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    • A Long Road by Music Ideas

      A soft, relaxing pop background music with a light and airy sound. The piano plays a soft romantic melody with additional percussion and bass. This music will be perfect for background use in your video projects and is also suited for creative presentations, commercials, and other media projects.

      Starfall by White Koala Music

      Beautiful and dreamy ambient background music with gentle piano and emotional female vocals. Creates magic peaceful atmosphere with a slight touch of sadness. Intimate soundscape for making special mood. Includes strings and airy pads, reverbed electronic drums and deep bass. Suitable for sentimental films, emotional cinematic, travel vlogs, meditation, advertising, commercial projects, any type of presentation that needs light female voice with soft accompaniment.

      Somewhere by Mark Kueffner

      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.

      The Story Of Feelings by Audioflame

      This bittersweet romantic ballad includes piano, acoustic guitar, and strings and is created in a dramatic cinematic style. It creates a pleasant romantic mood ideal for various video projects about broken hearts, finding new love, and relationships. Perfect for TV commercials, movies, and other promotional material where tender feelings prevail.

      Historical Drama by DPmusic

      This beautiful and enchanting cinematic piano music is filled with a sense of hope in anticipation of the resolution and is strengthened as the piece progresses. The composition begins with a bright and hopeful feeling, creating an atmosphere that could be described as innocent and childlike. As soon as this feeling of lightness has been set, a more mysterious and dark side comes up, creating tension and conflict. Suddenly, everything becomes silent while we wait for something to happen. Here, the strings play with poise and elegance. Then, there is a sudden change; we're back in our world again. This piece gives us plenty of emotions: drama and excitement one moment, reflective introspection another time then come sadness, regretfulness, and nostalgia.

      Piano Sadness by Jon Wright

      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.

      Crime Syndicate by Media Music Pro

      This song is inspired by the film The Godfather. The haunting melody is played on trumpet and accompanied by acoustic guitar in waltz time, intertwining with a counter-melody played on accordion. It evokes a sad, nostalgic, and poignant feeling. Perfect for Italo-American-themed productions.

      The Cries Of The Sad by Eitan Epstein Music

      Melancholic and lyrical violin music, full of sadness and emotions. It is great for sentimental and sad trailers, tragic background music, holocaust scenes, sad romance and love stories, winter and autumn seasons, death and funeral scenes, quiet and slow cinematic background music, agony and pain moods, drama and thoughtful projects, memorial videos, loneliness and depression, and much more. orchestration: solo violin, piano, cellos section

      Eastern Dream by Ryo Utasato

      Middle Eastern female voices and violins with strings. Deep, sensitive and sad music is a perfect background for a sad scenes and videos.

      The Longest Winter by Eitan Epstein Music

      This is sad and emotional cinematic orchestral music, full of emotions and memories. It is great for winter and autumn projects, stormy weather and snow scenes, nature films, sad and melancholic situations, drama scenes, apocalypse and tragic trailers and much more.

      Anxious Time by DPmusic

      This one is an anxious and tragic cinematic piano track with piano, strings, tubular bell, and cello featuring. Good background music for dramatic videos, tragic events, sorrowful moments, catastrophic videos, sad videos, and more.

      Deep Canyon by Yuri Rozenfeld

      A great little sad music returns the listener in times cowboys and westerns. Unobtrusive melody guitar solos with the rhythm guitar and gradually increasing the bass guitar and drums.

      Blade In The Twilight by Makesound

      Blade in the Twilight an epic cinematic orchestral track. Perfect for movie blockbuster trailers, cinematic videos, teasers, openers, video games, videohive projects, timelapse videos, media projects, presentations, and slideshows.

      Tragic Event by DPmusic

      This is a tragic and sorrowful piano tune with a deep emotional atmosphere and dark dramatic sound. Good background for sad videos, grievous loss, funeral events, despair and hopelessness videos, heroic death, prayers, memorial videos, and many more. 2 versions are available: full track / piano solo version

      Creepy Music Box Theme 2 by Erick McNerney

      A creepy and sad music box theme. It features a very subtle, ghostly background accompaniment.

      Losing Ground by AG Music

      This ambient track creates a relaxing ambiance. Ideal for yoga, meditation, or massage. You can use it anywhere in your project, including film, documentary, or natural production. It will add a soothing atmosphere and make your audience feel more comfortable and relaxed.

      Tears Of Sorrow by Audiocalm

      Sadness and melancholy piano orchestral track with cinematic mood. Good for dramatic movies, atmospheric slideshow, heartful moments.

      Grievous Loss by DPmusic

      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.

      Chilled And Soulful by Mark Woollard

      This soft and sentimental track has a warm and loving feel. The twinkling guitar is accompanied by a gentle piano and light percussion track, creating a perfect background for moments of tenderness or introspection. It could work well as on-hold music and as soothing background music in video games, television shows, or film projects.

      Orchestral Story by Audiocalm

      Classical orchestral piano track with sad and tense mood featuring vioins, viola, cello, piano. Good for slideshow, timelapses, motivational projects, short films, nature journey etc.

