What is some sad and beautiful classical music?
A little bit sad or completely depressing, it doesn't matter.
- BirdgirlLv 73 years agoFavorite Answer
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
This is Rossini's setting of the same text:
"He Was Despised" from "Messiah" by Handel
"Kaddish" from "Deux mélodies hébraïques" Maurice Ravel (setting of traditional Jewish prayer for the dead)
"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
"The Trees on the Mountain" from the opera "Susannah" (takes place in the Appalachias, which this is sung with a "twang")
"Vocalise" Rachmaninoff (it doesn't have words, so technically it can't really be "sad"--I suppose it can be sung "happy"):
"Ach, Ich Fühl" from "Die Zauberflote" (The Magic Flute) by Mozart
"Senza, Mamma" (absolutely makes me cry every time), from Puccini's "Suor Angelica"
"Un Bel di" from "Madama Butterfly" Puccini
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...
- 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.
- MogLv 73 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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- Anonymous3 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.
- TimLv 53 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
- 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.
- 3 years ago
Nocturne op. 9 No. 2 by Chopin
- BeastLv 73 years ago
movement two, Largo, of the New World Symphony 9 Op. 95 by Dvorak. The lush English horn solo is to die for.