passages that make you tear up every time

Posted by: JoelW

passages that make you tear up every time - 08/31/12 03:02 AM

got any?
Posted by: pianojosh23

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 08/31/12 03:14 AM

I have never cried from music. But here's the one for me that is probably most relevant to this topic.

12:04 - end.

Posted by: mrferguson12

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 08/31/12 05:16 AM

Posted by: Lemon Pledge

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 08/31/12 07:34 AM

There are no passges that get me every time, over and over again. Nothing ever really hits me hard unless there's some element of genuine surprise to it: maybe it's a piece I've never heard before, or a piece I haven't heard in a long time (so that I've forgotten some of the details), or maybe the presentation is sufficiently different to catch me off guard.

If I know exactly what's coming -- which is the case with recordings -- then my reaction goes a bit meta, as in "oh, here comes a crushingly beautiful moment, and there it goes" which just isn't the same thing as being crushed.

(Exception: sentimental reactions to music that I associate with some life event. Mostly pop songs, in my case, but I don't think the OP is asking about this sort of reaction.)
Posted by: debrucey

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 08/31/12 08:25 AM


1:50 til 3:05

Particularly the moment at 2:40

Posted by: Gerard12

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 08/31/12 08:31 AM

Sorry, I have no specific passages in mind. The closest I can come to answering your question is this:

I can't play the 1st mvmnt of Schubert's D960, nor the 2nd movement of Beethoven's Op 10#3 without becoming a bit of an emotional mess.
Posted by: Orange Soda King

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 08/31/12 09:20 AM

The last cadenza to Ravel's piano concerto for the left hand...
Posted by: Kuanpiano

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 08/31/12 09:53 AM

Schmachtend:
Posted by: Pogorelich.

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 08/31/12 10:48 AM

Originally Posted By: Gerard12

I can't play the 1st mvmnt of Schubert's D960, nor the 2nd movement of Beethoven's Op 10#3 without becoming a bit of an emotional mess.


Nice choices.

I don't think people have a specific piece that sets them off every time. Like someone mentioned, sometimes it's the element of surprise, the mood you're in, etc.

But all the times that this has happened to me, it's been at a live concert. There's something absolutely magical about a (really good) live concert - it's like transcending to a completely different world and state of mind.
Posted by: DameMyra

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 08/31/12 11:03 AM

Debrucey, you know how much I love that section. (My favorite part is at 2:20).
Mr. Ferguson, no matter how many times I hear it, it still manages to touch me very deeply.

Pogorelich, I agree. A few years back I heard a live performance of the Turangalila. It was an extraordinary experience. You do not know how close I was to jumping up and dancing in the aisles during the Finale.
Posted by: carey

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 08/31/12 11:17 AM

Originally Posted By: Pogorelich.

Nice choices.

I don't think people have a specific piece that sets them off every time.


ha I do........

How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place - Brahms Requiem

As a chorister I've performed the entire Requiem twice (served as rehearsal accompanist leading up to one performance) and have sung this particular selection on several occasions. It always has a profound impact on me.

http://youtu.be/aZcxpl30NOw


Posted by: gooddog

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 08/31/12 11:58 AM

Originally Posted By: pianojosh23
I have never cried from music. But here's the one for me that is probably most relevant to this topic.

12:04 - end.



Mark Salman 3hearts
Posted by: Batuhan

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 08/31/12 12:26 PM

08:11 to 08:50

This passage heart

is like the summary of my whole life.

Posted by: bennevis

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 08/31/12 12:43 PM

The second movement of Mozart's Clarinet Concerto - when the reprise of the beautiful main tune by the clarinet comes in pp with throbbing string accompaniment, my eyes well up..... grin
Posted by: pianoloverus

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 08/31/12 01:37 PM

Originally Posted By: Kuanpiano
Schmachtend:
Does anyone know where to get a free score for this online?
Posted by: BruceD

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 08/31/12 01:46 PM

Most of the musical passages that really "get to me" are from vocal music, particularly opera or vocal with orchestra.

There are moments in the final scene of "Der Rosenkavalier" which are so heart-rending, both dramatically and musically, that it's difficult (for me) not to be profoundly moved by them : "Hab' mir's gelobt..." and "Ist ein Traum, kann nicht wirklich sein."

