5 Piano Songs for a Romantic Mood

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These songs are for creating the perfect ambiance for romance. Whether you prefer soft and romantic, or mysterious and sultry, add these to your play list and watch your lover melt.

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“Arabesque,” Op. 18 in C – Robert Schumann

Red rose on piano keys as message of love
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Set in versatile C, the playful mood of the piano is consistent throughout the song, and coyly dances around lively major scales. This is more of an apéritif, and is perfect for setting a relaxing and welcoming evening.

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“Hopeless Love” – Elias Rahbani

Rahbani seamlessly blends nonchalance and mystery in this calm, short piece. The minor progressions throughout the song hint at a sense of pining and desperation, and the last chord leaves the mood unresolved. This song is fit for those unpredictable nights.

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“Liebesträume (Dreams of Love),” No. 3 in A flat – Franz Liszt

Like a person in love, this song projects feelings of grandeur and an utter disregard for the world. It starts off with a straightforward forte, and graduates into an unapologetic fortissimo that seemingly unites two lovers in song. Built on a lively yet relaxing tempo, this song is meant for new lovers or old flames.

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Moonlight in Vermont - Piano Rendition by Wynton Kelly

The accidentals that decorate this song create a flirtatious atmosphere, and the song’s resolution is self-assured and inviting. This sultry and serene jazz number begs for soft light and quiet conversation.

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“Rose” (Theme from “Titanic”) – James Horner

This song is a young classic known the world over. The original composition (sans lyrics) evokes powerful emotions, and tells the same story as its vocal cousin. The use of minor tones gives this song a slightly forlorn character, and makes you want to hold that special someone closer.

Reading Key Signatures:

  • All About Key Signatures
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  • Use the interactive key signature locator to identify or double-check your key.
  • There are always two keys that relate to one another more than any other key. Find out what this means.
  • Comparing Major & Minor
    Major and minor are often described in terms of feelings or mood. The ear tends to perceive major and minor as having contrasting personalities; a contrast that is most obvious when the two are played back to back. Learn more about major and minor scales and keys.

Learn About Enharmony:

  • The 6 Enharmonic Key Signatures
    If you’re familiar with the circle of fifths (or you just know your way around the key signatures) you may have noticed a few anomalies. Some keys – like B-sharp and F-flat major – are seemingly absent, while others go by two names
  • The Inefficient Keys
    The circle of fifths shows only the working scales. But, if we expand on its pattern, we can see that it’s actually more of an infinite spiral, so there’s no end to the possibilities of musical scales.
  • Table of Working & Non-Working Keys
    See a clear visual of which keynotes are workable and which would be redundant.