Edmund is enchanted by Mary the harpist. Fanny is somewhat less pleased.
A young woman, pretty, lively, with a harp as elegant as herself, and both placed near a window, cut down to the ground, and opening on a little lawn, surrounded by shrubs in the rich foliage of summer, was enough to catch any man’s heart.
Maybe the way she can handle the instruments. Maybe her skilled hands, the way she blows that oboe or the sound she makes when the song is about to climax. Whichever it is, there is something about playing instruments that really pulls men's strings.
Apparently, men aren't so uncultured if the culture is served by a hottie.
Applies to all female classical musicians no matter what instrument they are playing. Might apply to male classical musicians too.
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D.Gray-Man: Allen can play the magic piano of the 14th aboard the original Noah´s Ark.
Misaka in episode 19 of A Certain Scientific Railgun does a violin solo. Bonus points as it was the opening tune and one of the few times she wears something other than her school uniform; a white flowing dress.
Madoka Ayukawa plays the piano, the saxophone, and the guitar with skill enough to make her a professional musician with any one of them. She's a not halfway bad Idol Singer when in a pinch, either.
It's In the Blood. Madoka's mother is implied to be a Hot Mom, but never clearly seen; she is a famous classical violinist. And Madoka's father is an equally well-known conductor, so she learned from the best.
Shinji Ikari plays the cello. Although it doesn't particularly make him more attractive than usual to the viewers, hearing his performance does elicit some rare genuine niceness from Asuka as she notes he's really skilled with it.
The first part of Evangelion: Death and Rebirth has several of the Children playing instruments.
Trowa plays the flute, while Quatre plays the violin. He is also a skilled piano player, bonding with Noin over a sonata that he plays in the Sanq Kingdom school.
Rouge Noir gives us the two leads, Kou and Ayane. Ayane doubles as Sensei-chan since she's a music teacher, and sings well enough to be able to take over when the music club's main singer Rena can't perform.
Seika "Mariana" Akishima from Michiyo Akaishi's Amakusa 1637, a prospect opera singer who's famous in her school as such. Her beautiful voice is showcased when she reunites with Natsuki and Eri in the past, via singing to them from the boat she's in so they can recognize her.
Michiyo Akaishi re-uses the trope in her most recent manga Akatsuki no Aria, where the lead female Aria Kaibara wants to be one of these and thus she applies to a music school in the Tokyo of The Roaring Twenties.
In Bokurano, teenaged Takami "Komo" Komoda is a talented pianist. In the manga, it's a plot point: she actually manages to win her battle without pìloting Zearth, as she and her father lure her rival pilot in her last recital and get him killed.
Kyosuke Kamijou from Puella Magi Madoka Magica, a male violinist who injures his wrist in an accident before the story starts. Sayaka, having had a crush on him, uses her wish to heal him so he can play again, but doesn't tell him about her role on it. This gives her the bonus of a musical and healing motif to her powers. Things go wrong when Sayaka learns that soul gems are actually Soul Jars, making her essentially a "zombie". To make matters worse, her friend Hitomi is planning on asking Kyosuke out herself, not knowing that Sayaka has huge reasons to not let him know her feelings... and alongside LOTS of other trouble, Sayaka doesn't take it well. The witch she becomes is a mermaid whose familiars play music that can steal the listener's soul.
In many My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfics, Octavia Philharmonica is a sophisticated musician who plays classical music for the upper-class of Equestria. Taken Up to Eleven in The Cadanceverse, in which Octavia's cello is enhanced by the magic of the Elements and she uses their power to perform music that can crush evil... while still maintaining her reserved, elegant demeanor.
The fanfic This Nearly Was Mine includes Octavia Philharmonica, but it's focused on Frederic Horshoepin, Octavia's bandmate and a male example of a Elegant Classical Musician.
Invoked: Tom Weller, a former lawyer and a writer, plays the trombone. He uses it to charm Susan when he invites her to see him play Christmas carols with a town orchestra. She is his editor, working with him on his first novel, and insists that they cannot be romantically involved.
Lampshade Hanging: Susan's younger self Susie says she loves that he plays the trombone.
In most Jane Austen's novels, both protagonists and secondary female characters can play musical instruments in various degrees of excellence, and it is often significant for the plot. It's a rather justified trope: back then music was one of the important accomplishments which girls and women tried to gain to appear beautiful and more desirable as future spouse.
Marianne Dashwood of Sense and Sensibility is a talented pianist with very deep feelings for music. She is greatly admired for it. She's also an extremely beautiful girl.
Pictured above: Mary Crawford from Mansfield Park plays the harp and is very well aware of this trope. She uses her playing the harp to charm Edmund, although he would have probably fallen for her without the harp as well.
