Royalty free Sad music

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A sense of bittersweet melancholy and eternal peace is present in this orchestral composition. Featuring piano, flute, harp, strings sound. Perfect as background music for dramatic films, theatrical performance, sad biography documentaries, emotional plots, and other sentimental projects.
1:30 , 2:19
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This is motivational and hopeful royalty free music with an inspirational and lovely melody. Can be ideal background music for a sensitive love confession, beautiful emotional romantic scene, wedding ceremony, reflective moments, atmospheric timelapse, travel, Vimeo, family photo slideshows, Valentine's Day.
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Slow, melancholic, thoughtful and reflective piano piece. Mood transforms from melancholic to hopeful. Instruments include piano and violins. Sad music classical background to use in YouTube videos and storytelling.
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Epic Dark Horror Drama. A sombre, dramatic and tragic paranormal soundtrack, that combines feelings of terror, love, emotion, and paranoia.A beautiful, gloomy, eerie, mysterious and touching piece of music that blends life with death, good with evil and the real with the inexplicable.
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Beautiful sad to happy piano orchestral classical track with the inspirational, yet patriotic mood. Ideal for cinematic projects, motivational speech, nature timelapses, atmospheric videos, emotional slideshow. Used piano, viola, violins, strings staccato, sub.
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An emotional, minimal cinematic acoustic piano track accompanied by light flautando strings and synths. Conveys an atmosphere of thoughtfulness and contemplation. Very good sad music instrumental for a sad scenes in videos, movies and theaters.
1:53 , 0:31, 1:02, 2:34U, 2:34
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Ambient electronic composition, with a futuristic, epic, and alien sound. Perfect underscore for projects needing space soundscape, like new era gadgets presentations, sci-fi visuals, Star Wars alike movies, voyage to the depths of the universe, exploring galaxies, nebulas, stars, and even planets as seen from NASA's Hubble telescope. This track evokes conscious feels.
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Enigmatic, dreamy, tense modern orchestral score with a dark harp sound as lead instrument. A secret garden is revealed, but is it a beautiful, warm one or a cold, sad one?
1:00 , 0:33, 1:03
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Intimate and melancholic track with deep pensive mood. This background music is suitable to create a relaxing, intimate feeling in sci-fi films, documentaries about a lonely planet, universe infinity, heart-break scenes, time passing, abandoned cities, etc. Highly emotive and soulful.
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This is heartfelt and emotive cinematic music with light dramatic mood and warm sound. This orchestral royalty free music will be perfect as background audio for films, romantic videos, adventure videos, movie trailers, inspiring and emotional videos, sentimental and beautiful multimedia projects.
1:50 , 3:02
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Heartful and emotive tune with sad and hopeful melody. Suitable for the beautiful romantic scene, sensitive love story, heartfelt drama, emotional journey and other. Featured instruments: piano, cello, viola, violins.
0:25 , 1:38
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Melancholic, calm, mournful, quiet, soothing, touching composition. This track is perfect for the memorial videos, dramatic films, social theme documentaries, remembrance and sadness, unreal dreams, broken heart, sad projects, podcasts and more.
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Beautiful cinematic composition with a melancholic piano melody and sensitive strings. Works great for cinematic use, incredible nature videos, historical documentaries, memorials, dramatic love scenes, atmospheric timelapse, and video content with themes of child protection, animal rights, Greenpeace eco-projects, etc.
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Tranquil cinematic Piano background music calm restrained for reflective settings. drama advertise TV/slideshow flash documentary etc. Comforting sad and moving.
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This is sad, tragic and sorrowful music with dramatic and sentimental mood. This gentle and melancholic royalty free track can perfectly fit for dramatic and tragic videos, sad stories, rainy days, love storytellings, irreplaceable loss videos, mourning and suffering emotions videos, spiritual and soulful videos and more.
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A sad, cinematic piano and violin track. Slow, pensive and brooding with a sliver of hope. Suitable for pensive reflective scenes, melancholia, memories about the past, dreamy mood.
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A sad, reflective song suitable for emotional and somber moments. The melody sounds a bit like Terminator Main Theme.
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This is profound and heartfelt ambient music with sensitive piano, touching electric guitar, and strings featured. This beautiful and truly soulful track can perfectly fit as background for any social drama, human relationships, love stories, deep space views, drone videos, wedding and romantic videos, cinematic and heartwarming stories or other lovely and sincere multimedia projects.
1:41 , 2:21
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Sad and emotional piano track with melancholic and nostalgic mood. Great for film, slideshow, heartfelt drama, reflective moments, wedding videos. Instruments are piano and orchestral strings.
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An emotional and haunting loop for piano and cello. There's an alternating feeling of sadness and hope with no real resolution to either and features a beautiful and simple solo on the cello. Great for dramatic themes, historical backgrounds, classical themes, and memorial videos.
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Sad Ghost Story is a piece that evokes the sadness of a misguided spirit using quiet piano and harp melodies. A haunting choir, violin, and other orchestral elements enter the piece giving a feeling of hope and sadness at the same time. Great for scary youtube videos, eerie short films, or any video project requiring some paranormal suspense.
