The Most Romantic Piano Music for this Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, here is a list of PianoCub’s favorite piano pieces celebrating love!

Franz Liszt - Liebesträume No. 1 - 3

Liebesträume is German for Dreams of Love and it is a set of three love songs for piano based on poems by Ludwig Uhland and Ferdinand Freiligrath. The poems depict three different forms of love: exalted love, death from love’s bliss, and unconditional love.

Fritz Kreisler (arr. Sergei Rachmaninoff) - Liebeslied & Liebesfreud

Liebeslied and Liebesfreud were originally short pieces for violin and piano by Fritz Kreisler and they were famously transcribed into virtuoso piano works by Sergei Rachmaninoff in 1931. Liebeslied in German means Love’s Sorrow and Liebesfreud means Love’s Joy.

Franz Liszt - Widmung (After R. Schumann)

Half of the music that Franz Liszt wrote (about 400 of his 800 pieces) are transcriptions of compositions by other composers. Some of Liszt’s most popular transcriptions are the songs he transcribed by composers like Robert Schumann, Frederic Chopin, Franz Schubert, and Felix Mendelssohn. Widmung means “dedication” and it was originally a song Robert Schumann wrote as a gift to his wife Clara Schumann. The beautiful text of this song is a poem by Friedrich Rückert and is translated here:

You are my soul, my heart, my ecstasy and pain;

you are my world in which I live,

my heaven into which I am suspended,

my grave into which I have laid forever my sorrow.

You are my repose and my peace,

you are bestowed to me from heaven;

that you love me makes me of worth,

your gaze transfigures me,

lovingly you raise me above myself, my good spirit, my better self.

You are my soul, my heart, my ecstasy and pain;

you are my world in which I live,

my heaven into which I am suspended, my good spirit, my better self.

Frank Liszt - Du Bist die Ruh from 12 Lieder von Schubert

Despite only living to be 31 years old, Franz Schubert wrote more than six hundred songs in his lifetime! One of the most cherished is Du Bist die Ruh Op. 59, No 3 from 1823, which is also a setting of a poem by Friedrich Rückert. The simple poem talks about the peace, love, and pleasure that someone you love can fill your heart with. The first and fourth stanzas are translated here:

You are peace,

the mild peace,

you are longing,

and what stills it.

Drive other pain

out of this breast!

May my heart be full

with your pleasure.

Giacomo Puccini (arr. John Bayless) - “O soave fanciulla” from La bohéme

Giacomo Puccini was an Italian opera composer at the beginning of the 20th century and his opera La bohéme is one of the most celebrated and revered operas in the standard repertoire. O soave fanciulla is the love duet that ends the first act of the opera. The two main characters Mimì and Rodolfo, once realizing that they have fallen completely in love with one another, sing of their newfound passion in this stunning duet.

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