Royalty free Sad music

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This is a piece of emotional and sentimental piano music, full of memories and sadness. Suitable for dramatic films, as slow and touching intro music, nostalgic documentary, touching drama, or melancholic and thoughtful scenes.
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.
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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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An emotional loop for piano and acoustic guitar capturing the memory of something that once was and can never be again. Great for games, films, podcasts, documentaries, 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.
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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.
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Beautiful Melancholic solo piano background in Yann Tiersen maanoier. Perfect for video productions, advertising, slide shows, film underscore, documentary and more.
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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?
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This short organ loop paints images of an old cathedral organ in the medieval/classical times, abandoned churches, creepy mansions, haunted graveyards, and more! Great for games!
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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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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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A relaxing, peaceful and questioning piano piece, with a nostalgic 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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A beautiful 60 second track for piano and strings. This track is very moving and emotional and serves well as an underscore or background for tragic, sad, and heartbreaking scenes.
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Oppressive music, with slowly building cinematic tension that gives a sensation of increasing menace and inevitable fatal end. Performed by orchestra and choir. Perfect for psychological thrillers, crime dramas, war documentaries with the main theme about assassinations, victims, terror and horror.
0:29 , 0:32
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Sad Hip-Hop Loop with powerful drums and a beautiful guitar melody. Suitable as a backdrop for a dramatic story or video on street crime. Enjoy!
1:35 , 1:42
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Inspiring and motivational theme for piano and strings. Perfect for trailers, presentations, advertising and more.
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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Dramatic film trailer music with touching, reflective, haunting and beautiful mood. Perfect for scenes of suspense, eternal love, memorial slideshow, indie documentaries, or even thriller movies. This track includes different layers of hunted pads atmospheres in order to achieve a deep sound and a haunting texture.
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Beautiful classical orchestral piano track with touchful and emotional melody. Great background tune for atmospheric time-lapse videos, romantic reflective films, slideshows and other. I used instruments piano, cello, viola, violins.
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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.
1:33 , 0:28, 0:53, 3:00
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PREMIUM QUALITY massive, huge, dramatic, inspirational original score. An epic soundtrack for film trailers, games, powerful presentations, and any other inspiring projects.
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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 classical piece, with solo violin soaring on the other instruments of the orchestra. Touching and intense melody, particularly suitable as dramatic or romantic soundtrack.
1:31 , 0:34, 3:10
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Cinematic emotional background, reminiscent of hollywood composers likeThomas Newman and film scores like Shawshank Redemption. Features piano, strings, oboe. This is a very filmic and cinematic piece starting with light sprinklings of piano along with ambient pads and subtle violins, to be accompanied later by a full string ensemble and oboe. There is plenty of space and it would work great for film underscore.
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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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Ethereal guitar chord drones create a meditative pad. Great for underscoring emotional moments in projects.
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A beautiful solo piano is accompanied by lush, emotional strings. Poignant, uplifting and stirring. Great for trailers, weddings, and projects that need a touching soundtrack.
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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.
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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Everything comes to an end but gives way to a new opportunity. This beautiful solo piano loop carries the emotional journey of an end and a new beginning.
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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A beautiful solo piano loop with arpeggiated chordal harmony (think Beethoven or Mozart) and a simple melody. This loop is classical with and cinematic flair. Great for games and film!
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Beautiful and sad piano composition, that evokes sentimental feelings.
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A soothing, yet sad, almost dark piano-based ambient track.
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A dark, strange and ambient piano piece with some synth . Perfect for ominous scenes, mysterious horror movie, darkness, depression, bi-polar, psychological thriller.
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A sad, dark background piano piece. Perfect for a wide range of video and film projects.
1:56 , 2:29, 2:29U, 2:35
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A peaceful, contemplative track with a strong sense of longing and nostalgia. Featuring a soothing piano with a reversed echo, ambient strings, and a droning analog synth.
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Strange suspense is a dark and scary track, full of danger and tension. Great for horror and suspense films, spy and crime videos. Also perfect for mysterious and fear scenes, thrillers and much more. Moods: confused, crazy, dangerous, evil, foreboding, freaky, haunting, psycho, destructive, nightmare, chaotic, dissonant, mad. Instruments: synth keys, contrabass, sfx, synth pads, piano
1:42 , 1:55
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Cinematic, dramatic and epic orchestral cue, with strings, and a bold horn melody. Conveys, respect, awe and power. Great for trailers, documentaries and projects that need an emotional, climactic Hollywood style soundtrack.
1:09 , 2:29
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Welcome to the world of epic trailer music! This energetic piece is perfect to engage your audience and can be used for trailers, films, games, intros, websites and other projects.
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A sad slow melody with piano and double bass. Track made in a classical manner.
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Contemplative and dreamy background music. Featuring acoustic guitar fingerpicking and kick drum. Reflective and calm background music for a relaxed, optimistic and blissful feel.
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A mysterious, strange and spooky music box featured track. Perfect for horror films and mysterious thrillers, paranormal activity, ghosts, Halloween background music, and any project needing a haunting feel.
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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 cinematic and emotional solo piano track exuding melancholic and contemplative emotions. Perfect underscore for film, trailers, documentaries and more. Similar to Max Richter and Olafur Arnalds.
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A beautiful, heartfelt and bittersweet orchestral piece. Perfecting for creating an emotional and sensitive mood.
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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 mournful, emotional piece reflecting sadness, loss etc. Features sweeping strings, an intimate piano melody and light bells. Suitable for documentaries, podcasts, presentations etc.
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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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A beautiful, contemplative choir piece. Featuring beautiful chord progressions, but also unexpected and peculiar ones, adding to the contemplative and questioning nature.
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A sad and lonely song played with a piano.
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Tense and dramatic atmosphere, with the end of the loop that recalls the beginning with the strength of a magnet. Instrumentation based on digital synths, with powerful percussive base, tubular bells and a wonderful saxophone.
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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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Tension and unease drive this solo piano loop. There is a sense of mystery and longing as if searching for some long lost secret. Great for games, films, and more!
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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.
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Nostalgic cinematic solo piano. Delicate and hopeful, mellow and sentimental film score in a romantic love, gentle reflections and contemplative mind feel.
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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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This one is a calm and sad Hip Hop loop. Suitable as background for versatile projects. Enjoy!
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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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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 creepy and sad music box theme. It features a very subtle, ghostly background accompaniment.
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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 deep, contemplative piano track with accompanying strings. Sad yet hopeful. Perfect for cinematic productions.
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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 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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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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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 soothing, yet strange and sad string piece. Featuring 2 cellos, violin, and viola.
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A sad, lonely piano track. Perfect for productions dealing with loss and death.
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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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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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Calm, emotive and melancholic easy-listening/hip-hop song with gentle clean guitars and a nice hip-hop drum bit towards the end. A feeling of reflection and gentle sadness throughout the track.
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A very sad and dark ostinato piano track, where the notes in the high and low register of the piano are combined with a mysterious melody.
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A thoughtful, still, and stirring piano and violin piece. Best suits for nature videos, memorial slideshow, sad love stories and time lapses.
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A deep, yearning, emotional orchestral piece. Perfect for sad or uplifting productions.
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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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