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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 manís heart."
— Narrator of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park

Maybe the way she can handle the instruments. Maybe her skilled hands, the way she blows that oboe, the way she wraps her legs around her cello, or the dramatic effect she creates when she reaches the concerto's climactic high note. Her beautiful silk dress and her carefully arranged hair add to her appeal. Whichever it is, there is something about women playing Classical instruments that really pulls men's strings. As the page image and quote illustrate, Harp of Femininity often falls under this.

Apparently, men aren't so uncultured if the culture in question is performed by an elegant beauty.

Applies to all female classical musicians no matter what instrument they are playing. Might apply to male classical musicians too, especially if they are handsome, charismatic, and wearing a stylish tailored suit or tuxedo.

Compare Sitting Sexy on a Piano, where the fetching woman on the piano isn't the one playing it. Subtrope of Artists Are Attractive. See also Classical Music Is Cool, which may be a reaction if the hottie inspires someone to pay attention to the music, and Girls Like Musicians, where the appeal comes from the very fact that the boy is a musician.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Michiyo Akaishi re-uses the trope in Akatsuki no Aria, where the lead female Aria Kanbara wants to be one of these and thus she applies to a music school in the Tokyo of The Roaring '20s. She also has enough talent to switch completely from piano to opera singing when she cannot play the piano anymore due to an injury.
  • Seika "Mariana" Akishima from Michiyo Akaishi's Amakusa 1637, a prospective 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.
  • Haji, a male example from Blood+. He carries a cello and was specifically trained in using it to entertain his master, Saya
  • The twelfth Case Closed movie, Full Score of Fear, gives us several:
  • 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.
  • In CLANNAD (both anime and game), Moe and Bunny-Ears Lawyer Kotomi Ichinose is a really cute violin player. In a subversion, she is rather a Dreadful Musician and sucks at playing.
  • La Corda d'Oro: Kahoko Hino plays the violin with the help of magic, and manages to attract a hoard of bishounen while she's at it.
  • Hell Teacher Nube: Ai Shinozaki is a pre-teen Huge Schoolgirl who is younger than she looks. At the age of 12-13, she's a genius violin player as well as an Aloof Dark-Haired Girl. And a Lonely Rich Kid Stepford Smiler who's possessed by a demon due to her loneliness and emotional turmoil.
  • Hetalia: Axis Powers:
    • Austria plays the piano. As seen on the official calendar, he can also play the violin. And Germany can play the cello. Fanart frequently shows Austria's wife Hungary as a musician, though they tend to make her either a backup folk dancer or the violin player to accompany Austria and his piano.
    • The Gakuen Hetalia strips and anime episode show that Estonia (piano player) and Ukraine (singer) are also fond of music and are members of the World School's music club.
    • Prussia is a talented flute player, even if he's far more Hot-Blooded than the standard.
  • Seraphim from Is This A Zombie? plays the violin and later leads her fellow vampire ninjas in closing the gates to the underworld; extra appeal comes from them being in maid costumes.
  • Fujiwara from Kaguya-sama: Love Is War was an award-winning pianist when she was a child, and her talent is apparently well known enough around the school that a guidance counselor asked if she was planning on attending a conservatory while discussing her plans for after graduation. This is one of the many reasons that Miko looks up to her since she is also a piano player.
  • Kaoru from Kids on the Slope is a male example. He's a soft Bishōnen who plays the piano and contrasts with his more boyish drummer friend. Together, the two play jazz.
  • Kimagure Orange Road:
    • 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 half-bad Idol Singer when in a pinch, either.
    • It's In the Blood. Madoka's mother is implied to be beautiful but never clearly seen, and she is a famous classical violinist. And Madoka's father is an equally well-known conductor, so she learned from the best.
  • Marmalade Boy: Kei Tsuchiya is a handsome boy that plays the piano, while Anju Kitahara is a lovely girl who plays the violin.
  • 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.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • Michiru plays the violin and the piano. In fact, many of her scenes have her introduce herself... violin melody first. She's depicted as more mature and alluring than the Inner Senshi, though she's still a high schooler herself.
    • Michiru's girlfriend Haruka is seen playing the piano alongside Michiru and she does it rather nicely. Haruka is also classy and mature, though with a more boyish appeal than Haruka.
  • Invoked with the trumpist Reina from Sound! Euphonium, who wants to become a professional musician. All the characters play instruments, but Reina intentionally tries to act older than her actual age (which is 15 at the start). She wears long dresses and gives off the impression of an Aloof Dark-Haired Girl, but there are still moments where she shows her youth.
  • In Tokyo Ghoul, the incredibly wealthy and good-looking Shuu Tsukiyama is a pianist with a love for classical music. During his turn as the Arc Villain, he plays "Moonlight Sonata" on a church organ to pass the time while waiting for his..."dinner date" to arrive. In the sequel, his equally-attractive cousin, Kanae, is a violinist and fondly recalls their Duet Bonding.
  • Tsukipro idols Hajime Mutsuki (violin), Rui Minaduki (piano), and Shou Onoda (violin) all fit this trope. Rui and Shou both played classical music professionally before becoming idols, and their focus episodes in their respective anime series (Tsukiuta the Animation 2, Vazzrock the Animation) involve people from their past who were deeply moved by their music. Hajime simply learned the violin as a child, but he is elegant playing it, the same as everything else he does — especially to Shun.
  • Luka from Undertaker Riddle is a child violinist and uses it to give musical burials to evil spirits.
  • Your Lie in April: Kousei was already a Child Prodigy pianist that inspired many people with his piano playing before events in the series began. Though at the start of the series he's got Heroic BSoD and somewhat lost his edge, he starts to become this again when he returns to playing piano and tries to overcome his obstacles with the help of Kaori. He finally fully become this after the death of Kaori, stunning Hiroko, Nagi, and even Koharu with his practice performance.
    Hiroko: "Look how you've gotten more sensual. You've grown up, have you?"
    Koharu: "So cool!"
    Nagi: *blushing* "I-it's not like I want to be able to play like him, all right? What a cliche!"