There is another "gotcha!" moment in Mimi's third act aria ("La Bohème, of course!) "Donde lieta uscì" where the tonality changes from A major to D-flat major (Mimi goes from a G-natural to an A-flat while the orchestra changes the tonality from a dominant VII on A to D-flat, with the soprano's words soaring upwards to a high B-flat : "... se vuoi, se vuoi serbarla a ricordo..."

As my third example, I can't decide whether it's the final vocal phrase in the closing measures of Mahler's "Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen," "In meinem Lieben, in meinem Lied" or whether it's the final orchestral measures of the same work: the long-held English horn's G before resolving to an F over the orchestra's already established B-flat major tonality; it is so poignant!

There are others, but : Basta!

Regards,
Posted by: mrferguson12

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 08/31/12 01:54 PM

2:30 - 3:20

Posted by: mrferguson12

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 08/31/12 01:59 PM

not to mention, 1:50 - 2:24

Posted by: Andromaque

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 08/31/12 02:12 PM

BruceD, a man of exquisite taste.
But I do not tear up to "sad" music but rather to joyful things or to a brilliant solo or a gorgeously rendered coloratura passage or a gloriously resonant orchestra. I am particularly moved when an artist gives his/her best and both he/she and the audience (I) know it.
Posted by: argerichfan

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 08/31/12 03:12 PM

Originally Posted By: Andromaque

But I do not tear up to "sad" music but rather to joyful things...

I guess that's why the last movement of the Schubert Octet always brings a tear. If ever music could be profoundly joyful, well that is it.

Like Bruce, most of the music which most moves me is non-piano, particularly organ, choral (in or out of church) and solo vocal.
Posted by: Kuanpiano

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 08/31/12 03:18 PM

Originally Posted By: pianoloverus
Originally Posted By: Kuanpiano
Schmachtend:
Does anyone know where to get a free score for this online?

Here you go!
http://imslp.org/wiki/Elegie,_WWV_93_(Wagner,_Richard)
Posted by: Works1

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 08/31/12 03:28 PM

Well it's not piano, but this gets me every time. Mirusia has the most beautiful voice I have ever heard.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=TkY9HtwXNU8
Posted by: pianoloverus

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 08/31/12 03:45 PM

Originally Posted By: Kuanpiano
Originally Posted By: pianoloverus
Originally Posted By: Kuanpiano
Schmachtend:
Does anyone know where to get a free score for this online?

Here you go!
http://imslp.org/wiki/Elegie,_WWV_93_(Wagner,_Richard)


THANKS!!!
Posted by: Vid

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 08/31/12 04:22 PM

Beethoven Symphony No. 7, 2nd Movement This always grabs me from the first chord all the way through:

http://youtu.be/vCHREyE5GzQ

Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (18th variation):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQVi5MFt5M8&feature=related

Mozart Concerto 20, 2nd movement
I find the return to the main theme after the sturm und drang middle section very affective:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_33zTtiWPA

Lacrimosa from Mozart's requiem
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-kJVmEWWV8&feature=related

Brahms Requiem (all of it, sang in the choir for a university performance back in the day, unforgettable experience)
Posted by: pianojosh23

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 08/31/12 09:01 PM

Oh, and this.

14:12 - 47:02. The movement preceding it (0:00 - 14:12) is pretty profound too - not only its music but in its influence on Wagner. If you know your Parsifal you'll hear it.



Posted by: jmcintyre

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 08/31/12 10:55 PM

Originally Posted By: carey
How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place - Brahms Requiem


Yes! Absolutely. I had to grab a tissue just now from hearing it in my head (really).
Posted by: carey

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 08/31/12 11:12 PM

Originally Posted By: jmcintyre
Originally Posted By: carey
How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place - Brahms Requiem


Yes! Absolutely. I had to grab a tissue just now from hearing it in my head (really).


ha I grabbed a tissue when I posted the link this morning. !!
Posted by: Serge Marinkovic

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 09/01/12 01:03 AM

Bach Goldberg Variations Aria
Schumann Traumeri
Chopin Nocturne No 21
Schubert Piano Sonata no 21 1st movement
Beethoven Bagatelle no 5, opus 57 2nd movement, Piano Concerto no 5 2nd movement
Brahms Piano Concerto 2, 3rd movement
Liszt Ballade no 2

My short list
Posted by: currawong

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 09/01/12 01:51 AM

Schubert: D960 second movement
Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde, last movement - many places, but particularly the ending. Ewig, ewig ...
Mahler: Symphony #3, last movement. I'm not a great brass lover, but when the brass come quietly in with the main theme about 5 minutes from the end - it gets me every time.
Strauss: Beim Schlafengehen
Berg: Violin concerto, at the end where it all begins to dissolve.
Posted by: wr

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 09/01/12 07:11 AM

Originally Posted By: currawong
Schubert: D960 second movement


That's the first music I thought of when I saw the subject line of this thread. I can't even listen to it anymore if the performance is any good, it's just too painful.
Quote:


Berg: Violin concerto, at the end where it all begins to dissolve.


