The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: What piece of romantic music would you play for your beloved to mark Valentine’s Day? | February 14, 2015

By Jacob Stockinger

Today is Valentine’s Day, 2015.


Traditionally, a Valentine’s Day tribute is written out and comes in a greeting card or a love letter.

But The Ear has always found music a more suitable vehicle than words to express love.

So I using today’s holiday to post a link to a piece that celebrates love.

And I invite all readers of this blog to do the same.

Just use the Comments section to say what the piece is, who the composer is, and, if possible, what is the link to a YouTube video of the piece.

There are so many choices — with Johann Sebastian BachFranz Schubert, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Frederic ChopinGiacomo Puccini, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Antonin Dvorak and Sergei Rachmaninoff   ranking at the top — that I look forward to hearing what you choose. I am sure some of them will be new to me.

As for myself, an avid amateur pianist, I will include a link from five years ago in which I posted three short solo piano romances by Robert Schumann — who was the most romantic of the Romantics — Johannes Brahms and Gabriel Faure.’s-day/

For good measure, this year I want to include a lovely violin piece -– “Salut d’amour” or “Love’s Greeting” by Sir Edward Elgar — as played by Sarah Chang in the popular YouTube video below.

That is my choice to mark today.

Now tell me yours.

Happy Valentine’s Day!



  1. duet from Il Ritorno:

    Comment by Gretta Gribble — February 14, 2015 @ 11:21 pm

  2. Barber’s ‘Sure On This Shining Night’ — perhaps more for older people who have long loved than for young lovers, but quintesentially romantic.

    Comment by Susan Fiore — February 14, 2015 @ 9:11 am

  3. The Pearl Fisher first act duet. You tube has the jussi bjorling & Robert Merrill version. Touched my heart when I was 17. Does the same yoday

    Comment by Anne wadsack — February 14, 2015 @ 8:38 am

  4. The first five songs from Schumann’s “Dichterliebe.”

    Comment by Mikko Utevsky — February 14, 2015 @ 1:54 am

    • They are sublime. But so much of the music by Robert Schumann is. No other composer so captured love and yearning in sound. Listen to the second movement of “Kreisleriana” is you don’t already know it. Or the piano quartet or piano quintet. Or Frauenliebe und -leben. Or the String Quartet No 2. And on and on…

      Comment by welltemperedear — February 14, 2015 @ 8:46 am

  5. If Joshua Bell plays Salut d’ Amour for me, I won’t let him go!!! I would also like to hear Schumann’s piano quartet in E flat major!!

    Comment by Lucia — February 14, 2015 @ 12:14 am

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