      An Emotional Heartfelt Plea by Erick McNerney

      A beautiful sad instrumental, almost funeral like cinematic and classical violins piece. Perfect as sad music for productions, lonely scenes in videos.

      Horror Movie by Rolikmusic

      Eerie and mysterious soundtrack. Use this track to build suspense in your mystery movie, intro, teaser, short trailer, cinematic opener, games, and advertising projects. This track is perfect for Halloween horror movies, intense slasher scenes, or any kind of visual representation of a ghostly apparition or scary creatures.

      Falling Apart by Makesound

      This epic, cinematic orchestral track will make a perfect background for your video game or movie trailer. It starts with a quiet tense intro and explodes into a bombastic orchestral crescendo with powerful strings, dynamite percussion, and epic brass and strings. Perfect for your motion picture trailer or Kickstarter campaign.

      We Will Survive by AG Music

      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.

      Lost In A City by Emilio Merone

      Tense and dramatic cinematic soundtrack featuring strings, piano, and electronic synths. Ideal for any tense or suspenseful situation where a more serious and reflective mood is needed. A dark and foreboding orchestral soundscape evokes a sense of nostalgia, sadness, and worry.

      Impromptu by Emilio Merone

      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.

      Tears Of Love by Audiocalm

      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.

      Acoustic Autumn by Mark Woollard

      This acoustic track is poetic and reflective, featuring lush strings, piano, and acoustic guitar. This tune is perfect for use in emotional dramas such as relationship dramas or tales of lost love, grief, and hope that doesn't die.

      Melancholy Requiem by Audiocalm

      Sad melancholy classical sorrow tune. A good choice for dramatical films, reflective moments, touchful videos, documentary scenes, short movies. Featuring piano, viola, cello, violins.

      Secret Garden by Andrea Quarin

      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?

      Melancholic Day by Audiocalm

      A beautiful and touching solo piano piece with a very sad and sentimental mood. This music is perfect for any kind of cinematic scene that needs to express sincere feelings in melancholic short films, heartfelt drama, romantic scenes, and more.

      Emotional Stillness by Jon Wright

      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.

      Honor The Fallen by Mark Kueffner

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

      Remember The Time by Premium TraX

      Emotional, peaceful, and sentimental cinematic music track featuring beautiful cello melodies accompanied by warm piano chords. Great for films, documentaries, games and videos.

      Ambient Visions by Eitan Epstein Music

      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.

      Epic Piano by Christian Aen

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

      Our Lonely Road by AG Music

      Very sentimental, cinematic, and emotional music track, perfect as background music for any sad and dramatic scenes

      Into The Sunset by Azovmusic

      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.

      Forgive Me by Audiocalm

      Sad and emotional piano track with melancholic and nostalgic mood. Great for film, slideshow song, heartfelt drama, reflective moments, wedding videos. Instruments are piano and orchestral strings.

      Inspiring Heart by Audiocalm

      This beautiful modern classical track with a touching melody creates a tender, melancholic mood. The emotional piano and strings create an atmosphere of deep sadness without being dramatic or overwhelming. Can be used in emotional films, deep timelapse movies, Hollywood romantic movies, heartfelt dramas, trailers, and slideshows.

      Deep Hopelessness by Audioblyca

      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.

      Belief And Hope by Audiocalm

      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.

      Quiet Night by MintWhale

      When you need to set a relaxed mood and have a story to tell, try this chill-out music. Warm and slow, it features felt piano, calm pads, ambient textures, and soundscapes. Great for slow motions, aerials, documentaries, and drama stories.

      Sadness Through The Window by Audioblyca

      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.

      Acoustic Summer Dreams by Nazar Rybak

      Gentle acoustic ballad music 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.

      Behind The Clouds by AG Music

      It is a cinematic track made in the style of romantic music. The track is perfect for any movie or film project where you need a touch of sadness and yearning without fear of losing hope. It can be used as background music for romantic scenes, sad love stories, movies, and more.

      Mysterious Angels by Eitan Epstein Music

      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 music, and memorial videos.

      Love Till Now by Jack White

      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 music soundscape.

      Troubled Waters by Strat 56

      This slow, haunting rock instrumental is perfect for film trailers, documentaries, or as background music in short films. It has a sense of longing and life struggles. Also suitable for scenes related to sorrow, loss, introspective and similar stuff. Great electric guitar sound with ambient type swells and "strings" rendering. A foundation of steady bass guitar and soft snare rim shots.

      Heart Abandoned by AG Music

      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 music, and commemorative events.

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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 manipulate the desired response and create an authentically beautiful background soundscape.

    Historical background of sad music.

    While historians suggest that music has been created to express feelings for thousands of years, we can start recording its journey after entering Western societies as an art form. 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 ten 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 of using minor keys for sad background music and major keys for happy music.

    Sad music in pop culture.

    Like how the artists above produced symphonies for operas, music is now essential in soundtracking movies to heighten viewers' connection to it. Modern examples of popular songs 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, another instrument synonymous with producing a sad song. Even though more upbeat tunes are also played on a piano, it has commonly been used by musicians such as John Lennon and Coldplay for their more reflective moments.

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

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