Listen: Love Stories

Listen: Love Stories
Love evokes different connotations for everyone and especially for composers. Whether it is about intimacy, passion, commitment or anything else, we know that love is a powerful enough force to motivate and shape lives. With Valentine's Day right around the corner, take yourself on a journey with this playlist that canvases the different aural palates of love.

Philip Glass's Modern Love Waltz tells of a simple love growing in intensity, only to find itself right back where it started. This enchanting melody is perfectly suited for a ballet duet between two lovers, full of graceful passion. I Would Live in Your Love by Nathan Jones is a perfect choir piece for either small or large choir. This full-bodied work definitely pulls on the heart strings with its chords filled of yearning love. Then Alfredo Antonini's Why Reach for the Moon is a rich orchestra piece surely written to make you swoon as it paints the picture of a classic love story.

Also included on this playlist are works for orchestra by Percy Grainger, Miklós Rózsa and Avner Dorman, works for solo piano by Dorman, John Corigliano and Augusta Read Thomas, Samuel Barber's The Lovers Op. 43 for chorus and orchestra, and excerpts from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet ballet.

Which musical work tells your love story?

Love Stories

Note: Grainger's The Power of Love is only available for rental in the US and Canada. Prokofiev's full Romeo and Juliet ballet is only available for rental in the US, Canada and Mexico.

This playlist was contributed by Marcos Cuevas