Love has inspired composers through the centuries, with the tragic story of Romeo and Juliet probably the most popular. Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Gounod, Berlioz, and Kabalevsky all wrote rchestral works, ballets and, operas based on that story, not to mention Nino Rota's film score.
Even Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story was inspired by the doomed lovers.
WRTI will sample all of them on Valentine’s Day…and bring you other musical love scores, from Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloe, to Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, and Wagner's Tristan and Isolde.
Berlioz: Romeo and Juliet Highlights - 9 am hour
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet - 10 am
Kabalevsky: Romeo and Juliet - 11 am
Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe - 1 pm
Taneyev/Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet - Duet from the never-completed opera - 2 pm
Wagner: Tristan und Isolde: Love Music (arr. Leopold Stokowski) - 3 pm