Yes, the Berg... Interestingly, I just read that Christian Tetzlaff sees the dedication to Manon Gropius as a smokescreen, and that the concerto is really a kind of self-requiem.

Speaking of string music, the last couple of minutes of the Dvorak cello concerto...
Posted by: Janus K. Sachs

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 09/01/12 10:46 AM

Nothing hits me hard every time, but the final section of Mahler's Tenth (from the reappearance of the catastrophe chord) gets me surprisingly often, though only in the context of listening to the entire work, since the section dispells the tension that gathers from Purgatorio onwards.

Also, the finale of Mozart's Figaro, another wonderful resolution (and again, only in the context of listening to the entire work).
Posted by: sophial

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 09/01/12 12:29 PM

The Adagio sostenuto of Beethoven's Op. 106.
Posted by: soulshaker

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 09/01/12 09:35 PM

They come and go in periods.

Right now (again): Rachmaninoff no. 3 concerto by Horowitz, live

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5mxU_7BTRA&t=11m38s
(Starts at the right time. Wait till at least ~13m30s)

It's not perfectly played, yet perfect mind state he is in. The feeling, and he's got the right idea. I prefer this interpretation to many of his recordings. I think he was nervous.
Posted by: babama

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 09/02/12 09:20 AM

Mahler - Symphony #2, the choral finale
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYCHOB25F7o

Scriabin - Piano Concerto - Andante, the last part starting at 7:25
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooIt_I1ETpk
Posted by: Tim Adrianson

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 09/02/12 11:25 AM

For me, the "Kyrie", "Pie Jesu", and "In Paradisum" from Maurice Durufle's "Requiem". As I mentioned in another thread, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, and Barber seem to be especially gifted at inducing teary moments:

Brahms -- 3rd Movement of Piano Concerto #2
Intermezzo 119/1
Rachmaninoff -- Vocalise
2nd Movement of Piano Sonata #2
Barber -- Conclusion of "Knoxville -- Summer of 1915"
Conclusion of aria "Do Not Enter Yet, Anatol" from
"Vanessa"

Maybe a few surprises:

Prokofiev -- Conclusion of Violin Sonata, Op 80.
Lowell Liebermann -- Conclusion of Nocturne No 8
Posted by: mrferguson12

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 09/02/12 01:41 PM

4:20-5:00 One of the most beautiful passages for me.


Posted by: dolce sfogato

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 09/02/12 05:36 PM

Fugato at the end of 'Hostias' in Mozart's Requiem
the return of the Aria at the end of Bach's Goldbergs
the 2nd movement of Mozart's KV 488
'La chanson des vieux amants' by Brel
'Hallelujah' by Cohen, sung by Jeff Buckley
Andante from Mahler's 6th symphony
Adagio from Rachmaninoff's 2nd symphony

not entirely passages, but I need a handkerchief all the same.
Posted by: ScriabinAddict

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 09/02/12 09:08 PM

I remember in those old Horowitz-Dubal interviews Horowitz had said Rokhmoninov used to tear up during the final chorus of the Faust.
Posted by: argerichfan

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 09/02/12 10:26 PM

Originally Posted By: Tim Adrianson
For me, the "Kyrie", "Pie Jesu", and "In Paradisum" from Maurice Durufle's "Requiem".

Very special. If you ever visit Paris be sure to see Durufle's church St-Étienne-du-Mont.

For churches, Paris is utterly unbelievable -London cannot match it- but don't waste your time at Notre Dame or Sacré-Coeur, visit Saint-Eustache, Sainte-Trinité or Saint Clotilde.
Posted by: Ferdinand

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 09/03/12 02:44 AM

Originally Posted By: Serge Marinkovic
Bach Goldberg Variations Aria
Schumann Traumeri
Chopin Nocturne No 21
Schubert Piano Sonata no 21 1st movement
Beethoven Bagatelle no 5, opus 57 2nd movement, Piano Concerto no 5 2nd movement
Brahms Piano Concerto 2, 3rd movement
Liszt Ballade no 2

My short list

Which Bagatelle no. 5? Opus 126?
Posted by: kwoli

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 09/03/12 01:45 PM

Brahms Intermezzo Op. 118, No. 2 does it for me...

http://youtu.be/1h4Re5WBEAc

For me, there is something so compelling about this piece. Full of love and longing. Moments of excruciating beauty and tenderness. Gets me every time.
Posted by: david_a

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 09/03/12 08:14 PM

Maybe too obvious... but maybe I'm a too-obvious kind of guy...

