By: Jame334
[...]I also like Music of the Night from the Phantom of the Opera, but one would need to have seen the musical or heard the song before.


No, not if you can read music.


Ah, I seem to have come across the wrong way. I think that the listener should have heard the song before to get the full blow of it.

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#1910106 - 06/07/12 04:34 PM Re: Looking for love songs [Re: autoanorak]
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If you have the technique for it, try the Andante from Brahms' F-minor sonata:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrX9dz1HHoo&feature=relmfu

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#1910109 - 06/07/12 04:39 PM Re: Looking for love songs [Re: slava_richter]
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Originally Posted By: s.t.richter
If you have the technique for it, try the Andante from Brahms' F-minor sonata:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrX9dz1HHoo&feature=relmfu


I adore that movement. It's one of my favourites of all the piano literature. So beautiful and a rather good suggestion.
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#1910117 - 06/07/12 05:02 PM Re: Looking for love songs [Re: autoanorak]
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Liszt's Sonetti 47, 104, 123 del Petrarca are the best love songs for piano that I know. They're inspired by 3 sonnets by Italian Renaissance poet Francesco Petrarca in which he meditates on his passionate love for Laura (who was already the wife of a Count). History has it that the affair was platonic, but the music is lush and indulgent and wonderful to play heart
http://youtu.be/G8A7nds7sfk
Can you tell us what you're going to do with these pieces (inquiring minds would like to know smile
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#1910154 - 06/07/12 06:15 PM Re: Looking for love songs [Re: ec]
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#1910167 - 06/07/12 06:53 PM Re: Looking for love songs [Re: autoanorak]
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Schumann : Romanze in F-sharp major, Op 28, No 2.

Liszt : Consolation No. 3
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#1910170 - 06/07/12 07:01 PM Re: Looking for love songs [Re: autoanorak]
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The ultimate romantic pieces:
Chopin Ballade No. 4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tmQSWuYwrI
Liszt Un Sospiro
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jnQ_AKePPo
Liszt Liebestraum No. 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sPxr539mts

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#1910177 - 06/07/12 07:26 PM Re: Looking for love songs [Re: autoanorak]
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You can make almost anything a love song if you play it the right wayy...!
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#1910194 - 06/07/12 08:01 PM Re: Looking for love songs [Re: Jame334]
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Originally Posted By: Jame334
La Campanella


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#1910198 - 06/07/12 08:11 PM Re: Looking for love songs [Re: autoanorak]
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Liszt's Liebestraume? Oh wait... whome
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#1910267 - 06/07/12 11:23 PM Re: Looking for love songs [Re: autoanorak]
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Forget piano. Get a lute or mandolin and go sing under her window. Chicks love that kind of thing.

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#1910273 - 06/07/12 11:35 PM Re: Looking for love songs [Re: Jame334]
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Originally Posted By: Jame334
....Chopin Nocturne Op. 9 No. 2....

Would be one of my picks too.

Others:

-- Schubert Impromptu in A-flat major, Op. 142 #2

-- slow mvt of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto #2 (yes, #two) smile

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#1910297 - 06/08/12 01:44 AM Re: Looking for love songs [Re: autoanorak]
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Maybe one of Schubert's Songs, like Sehnsucht der Liebe, D. 180, Liebestandelei, D. 206, Sprache der Liebe, Op. 115, No. 3, D. 410, Sei mir gegrüsst, D.741, Op.20, No.1.
Or does it have to be only piano? (You can play only the piano part anyway if you want of course.)
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#1910347 - 06/08/12 05:19 AM Re: Looking for love songs [Re: autoanorak]
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Originally Posted By: autoanorak
I understand the phrase "love song" doesn't hold much water in the context of classical piano, so allow me to define it as any piece that you, the forum goer, finds melancholic, romantic, reminiscent of some warm summer's eve, or evoking emotions of love or affection.



I find it curious that "melancholic" would be equated to "love song". Anyway...

There's a fantastic "love song" in Mendelssohn's Songs Without Words, with the subtitle "Duetto". One of Schumann's Romances (in F#?) is also in the same lovey-dovey spirit. The slow movement of Schumann's 2nd sonata also fills the bill, I think. I'm too lazy to fetch the score to identify them, but some of Rachmaninoff's preludes also seem to have that "love song" quality - in op. 23 there are the ones in D and Eb, and the last one, too.

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#1910358 - 06/08/12 06:17 AM Re: Looking for love songs [Re: autoanorak]
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Brahms's Intermezzo Op.118/2
Beethoven's Pathetique Sonata - 2nd movement
Elgar's Salut d'amour
Dvorak's Humoresque in G flat, Op 101/7
Anton Rubinstein's Romance in E flat, Op 44/1
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#1910360 - 06/08/12 06:47 AM Re: Looking for love songs [Re: autoanorak]
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Poulenc, Improvisation 13 and 15

Granados, The Maiden and the Nightingale

Chopin, Barcarolle

Liszt, Transcendental Etude No. 11 "Harmonies du soir"
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#1910370 - 06/08/12 07:52 AM Re: Looking for love songs [Re: autoanorak]
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Schumann - Widmung

Schumann/Liszt - Widmung transcribed for solo piano

Schubert - Du bist die ruh
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#1910429 - 06/08/12 10:07 AM Re: Looking for love songs [Re: Mark_C]
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Originally Posted By: Mark_C

-- slow mvt of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto #2 (yes, #two) smile


I'm amazed that this work is so relatively unknown and unplayed. I only know it from one of the 'Great Pianists of the 20th Century' sets devoted to Gilels - what a marvelous recording. I actually prefer the 2nd Concerto to the 1st; I've never been terribly enthralled by the 1st.

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#1910434 - 06/08/12 10:17 AM Re: Looking for love songs [Re: autoanorak]
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I'm feeling very misanthropic this morning. Are there any hate songs?

Perhaps the Queen of the Night's aria from Die Zauberflöte.


Edited by Palindrome (06/08/12 10:20 AM)
Edit Reason: Add Aria Answer
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#1910515 - 06/08/12 12:45 PM Re: Looking for love songs [Re: autoanorak]
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Many have said Liebestraum already, so let me suggest Un Sospiro. I find it achingly beautiful.

Debussy's Clair de Lune as well.


Edited by didyougethathing (06/08/12 12:49 PM)

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#1910526 - 06/08/12 01:06 PM Re: Looking for love songs [Re: Palindrome]
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I'm feeling very misanthropic this morning. Are there any hate songs?

Perhaps the Queen of the Night's aria from Die Zauberflöte.

Especially in this "interpretation": ha
(BTW this was not a joke! Not on purpose anyway.) grin


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#1910528 - 06/08/12 01:13 PM Re: Looking for love songs [Re: ChopinAddict]
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Maybe one of Schubert's Songs, [...] Sei mir gegrüsst, D.741, Op.20, No.1.
Or does it have to be only piano? (You can play only the piano part anyway if you want of course.)


Liszt has written a beautiful piano solo transcription of "Sei mir gegrüsst."

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#1910533 - 06/08/12 01:22 PM Re: Looking for love songs [Re: autoanorak]
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Let's also not forget my favorite piece of music is technically a love song of sorts:



A song of seduction that turns into a "hate song," like Palindrome was talking about. You get the best of both worlds! Ahhh what a work of genius.


Edited by didyougethathing (06/08/12 01:23 PM)

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