    Comic Books 

    Fan Works 
  • Advice and Trust: As in canon, Shinji is a skilled cello player, and he is later joined by Asuka (Violin), Rei (Viola), and Kaworu (Violin). Shinji even writes a concerto for Asuka's birthday and performs it alongside Rei and Kaworu. And yes, he does get other uses out of his "musician's hands".
  • In Ghosts of the Past, Taliesin is, of course, being a legendary bard, a highly accomplished musician, and a practitioner of Magic Music. And by "highly accomplished" we mean, "was to music what Da Vinci was to art." That said, the bard thing was a sideline as he was primarily the Court Physician of Camelot. Certainly, he can play the harp and seamlessly shift pieces while carrying on a conversation with someone, and his appearance (both glamoured and original) is generally agreed to be very handsome. He's also better known as Doctor Strange, the Sorcerer Supreme.
  • In many My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfics, Octavia Melody is a sophisticated musician who plays classical music for the upper-class of Equestria. Taken further 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 an Elegant Classical Musician.
  • In The Witcher fanfic Mockingbird, fake Ciri beautifully plays the fortepiano and the piano, coming to compose a melody herself.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • August Rush: Evan's parents are both definitely this, but his mother, with the fingers, and the strings, and the touching... And look how into it she is.
  • Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver) from Ghostbusters (1984), who is a cello player that gets stranded in the middle of a return of Sumerian god.
  • If You Believe (a Made-for-TV Movie and Yet Another Christmas Carol): 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. Susan's younger self Susie says she loves that he plays the trombone, pointing out that musicians are attractive.
  • Kara Milovy (Maryam d'Abo) in the James Bond film The Living Daylights. Her first scene is playing cello at a concert and looking gorgeous enough to distract Bond.
  • Tamsin (Emily Blunt) in My Summer of Love is an attractive brunette from the upper class and plays the cello, in a case of Cast the Expert.
  • India from Stoker is a very gifted pianist, and at one point, she and her uncle engage in some very suggestive Duet Bonding.

  • A blonde woman goes into an expensive clothes shop looking for evening wear. Every time she tries a new dress, she sits in a chair and spreads her legs as far as she can. The salespeople are shocked, and when she's made her choice is coldly told never to come back again. As they smugly look at her leave, another customer points out that they just kicked out the lead cellist for the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra...
    • Typically, female cellists of whatever age and level of performance in a situation where the dress code is dresses or skirts wear wide-legged pants that suggest a flowing skirt.

