Music: The Food of Love

By Paul Chong   Sunday, 6 September 2015


‘If music be the food of love, play on,Give me excess of it; that surfeiting,The appetite may sicken, and so die.’ – William Shakespeare.
Duke Orsino in Twelfth Night is asking for more music because he is frustrated in his courtship of Countess Olivia. He muses that an excess of music might cure his obsession with love, in the way that eating too much removes one’s appetite for food.
Music plays an important part in Shakespeare’s plays and is often used to carry the plot. It’s reasonable to surmise that he did believe it the be ‘the food of love’.

Love is a component part of life and so is music. Music touches the heart & melts it when mere words of expression fail. All the world love a lover & lovers are so akin to music.

However, it’s classical music that will withstand the test of time, like true love . . . it never die! It remains forever green. It’s eternal.

My own appreciation of classical music was introduced by a Mr. Thomas A Santsingh who taught me in the lower secondary school, where I was exposed to the “Pastoral Symphony” . . . waltzes of Johan Strauss as “Tales of Vienna Woods”, “Blue Danube” just to mention in passing. zi was exposed to such classical operatic singers like Enrico Caruso, Beniamino Gigli & Mario Lanza.

Some of the most beautiful classical music known to man are presented for your listening pleasure here. May they live forever in your hearts.

To hear the composition, click on the image/link

Für Elise – Beethoven on Guitar ( Now on iTunes )
Für Elise is one of Ludwig van Beethoven’s most popular compositions. Composed in 1810, it was only published in 1867 – 40 years after the composer’s death in 1827. The composition was hidden away until Ludwig Nohl found it and gave it back to the world.

The Chopin Minute Waltz is one of my all time favorite pieces to play! Chopin is incredible and I’ve been wanting to rerecord a decent version of minute waltz with my current equipment. I also want to send a HUGE thank you to God for allowing me to play the minute waltz again after a time where I was too sick to even play anything let alone Chopin. This really is a huge deal for me to play the minute waltz again! I hope you enjoy and have fun listening to it.

Arabeske op. 18 in C major – Robert Schumann.

Schumann composed the Arabeske in 1839 to express his sadness and longing for his beloved – Clara Wieck. Clara’s father did not approve of their relationship, which resulted in Schumann moving to another city, but his love for Clara never died.

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