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#1990881 - 11/26/12 12:03 AM Favorite sad piano piece
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So I tend to be drawn to the more emotionally driven, darker sounding works. They just seem to be more powerful in my opinion [perhaps because there is normally a greater contrast of emotion, so the pretty or happy moments of the piece seem like they are more relieving than something that is pretty throughout.]

Lately, my big ones have been by Rachmaninoff, mainly these:

Rachmaninoff Prelude Opus 32/10 in bm


Rachmaninoff Etude-Tableux Opus 39/2 in am


I just LOVE them.

But, what are your favorite "darker" or sad piano pieces? [Heck, let's even open up to all music, orchestral, or whatever!]


Edited by TrueMusic (11/26/12 12:18 AM)
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#1990882 - 11/26/12 12:08 AM Re: Favorite sad piano piece [Re: TrueMusic]
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Howell's "I Heard a Voice from Heaven" from his Requiem does it for me right now.

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#1990883 - 11/26/12 12:13 AM Re: Favorite sad piano piece [Re: TrueMusic]
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While you're on Rach....



And some Schubert:


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#1990890 - 11/26/12 12:59 AM Re: Favorite sad piano piece [Re: TrueMusic]
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Debussy Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut (Images Bk II)

and

Ravel La Vallée des Cloches (Miroirs)

Although to be honest, they both are more introspective than sad to me. Kind of like I'm by myself enjoying and admiring nature.
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#1990896 - 11/26/12 01:27 AM Re: Favorite sad piano piece [Re: Mark_C]
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2 pieces that stand head and shoulders above the rest in the tear-jerking department:

The transition to E major in Schubert's d784 (about the 2:30 mark):



And the intro of the 2nd movt of Ravel's Piano Concerto:

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#1990904 - 11/26/12 02:05 AM Re: Favorite sad piano piece [Re: TrueMusic]
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeETRRsj1Ek

Kreisler - Preludium & Allegro after Pugnani. Gets me right here every time.
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#1991157 - 11/26/12 03:45 PM Re: Favorite sad piano piece [Re: TrueMusic]
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all time favorite is Samuel Barber's 'Adagio for Strings'...
love Rachnaminoff's 'Vocalise'
theme to Schindler's list and theme to 'The Deer Hunter'...
all gregorian chants sound haunting and sometimes lonely to me...

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#1991270 - 11/26/12 11:06 PM Re: Favorite sad piano piece [Re: rada]
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Brahms Intermezzo op.118 no. 6


Brahms Intermezzo op.119 no.1


I wouldn't describe this as a "sad" piece but it makes me sad.
Scriabin Piano Sonata 2 mov 1


And of course
Bach Chaconne

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#1991275 - 11/26/12 11:13 PM Re: Favorite sad piano piece [Re: TrueMusic]
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Great stuff everyone. I'm going to throw this out there - The second movement from Leo Ornstein's Fourth Sonata:


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#1991623 - 11/27/12 05:41 PM Re: Favorite sad piano piece [Re: TrueMusic]
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beyond the 88 keys it would be, very(!) randomly things like
Brahms: 3rd pianoquartet, slow movement
Bach: 'Erbarme dich'
Mahler: ' ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen'/4th movement of the 9th symphony
Schubert: stringquintet, slow mov.
Rachmaninoff: 2nd symphony, slow mov.
Beethoven 7: idem
Scriabin 1st symph. idem
Tchaikovsky: 6th s. 4th m
Schumann: violinconcerto, slow m.
Elgar: ist sym, slow mov., or Enigma: 'Nimrod'

sorry have to stop here, no end to this
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#1991626 - 11/27/12 05:52 PM Re: Favorite sad piano piece [Re: TrueMusic]
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i took a stab at this beautifully dark scriabin etude a couple years ago...

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#1991641 - 11/27/12 06:28 PM Re: Favorite sad piano piece [Re: TrueMusic]
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Most of the music I play is sad because I prefer sad music, so I could list almost all music I enter in my piano practice diary. However I have also changed a bit. I used to only play sad music of the romantic period, but now I also like more modern music with dissonances.
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#1991645 - 11/27/12 06:34 PM Re: Favorite sad piano piece [Re: rada]
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Originally Posted By: rada

love Rachnaminoff's 'Vocalise'


my favorite solo piano recording of this piece is by Russian conductor/pianist Evgeny Svetlanov:


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#1991647 - 11/27/12 06:43 PM Re: Favorite sad piano piece [Re: fledgehog]
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It has always been a favourite of mine too.
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#1991658 - 11/27/12 07:08 PM Re: Favorite sad piano piece [Re: dolce sfogato]
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Originally Posted By: dolce sfogato
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Mahler: ' ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen'[...]


One of my all-time time favourites that I have often cited in various contexts in the Pianist Corner. The desert-island recording of this work has to be that of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau with Karl Böhm and the Berlin Philharmonic, recorded in 1964 and never equalled.

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#1991710 - 11/27/12 09:15 PM Re: Favorite sad piano piece [Re: TrueMusic]
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Rachmaninoff Moment Musicaux no. 4!!
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#1991736 - 11/27/12 10:23 PM Re: Favorite sad piano piece [Re: DonaldLee]
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Originally Posted By: DonaldLee
Rachmaninoff Moment Musicaux no. 4!!


I personally would not describe that as sad. Maybe more angry or full of angst.

I'm surprised Rachmaninoff's elegie hasn't come up yet. Heart-achingly beautiful. It's funny how early this piece came in his career and it totally sets the tone for a lot of his compositions.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97vYYcjDh3s
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#1992495 - 11/29/12 04:45 PM Re: Favorite sad piano piece [Re: TrueMusic]
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I've always been partial to Scott Joplin's "Solace" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CS6snvbY9gg

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#1992511 - 11/29/12 05:29 PM Re: Favorite sad piano piece [Re: TrueMusic]
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Been listening to it in the car for months. Never loses its power.

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#1992531 - 11/29/12 06:00 PM Re: Favorite sad piano piece [Re: Cheeto717]
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Originally Posted By: Cheeto717
Originally Posted By: DonaldLee
Rachmaninoff Moment Musicaux no. 4!!

I personally would not describe that as sad. Maybe more angry or full of angst.

Strangely, It sounds joyful to my ears, even ecstatic maybe.
Listen to Lugansky playing it here.It's one of my favorite youtube videos.


Originally Posted By: jeffreyjones

Been listening to it in the car for months. Never loses its power.

That's gorgeous.Shostakovich takes sad to new levels with some of his works.


Edited by timmyab (11/29/12 06:09 PM)

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#1992562 - 11/29/12 07:21 PM Re: Favorite sad piano piece [Re: TrueMusic]
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Lacrymosa from Mozart's Requiem, Rachminoff's Elegy in honor of Aresky, opening bars from Cello Concerto by Elgar, everything from Kindertotenlieder (Songs for Dead Children) by Mahler, My Man's Gone Now, from Porgy and Bess, any number of Brahms' impromptus, several movements from Rachmaninoff's Concertos 2 and 3, and much of Bach's oratorio works. Many more that I can't think of right now, of course.
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