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What to listen to when in love

It is not a secret for anyone that for a person a feeling of love is absolutely necessary for life, even regardless of what this love can lead to. The feeling of love penetrates into all spheres of our life, and music here is no exception. On what works of classics to pay attention in a state of love, we are working with Victoria Ivanova.

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. “Romeo and Juliet”
As a rule, it is this, the most lyrical tragedy of Shakespeare, most often associated with talking about love. However, do not be afraid of terrible analogies – Tchaikovsky deliberately avoided direct programming, leaving only the main conflict of the tragedy in general terms. The overture-fantasy is based on three themes: choral, associated with representatives of monasticism; impetuous, depicting the passions; and one of the most beautiful musical themes in principle is the theme of love.

By the way, of all his compositions, it was Romeo and Juliet that the composer had for a long time considered his best creation: however, in order to arrive at the final version, he had to rewrite the overture two times.

Claude Debussy. Preludes
“A girl with flax-colored hair”, “Sounds and aromas are hovering in the night air”, “Steps in the snow” – the names of Debussy’s preludes are as subtle and poetic as their music. This cycle of 24 plays is rightfully considered to be the pinnacle of creativity of the French impressionist, and the whole genre of prelude as a whole.

Each miniature is a complete picture: landscapes and portraits are replaced by caricature sketches and vice versa. At the same time, unlike other authors, the titles of the plays of Debussy indicate not at the beginning, but at the end: thus, he does not impose a program on the listener beforehand, but seems to play riddles – can we guess what was intended? Did we understand what was meant?

George Vasilyevich Sviridov. “Snowstorm”
At least you should definitely listen to the reverent and exciting “Waltz”, which is also probably heard by almost everyone. Better yet, listen to the suite (which was “assembled” from the music for the film) in its entirety.

Sviridov wrote his “Blizzard” as an illustration of Pushkin’s novel of the same name, in which the poet mocks the love of a 17-year-old girl from a Russian province. However, the music of the suite of this irony is completely devoid of, and this is for the best: every note of the “Blizzard” speaks of love, not only human, but also love for the country, for nature, for life itself.

At the same time, Sviridov’s music seems extremely modern: in fact, in the past, in 2015, the world celebrated one hundred years since the birth of the composer.

Robert Schumann. “Carnival”
It is believed that the “Carnival” of Schumann is still not about love. And first of all, about one of his general ideas: the confrontation of innovators (the so-called members of the Davidov Brotherhood, or David’s writers) and conservatives (Philistines), one of whose clashes take place at a ball during the carnival.

This cycle is like a live sketch of the gala evening, where the most different guests arrive: Pierrot and Coquette, Harlequin and Sphinxes, Chopin and Paganini, and even dancing letters. At this ball, there is Schumann himself, represented in two faces, two sides of his personality: Evsebi and Florestan. And also Chiarina, under the mask of which the wife of Schumann Clara is hiding. What could be more romantic?

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Suite from the Sleeping Beauty ballet
Perhaps none of the Russian composers could write about love as Tchaikovsky could do. In every ballet, be it Nutcracker or Swan Lake, in every opera and every symphony there is a place for true feelings of love.

The ballet “Sleeping Beauty” was written on the plot of the French fairy tale of the same name created by Charles Perrot. Tchaikovsky’s music absorbed everything: magic, and joys, and, of course, the very feeling of a miracle that gives a kiss of love.

Of course, the most famous episode of the ballet is the Waltz from the first act, which is also called the “waltz of the flowers”. But the true apotheosis of love is the pas de Aurora and the Prince from the third act.

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