Busy Kids Love Music
Busy Kids Love Music
Episode 90: Real Life Love Stories of Classical Composers


Hello, music lovers! Happy Valentine’s Day! In this special episode of the Busy Kids Love Music podcast, we’re taking a romantic journey into the lives of classical composers and exploring three captivating love stories.

1. Johann Sebastian Bach and Anna Magdalena: A Love Well Composed

Our first love story is a tale of pure romance between the renowned Johann Sebastian Bach and his second wife, Anna Magdalena Bach. Join me as we unravel the notes of their harmonious partnership.

2. Robert Schumann, Clara Schumann, and Johannes Brahms: The Love Triangle Symphony

Dive into the dramatic world of the Romantic era with the love triangle involving Robert Schumann, his wife Clara Schumann, and the enigmatic Johannes Brahms. Discover the emotional crescendos and heartrending melodies that echoed through their lives.

3. Hector Berlioz and Harriet Smithson: Love’s Tempestuous Overture

Our final love story takes a dramatic turn as we explore the passionate and tumultuous affair between French composer Hector Berlioz and Irish Shakespearean actress Harriet Smithson. Despite the stormy seas, their love story produced a musical masterpiece.

Throughout the episode, I feature beautiful excerpts from the compositions inspired by these real-life romances. Be sure to check out the playlist linked below to experience the full spectrum of emotions captured in the music.

Join me in celebrating love, passion, and the enduring melodies that sprang from the hearts of these classical composers. Wishing you a harmonious and love-filled Valentine’s Day!

Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Parent-Child Piano 101 Workshop: Everything You Need to Know to Play Your 1st Song at the Piano

Music Heard in this Episode:

Anna Magdalena Bach Notebook (complete) P. Barton, FEURICH harmonic pedal piano

Schumann – Bunte Blätter, Op. 99 – Grigory Sokolov, Geneva 12.12.2020

Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Schumann, Op.9 (Barenboim, Biret)

Berlioz : Symphonie Fantastique (Fantastical Symphony)

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 90

I’ve created a YouTube playlist for you that includes a variety of incredible music inspired by the romances you learned about today. Many of these songs are lengthy, so I suggest using the playlist as background music while you complete other activities!

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