... and as others have said, not every time...
the return of "Ist auf deiner Psalter..." in Brahms's Alto Rhapsody
Posted by: riley80

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 09/03/12 08:28 PM

Chopin "Nocturne in D flat Major" - toward the end where those 7 1/2 step intervals fall, (do -fi, ti-fa etc)

There's also a hornpipe in Handel's Water Music that always gets me - maybe not a tear, but def. a throat lump.

I have even been known to break down in a church at hearing "Jesus Saviour Pilot Me".
Posted by: Andromaque

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 09/03/12 09:46 PM

I am starting to feel a bit odd here. Do you guys really (Really) "tear up" at these passages??? or are we using the term very loosely? or may be I am taking it too literally?
Posted by: david_a

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 09/03/12 09:51 PM

Originally Posted By: Andromaque
I am starting to feel a bit odd here. Do you guys really (Really) "tear up" at these passages??? or are we using the term very loosely? or may be I am taking it too literally?
In my situation, the first few times, yes, literally. Now I know what's coming and I don't.

I don't discount the idea (already mentioned) that what was happening in my life at the time may have had as much or more influence on my emotional reaction than the music itself did.
Posted by: Andromaque

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 09/03/12 09:57 PM

Originally Posted By: david_a
In my situation, the first few times, yes, literally. Now I know what's coming and I don't.



yep.. the first few times, may be. But that must have been a decade or two (?more) ago for most of us here.. smile
Posted by: Orange Soda King

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 09/04/12 06:25 PM

I still often tear up at the final cadenza to Ravel's Concerto for the left hand whenever I am listening to a great performance of the piece all the way through, and I am concentrating on the music and letting my mind fall into the bliss.
Posted by: jeffreyjones

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 09/05/12 01:50 AM

- The slow section at the end of the first movement of Schumann's Fantasy.
- The "big tune" with variations in the Liszt Second Ballade.
- Brahms' Intermezzo in B minor, Op. 119 No. 1 - the central waltz. Deeply poignant.
- Also Brahms - several passages in the Ballade Op. 10 No. 4, if well played.
- Chopin - the Prelude in F# major, the middle section. Often imitated, never duplicated.

I feel extremely fortunate that I have the ability to play all these pieces and bring out the desired effect.
Posted by: sandalholme

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 09/05/12 04:52 AM

Elgar Sea Pictures, as sung by Janet Baker. In particular "because your voice has faltered" in Sabbath Morning at Sea and "God surely loved us a little then" in The Swimmer.

All in all a wonderful cd: it's coupled with the Du Pre Elgar concerto with Barbirolli.

Also Elgar: "Yea, in spite of a dreamer who slumbers and a singer who sings no more" in The Music Makers, which surely meant so much to Elgar, his close friend August Jaeger having died 3 years' before.
Posted by: wdot

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 09/05/12 01:51 PM

Originally Posted By: currawong
Schubert: D960 second movement
Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde, last movement - many places, but particularly the ending. Ewig, ewig ...
Mahler: Symphony #3, last movement. I'm not a great brass lover, but when the brass come quietly in with the main theme about 5 minutes from the end - it gets me every time.
Strauss: Beim Schlafengehen
Berg: Violin concerto, at the end where it all begins to dissolve.


I had already thought of that sublime moment from Mahler's 3rd when I got to your post. I will confess to being a brass lover, but that is just stunningly beautiful.
Posted by: wdot

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 09/05/12 01:55 PM

One more of many. The final movement of the Vaughn-Williams Hodie, when performed with full orchestra, gets me every time.
Posted by: LadyChen

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 09/05/12 04:06 PM

Originally Posted By: sandalholme
Elgar Sea Pictures, as sung by Janet Baker. In particular "because your voice has faltered" in Sabbath Morning at Sea and "God surely loved us a little then" in The Swimmer.


YES.