  • In most of Jane Austen's novels, both protagonists and secondary female characters can play musical instruments to 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 that girls and women tried to gain to appear beautiful and more desirable as a 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.
    • Pride and Prejudice:
      • 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.
    • Persuasion:
      • Anne Elliot is an elegant, slender woman with a 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.
  • The Hunger Games has a couple of examples.
    • Although no romantic attraction is involved, Katniss notes that her wealthy Only Friend Madge is an excellent pianist, and Katniss loves to listen to her play.
    • Also, Peeta fell head-over-heels in love with Katniss when he was five years old and he heard her singing in their music class. Allegedly her singing was so beautiful that "the birds stopped to listen."
  • The eponymous and very feminine heroine in Kilmeny of the Orchard, by L. M. Montgomery, plays expert violin.
  • In the James Bond story "The Living Daylights", Bond notices a female cellist entering a symphony hall suspected to contain a sniper nest, and he briefly contemplates all the vaguely-erotic implications of such a woman with such a large instrument between her thighs as she plays.
  • A male example with Milton Stephanides in Middlesex; he uses his skills to seduce Tessie. They then go on to use it in sex, or at least, foreplay.
  • In the The Princess Diaries series, among Tina's criteria for a boyfriend is that he play a musical instrument.
  • Blanche from Jen de la Brete's novel Reine: My Priest and my Uncle is Reine's Aloof Dark-Haired Girl of a cousin, and she's an excellent piano player as well.
  • Gideon from The Ruby Red Trilogy. He moves Gwen to tears when he plays the violin and he can also play the piano. Learning to play these instruments seems to be part of the Guardians' time-travel curriculum.
  • Invoked in The Secret of Platform 13Mrs. Trottle is nursing a crush on the Astors' suave double-bass player, Rodrigo de Roque. The narration informs us that he's actually a Happily Married man named Neville Potts, but smiling flirtatiously is apparently part of his job.
  • In Seraphina both Seraphina and her mother Linn Dombegh play several instruments enchantingly well:
    • Seraphina bewitches an audience of thousands, with a song she wasn't going to play in the first place, at a funeral, playing someone else's flute!
    • Seraphina gets this from her mother, Linn, who was also an incredibly talented musician. Her case becomes even more interesting because instead of just playing technically perfectly as other emotion-impaired dragons might, Linn apparently played with passion.
    • A lot of what drew Linn and Claude (Seraphina's father) to each other seems to be linked to their joint interest in music, though Claude seems to be more of a composer and is only ever shown singing, not using any other instrument.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire: Sheltered Aristocrat Rhaegar Targaryen could bring people to tears with his beautiful harp music.
  • Friendly Enemy Captain Werner Von Ebrannac in the French novella Le Silence de la mer.
  • Fujimi Orchestra: Yuuki is a magnificently talented violinist whose music attracted the prodigy conductor Kei's attention even without seeing him, even while playing outdoors on a poor-quality instrument.
  • Alan from My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! is incredibly gifted at playing the piano and violin, to the point that people say that he had been blessed by the god of music. Given that he had spent most of his childhood living in the shadow of his twin brother, he quickly came to embrace music once his talent was discovered. The brothers' relationship started to improve soon afterwards.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Big Bang Theory:
    • Leslie Winkle plays in a string quartet. She lampshades this trope when she tries to seduce Leonard and blatantly asks him if playing the cello reminds him of anything else.
    • Leonard plays the cello. It worked on Leslie but he doesn't use it on other women.
    • Amy Farrah Fowler plays the harp, which is of course completely lost on Sheldon.
  • Parodied and Inverted in the Brooklyn Nine-Nine episode "House Mouses", in which classical musicians are too broke to worry about anything but survival, so they resort to thefts both major (insurance fraud) and minor (the trio Holt hires attempting to steal kitchen supplies from the Nine-Nine's cafeteria). Boyle sums it up: "Classical musicians are savages".
  • Everwood:
    • 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.
  • Jessica Jones (2015): Jeri's old flame Kith is a cellist, and when they start hooking back up there is a lot of "playing classical music leading to sexy times" scenes.
  • Our Miss Brooks: In "Faculty Band", Mr. Boynton mentions that Miss Enright, Miss Brooks' great rival, plays the harp.
    Mr. Boynton: Well, look at our new harp.
    Miss Brooks: But we're so young!
    Mr. Boynton: It's for the band. Miss Enright lent it to us. I understand she plays like an angel.
    Mr. Boynton: I can hardly wait.
  • 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."

