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Loves Me, Loves Me Not

Can you guess the piece? Here's a hint: Ancient grudges break new mutinies free on the streets of New York City…

This classic Broadway musical explores racism with a very old story, substituting modern ethnic rivalries for medieval Italian families. Although the composer had made his reputation already as a composer and conductor, it was the Broadway debut for its lyricist, who went on to write words and music for countless classic shows. Originally, however, the plot rested on rivalry between two different groups—and even had a different title!

Music Heard On This Episode

Clara Schumann: Six Songs: Oh joy, joy; Mysterious Whispers, Here and There
Wolfgang Holzmair, bar/Imogen Cooper, piano — Robert and Clara Schumann Lieder (Philips, 2002)
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Clara Schumann: Six Songs: Oh joy, joy; Mysterious Whispers, Here and There
Wolfgang Holzmair, bar/Imogen Cooper, piano — Robert and Clara Schumann Lieder (Philips, 2002)
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Kurt Weill: I Don't Love You
Anne Sofie von Otter/NDR-Symphony Orchestra/John Eliot Gardiner, cond. — Speak Low ~ Songs by Kurt Weill (Deutsche Grammophon, 1995)
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Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Overture
Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra/Leonard Slatkin, cond. — Romeo & Juliet / Overture 1812 / Symphony 2 (RCA, 1995)
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Ludwig van Beethoven: Diabelli Variations: Theme, Variations I-V
Alfred Brendel, piano — Beethoven: Diabelli-Variationen (Philips Import, 1990)
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Olivier Messiaen: Turangalila Symphony: Love Song I
Berlin Philharmonic/Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano/Dominique Kim, ondes martenot/Kent Nagano, cond. — Messiaen: Turangalîla - Symphonie (Teldec, 2001)
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Claudio Monteverdi: Oh, my Sweet Love; Tear My Heart to Shreds, then
Consort of Musicke/Anthony Rooley, cond. — Monteverdi: Third Book of Madrigals (Virgin Records Us, 1993)
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J. S. Bach: Little Notebook for Anna Magdelena Bach: Three Minuets
Janos Sebestyen, piano — Bach: Inventions and Sinfonias (Complete) (Naxos, 1994)
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Franz Schubert: The Fair Maid of the Mill: Curiosity; Impatience
Sanford Sylvan, bar/David Breitman, fortepiano — Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin (Nonesuch, 1992)
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Arnold Schoenberg: Transfigured Night
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra — Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht; Kammersymphonien Nos. 1 & 2 (Deutsche Grammophon, 1990)
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Guillaume de Machaut: If it be Love's Will that I Languish
Liber unUsualis — Unrequited (LU, 2003)
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Leonard Bernstein: West Side Story: Dance at the Gym; Maria
Larry Kert/Carol Lawrence/Max Goberman, cond. — West Side Story - Original Broadway Cast (CBS/Columbia Records, 1998)
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Charles Koechlin: Poems of Autumn: Love's Decline
Juliane Banse, sop/Radio Symphony Orchestra of Stuttgart/Heinz Holliger, cond. — Koechlin: Vocal works with orchestra (Hanssler Classics, 2006)
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Tony Romeo: I Think I Love You
The Partridge Family — Come on Get Happy: Very Best of Partridge Family (Arista, 2005)
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