Erotic music

Some music is written to be erotic, i.e. to conjure erotic images or thoughts or feelings. Three that immediately come to mind are:

Je t’aime (or rather Je t’aime ...moi non plus to give it its full name), a single released by Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg, famously banned from airplay by the BBC, thus promoting greater public interest.

Erotica from the album Revelation by Man

My game of loving from An Electric Storm by White Noise

One thing these three have in common is what is politely called ‘heavy breathing’. And, curiously, all hail from 1969 - there must have been something in the air! (Maybe that was what made Randy Newman write the song with that name, released that year...!)

Other music might not have been written to be erotic, though has popularly been considered to be, or has been made to be by association such as through its use in a popular film - Ravel’s Bolero comes to mind, brought to fame (notoriety?) by the film 10, with the Dudley Moore and Bo Derek characters making love to its rhythm.

There must be loads more out there, so any contributions (with explanations as to why erotic if not immediately evident)?

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Two pieces spring to mind.

The overture to the first act of Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss, which is a fairly graphic description of the previous nights entertainment between the Marschallin and her rather over eager young lover, Octavian.

The other is the extraordinary passionate second act love duet in Tristan und Isolde, which ends in a rather abrupt coitus interruptus, when the lovers are discovered by King Mark.

Surely it has to be Donna Summer's "Love to Love you, Baby". 

From Wikipedia:

A tape of the song was sent to Casablanca Records president Neil Bogart in the U.S., and he played it at a party at his home. Impressed with the track, Bogart continued to play it over and over all night. He later contacted Moroder and suggested that he make the track longer - possibly as long as 20 minutes. However, Summer again had reservations; she wasn't sure of all of the lyrics. Nevertheless, she imagined herself as an actress (namely Marilyn Monroe)[3] playing the part of someone in sexual ecstasy. The studio lights were dimmed so that Summer was more or less in complete darkness as she lay on the floor.

The final recording lasted over 16 minutes, and according to the BBC, contained 23 "orgasms".[3] By that point, the song was renamed "Love to Love You Baby". It took up the entire first side of the album of the same name, and edited versions were also found on 7" vinyl.

Richard Dane posted:

Surely it has to be Donna Summer's "Love to Love you, Baby". 

Possibly, however apparently according to an interview I saw of her she was rather upset how she ended up sounding on that recording... where she was a little over egged as it were... but I couldn’t help feeling well what did you expect.....

Innocent Bystander posted:
 My game of loving from An Electric Storm by White Noise

 

The original “orgy” sounds were made by the group in the studios (including Delia Derbyshire), but David Vorhaus deemed them unsatisfactory  so he went out to an actual orgy with his trusty tape recorder.

Those 60s...

Nick Lees posted:
Innocent Bystander posted:
 My game of loving from An Electric Storm by White Noise

 

The original “orgy” sounds were made by the group in the studios (including Delia Derbyshire), but David Vorhaus deemed them unsatisfactory  so he went out to an actual orgy with his trusty tape recorder.

Those 60s...

Done purely in the interest of collecting the sound...

Of course, those days you could just pop round anywhere to find an orgy! (Sadly I was only 15 at the time, and didn’t move in the right circles...

In one of those regular top ten, top one hundred, surveys popular in the music press of the time, sexiest instrumental went to Santana - Samba Pa Ti.

Then as a sixth former I remember the Bristol Hippodrome putting on an affordable opera season, during the orgy scene in Tales of Hoffman someone in our group says out loud "I've been to parties like that." Fortunately, we were quick enough as everyone in front turned round, to turn and look at the row behind us!

Innocent Bystander posted:

One thing these three have in common is what is politely called ‘heavy breathing’. And, curiously, all hail from 1969 - there must have been something in the air! (Maybe that was what made Randy Newman write the song with that name, released that year...!)

Was that a pun or a Freudian slip ?

Redmires posted:
Innocent Bystander posted:

One thing these three have in common is what is politely called ‘heavy breathing’. And, curiously, all hail from 1969 - there must have been something in the air! (Maybe that was what made Randy Newman write the song with that name, released that year...!)

Was that a pun or a Freudian slip ?

Freudian slip, and bad memory! It was of course by Thunderclap Newman, as i have just reminded myself, Randy being an unrelated singer!

Schubert's Gretchen am Spinnrade! Several great recordings, but I have to single out Jessye Norman's 1984 recording for Philips and, more girlish, Carolyn Sampson on her recent album for Bis. Both are intense, but not over the top. I also have a soft spot for the more intimate, sombre, Bernarda Fink. 

This being a Forum populated by nicely brought up Ladies and Gentlemen, it looks like it’s up to me to lower the tone and introduce Rammstein’s Pussy, a wonderfully banging tune (hah!) that, if you’re prepared to walk on the wild side, has a fully XXX video featuring the band demonstrating the joys of the lyrics (some body doubles were used).

And no, I’m not going to post it.

Oh, and Til Lindemann’s solo album Skills In Pills is just plain coarse (and musically disappointing too).

 

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