Here is a selection of the most emotional instrumental music played by piano and violin. These songs will give the video a sense of sorrow, sadness, grief, and melancholy touch. Perfect emotion for the closing scene, the end of a film or youtube video, the right background for romantic film scenes, and your love stories.
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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.
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.
Pacifying and pensive, this track features a simple piano that becomes softer and pronounced during the melody line. The track is perfect for accompanying photo slideshows, documentary videos, voiceovers, or any other project requiring a relaxed and organic soundscape.
This piece of sad music with a deep sorrowful atmosphere and soft touch, could bring to the surface those feelings of grief we carry with us every day. Can be used as background music for funerals, mournful videos, grievous events, memorable videos, sad stories, catastrophic videos, prayerful videos, or so.
This one an emotional and sincere piano track with a contemplative atmosphere and touching mood. The main instruments are a grand piano, analog pads, strings, cello, bells, acoustic guitar, and harp. Wonderful background for cinematic videos, films, nature views, drone videos, weddings, romantic moments, sentimental stories, and many more.
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.
This mellow ambient track features soft piano, gentle atmospheric synths, and an emotional atmosphere. This calm track would suit nostalgic and emotional videos, sad cinematic stories, serious videos, memorial videos, trailers, nature videos, slideshows, sentimental timelapse, and other projects requiring sad piano background music.
Tender, peaceful, and moving piano track with light melody reminding us of our long-lost loves. Great background track for emotional scenes, nostalgic videos, or videos that tell a story of someone's past and memories.
Nostalgic ambient piano music which will take you to a scenic journey through emotions and memory, bringing a peaceful and intimate atmosphere. Ideal to create daydreaming mood for videos themed on childhood, nostalgia, and the acceptance of the passage of time. This music will convey positive feelings, reminiscence about good old times which we no longer live. You can use this track as background music for video clips and commercials whose theme is based on the concept of "home", on warmth, or on generosity.
A dramatic and sad cinematic track full of emotions. It features piano, strings, cello, violin, synths, and percussion. This track will suit very well in films, video games, documentaries, dystopian, trailers, and other projects that want a sad emotion.
Beautiful sad to happy piano orchestral classical track with the inspirational, yet patriotic mood. Ideal for cinematic projects, motivational speech, nature timelapse music, atmospheric videos, emotional slideshow. Used piano, viola, violins, strings staccato, sub.
This sad music was composed having in mind a post-war scenario, in which sad people walk down the streets of destroyed buildings and ruins. The music is quite sad, with a midsection in which a Hammond organ and a drum appear. Obviously, it can be also used for other purposes!
Winter Life is dark and emotional cinematic orchestral music, full of sorrow and nostalgia. Great for winter and autumn projects, stormy weather and snow scenes, sad and melancholic situations, tragic film trailers and more.
Dreamy ambient electronic track, with deep bass, e-piano chords, spacey plucks, futuristic sound effects, and a slow glitchy beat. The captivating textures of this track will enhance slow-motion videos and help you visually connect your story with a dreamy mood. Great as background music for documentaries, slow-motion videos, sci-fi films, time-lapses, etc
This track has a certain depth in its mood. The light sound of the piano combined with delicate strings create an atmosphere of total fear and inner sadness. Great for projects needing dramatic soundscape.
This is a dark and emotional cinematic orchestral music, full of sadness and thoughtfulness. Ideal for winter and autumn projects, stormy weather and snow scenes, nature timelapse, dramatic or even tragic scenes, and more.
A beautiful, warm piano composition creates a dreamlike, reflective atmosphere. The tune consists of piano, strings, bass, strings, bells, and drums. Great for a calm documentary and nostalgic scenes, sentimental romantic films, weddings, and more passionate moments.
Combination of a LoFi piano arpeggio keys, electronic sort of progressive sound, and 808 in a Trap style rhythm. It is perfect as a backing track for rapper or as background music for projects, videos, commercials, tv, radio where it wants to emphasize dense, somber, dark and sad aesthetic that characterize this music style
Sad and heartfelt, featuring solo piano played with lots of sentimental expressions. Creates a tender, loving and nostalgic mood. Ideal for tragic scenes, ending of relationships, tearful moments, romantic drama, loneliness, etc.
Unique and beautiful modern classical track, with an ethereal female vocal and very soft kalimba and marimba sequences in the background. The music is completely original and builds up slowly to a powerful and dramatic climax. Perfect for scientific documentaries or other media productions that are looking to create a creative and heartwarming mood.
Dark orchestral serious-toned piece with a somber feel and sad mood. Featuring piano, cello, and staccato strings. Suitable for psychological thrillers and cinematic scenes with deep sorrow, fear of the unknown, suspense, and other dramatic productions.
Mystical and peaceful royalty-free Asian orchestral theme with magical guzheng, strings, drums, brass, woodwinds, piano, and Oriental elements. With an exciting middle section, heroic climaxes, and fantastic dynamics that change, this wonderful instrumental track will enrich any media project. Best for incredible landscapes, documentary movies, or travel visuals.
A dramatic Hip Hop Beat that combines a warlike mood and sadness at the same time. A gentle melody played on duduk, beautifully intertwined with hard trap drums and low bass. Suitable for video games with military themes, movie trailers and documentaries.
Stylish royalty free rock music track with cool electric guitar melody, stomps, claps and atmospheric synths.
Perfect for topics such as: extreme, sports, festival, party, rock concert, announcement, commercial video and more.
Intrigue and suspense urban track featuring dark piano, Plucker, synths, bass, drums, and percussion. Perfect for suspense advertising, intrigue commercials, life benefits, sad scenes, documentaries, drone footage, or for any project needing a suspense or low atmosphere.
Dreamy ambient music, based on calm piano, warm soundscapes, spacey synths, and airy pads. Perfect as background music for promos, documentaries, slow-motion videos, scientific films, time-lapses, etc.
This is deep sad 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.
Inspiring and emotional cinematic background music theme featuring solo violin and cello accompanied by a beautiful symphonic orchestra. Great for films, documentaries, trailers, motivational videos and more.
Sad and romantic urban track featuring piano, synths, vocal chops, mallet, kalimba, bass and drums. Perfect for romantic advertising, lingerie commercials, life benefits, cocktail parties, in-store music, hotel resorts, drone footage or for any project needing a nostalgic and emotive mood.
Gentle acoustic ballad with soft piano and acoustic guitar in a calm and romantic mood. It's suitable as background music for projects relating to relationship, love, romantic and sentimental scenes, family video, slide show, video about good memories, emotional moments, sad and melancholic video, projects relating to care about parents, etc.
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.
A melancholic and serious west coast rap instrumental with piano, saxophone, strings, and strong kick. Suitable as underscore for any project dealing with rap production, gangsters movie, LA and California crime story, sadness feelings, and dark urban vibes.
Emotional Piano with gentle string backing creates a dramatic sense of love, sorrow and emotional sadness. The soft, timely piano chord melody was designed to suggest someone leaving for the last time, or about to never been seen again. Very useful film production music for heroic scene conveying both positivity and negativity for an ideal film end scene.
Dark, atmospheric, haunting cinematic music full of darkness, tension, and dramatic sadness. Great for horror film trailers, thriller scenes like a shadow under the door, mysterious suspense, frightened heartbeat, criminal stories, and more.
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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