If you think about it, jazz songs are some of the most romantic in existence. From the standards of the Great American Songbook, to steamy bossa nova songs, and on to the classic and contemporary ballads of love, the language of devotion has been whispered through your speakers since you started listening to this great art form.
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.
This Valentines’ Day romance is in and on the air. Today we're featuring works inspired by Shakespeare's ill-fated lovers, Romeo and Juliet. We're also sharing musical depictions of other great love stories; from Orpheus and Euridice to Tristan and Isolde...stories that inspired composers to write some of their greatest romantic works. And when the sun sets keep listening for some jazz standards guaranteed to set the mood for romance.
Love is in the air, and on the air on WRTI. You're in store for a very romantic Valentine's week when you tune in or listen online between February 13th and 15th. It's classical and jazz romantic music from the heart - wrapped with love - from us to you!
Romantic Music with Dave, Jack, and Jill February 13th and 14th 6 am to 6 pm
Tune in from February 13th to 15th, during classical and jazz hours, for the most romantic music - wrapped with love - from us to you.
Click Here to see our hosts' favorite "romantic" CDs. Bob Perkins, Gregg Whiteside, Jill Pasternak, Dave Conant, Jack Moore, Kile Smith, Maureen Malloy, Bob Craig, Rolf Charlston, Mark Pinto, and Jim Cotter share their thoughts on music they find romantic.