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Dance-style music sequence composed with 8-bit retro sound from the Nintendo Famicom/NES system. Choose this strange and robotic track for retro style projects. Perfect as background music for military-style games, cartoon anime, robotic theme parties, freak show, and more.
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An ominous, dark, scary horror theme. Perfect for introductions to scary films and games, but can also be used in other parts as well.
1:02 , 1:34U, 1:34
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Slow Ambient track that immers you into the warm, tropical sea. This track was made mostly by using steel tongue drum. With many variations and some additional synth sounds like deep bass and pad. This track is great for travel videos, relaxing content and some kind of advertising.
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Mysterious, enigmatic, emotive piano piece. It evokes distant memories, sadness but at the same time is gentle and mellow.
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A bittersweet, nostalgic orchestral strings piece. Suitable to depict a sense of loss, dramatic tragedy, memorial videos, death of beloved one.
1:58 , 2:47
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Sad, emotional and dramatic music in cinematic style. Subtle and gentle piano with the orchestra playing beautiful and mysterious piece.
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Relaxing ambient tune featuring digital-synths, bass, and pads. Perfect as an arrangement basis for space, futuristic project. Can be used as background musiс for mistery travel videos, sleeping apps, games motion graphic, relaxed playlist, neon lighting store, atmospheric exhibitions and many other media purposes that require thoughtful tracks.
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Mysterious and relaxing track in a dark ambient style recalling Twin Peaks series by Lynch. Perfect music for smoky scenes, psychological drama, intimate moments, reflection, sense of lost and other mysterious movies.
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This is a sad and melancholic track, full of pain and emotion. great for sadness and melanchoic scenes, slow and mellow projects, documentary films, slow and drama backgrounds and much more.
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Bittersweet piano composition with a sensitive mood, and persistent melody. Great for various media projects e.g., romantic films, emotive moments, dramatic love story, doubts and reflections, social youtube videos, etc.
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For those who want a touch of class, away from the established patterns of corporate music. This is a clean string quartet, without special effects, elegant and original. Very pleasant to listen, it is suitable for any use.
1:59 , 2:13
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This is deep sad ad and emotional track with mellow and a bit tragic mood. Warm sound of elegant piano with symphonic orchestra create very sensitive and intimate atmosphere. Perfect background music for the dramatic project.
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Electronic style musical sequence with suggestive melodies and ideal for informative multimedia projects.
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This is a dark and suspense piano music, full of tension and mystery. It is great for mysterious documentary films, scary and horror background, fear and thriller trailer, drama and cinematic piano intro, criminal and danger scenes and much more.
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Middle Eastern female voices and violins with strings. Deep, sensitive and sad music is a perfect background for a sad scenes and videos.
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A kinetic, indie rock track with a mood of love and nostalgic reflection. Smooth and enticing melody gives inspiration and hope for the best. The music will be a great addition to cinematic projects, moments of hope and a new beginning, self-discovery or retreat programs.
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Beautiful and sad piano composition, that evokes sentimental feelings.
1:48 , 0:30, 1:00, 2:53
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An electronic ambient composition with a sci-fi and technological sound, similar to Depeche Mode. Great for the cinematic soundscape, space exploration, fantastic light show, robotic technology, future world, virtual reality, scientific researches and documentary films.
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Hip hip instrumental with a dark holiday theme featuring bells, synths, & strings. Possible uses can range from an "evil holiday" scene to a underground hip hop song.
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A dramatic, melancholic, yet hopeful classical string piece. Ideal sad background music for broken heart, deep sadness, death and loss, lost love, funeral slideshow and memorial video.
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A sad, dark background piano piece. Perfect for a wide range of video and film projects.
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Glorious new-age cinematic music intro with exciting sound and a bit tragic melancholic tone. The track contains different instruments: big war drums, violins, cello, live bass, strings. This track can be used in war-themed games and movies, historic documentary films, as an epic movie trailer, etc.
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A sad slow melody with piano and double bass. Track made in a classical manner.
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Mysterious and dramatic classical composition. Smooth melody with piano, celli, viola, violins. Suitable for cinematic and reflective videos, emotional stories, tragic scenes, charity films, suspenseful moments.
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A creepy and sad music box theme. It features a very subtle, ghostly background accompaniment.
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An 82 second loop of sad piano motifs with a quicker animated bridge of subtle optimism. Suggested for scenes of heartbreak, tragedy, natural disaster, underscoring of serious narration, lost love and live theatrical performance use. Key of C Minor, 85 beats/min
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A lonely, passionate and sad tale of loss and despair conveyed through a Romantic, emotional Nylon guitar with strings accompaniment in the background.
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Very intimate slow tempo solo piano track with scratchy sound of old record. Suitable as background music to give a touch of nostalgia, tearful mood for theatrical productions, shadow show, dramatic films, broken heart, memorial videos.
