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Saturday, March 10, 2018 Permalink

The Unrequited Connection

Pursued by Apollo, Daphne fled and was endlessly chased. [Painting by Francesca Albani, c.1615]


It’s painful to fall in love with someone who doesn’t—or can’t-- return your affections.

But Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie strikes a hopeful note, writing “Let no one who loves be called altogether unhappy. Even love unreturned has its rainbow.”

That rainbow—in this hour at least—is music. . .by Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, Wagner, Rachmaninoff, and more—written in hopeful infatuation—or after the Big Letdown.

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