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A Valentine's Day Treat: Top Ten Classical Couples

Valentine's Day is upon us, so we've decided to compile a list of the cutest of the cute couples in classical music. Here's our top ten:

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10. Richard Wagner and Cosima Liszt

Not the nicest people, but he did write the wedding march, after all.


9. Kathleen and Matthew Karr

A local couple. He's a bassoonist, she plays the flute.


8. Richard Strauss and Pauline de Ahna

The Strauss family, looking thrilled:


7. Edith and Dallas Tidwell

Another local couple, this time a clarinetist and a soprano.


6. Richard Bonynge and Joan Sutherland

The superstar couple of the opera world.


5. Samuel Barber and Gian Carlo Menotti


Two composers, Gian Carlo was also a librettist.

(photographs by Carl Van Vechten)


4. Wolfgang Amadeus and Constanze Mozart


He actually tried to marry her sister first, but all's well that ends well. . .


3. Béla and Ditta Bartok

A slightly disturbing age difference, but he did write her a piano concerto.


2. Clara Wieck and Johannes Brahms


Be honest, could you resist that beard?


1. Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears

Excerpts from some of their letters: