Sheet Music: Love Theme

TitleLove Theme
from Romeo and Juliet
Opus numberTH 42
ComposerPyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)
InstrumentationFlute and Piano
KeyD-flat major
RangeA♮4–Bb6
Time signature4/4
Tempo112 BPM
Performance time2:10
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2016-10-27
Last updated2016-10-27
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Categories
Love songs, Romantic

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Thursday 27 October 2016

Tune of the Day: Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet

by Tchaikovsky, arranged for flute and piano

Tchaikovsky started composing his Romeo and Juliet in 1869. This orchestral work is styled an Overture-Fantasy (even though the overall design is a symphonic poem in sonata form), and is based on Shakespeare's play of the same name.

The Overture's yearning love theme signifies the couple's first meeting and the scene at Juliet's balcony, and is universally acknowledged as one of the greatest melodies ever written. When Tchaikovsky showed it to pianist and conductor Mily Balakirev, Balakirev wrote Tchaikovsky: “I very much want to hug you for it”. Over the last century, it has been used as the quintessential “love at first sight” music in numerous movies, TV series, and even video games (most notably, the kissing music in The Sims).

Thanks to Philip for suggesting this tune!