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Great classical composers have almost always been great romantics - and passionate love affairs are often the inspiration for great music making. Here are some of the most enduring.
Cosima was the daughter of Franz Liszt. She was married to the conductor Hans von Bulow and they had two children. In 1868, she left her husband to be with Wagner. He composed the Siegfried Idyll as a birthday present for her, performed on the stairs of their villa on her birthday morning.
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