Salut d’Amour, Op. 12

This morning, I stumbled upon a video I thought would be perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Salut d’Amour (originally titled Liebesgruss or Love’s Greeting) was the first published work by English composer Edward Elgar (1857-1934). He wrote the short piece in 1888 for his soon-to-be-wife, Caroline Alice Roberts (1848-1920), in response to the poem she wrote for him, titled Love’s Grace.

Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti recorded the work for Decca Classics in 2020. The music was posted to her YouTube channel, accompanied by a charming animation video by Holly Seekins, interpreting the piece. (I wasn’t able to find any information about Seekins.)

Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.

And, as my sweety says, “The animation is a reminder to live and love every day as much as possible. Happy Valentine’s Day ♥️💕🎶

Here’s the Seekins video animation to the music, performed by Benedetti and Russian-born pianist Petr Limonov, from Nicola Benedetti’s official YouTube channel:

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