LEO left specific instructions regarding the music to be paired with each poem and photo.

Below we have listed all of the works that comprise the "soundtrack" with a Youtube link that may or may not last as long as LEO’s words. The same links are also included under each poem and can also be listened to as a playlist.

The overall progression of the music conveys a sense of “rising in love”, starting with the exaltation and sorrow that results from the desires and passions of the ego, towards a state of enduring joy and gratitude. Or, to use one of LEO’s analogies, it is the progressive revelation of white light from the scale of chromatic vibrations that comprise it.  

About music and poetry, LEO noted:

"If there is any significant distinction to be made between prose and poetry, it relates to musicality. Composers and musicians have never aligned notes in order to transmit unambiguous information, which is the primary function of prose. Instead, they make music to convey what is beyond and between the notes.

I have tried to use words to convey something about love. So much more could be said, but words will never equal the emotional intensity of music. If the music I have chosen makes my words wither to little worth, and if it makes my photos pale as platitudes, then let us close our eyes and listen only the music!"

1a - Verdi : La Traviata - Prelude to Act 1

1b - Villa Lobos - Bachianas Brasileiras 1 - Preludio

2 - Sir Ralph Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis

3a -Jan Garbarek: "Parce mihi domine"

3b -Mozart: Piano concerto n. No. 21 in C major, K.467

4 - Leornard Cohen - "Hallelujah" sung by Jeff Buckley

5 -Nature Boy interpreted by Angela McCluskey with Tryptich

6 - Shostakovich - Piano Concerto No. 2 - II. Andante

7 - Arnold Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht

8 - Jean Sibelius -  Violin Concerto in D minor: 2nd Mov

9 - Richard Strauss : Four Last Songs - Im Abendrot

10 - Barbara - Septembre

11 - Shigeru Umebayashi : Yumeji's Theme

12 - Gustave Mahler - Symphony No. 6 : Andante moderato

13a - London Grammar - If you wait

13b - Gerald Finzi - Romance in E flat major, Op. 11

14 - David Lang - I lie

15a - Maurice Ravel - Levée du jour from Daphnis et Chloé

15b - Joseph Marie Canteloube - "Bailero" from "Chants d'Auvergne"

16a - Lü Wencheng - "Autumn Moon Over the Calm Lake (平湖秋月)"

16b - Ralph Vaughan Williams - The Lark Ascending

17a - Adam de la Halle - Le Jeu de Robin et Marion : Scène 2 - Marion et Robin

17b - Brahms - Piano Concerto No 2 in B-flat major: Andante

18 - Gustav Mahler - Symphony No. 5, Adagietto

19 - Leos Janacek - Adagio from String Quartet "Intimate Letters

20a - Muse - Hysteria

20b - Stravinsky - Rite of Spring - Sacrificial Dance

20c - Valentin Silvestrov: Bagatelle No. 1

21 - Maurice Ravel: Le jardin féérique (Ma mère l’oye)

22 - Gustav Mahler - Symphony No. 2 : Finale - Gustav Mahler

23a - Gabriel Yared - Convento di Santana from the movie "the English Patient"

23b - Mozart Divertimento in F Major: II. Andante

24 - Bizet - Le Pecheur de Perles (Je crois entendre encore)

25 - Alexander Borodin, String Quartet No. 2 : Notturno

26a - Léo Delibes - "The Flower Duet (Lakmé)"

26b - Yann Tiersen : La Valse d'Amélie



27 - Maurice Ravel, Piano Concerto in F major : Adagio assai

28 - Sergei Rachmaninov - Prelude in G major No.5, Op. 32

29 - Muse: Exogenesis: Symphony Part 3 (Redemption)

30 - Vladimir Martynov - "Come In"

31 - Astor Piazzolla - Oblivion

32 - Monteverdi - Vespro della Beata Vergine, performed by Sonia Weider-Atherton

33 - Claude Debussy - Prélude d'après-midi d'un faune

34 - Lisa Gerrard - Elegy

35 - Lauridsen - O Magnum Mysterium

36 - Vladimir Martynov - Beatitudes, performed by Kronos Quartet

37 - Arvo Pârt - Spiegel im Spiegel


rising in Love Playlist

musical pairing with poems and photos
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