Elizabeth Bennet plays the piano moderately well, but she's a good singer and everybody enjoys her pleasant performance. In the Rosings arc, Elizabeth and her playing is a major source of entertainment to Colonel Fitzwilliams and Mr Darcy.
Elizabeth's sister Mary is a subversion. Although she practices a lot and tries very hard, she cannot sing and her taste in music is rather dreadful. It doesn't help that she's the only one plain among the attractive Bennet sisters.
Miss Bingley is an attractive woman and a good pianist. Music is among her tricks to enchant and catch Mr Darcy. She's not very successful, though.
Miss de Bourgh is too ill to take lessons, but her mother boasts that if she had been healthy, she would have been a wonderful performer.
Miss Darcy can play the piano exceptionally well and she practices playing and singing all the time, which is mentioned throughout the book several times.
Emma: Both Emma and Jane Fairfax play the piano and are admired. It helps that both are great beauties, often considered the loveliest in Jane Austen's 'verse.
Emma is very talented, but she never bothered to practice regularly as a child. She is still more than just a decent pianist and she plays and sings very well, but whenever Jane visits her relatives in Highbury, Emma is vexed that she's no longer the best musician.
Jane Fairfax was brought up in London and had lessons with the best masters, reaching her top performance. Everybody admires her dedication to music and everybody urges her to play for them.
Anne Elliot is an elegant, slender woman with cultured mind. She plays the piano exceptionally well and has great taste in music. However, she could share it with only two people — her late mother and her former fiancé Captain Wentworth.
Henrietta and Louisa Musgrove both play the piano, the harp and they sing. They are pretty and amiable, and they like showing off their accomplishments. It's hinted that their parents tend to gush about them.
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood: A male example, but it definitely counts. Vivi's boyfriend attracts the attention of everyone everywhere ever because he just looks and sounds so pretty when playing his fiddle. It's also used to demonstrate what a gentleman he is; there's a very touching scene where he dedicates a song to Vivi's unattractive, unloved mother and nearly makes her cry with happiness.
A male example with Milton Stephanides in Middlesex; he uses his skills to seduce Tessie. They then go on to take it Up to Eleven, using it in sex, or at least, foreplay.
Star Trek: Voyager. Handsome Lech Tom Paris finds out that his friend Harry Kim is doing music practise with a good-looking female crewmember and derides her as having "cold hands, cold heart." Harry smirks and replies: "Not when she's playing the oboe."
Ephram Brown is a brilliant pianist. Amy Abbott, his love interest and his eventual girlfriend, likes Ephram's playing a lot. She admires his dedication to music and his immense talent.
Discussed Trope: In a flashback, Ephram's mum tells him that girls find his playing very attractive. She's convinced that they sense he is very confident when he plays as it is his thing.
Invoked Trope: Mrs Brown was quite a matchmaker. She tried to invoke the trope as she makes Ephram accidentally meet his crush and invite her for his piano recital.
In William Shakespeare's "Sonnet 128", the poet envies the keys of the virginal (the musical instrument very much like the harpsichord) that they are touched by the dark lady's fingers. It's very sexy and very erotic.
Usami Haru in G-Senjou no Maou, though she never really gets to play the violin for Kyousuke due to her trauma and desire for revenge against Maou.
Depending upon the player's choices, the protagonists of both Persona 3 and Persona 4 could be this. Due to the both of them being eternal aces, no matter their choice of instrument they will inevitability be masterful at using it, and needless to say, are both incredibly handsome and desired by just about every girl they happen to cross (and more than a few boys).
If the MC from Persona 4 joins the music club, he can befriend a very cute first-year student named Ayane Matsunaga, who plays the trombone and is one of the two candidates to become the Sun Social Link. While she's too shy and young-looking to fully fit the trope, within some years she should grow into one.
And in Persona 3 the Music Club one of the options for the Fortune Arcana to take place for the Male Protagonist.
Sentimental Graffiti: Akira Endou is a virtuoso, but she never seems to win first place in any of her competitions, and this frustrates her to no end. You, as the protagonist, can help her gain some Character Development by practicing with her and helping her realize that she's been too mechanical about it, not putting any of her emotions into her music.
Tsukasa from Swan Song, although only with his left hand.
Cordelia says that her Pegasus knight captain/superior and Emmeryn's bodyguard, Phila, is even more talented at the harp than she is. Phila herself is a very beautiful woman, with a Beauty Mark under her left eye and pretty blue hair. Too bad she's also a Sacrificial Lamb.
While the violinist Brady is said to have a bad case of Face of a Thug, lots of fans find him adorable anyway. In his endings, he becomes "the world's scariest violinist". And if he marries either Kjelle or Nah, either of the girls will be inspired to take up music so they can keep him company.
Jigsaw Forte, professional violinist turned Last Res0rt Executioner.
Codex from The Guild was a concert violinist, and plays her violin with the door open to try to get the attention of her attractive neighbor.