Secret Love Affair Jukebox Part 5: The Pieces Yoo Ah In Plays On Episode 11-14


Hello, we’re back with Secret Love Affair Jukebox Part 5. This should be one of the best parts! I thought after his fantastic piano concerto on episode 10 (check that goddam hawt performance here), there would be nothing left to top it all. But I was totally wrong. Yoo Ah In aka Lee Seon Jae gave another crazily breathtakingly intense performance he could “tear the heart open” in episode 14!


Once again, Yoo Ah In’s piano playing became the hot topic among netizens. Talkshow War of Words (Ssul Jeon) brought the topic up on its May 1st episode. Kim Hye Eun (who plays Young Woo) was invited to the talkshow, and the hosts (Kim Gura, Kim Heechul) told her that it seemed Yoo Ah In played the piano by himself. Kim Hye Eun confirmed by saying, “When I saw him playing, my first impression was that he played better than the real pianist. He posed like a pro pianist, such as the way he positioned his shoulders and placed his hands, and he pressed the keys correctly. He practiced a lot to make his fingering identical to the real one,” she praised.



There are five scores that Yoo Ah In plays during episode 11 to 14. The two of them are flashbacks, and one is a different variation. Let’s check them out~



Rachmaninoff Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini Op.43

[This score is written for solo piano and symphony orchestra, closely resembling a piano concerto]

This scene is a flashback to Lee Seon Jae’s first piano concerto held in the huge hall, while he’s presenting a “mini concerto” for his best friends in his narrow apartment



Brahms Six Pieces for Piano, Op. 118 No. 2. Intermezzo in A major. Andante Teneramente

[The Six Pieces for Piano, Op. 118, are some of the most beloved items that Johannes Brahms wrote for, and dedicated to Clara Schumann, whom both had almost similar love story as Lee Seon Jae and Oh Hye Won does]

This is also a flashback to Lee Seon Jae’s piano-playing before his piano concerto

Camille Saint-Saëns Cello Sonata No. 1 in C minor, Op. 32

[A cello sonata is usually a sonata written for cello and piano, though other instrumentations are used. Camille Saint-Saëns was one of the great child prodigies of his time; by age 12 he had memorized all 32 of Beethoven’s piano sonatas. He was also known to be an astonishing sight-reader and improviser.]

This is the scene where Lee Sun Jae rehearsing the cello sonata with a cellist named Si Woon. The cello girl is played by a cello student in real life, Kim Sin Jae, who passed the Secret Love Affair acting audition in her campus.



Antonín Dvořák’s Piano Quintet No.2 in A major, Op.81

[Dvořák was a Czech composer. His own style has been described as ‘the fullest recreation of a national idiom with that of the symphonic tradition, absorbing folk influences and finding effective ways of using them’.]

In this scene Lee Seon Jae, Si Woon, and their college mates are rehearsing the piece together as the quintet. They rehearsed twice at different times.

First Rehearsal

Second Rehearsal



Lastly but the best one, is the Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. It’s the same piece that Lee Seon Jae played for Hye Won on episode 5. He played the piece so cheerfully and teasingly for her, and it was one of their happy moments. But this variation that he plays on episode 14 is the total opposite to that of first one. Once cheerful and full of sunshine turns to sound so heavy, rough, intense, dark and full of anger. It’s so heartbreaking seeing Lee Seon Jae spitting out his anger and sadness through the same song that he once cherished with Hye Won. However, this version is breathtakingly beautiful!


12 Variations on “Ah vous dirai-je, Maman” for piano in C major, K. 265 (K. 300e) by Mozart

[A piano composition by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, composed when he was around 25 years old (1781 or 1782). The French melody first appeared in 1761, and has been used for many children’s songs, such as “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”, “Baa, Baa, Black Sheep” and the “Alphabet Song”]


This is the happy version 😀


And this one is the sad version 😦


For more pictures, visit Secret Love Affair – Drama 2014 Part 1 and Part 2 Album in our Facebook 🙂


All videos provided by: JTBC. Music information: Wikipedia

Photos: JTBC

5 Responses to “Secret Love Affair Jukebox Part 5: The Pieces Yoo Ah In Plays On Episode 11-14”
  1. startulle says:

    Heartbreaking performance…

  2. ava says:

    It is strange how this show affects me. Episode 14 felt like there was this huge boulder in my chest pressing and the walls closing in. I felt the anguish. The acting is just amazing! The musical pieces they’ve picked have made it more intense!

    • Furbabe says:

      I’m totally in awe with how brilliant this show is, combining the story with the music so coherently. I believe each piece represents their feelings and emotions at the time. And their amazing acting adds up to what we call uber perfection.

  3. jomo143 says:

    Hello –
    I am trying to find out if the sad version SJ played was in a specific composer’s style, or if it was a mix of several? Let me know if you know, or where I can go find more info. It is so hard since I can’t read Korean!!

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