Also, Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna. It gives me goosebumps and brings tears to my eyes at several points smile.
Posted by: Gatsbee13

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 09/06/12 04:15 PM

what gets me sometimes is motion picture scores.. currently listening to the main suite from Forrest Gump and Schindler's List main theme

nothing better than listening to these pieces while, of course watching the movie, and thinking of other things in your life that may have sentimental value.
Posted by: ChopinAddict

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 09/06/12 06:08 PM

Too many to be mentioned publicly... blush
Sometimes when I listen to one of these passages I feel the Weltschmerz shatter me to such a degree that I am unable to resume what I was doing before playing or listening. cry
Posted by: FSO

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 09/06/12 08:18 PM

Clichéd maybe, but Albinoni's Adagio in G minor, Alkan's Op. 15 and, for some reason, Rzewski's The People United Will Never Be Defeated have made me shed tears each and every time I've heard them in their entirety...um...Andromaque...does nothing (music-wise, of course smile ) make you cry anymore? I find that notion... frown
Xxx
Posted by: kcoul058

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 09/07/12 02:25 AM

A lot of the more obscure music I have found, for me (I live for the kinds of pieces that hit you in that place inside...):

Stanchinsky - Prelude en Mode Lyrique
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5fvk5wR-xM&feature=related
(this recording is a bit too slow, and the only other recording I heard cuts a significant part out of the middle and isn't that good, so a special part of it for me is playing it myself the way I actually hear the piece and knowing that I might be one of the only people in the world playing it the way that triggers that feeling in me)

Stanchinsky - 12 Sketches No. 4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WefKt57w3...ture=plpp_video
(particularly from 0:34 on)

No. 6 (I think this one uses one of the ancient Greek modes...)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8elza_7Ab...ture=plpp_video
(from 1:06 on)

No. 7 (whole piece is striking in its fragility, but the transition at 0:56 is great)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uGZm2NZ5...ture=plpp_video

Vladigerov - Nocturne Op. 59 No. 4 (until 5:05, if I were playing the set I would never do an attaca into the next movement, after all, it's not exactly indicated in the score...)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Iui4JrpgIE&feature=related
(this is like the Stanchinsky Prelude, I hear this piece in a way I haven't heard it ever performed, so it's these two pieces are quite special to me in that sense).

Erik Satie: Air du Grand Prieur (simple but timeless. Favourite part at 1:51, but only in context of what came before)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tZXdhLLs...ture=plpp_video

As for music people have heard of before... well, nothing beats a solid Ravel - Le Gibet
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhpX-CyTv...ture=plpp_video
(the moment at 4:15 after everything that came before it particularly strikes me)

Finally, something way off the radar (but may be appreciated by those into minimalism)
Ryuichi Sakamoto - In The Red (Rhodes Piano)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCSwqXwSB...ture=plpp_video

These pieces have all put a tear in my eye at one moment or another, but the most consistent is the Sakamoto.
Posted by: DameMyra

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 09/07/12 10:43 AM

Originally Posted By: LadyChen
Originally Posted By: sandalholme
Elgar Sea Pictures, as sung by Janet Baker. In particular "because your voice has faltered" in Sabbath Morning at Sea and "God surely loved us a little then" in The Swimmer.


YES.

Also, Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna. It gives me goosebumps and brings tears to my eyes at several points smile.


The Lauridsen has the same effect on me. Also speaking of Elgar, the Nimrod variation touches me in a very profound way, each and every time I hear it.
Posted by: argerichfan

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 09/07/12 12:44 PM

Originally Posted By: DameMyra
Also speaking of Elgar, the Nimrod variation touches me in a very profound way, each and every time I hear it.

That and Elgar's incandescent setting (with divided strings, who would have thought of that?) of Newman's words from Gerontius:

I can no more, for now it comes again;
That sense of ruin, which is worse than pain;
That masterful negation and collapse
Of all that makes me man
Posted by: Old Man

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 09/07/12 01:10 PM

Originally Posted By: Andromaque
I am starting to feel a bit odd here. Do you guys really (Really) "tear up" at these passages??? or are we using the term very loosely? or may be I am taking it too literally?

Speaking for myself only, yes, I literally tear up at hearing many pieces of music. I just assumed we all meant it literally, but maybe I'm wrong, and I'm the oddball here. grin
Posted by: riley80

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 09/16/12 02:28 PM

Liszt Consolation No. 3.
Posted by: ChopinAddict

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 09/16/12 10:14 PM

This morning I played Chopin's Op.30 No.2 and suddenly felt sooo sad.... frown
Posted by: JoelW

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 09/16/12 10:42 PM

Originally Posted By: ChopinAddict
This morning I played Chopin's Op.30 No.2 and suddenly felt sooo sad.... frown


why?
Posted by: RealPlayer

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 09/16/12 10:52 PM

Many pieces do this for me. Some of the late Beethoven quartets, for example.

