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    • A dreamy, evocative piano with a sense of movement, creates a soft bed to whisper to you that we all have a guardian angel beside us. Can easily be placed in TV soap opera or melodrama film, scenes sprinkled with melancholy, introspective moments, etc.

      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.

      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.

      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.

      A melancholic and relaxing composition played by Vietnamese bamboo flute and piano. Perfect for melancholic movie scenes, video blogs, presentations, slideshows and any project dealing with Asia, Vietnam, nature and love.

      A sad passage featuring a piano and violin. It's almost a slow, dignified march, perhaps for a funeral. Suitable for emotional scenes, sorrowful drama, depressive feelings, and sense of grieving.

      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.

      Deep dramatic electronic music with futuristic mood and airy sound. Good background for scientific videos, sci-fi documentaries, modern developments, cutting edge technology presentations, futuristic innovations, engineering and machinery videos, car advertising, and more. 3 versions are available: 1) full track; 2) short version; 3) seamless loop

      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.

      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.

      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.

      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?

      Very peaceful and sentimental, atmospheric piano track, suitable for media and event projects, nature, and drone photography. This background music creates space for thinking and will add tender emotions and beauty to various visual projects.

      This is a heartbreaking, emotive, and dramatic orchestral composition. The melody is based on the piano, violin, flute, and cello to create a sad, and tragic mood. Ideal for a love story with a broken-heart end, final credits, and for projects where it is necessary to highlight deep sadness, despair, hopelessness, and emptiness.

      Sad and flowing piano composition with a sensitive melody that creates introspection and melancholic mood. It's a perfect soundscape for a romantic drama, ending of a long-term relationship, relaxation, nostalgia, and more.

      A sad, reflective song suitable for emotional and somber moments. The melody sounds a bit like Terminator Main Theme.

      The LightHouse is a delicate cinematic orchestral piece with a dreamy atmosphere. Dramatic, blue, and elegant with a slow piano and moody trumpet. An ideal soundtrack for movie scenes with a sense of longing, grief, and loss, nostalgic moments, remembering of the past.

      This is a reflective and slightly mysterious piano music, full of sadness and regret. Bittersweet, tender, and poignant. Evokes a feeling of deep loss, disillusioned love, sad farewells. Suitable for religious services, funeral, and memorial videos.

      Emotional and expressive cinematic cue with a touch of sadness. Featuring a soft felt piano, harp, and elegant and vibrant strings. Ideal for a heartfelt drama, gentle melancholy, timeless moments, tender hope, or sorrow.

      Tranquil cinematic Piano background music calm restrained for reflective settings. drama advertise TV/slideshow flash documentary etc. Comforting sad and moving.

      An elegant soft lifting piano composition with an uplifting outlook.This theme will grab your viewers, and stirs up emotions of love, happiness, and romance. This music will fit well for a wide range of love, romance, commercials, careful and tender situations. Full of love, passion, romance, and emotions.

      The sad and beautiful melody begins as though from apart at a piano with support of strings, then sounds at an oboe. It excites, gives hope, and awakes memories. This cinematic soundtrack is perfect for scenes that are reflective, sad, and romantic. Also will fit for dramatic movie, video projects, and etc.

      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.

      The state of mind before a bigger stage ahead. Calm and peaceful, inspiring cinematic track. Will be fit well into space documentary, nature landscape and drone photography, time lapse or biography drama.

      A deep, contemplative piano track with accompanying strings. Sad yet hopeful. Perfect for cinematic productions.

      Atmospheric abstract ambient music, full of darkness and drama. Great for cinematic film trailers, thriller scenes, emotional and sad mood, mysterious suspense, documentary films, and more.

      Dramatic and apocalyptical melodic progressive house music with punchy drums, massive synth, seductive vocal chops and lush melody. Great for sport events, epic blockbuster trailers, video game demonstrations, promotional videos. similar to Linkin Park, Evanescence

      Beautiful, dramatic cinematic composition about falling in love and losing your innocence. Perfect for bittersweet moments, tears of joy, happiness, and sadness, sentimental and heartfelt dramas, advertising involving families, children, caring for the elderly, romantic wedding reception, 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.

