(I wrote this post last night. All I need is time. Has it really been over a month since I posted? Fuuuuuuuuuuudgey cupcakes. Guess Valentine’s Day is as good an excuse to come back as any.)
When it comes to classical music I have always been a girl for the romantic composers. When I say romantic, I don’t mean love, I mean the movement. There is definitely a sense of romance in the works but it’s a sad sort of feeling that only strings and piano can convey.
Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn and Chopin all wrote such beautiful, and often times heartbreakingly sad sweet songs. Tchaikovsky was a bit separated of course due to the nationalist movement of his Russian mother country so I’m not sure how much he gets classified as a romantic by actual musical theorists. If you are writing a paper on the man please don’t take my ramblings here for expert testimony.
I think that the average person today gets exposed to contemporary instrumental pieces through film scores. There are some amazing people out there doing things I love too. For example Murray Gold IS the essential player to the success of Doctor Who. You can lose the writers, the actors but if you lose Gold the show will never be the same. There’s also Hans Zimmer (Nolan’s Batman films, The Lion King, Inception), John Williams (Uh ever heard of Star Wars), John Murphy (Sunshine Adagio In D Minor trust me you’ve heard it) and Howard Shore (Lord of the Rings)
Pandora might be changing that. At least it did for me. I just found Brian Crain a modern composer whose music captures the same love affair of piano and strings I have always associated with my romantic loves. I knew there would be a connection when I saw he has an entire album dedicated to “Piano and Light” There is a sadness to some of his work but it’s unusual for me in that it seems to have a lighter, sweeter tone to it a lot of the time. Especially Song for Sienna, which you really need to listen to, like, now. Initially the internets said this song was part of a movie score in Love Actually so I guess it is especially appropriate I blog about it today on Valentine’s Day. Upon further investigation I have not found this to be true according to the soundtrack / score listings online.
So if you can convince your guy (or gal) to watch Love Actually today, here is a great way to spend your evening. Watch a sappy British romance film, because British is always awesome, bake up some Chocolate Chiffon Cupcakes with Pretzel Love Buttons and be on the lookout (or listenout) for this amazing musical piece by Brian Crain. Let me know if you can find it in the film after all.
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