Relatedly, there are pieces that don't necessarily bring tears to your eyes, but make you realize you have experienced something that leaves you in awe. There are lots of pieces in this category, too. I think of Stockhausen's Gruppen, Tenney's Forms I-IV, and probably the Turangalila Symphony (though I've heard it only once).
Posted by: ChopinAddict

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 09/16/12 10:52 PM

Well, I was already in the mood for sadness...
Posted by: trigalg693

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 09/18/12 03:15 AM

Sometimes when I play Bach BWV 849 I get a little of the tearing up feeling...not always though. Still working on getting it to come through every time.
Posted by: RolfP

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 09/18/12 09:50 AM

Interesting topic - these are some pieces where I have actually physically produced tears, excepting the first choice.

By the end of Chinary Ung's "Spirals 1" for Piano, Cello, and Percussion, I am emotionally drained, though not teary.

David Lang's "The Little Match Girl Passion" is devastating.

I'm not sure why, but listening to all of Rzewski's "Coming Together" can sometimes make me tear up by the end, at least on Eighth Blackbird's recording of it.

"I Will Come Back" from Louciana Souza's "Neruda" album.

"Joy Spring" from Bill Carrother's "After Hours, Vol. 4" is so understated and piercing, that it can really mess me up if I'm in the right place.

Also, this recent recent youtube release from Nancy Zeltsman, purely because of the Borges text she adds at the end. It's extremely sentimental/nostalgic and really got me the first time I heard it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rt5J8o_jsJA
Posted by: timmyab

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 09/18/12 04:11 PM

Nothing does it every time, it depends a lot on my mood.
The last few minutes of Lynn Harrell's recording of the Dvorak cello concerto is quite likely to do the trick.
Also Perlman's recording of the Shostakovich 1st violin concerto slow movement.
The emotion in these pieces is one of nostalgic regret, to my ears anyway.
Then there are pieces that can make me cry through sheer ecstatic joy.
Typical of these is Kempe's recording of the sunrise from the Alpine Symphony.
Posted by: ChopinAddict

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 09/18/12 09:42 PM

Christmas music... But not because I find it emotionally intense. I just cannot stand it... frown
Posted by: argerichfan

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 09/18/12 10:16 PM

Originally Posted By: ChopinAddict
Christmas music... But not because I find it emotionally intense. I just cannot stand it... frown

Including -but not confined to- the Hodie of Vaughan Williams, the Saint-Saens Christmas Oratorio, and the services from King's College?

That seems a shame. (Notice I didn't mention that ubiquitous thing of Handel, I'm rather tired of it. wink )

But if you're referring to all the 'pop' Christmas songs, well, you have a defensible point. And yet... 'Winter Wonderland', 'The Christmas Song' (too many others that I'm not in current mode to recall), I do love them and always play to great acclaim at holiday parties. But 'I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus' is rather past bearing.
Posted by: ChopinAddict

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 09/18/12 10:34 PM

No, I was referring to the Christmas music in shops and supermarkets... It makes me feel like walking out. And they start sooo early here. They were already playing some of that music in a shop today... I mean, please, we have more than 3 months to go! frown
Posted by: argerichfan

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 09/18/12 10:43 PM

Originally Posted By: ChopinAddict
They were already playing some of that music in a shop today...

You ARE kidding?

That's just plain insanity. Can't we at least get through Halloween?
Posted by: ChopinAddict

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 09/18/12 10:46 PM

No, really. I was surprised myself, although they do start very early here. And many also celebrate Christmas in July... In other words, it is always Christmas here!
Posted by: argerichfan

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 09/18/12 10:50 PM

Originally Posted By: ChopinAddict
In other words, it is always Christmas here!

Land of never ending [Christmas] music I suppose?

blush
Posted by: currawong

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 09/19/12 12:09 AM

ChopinAddict, you just reminded me that we're about to be bombarded with pop versions of O Holy Night from anytime now until 25th Dec. aaaaaaaaughhh!!!!!!!!! One of the down sides to summer.
How can we have the first shopping centre O Holy Night when we haven't even had The First Blowfly yet (not at my place, anyway), or The First Cicada, or even the first media reference to the country being a "tinder box"...