      Gentle and sorrowful piano ballad reflecting on love and loss. Suitable for documentaries and charity, funeral and memorials, loss and depression.

      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.

      Calm cinematic composition featuring Celtic-flavored orchestral theme. An ideal underscore for fantasy films or fairytale plots, distant dreamscape, enchanting storytelling, traditional Gaelic documentaries, beautiful nature landscape. It is based on piano, guitar, dulcimer, harp, strings instruments, cello, viola, bass, solo strings, flute, bells, percussion, drums and more. Similar to Game of Thrones HBO series.

      Heartful and dreamy piano orchestral tune with touchful and emotional mood. Ideal for motivational speeches, love story, wedding videos, sad film and other.

      A delicate and melancholic track featuring piano and strings, and rain sound effects to evoke relaxation and tranquility. Suitable for a pensive and contemplative scene with a sense of loneliness, abandonment, sadness, loss, acceptance, and other human feelings in the condition of deprivation.

      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.

      Beautiful and tranquil acoustic composition played with electric and acoustic guitars and smooth rhythmic section.Very melodic and sincere. Ideal for any kind of project where calm, relaxation, and a thoughtful atmosphere are needed.

      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.

      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 cinematic royalty-free track that instills fear and horror with its sounds and gloomy atmosphere. Perfect for killing scenes, dangerous movie situations, psychological thrills and creepy video games.

      Heart Abandoned is a captivating, soaring, thought-provoking track with a feeling of sadness and beauty has a very smooth and gentle piano movement in the background. This heartfelt and beautifully reflective composition is designed for memorial videos, funerals, and commemorative events.

      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.

      This is emotional and sentimental classical piano music, full of nostalgia and feeling of sadness. The ideal soundtrack for cinematic drama, Memorial Day or commemorative events, thoughtful scenes or sense of sorrow.

      Mysterious, enigmatic, emotive piano piece. It evokes distant memories, sadness but at the same time is gentle and mellow.

      An ambient and atmospheric loop with haunting synth drones, chilling bell, and piano motifs, and a soft driving rhythm. Leaves plenty of room for voiceovers or sounds great as ambient background music.

      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

      Dramatic and melancholic future acoustic track. The main melody is played with the support of digital synths and guitars. There are synths, strings, bass and electronic drums in the background. This track is great for sad, emotive, touching moments of your videos or presentations.

      Sad, emotional and dramatic music in cinematic style. Subtle and gentle piano with the orchestra playing beautiful and mysterious piece.

      New age royalty-free music with ethereal vocal chops and contemplative and peaceful mood. With atmosphere similar to the lonely desert where only rocks and som lively plants can exist. Ideal for science fiction plots, extraterrestrial life, abandoned places, abstract slide shows, experimental video art projects, etc.

      An emotional and dramatic piano piece, full of dark apathy and sadness. Imagine staying in a deep underwater, it's dark and calm there, cold sunny rays seep through the thickness of the water, and you are drowning in your emotions. Ideal background music for indie games, various cinematic uses, memorial video, space themes, thriller scenes, and more.

      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.

      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.

      A sad yet sweet, nostalgic, and hopeful piano track. This looped version may actually add to its effect, as it never resolves itself, thus remaining in seemingly never ending state of longing, sadness, and melancholy.

      An atmospherical, dreamy and very intimate short piano-only piece that gives an ethereal melancholic feeling. Ideal for cinematic scenes depicting melancholia, reflexive and thoughtful mood, depression, flashbacks, etc

      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.

      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.

      Atmospheric sad background music. This track is great for ethnic and oriental scenes, mountains, waterfalls, grassland, herds of sheep, desert, documentary videos about nature, people, eastern world, and more.

      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.

      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.

      A smooth, sad, yet promising tune. Less is more on this track. Beautiful strings over a warm synth pad.

      Nostalgic and passionate Latin urban track featuring Strings, Synths, Vocal Chops, Bass and urban Drums and Percussion. Perfect for a romantic story, lingerie commercials, life benefits, cocktail parties, in-store music, hotel resorts, drone footage, or for any project needing a nostalgic mood.

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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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