Hey! I love reading what you post! Do you have any recommendations for really sad pieces? Thanks in advance :-)
Thanks for the kinds words! Really sad pieces? Get ready to cry, here are some of my favorite “sad” works:
Arvo Pärt: Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten. Slow, a canon that becomes more and more dense and tragic as it continues.
Samuel Barber: Adagio from String Quartet op.11. Would later be written for full string orchestra as the Adagio for Strings, and later the music would be used for a setting of Agnus Dei
Johann Sebastian Bach: Ich ruf’ zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ. Meaning, I call to you, Lord Jesus Christ. It feels so bleak, hopeless, yearning for something better.
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Elegy. The opening to his Morceaux Fantasie, op. 9…it is very reminiscent of Chopin and so, so lovely.
Arvo Pärt: My Heart’s in the Highlands. A haunting setting of a poem about homesickness. For soprano and organ, chilling.
Max Richter: Path 5 (delta), from Sleep. Similar to the Pärt song, this is for two wordless singers and organ. Meditative, repetitive, but so addicting.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Lacrimosa from the Requiem in d minor. The sacred lamentation that may be cliche in this category but it is fitting. So much drama in such a short amount of time.
Alexander Scriabin: Andante from Piano Sonata no. 3. Such a longing heartfelt melody, one of the most underrated in the literature.
John Cage: In a Landscape. Ponderous, calming, but a sense of nostalgia and pain. What landscape are we in? It’s more of a soundscape, waves of notes.