Anyway, another piece that I forgot to mention is Mahler's Kindertotenlieder. Partly the subject matter, I suppose, but the ending of the last song ...
Posted by: beet31425

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 09/19/12 12:20 AM

I've teared up to the slow movement of Beethoven's late A minor quartet.

And the last movement of Mahler's 3rd.

And the Brahms op.118/2.

Those were all a long time ago. The only things that have recently caused a tear (or, really, a tear-like pang) are the resolution of Mozart's Figaro (just like Mr. Sachs), and Strauss's Four Last Songs.

-J
Posted by: Janus K. Sachs

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 09/19/12 04:32 AM

Originally Posted By: currawong
ChopinAddict, you just reminded me that we're about to be bombarded with pop versions of O Holy Night from anytime now until 25th Dec. aaaaaaaaughhh!!!!!!!!! One of the down sides to summer.
How can we have the first shopping centre O Holy Night when we haven't even had The First Blowfly yet (not at my place, anyway), or The First Cicada, or even the first media reference to the country being a "tinder box"...

Anyway, another piece that I forgot to mention is Mahler's Kindertotenlieder. Partly the subject matter, I suppose, but the ending of the last song ...
Kindertotenlieder was the last Mahler work I came to love, partly because of the excruciating tempi of the Hampson/Bernstein recording. And yes, its conclusion is breathtaking (especially the effective and original celesta/string doublings). Do you feel strongly about whether a male or female sings it? I'm more used to males, but listening to the von Otter/Boulez recording is very refreshing. This of course brings to mind the baritone option of Das Lied, Bonney's recording of Dichterliebe, female performances/recordings of Winterreise and Vier ernste Gesänge, and the fact that Julius Stockhausen (a good friend of Brahms) performed Frauenliebe regularly.

A few years ago I read of a country where Christmas decor and music are unleashed by September 1. I forgot which country (thank Osiris), but I'm pretty sure it isn't Australia. In any case the practice doesn't strike me as a particularly sensible one.

Oh, and Festivus for the rest of us! Or Saturnalia (whose hijacking by early Christians helped create the Godzilla we're all too familiar with).
Posted by: currawong

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 09/19/12 07:54 AM

Originally Posted By: Janus K. Sachs
Do you feel strongly about whether a male or female sings it? I'm more used to males, but listening to the von Otter/Boulez recording is very refreshing.
I first came to it via the Janet Baker recording. I don't feel super strongly either way, and at least one of the songs is definitely the father's perspective. Fischer-Dieskau is, as usual, just about perfect.
Originally Posted By: Janus K. Sachs
This of course brings to mind the baritone option of Das Lied,
There I'm more strongly biased to a kathleen Ferrier or Christa Ludwig.
Originally Posted By: Janus K. Sachs
Bonney's recording of Dichterliebe, female performances/recordings of Winterreise and Vier ernste Gesänge, and the fact that Julius Stockhausen (a good friend of Brahms) performed Frauenliebe regularly.
A male singing Frauenliebe seems a bit odd, but I could handle all the others, even if not my first preference. Carey has a recording up in the members' recordings section of him playing Berg's Seven Early Songs with a tenor. First time I'd ever heard them done by a male singer. I think it works, but I still prefer the female voice there.
Posted by: jdott

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 01/18/13 12:09 PM

How about Chopin Prelude in E maj, the Liszt transcription of Schubert's Ave Maria, or the 2nd mov of the Rach 3?
Posted by: Tararex

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 01/18/13 06:37 PM

Originally Posted By: jdott
How about Chopin Prelude in E maj, the Liszt transcription of Schubert's Ave Maria, or the 2nd mov of the Rach 3?


Liszt's transcription of Schubert's Ave Maria is beautiful but I actually prefer Liszt's own.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1gV2qtb71w
Posted by: Kuanpiano

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 01/18/13 07:06 PM

Oddly enough, the last time was hearing Prokofiev's Violin Sonata no.1 performed by a certain Pogorelich. and her friend...
Posted by: Arghhh

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 01/19/13 12:29 AM

Originally Posted By: Kuanpiano
Oddly enough, the last time was hearing Prokofiev's Violin Sonata no.1 performed by a certain Pogorelich. and her friend...


Hey! I was just going to mention this sonata (not by Pogorelich. though). I heard it this evening in a recital, in the 4th movement right at the transition back into the recap of the muted rapid violin passagework material from the 1st movement. One of those moments where I hoped nobody was looking at my trying to hold back the tears.

