What’s so sexy about classical music?

Blue Notes” is a love story about musicians Jason Greene and Jules Bardon, and the first in a series of music themed romances with interconnected characters (spinoffs). Most of the stories involve classical music, and “Blue Notes” is no exception. So what’s so sexy about classical music? For some people, maybe this is a no-brainer, but for me, a former opera singer, it wasn’t such an easy concept – that classical music IS sexy.  Strange, I know!

I grew up on classical music. Sure, my dad listened to the Beatles and Led Zeppelin in the Sixties and Seventies. But the heart of our home, the soundtrack (because there always one) was classical: Brahms, Mozart, Beethoven and, later, when my mother switched from playing piano to harpsichord, Bach, Scarlatti, and Rameau.

I studied music theory from about the time I could read. I began playing the violin when I was four or five years old. My younger sister followed with cello. My mother, whose perfect pitch I wished I had, would accompany us. We sang in the car on long trips from Ohio to New York. My dad, not to be left out in spite of his tin ear, would “sing” along. Out of tune. Every time. But even he would play classical music on his stereo, graduating from a turntable to CD’s, and later a Sony Digital Audio Tape Recorder and, finally, internet streaming. Years later, my dad still listens to music on his tablet, and my mother has a harpsichord in New York and France. She still performs.

And me? I hated it. Or at least, that’s what I told myself for years. Forget Bach. I wanted Elton John, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper. So what changed? I stopped thinking of classical music as “work” and started to listen to it for fun after I stopped singing professionally. And then my friend and fellow Dreamspinner author, Venona Keyes, suggested we co-author a story about a violinist and a conductor. I pulled out recordings of the violin music I remembered playing through in high school, starting with the Sibelius Violin Concerto, and I was hooked.

Blue Notes” features one particular piano work prominently, Brahms’s Intermezzo, Opus 118, no. 2. It’s in your face romantic, brooding, and an absolutely perfect representation of Jason Greene, the American lawyer. Strong, but with a deep emotional connection he doesn’t show others often. Sexy, understated. Just like the Brahms. Want to hear what I mean? Take a listen to Nikolai Lugansky playing the piece: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iF4Rn2b4T8&feature=related

Would you like to win an mp3 download of my favorite recording of the piece and the other intermezzos? Leave a comment on DSP’s blog, on Goodreads, or on my blog, and you’re automatically entered to win “My Favorite Brahms,” by Van Cliburn, from Amazon.com. One winner will be drawn on January 31st. -Shira

5 comments

  1. Helen Pattskyn - Reply

    Hey Shira! Sounds like a great series. I used to play the flute (I still know how, of course, but rarely drag it out). I was the only person in my family who ever got into clasical music, ballet, opera, or even stage plays… which is my long winded pre-coffee way of saying I can’t wait to read Blue Notes because it involves classical musicians, who are, in my book, totally sexy. 😉

    Think I’d better go get that coffee now… Happy Release Day!!!

    ~Helen

  2. Hayley B. James - Reply

    To me, musicians with talent in the “classical” sort are sexier than average joe because I’m under the impression that it takes brains to master such things. And I’m a sucker for a smarty-pants. I also picture anyone performing classical music dressed to the nines. So we have a smart man in a suit or tux. *fans self* I do love going to the theatre for classical music performances.

    Side note: As someone who has always loved music but can never learn a thing about it, I find your history amazing.

    • Shira Anthony - Reply

      I still miss music a lot, but being talented and having the guts to give everything to have a career are two different things! Writing isn’t easy, but it’s less stressful, for sure! And I get to write about those sexy, smart guys in tuxes instead of biting my fingernails to stubs while doing auditions! Just wait until “Symphony” (another “Blue Notes” book) – there’s a character in that book (David Bishop, who shows up briefly in “Blue Notes”) who is the ultimate in sexy, smart, good-looking, sophisticated, always dresses to the nines, and wealthy (unsual) musician. *swoons*

      Congrats on your upcoming release, BTW! XD
      S

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