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A sad and lonely song played with a piano.
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A dramatic cinematic orchestral work with an ominous vibe. Use for illustration of falling leaves and snow, haunting house, mysterious content, ghost story, opening or ending for dramatic scenes, various states of sadness, despair, about the afterlife, trailer.
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A sad, lonely piano piece. There is a certain nostalgic sense of wonder. Perfect for a wide range of video projects.
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An unnerving, eerie and dark ambient soundscape. The strings sound demonic and fascinating at the same time. This minimalistic style perfect for filming mystery peojects and horror scenes.
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This is a slow emotional track bassed on piano and strings. Perfect for melancholic and thoughtful scenes and sad emotional mood as confusion, depression, loneliness, hopeless, mystery, sorrow, excitement and much more.
1:24 , 3:12
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Very intimate this solo piano pulls the listener into his world, a world of moments where sadness dominates but also hope.
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Dramatic, emotional sad background music with tragic, yet sentimental mood. Light and mellow piano together with strings and background pads create very deep and sincere soundscape for any cinematic project. Perfect for touching moments, reflection and remembrance of the past, psychological scenes, eternal love, etc.
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Sad, dramatic and melancholic instrumental music track. Suitable for social advertisements, serious life themes, suspicious moments, dramatic cinematic scenes, and more.
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A deep, contemplative piano track with accompanying strings. Sad yet hopeful. Perfect for cinematic productions.
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Beautiful, sad and emotional female vocal music, full of pain and sorrow. Great for melancholy and sorrow, depressing background, apocalypse and apocalyptic scenes, tragedy and disaster films, post-war battlefield and other.
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A sad emotional instrumental music track with touching piano and deep cinematic strings. Perfect for cinematic dramatic, сrying scenes in your videos.
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Cutting edge, emotive Hip Hop song with sad piano melodies and a sense of mega cities ghetto anger and energy.
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Slow, sad solo piano composition in 82 second loop suggested for setting of a formal funeral, serious narrative or bittersweet, tragic love scene, also underscoring images of natural disaster relief and calls to donate. Key of F minor/100 beats/min.
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A beautiful sad instrumental, almost funeral like cinematic and classical violins piece. Perfect as sad music for productions, lonely scenes in videos.
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A deep, emotional, Wagnerian like cinematic string ensemble. Perfect for dark or sad cinematic productions, but can be used in other projects as well.
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A soothing, yet strange and sad string piece. Featuring 2 cellos, violin, and viola.
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This is a sad and melancholic track, full of pain and emotion. great for sadness and melancholic scenes, slow and mellow projects, documentary films, slow and drama backgrounds and much more.
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A very soft and quite atmospheric sad background music, with a smooth piano and sensitive strings. This heartfelt and beautifully reflective mellow piece is perfect for sad winter movie scenes.
1:42 , 1:12, 2:21
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Emotional inspiring music with a sad and touching mood. This tune is perfect for films underscore, nature videos, sentimental projects. It will bring life, emotions, and magic to your production.
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Loop for piano solo, classical style, slow tempo. Sad and nostalgic, for pure pleasure of listening, good in background and for particular atmospheres in video.
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Odyssey is an Atmospheric Rock sad and melancholic theme ideal for shooting driving takes and autumn landscapes
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The realism and vulnerability of this track stands out especially. Full of emotion and heart, this is perfect for dramatic, sad, strange, and even uplifting film scenes. The emotional complexity makes it suitable for a wide range of projects. You can almost feel the orchestra right in front of you.
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A sad, lonely piano track. Perfect for productions dealing with loss and death.
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A dramatic, moving, tragic strings piece. Ideal for a disaster scene, death, broken relationship, sadness, grief, tears, great loss.
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This is a sad and lyrical music, full of sorrow and emotion. Great for drama and melancholic films, sentimental and slow videos, thoughtful and melodrama projects. Also perfect for depression and longing scenes, sensitive backgrounds and more. Instruments: piano, violin, cellos
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This is a slow and dark piano classical music, full of sad emotions. Suitable for funeral and memorial videos, apocalypse and tragedy, post-war and disaster scenes, lyrical and sentimental films, dramatic trailers, depression and sorrow.
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This is a slow ambient drama film music, full of sadness and emotions. Suitable for tragedy documentary, post-war and disaster scenes, lyrical and sentimental moments, dramatic trailers, funeral and memorial, depression and sorrow emotions.
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Music has always been composed to evoke many different emotions, and possibly the most evocative of all is that of sadness. From classical instrumental beginnings, through pop heartbreak, to movie soundtracks, sad music is a powerful medium to both manipulate a desired response and create an authentically beautiful background soundscape.

