Sex in and of itself is a good thing, but we’re constantly chasing the next bigger and better orgasm and trying to improve our sex lives in whatever way we can. Admit it — you’ve probably tried out a few ill-conceived tips and tricks in the bedroom once or twice. It happens to the best of us! Luckily, the secret to even more mind-blowing boning sessions could be a lot easier than twisting yourself into pretzel shapes. In fact, it’s as simple as changing your background music… to classical?
If the idea of having sex to the sounds of Beethoven sonatas or Rachmaninoff concertos seems a little weird to you, hear me out. Cornell University music professor Judith Ann Peraino reveals that music as aphrodisiac goes all the way back to the Sirens of Homer’s Odyssey, which was written between 750 and 650 B.C. Peraino described the poem to Mic as “one of the earliest texts that describes an ecstatic psycho-sexual experience of music,” and it only gets better from there.
“Italian [music] of the 16th and 17th century are full of intentionally erotic music writing in which voices intertwine and create dissonances, along with all sorts of tension and release patterns,” she explained. Meanwhile, Vasaar College adjunct professor Justin Patch brought the concept into the modern era, adding, “The love chord that we hear in all those 1930s, 1940s movies, a lot of that sound — the very lush orchestral score — it comes from Wagner, from the Ring cycle. There are tons of examples we can pull up.”
So can classical music make sex even better, or even put you in the mood beforehand? Sure, why not? (It worked for Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey, so that means something, right?) Whether you’re looking for slow and sensual or something hard and fast, there’s a piece of classical music out there that will suit the mood. Plus, it’ll make you feel super sophisticated and sexy, and that can’t hurt, right?