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I came across a wonderful article today from 2005, Who needs this when the classics are already bursting with sex?, about what makes classical music – and in this case, opera– erotic. It’s a very good read, in spite of the author’s whiny prudishness that creeps through in places. But it made me think – classical music IS very erotic…well, much of it, anyway. It’s erotic in the same understated way that 19th century British literature is – the sort of well-behaved veneer that barely conceals passions that make our modern-day sex symbols seem a bit overdone and artificial.
Consider the opera, Turandot, by Giacomo Puccini. The song “Nessun Dorma” is an auditory orgasm all by itself, but the entire opera is infused with sexual themes. Continue reading