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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.
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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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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.
1:03 , 1:12U, 1:58
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Dramatic cinematic music where epicness meets with sadness. Suitable for patriotic films, inspirational documentary, emotional vibrancy, drama with compassion, bravery and heroic feats, promotional trailers and video game.
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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Longing piano chords backed with cello and acoustic guitar develop a story of drama and emotion suggesting and end scene or ending, love or sense of loss and regret. Very useful for period drama for scenes of dramatic emotion requiring an emotional climatic ending.
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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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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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Honoring those who have given everything in battle, surveying the aftermath of a battlefield, and the strength of the human spirit. These are a few images conveyed by the melancholic, yet inspirational orchestral loop. Great for war themes, games, 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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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 bittersweet, nostalgic orchestral strings piece. Suitable to depict a sense of loss, dramatic tragedy, memorial videos, death of beloved one.
1:35 , 1:42
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Inspiring and motivational theme for piano and strings. Perfect for trailers, presentations, advertising and more.
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A mysterious sounding chillout track. Featuring piano, a light drum loop and various fx, this would be ideal for videos, podcasts, etc.
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A soft and loving melody blending elements of love, happiness and emotion to convey a happy ending or romantic love story or friendship. Instrumentation includes acoustic guitar, solo electric guitar, emotional piano, sensual violins and added percussion.
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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.
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.
1:53 , 1:58
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Heartful and dreamy piano orchestral tune with touchful and emotional mood. Ideal for motivational speeches, love story, wedding videos, sad film and other.
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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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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.
1:57 , 2:05
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Beautiful sad piano track with a melancholic and emotional mood similar to Thomas Newman and Yann Tiersen soundtrack. Featured instruments are piano, celli, viola, violins. Great for films, slideshow, atmospheric nature videos
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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Mysterious, enigmatic, emotive piano piece. It evokes distant memories, sadness but at the same time is gentle and mellow.
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This is dark and suspenseful piano music, full of tension and mystery. 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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'The Weeping of the Ocean' is a beautiful piece of music featuring a soft and emotional piano tune, accompanied by atmospheric sounds. The music slowly builds up into a dramatic climax. This sensitive and touching track will fit perfectly for a wide range of promotional media, including sensitive marketing videos, corporate emotional videos, projects related to nature, ecology, humanity, healing and deep feelings.
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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.
1:44 , 0:28, 1:05, 2:34
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A cinematic, dramatic and epic instrumental production with an exciting and adventurous feel. Ideal for movie trailers, sports, emotional powerful moments, video games, a wide range of promotional media, commercials and more.
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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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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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This is a suspenseful and anxious ambient thriller piano music, full of drama and tension. Ideal for mystery scenes, crime series CSI style, detective shows, medical dramas, etc.
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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Contemplative emotional Piano chords backed with longing sad strings and mournful cello. The theme is slow and conveys a sense of loss or feeling sad or depressed making it very useful for period dramas.
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This is an atmospheric suspenseful ambient guitar music, full of tension and drama. A dark, smoky road movie theme, straight from the world of David Lynch. Great for dark mystery scenes, film noir, waiting moments, etc.
1:55 , 0:30, 1:00, 2:16
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A motivational, inspirational and powerful hip-hop beat. Great for projects related to sports, cars 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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Memories of a past life, remembering love and loss, and the sadness that always seems to resurface. These are just a few images brought to mind with this bittersweet piano loop.
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Heroic loop with a choir, trumpet, piano and violin. This determined background music suitable for Memorial day, spiritual videos, historic films, documentaries about Old Empires, civil war battlefields, and more.
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Beautiful and sad piano composition, that evokes sentimental feelings.
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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.
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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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A sad, dark background piano piece. Perfect for a wide range of video and film projects.
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A relaxing, peaceful and questioning piano piece, with a nostalgic mood.
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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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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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
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!
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Ethereal guitar chord drones create a meditative pad. Great for underscoring emotional moments in projects.
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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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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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A sad and lonely song played with a piano.
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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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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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.
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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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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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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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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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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 creepy and sad music box theme. It features a very subtle, ghostly background accompaniment.
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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 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.
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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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.
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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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