Historical background of sad music.

Whilst historians suggest music has been created to express feelings for many thousands of years, it is after it enters Western societies as an art form that we can start to record its journey. From the 16th to 20th centuries, composers such as Brahms, Verdi, Schubert, Bach, Elgar, Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven created classical masterpieces that purposefully ebbed and flowed through emotions, and in particular often evoked an overwhelming sadness.

Classic FM's list of 'the 10 best classical music tear-jerkers' is topped by Puccini's Sono Andati? from La Boheme, in part due to the tragic story of death and lost love that it represents, and also the mix of subtle suspense and dramatic operatics that the music pours out. Though not an exact science, there are methods expertly used to create feelings of sadness in these concertos, through pacing and pauses, changes in volume and melody, and carefully selected instruments and keys.

Sadness in orchestral music.

These orchestral instruments of woodwind, brass, percussion and strings have since become ingrained within the sound of sad music. Violins and cellos in particular are still often used in all genres of music for this effect. Specific notes have also gained a reputation in songwriting, especially the theory to use minor keys for sad background music and major keys for happy music.

Sad music in pop culture.

Similarly to how the aforementioned artists produced symphonies for operas, music is now essential in soundtracking movies to heighten the viewer's connection to it. Modern examples of songs that became popular due to the heartbreak they represent in the movies include My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion from Titanic, and Mad World by Gary Jules from Donnie Darko.

The former is a popular ballad, a slow, dramatic sentimental song type and instrumentals, often directly telling a vocal relationship break-up narrative that resonates with the listener. Other mainstream examples of this are showcased on Spotify's 100 strong playlist featuring I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston and Back For Good by Take That. The latter uses a sparse piano, which is another instrument synonymous for producing a sad song. Even though more upbeat tunes are also played on piano, it has commonly been used by musicians such as John Lennon and Coldplay for their more reflective moments.

Whilst seemingly an unwanted emotion, sad continues to be a highly desired music. The human connection that its pitch, intensity, tempo and rhythm create can actually soothe, and means that it will remain an extremely popular medium in all genres.

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