The Andante from Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 in C was the theme for the romantic film Elvira Madigan.
One of music's greatest strengths lies in its capacity to stir the emotions, and over the centuries, composers of classical music have found inspiration in virtually every occasion, from the violence of the battlefield to a bucolic peacetime flirtation.
On this Valentine's Day, here are five pieces that capture the power of love in some of its various guises: stoking the fire of creativity (Elgar), leading lovers blindly down a tragic path (Khachaturian and Mozart), intensifying love's desire (Canteloube), or creating a quiet but joyous contentment (Bodorova). It's all here—from the bliss of love to its tragic consequences.