For Valentine’s Day: Muses of Classical Music

Classical composers have long derived creative inspiration from the ones who love them.(Photo: mozzercork (Flickr))
Classical composers have long derived creative inspiration from the ones who love them.(Photo: mozzercork (Flickr))

How do I love thee? Let me count the … rests.

Such may have been a mantra for the mates of any number of composers of classical music who got their inspiration from the people who loved them.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Limelight magazine has compiled a list of 10 muses of classical music, people who sighed creativity right into the  minds of some of the greatest composers of classical music. Ever wonder how Gustav Mahler managed to compose those gargantuan symphonies? Ask Alma Schindler.  How did the oft-notorious Wagner sustain a career as one of Europe’s most prominent opera composers? Cosima Liszt Wagner may have had something to do with that.

Even in classical music, love knows no bounds.

Read more: Love Song Dedications: 10 Muses in Classical Music (Limelight)

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