    Myths & Religion 


  • Deconstructed in George Bernard Shaw's Don Juan In Hell where he points out that Donna Anna's mother made her learn how to play half a dozen pieces on the harpsichord "which she hated as much as you did" so she could convince some unsuspecting man that she was an angel of harmony that would fill his home with music, but never touched the instrument after she was married. She replies that a married lady with a large household to run hasn't time "to sit at the spinnet with no support for her back."
  • In Much Ado About Nothing, Benedick is careful to include "excellent musician" in the description of his perfect woman.

    Video Games 
  • Ace Attorney: Miles Edgeworth is at least a former member of this trope, as he is both extremely elegant and classy, and in school, was an accomplished flute player.
  • La Corda d'Oro is a harem game set in a fancy music school, so naturally there are many scenes where a male character impresses the heroine with how soulfully they play their instrument of choice.
  • Carina Mitchell from Detective Pikachu is a soft-spoken girl who Tim meets when she performs for a music Show Within a Show. She's involved in a case where her one-of-a-kind violin is almost stolen. Pikachu has a crush on Carina because of her elegant and humble demeanor.
  • Fire Emblem: Awakening:
    • Cordelia is said to be an incredibly talented harp player. Her supports with Stahl have her teaching him how to play the harp as well. At the highest support level, they get married.
    • 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.
  • If singing counts, then Princess Azura from Fire Emblem Fates definitely fits in. Many of her romantic supports have her singing her songs and having potential boyfriends commenting on how lovely her singing is. In the same game, Sakura and Elise bond over playing their string instruments.
  • The five musicians of the Sky Philharmonic Orchestra in Granblue Fantasy, all having mastered their instrument and bringing brilliant and elegant music all across the Skydom for everyone to enjoy.
  • The Luigi's Mansion games have two ghosts who fit this description:
    • Luigi's Mansion has Melody Pianissima, the Miniboss of the Conservatory you must summon by playing the instruments: she is courted by the old butler Shivers, plays a soft rendition of the main theme on her piano while you walk in the corridor, and is a Gamer Chick who challenges you to find musical references to Mario games. If you have them, she throws paper sheets at you while playing a unique miniboss theme; on the other hand, if you don't get them, she will smash the piano keys in rage and disappear, forcing you to get out of the room and summon her again.
    • Luigi's Mansion 3 has Amadeus Wolfgeist, a classy ghost piano player who holds an uncanny resemblance to Ludwig van Beethoven and plays his own boss theme during a part of his battle. However, after his dancers are defeated, he loses it and possesses the piano.
  • In Nancy Drew: The Secret of Shadow Ranch, the first thing we learn about Frances' Love Interest is that when she played piano in the town pub, he would shush everyone so as to hear her better.
  • Bishōnen Musical Assassin Yōkinshi from Onmyōji (2016) who kicks ass in all his gracefulness with the guqin. He is also super arrogant, takes his music super seriously, and does not take too kindly to having his mood disrupted mid-recital.
  • Depending upon the player's choices, the protagonists of both Persona 3 and Persona 4 could be this. Due to 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.
  • Ludwig from Richman 11 is a musician born in royalty. He is a nice man that is well-educated since young, can write and play classical music, and greatly values arts.
  • 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.
  • Story of Seasons:
    • Downplayed with the mayor's daughter Maria in Harvest Moon. She's the most polite and cultured bachelorette, but her organ playing is more a sign of her religiousness rather than her class.
    • Lumina from Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life is an elegant teenager who lived with her affluent grandmother Romana. Lumina plays the piano, though she sometimes feels frustrated and overworked over it.
  • Twisted Wonderland: Malleus Draconia plays the violin. He's also royalty, and generally carries himself in a dignified, aloof manner.

    Visual Novels 
  • Crescendo (JP): Miyu Shizuhara, one of Ryo's possible love interests, is a very cute-looking piano player. You can have Ryo attends one of her recitals! And one of the sex scenes with her happens in the music room... and on the piano itself.
  • Rosé Mulan from Spirit Hunter: NG is a graceful and attractive woman from the upper class, so it's not too much of a surprise when she reveals that she's been trained in a variety of classical instruments. Her knowledge of instruments proves useful when finding something to calm the Screaming Author spirit.

    Web Original 
  • 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.

    Western Animation