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 Post subject: Love-themed compositions
PostPosted: Tue Dec 30, 2008 6:55 pm 
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The next installment of the local piano group is "Valentine's Day--or relating to". So I need to find a managable composition that has to do with love, valentine's day, hear-break, etc. etc.

All I can find is Chopin-Liszt's My Darling (Sweetheart).

I would appreciate all the help I can get; even if the title has no mention of love, the appropriate key would suffice.

Thank you thank you thank you!

-Don Juan.

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Well, any Chopin nocturne is about luv...

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Don't do the Chopin-Liszt piece. I think you and I are the only ones who like it.

What about Satie's Gymnopedie No. 1 or No. 2. Or maybe better is Gnossiennes no. 1. That one has that sexy, seductive sound that is perfect for Valentine's Day. Or Barber's no. 2 Excursions - another seductive piece and not too difficult.

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I'll take a look. I also found Griegs op.17 N.Folk Dance titled "By Chance Have You Seen My Wife?" to be love-related :lol:

But keep giving suggestions when and if they come to your head.

Thank you once again.

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Then there's the Schumann Romance in F# - not too difficult, and a really nice piece.

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Hey Juuf, I think it's going to be hard to find compositions about love because
everybody knows that once you get a girlfriend there's no time for piano. :)

Slightly less cynically I think you'll find more fertile ground (no pun intended) in the opera
and song transcriptions. Check out "Spirto Gentil" from Donizetti's "La Favorita" for example.
And there must be a transcription of "Vissi d'Arte" from Tosca somewhere or something from
Rigoletto. I know for sure there are transcriptions of "Le Donna e Mobile" (which I know
is way over played but fits your theme) and "Questa o quella" from Rigoletto.

I'm looking on Amazon right now and this album has scads of love themed aria transcriptions:

http://www.amazon.com/Aria-Opera-withou ... gy_m_img_b

Good luck!

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I found this:

http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/store/smp ... em-_-Title

Any of the arias from Madame Butterfly, Tosca, La Traviata, Le Nozze De Figaro and Rigoletto
are likely to be love songs (although very often unrequited love).

You can use this site to find translations of the arias:

http://www.aria-database.com/

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juufa72 wrote:
The next installment of the local piano group is "Valentine's Day--or relating to". So I need to find a managable composition that has to do with love, valentine's day, hear-break, etc. etc.


What about a number from Prokofiev's Romeo & Juliet Op.75? Nos.2 and 9 are just 2-page long and overall doable. They're not strictly about Romeo, Juliet or both :), but as Valentines it's better so, seen how badly they screwed up their romance.

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alf wrote:
seen how badly they screwed up their romance.


Did they? Or were they victims of family vendettas and not knowing how to check the person's pulse to see if they are truly dead? :lol:

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juufa72 wrote:
alf wrote:
seen how badly they screwed up their romance.


Did they? Or were they victims of family vendettas and not knowing how to check the person's pulse to see if they are truly dead? :lol:


This could be a good hint for a Dr. House episode. Anyway, Romeo and Juliet is a story about nosey priests and inefficient postal service, so typical of Italy since then.

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 Post subject: Re: Love-themed compositions
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alf wrote:
Anyway, Romeo and Juliet is a story about nosey priests and inefficient postal service, so typical of Italy since then.


I thought Mussolini took care of the trains and postal service? :wink: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UN6QHlCs7Gs

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juufa72 wrote:
alf wrote:
Anyway, Romeo and Juliet is a story about nosey priests and inefficient postal service, so typical of Italy since then.


I thought Mussolini took care of the trains and postal service? :wink:


You thought wrong: http://www.snopes.com/history/govern/trains.asp :wink: :P

juufa72 wrote:


HAHA, an impressive Jack Oakie (whose speaking style here reminds a bit of Chico Marx).

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Ha! I found it!

(Pardon the voice-over :P )
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPAQ81kwD5Y

:lol: :lol: :lol:


Chaplin plays the piano:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJQCRRNV ... re=related

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juufa72 wrote:
Ha! I found it!

(Pardon the voice-over :P )
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPAQ81kwD5Y


That dubbing stinks! Italian dubbers are generally good, but there are guys who dub so many different actors. For the average Italian film watcher, behind the voice of Al Pacino, Sylvester Stallone, Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro, Christopher Lloyd there is just one man: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferruccio_Amendola. :lol: :lol: :lol:

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I am not an Opera-expert (nor do I want to be), but is Rigolettoa love-based opera?

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