Omnia vincit amor

One of the most common slams against modernism is that it’s no good for love songs. I think that’s nonsense, as long as your conception of “love song” ranges beyond trite ditties of the “June-moon-spoon” variety. In honor of Valentine’s Day, here’s a gorgeous piece I found this week. The late Paul Cooper’s Love Songs and Dances was written in 1987, and was dedicated to Ross Lee Finney and his wife. This is grown-up love, rich, deep, sometimes maddening, sometimes magical, always surprising, and sublime—that last movement positively glows. Listen to it here. (Here’s some nice tributes to Cooper.)

Painting by Benjamin West.

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