What is some sad and beautiful classical music?

A little bit sad or completely depressing, it doesn't matter.

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  • 3 years ago
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    These are some of my personal favorites (my daughter teases me about my penchant for these kind of things--"Listening to your 'happy music' again, Mommy?')

    "Stabat Mater" Pergolesi (opening duet)--this is one of my favorites to sing as well (I've sung both parts at depending on when it was)--this is also my personal favorite recording of it. You can look up the lyrics if you aren't familiar with the Latin (it's about the Virgin Mary

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_QJjpbADrw

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    This is Rossini's setting of the same text:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MU9cyUBNH5U

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    "He Was Despised" from "Messiah" by Handel

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUJQbmHp4wY

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    "Kaddish" from "Deux mélodies hébraïques" Maurice Ravel (setting of traditional Jewish prayer for the dead)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kP7O1ypiKgY

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    "Plaisir d'amour" Jean Paul Martini (there are a lot of pop versions of this song, but it was originally a classical song) -- Translation is in the link details

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZnsr4BrRxw

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    "The Trees on the Mountain" from the opera "Susannah" (takes place in the Appalachias, which this is sung with a "twang")

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i37osHg_NA4

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    "Vocalise" Rachmaninoff (it doesn't have words, so technically it can't really be "sad"--I suppose it can be sung "happy"):

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fW630zFA93Y

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    "Ach, Ich Fühl" from "Die Zauberflote" (The Magic Flute) by Mozart

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dBX87Y2ymc

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    "Senza, Mamma" (absolutely makes me cry every time), from Puccini's "Suor Angelica"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZBTwlPWTzg

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    "Un Bel di" from "Madama Butterfly" Puccini

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nU9TGvueeO4

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    Honestly, there are SO many. I keep thinking of more and more of them!

    Source(s): Try EVERYTHING by John Dowland. LOL. Not really, I once asked on Yahoo Answers if he ever wrote anything happy, and he did. But a lot of his songs are downright "emo". For example (besides the one Mog already mentioned): "Flow My Tears" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KDL0J0E-s4&ab_cha...
    • Birdgirl
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      3 years agoReport

      There wasn't enough room to list even the ones I could think of, off the top of my head, so I couldn't link translations. So if you aren't familiar with what the singers are singing about, please look up the lyrics and LITERAL translation (you don't want "English version").

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  • nanhey
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Beautiful Sad Classical Music

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  • 3 years ago

    The Swan of Tuonela by Jean Sibelius

    Death of Åse from "Peer Gynt" by Edvard Grieg

    Quartet for piano and strings in A minor by Gustav Mahler

    Ständchen by Franz Schubert, with or without a singer

    Siegfried's Funeral March from "Götterdämmerung" by Richard Wagner, that's sad and epic at the same time

    Romance for piano and violin by Antonín Dvořák

    That's all I can think of right now, even though it's a bit subjective what someone considers sad or depressing so some of them may not sound that sad to you.

    I've noticed that my answers don't show up if I post links in them so I had to remove all the links, sorry about that. I don't know why it's happening.

  • Mog
    Lv 7
    3 years ago

    Erbarme Dich Mein Gott by Bach (St. Matthew's Passion BWV244)

    The Danse Macabre by Camille Saint-Saens

    In Darkness Let Me Dwell by John Dowland (Sting's version is the best)

    Update: I found some more.

    Dido's Lament by Purcell (Janet Baker is unbeatable)

    The 3rd movement of Seibel 211 by Johann David Heinechen (Concerto grosso in C major, 3rd movement - Adagio)

    Tu Sei Morta by Monteverdi (I'd recommend Nigel Rogers)

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  • Anonymous
    3 years ago

    Rachmanioff's Isle of the Dead.

    Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings (used in Platoon).

    Elgar's Serenade for Strings.

    Several requiems, including those by Berlioz, Dvorak, Mozart and Haydn.

    Tchaikovsky, the last movement of his sixth symphony.

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  • Tim
    Lv 5
    3 years ago

    Mussorgsky can be a little dark & melancholy. But it's also beautiful. If you're interested, I'd recommend Mussorgsky/Ravel, Pictures At An Exhibition

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  • 3 years ago

    I'll add Alleleuia and Fugue, Op. 40b by Alan Hovhaness, an extremely beautiful piece.

    Try Pergolesi's Stabat Mater if you want vocals.

    Also, try searching "Nordic op" or "Norwegian op" or "fugue" in your preferred music app, which will give you a smorgasbord.

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  • 3 years ago

    Nocturne op. 9 No. 2 by Chopin

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  • Beast
    Lv 7
    3 years ago

    movement two, Largo, of the New World Symphony 9 Op. 95 by Dvorak. The lush English horn solo is to die for.

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