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A Little Romance

Can you guess this piece? Here's a hint: a romantic dedication…

Note: the audio for this show will be available on May 17, 2011

Although this set of three simple minuets are closely identified with the composer’s wife, their name gives a somewhat skewed idea of what they were. It was actually two books, assembled about three years apart, the first containing an array of compositions, the second containing a mixture of music by this composer and other contemporary composers. They were anthologies, or, if you will, sort of like mix tapes—a romantic gift presented by a loving husband to his wife. While they contained mostly keyboard music, there were also a few arias mixed in, too—appropriately since the composer’s wife had been a professional singer before her marriage.

Music Heard On This Episode

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet overture
New York Philharmonic; Leonard Bernstein, cond. — Symphony No. 5 / Romeo and Juliet overture (Deutsche Grammophon, 1990)
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Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet overture
New York Philharmonic; Leonard Bernstein, cond. — Symphony No. 5 / Romeo and Juliet overture (Deutsche Grammophon, 1990)
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Prague Chamber Orchestra/Charles Mackerras — Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Telarc, 2003)
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Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2: First movement
Philadelphia Orch/Sergei Rachmaninoff, p/ Leopold Stokowski, cond — Rachmaninov Plays Rachmaninov (RCA, 1994)
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Giacomo Puccini: O sweet girl
Renata Tebaldi, Giacinto Prandelli, solos/Orch Academy St. Cecilia/Alberto Erede, cond — La Bohème (Decca, 1994)
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Claudio Monteverdi: I Burn, I Blaze
Consort of Musicke — Madrigals of love and war (Virgin Classics, 2001)
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Richard Rogers and Lorenze Hart: My funny valentine
Miles Davis, tpt/John Coltrane, sax/Red Garland, p — Miles Davis Plays for Lovers (Prestige, 2003)
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Philip Glass: The mirror
Philiip Glass Ensemble — La Belle et la Bête (Nonesuch, 1995)
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Jerome Kern & Dorothy Fields: A fine romance
Ella Fitzgerald And Louis Armstrong — Jerome Kern Songbook (Polygram Records, 1994)
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Franz Liszt: Liebestraume No. 3
Arthur Rubinstein, p — Nocturne (RCA, 1998)
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Jim Jacobs & Warren Casey: Summer Nights
Olivia Newton-John, John Travolta, cast — Grease (Polydor / Umgd, 1991)
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Johann Sebastian Bach: Little notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach
Janos Sebestyen, p — Piano Works (Naxos, 1994)
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Solage: In the garden of love
Gothic voices — The Study of Love (Hyperion UK, 2008)
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Tony Romeo: I think I love you
Partridge Family — Come on Get Happy: Very Best of Partridge Family (Arista, 2005)
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