The Well-Tempered Ear

Nobody expressed romantic love in music better or more often than Robert Schumann

February 14, 2023

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By Jacob Stockinger 

Today — Feb. 14, 2023 — is Valentine’s Day.

When it comes to composing music that expresses romantic love, The Ear thinks nobody did it more consistently or better than Robert Schumann.

Inspired by his wife Clara, a former student who defied her father to marry Robert, Schumann (seen below with Clara) put romantic love at the heart of so many pieces.

One of his finest is the second movement of the eight-movement piano suite “Kreisleriana,” Op. 16. Perhaps you will agree after listening to it played by Martha Argerich in the YouTube video below.

Check it out.

Does it move you?

If you have a different choice for a composer or a piece suitable for the occasion today, please include it, perhaps with a YouTube link, as a comment.

Happy Valentine’s Day

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