Written by Lauren Carrane

When we hope to create a romantic mood, we bring out the candles, chocolate, and of course, set the scene with a carefully selected romantic music. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we thought it’s the perfect time to share with you some pieces that are close to our hearts.

Here are a few personal favorites from our performers, board members and staff:

1. Schubert’s Trout Quintet

“This is glorious music that our family loves to listen to.”
— Judy McCue, chairman of the Civitas Ensemble Board
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2. The lieder of Hugo Wolf

“I have wonderful memories of my mom singing many of these on recitals of hers when I was a young boy.”
— J. Lawrie Bloom, clarinetist
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3. Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet Love Theme

“I remember seeing this ballet when I was in sixth grade and just weeping as I left the theater. It was the most romantic thing I’d ever seen! Every time I hear this particular section, it almost always leaves me in tears.”
— Lauren Carrane, marketing and social media
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4. Mendelssohn Piano Trio in d minor op. 49

“Like most of the music written by Mendelssohn, this trio is both lyrical and full of driving energy. It speaks the true language of Mendelssohn’s romantic context, so well crafted and so natural. This is one of my favorite pieces to perform with Ken and Winston.”
–Yuan-Qing Yu, violinist
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And here are a few other pieces that almost everyone agrees are romantic:

1. Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Overture

With its rich harmony and skillful instrumentation, the central love theme of this overture is frequently quoted today in romantic scenes for film and television.

2. Schubert’s Ave Maria

The serenity and the sublime beauty of this work made it a masterpiece during Schubert’s brief life. And now, it is still one of the most often selected pieces at weddings.
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3. Chopin’s Nocturnes

Gentle, lilting and sad, these piano concertos from Chopin evoke heartbreak, longing and tenderness. A perfect addition to any Valentine’s Day playlist.
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4. Dvorak’s String Serenade in E Major Op. 22

Folksy, witty and melodic, this is truly a romantic piece by Dvorak, one of the most beloved Romantic composers.
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5. Strauss’ Four Last Songs Strauss reached perfection in this set of melodically and harmonically complex songs. Rich in colors and aching beautiful, the voice is not only the solo line, but also an integral part of the orchestration.
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Here are the translations of the songs

Let us know your favorite pieces of romantic classical music!

 

 

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