Richter Oistrakh Prokofiev Violin Sonata 1

If you're on a limited time, starting at 4:00 gives a flavour of the 4th movement, 4:30 begins what I'm calling a transition, and then 5:27 = cry
Posted by: argerichfan

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 01/19/13 12:46 AM

Originally Posted By: currawong
I'm more strongly biased to a [...]or Christa Ludwig.

Have you seen this? I never realized her English was so superb. What a charismatic lady!!
Posted by: Pogorelich.

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 01/19/13 10:06 AM

Originally Posted By: Kuanpiano
Oddly enough, the last time was hearing Prokofiev's Violin Sonata no.1 performed by a certain Pogorelich. and her friend...


Aw really?? Haha that was not a very prepared performance though.. the one from our concert 3 weeks later was much better! (I put it on www.myspace.com/swaypiano)

(I had just had a realization about some crucial thematic material in the last movement, ONE DAY before that concert, it gave me chills when we were playing it. I really should've known that before, though.. kind of embarrassing to not have known........)
Posted by: UberB

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 01/19/13 02:57 PM

Any late Beethoven will do the trick for me.
Posted by: carey

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 01/19/13 05:52 PM

Passages from resurrected old PW threads such as this usually do it for me.
Posted by: Molly Kate

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 01/19/13 06:51 PM

Chopin often gets to me.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EP8MW6WE9R4
Posted by: Kuanpiano

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 01/19/13 07:06 PM

Originally Posted By: Pogorelich.
Originally Posted By: Kuanpiano
Oddly enough, the last time was hearing Prokofiev's Violin Sonata no.1 performed by a certain Pogorelich. and her friend...


Aw really?? Haha that was not a very prepared performance though.. the one from our concert 3 weeks later was much better! (I put it on www.myspace.com/swaypiano)

(I had just had a realization about some crucial thematic material in the last movement, ONE DAY before that concert, it gave me chills when we were playing it. I really should've known that before, though.. kind of embarrassing to not have known........)


Ahahaa I stilled really enjoyed it. And it was live too! Live performances are always the most powerful. Let me listen to the later recording....

Speaking of unprepared performances, I'm going to be giving an unprepared performance of the Ballade 4 this Tuesday..hahaa. Hope it works out!
Posted by: Goerne

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 01/19/13 09:21 PM

Bach B minor mass, Agnus Dei
Posted by: btb

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 01/20/13 08:15 AM

“Tear up” must be some ghastly American expression for “cry” ... (complete with snotty-nosed handkerchief ... or sleeve with us peasants) ... everything went down in the Colonies after George Washington took over.

In Afrikaans we say “huil” for “cry” (blubber)
(pronounced like iced raindrops ... but properly said with a posh “u” like you were going to say “oops)

In good Olde England “tear up” means “to shred”.

PS My dog (bitch) howls whenever I play the piano ...
but could be that G string, which needs tightening.
Posted by: Arghhh

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 01/20/13 01:23 PM

btb, in my definition of "tear up", there's not enough crying to generate a "snotty-nosed handkerchief", maybe just a slight sniff.
Posted by: carey

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 01/20/13 05:04 PM

Originally Posted By: btb


In good Olde England “tear up” means “to shred”.



True - but I believe the Brits also say say "tears welled up in his/her eyes"....which in my book of ghastly American slang means "tear up."

grin
Posted by: Old Man

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 01/20/13 05:25 PM

Originally Posted By: Goerne
Bach B minor mass, Agnus Dei

thumb thumb For me, it's most of the Mass. But I agree that the Agnus Dei is the ultimate tearjerker.

I would also add that worn-out favorite, Air on G String, the Chaconne, and the Largo from his Double Violin Concerto. If I'm reaching for Kleenex, I've either got a a cold, or I'm listening to one of my Bach favorites. There are other composers who can move me to tears, but not as often as Bach does.
Posted by: carey

Re: passages that make you tear up every time - 01/20/13 05:55 PM

Originally Posted By: Old Man
Originally Posted By: Goerne
Bach B minor mass, Agnus Dei

thumb thumb For me, it's most of the Mass. But I agree that the Agnus Dei is the ultimate tearjerker.


The "Kyrie," "Crucifixus" and "Gratias agimus tibi" get me every time.

Just listened to snippets of each on youtube. Gotta get away from the computer for a few minutes and compose myself.