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    • My Guardian Angel by AG Music

      My Guardian Angel is a very cinematic & romantic theme with soft and mellow orchestra sound, Ideal for any drama, romance, trailer & or movie scene.

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      Tears Of Sorrow by Audiocalm

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

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      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.

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      September Rain by ihsandincer

      This chillstep track is perfect for a wide range of projects, including vlogs and commercials. This piece features live electric guitars, soft bass lines and drum hits. There's also a piano melody that gives this song a dreamy feel. A great choice for vlogs, commercials, Youtube videos, and many more media projects.

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      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.

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      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.

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      Street Samurai by FabianKreutzerSound

      A relaxing Asian chillhop track that will bring a peaceful and serene feel to your project. Featuring traditional Japanese instruments, like the koto and shakuhachi. Perfect for any project dealing with Samurai, Karate, traditional martial arts, and Japan.

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      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.

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      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.

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      Fog After Rain by MintWhale

      A melancholic and sentimental ambient piano theme with slow soundscapes, spacey textures, and pads. Perfectly suits as background music for slow-motions, nature documentaries, romantic clips, aerial footage, memorial videos, emotional videos, or meditation practices.

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      Sad Drama by ColourTunes

      This sad and emotional royalty free music track is perfect for drama movies, cinematic films, trailers, documentaries, inspiring commercials, hollywood movie themes and short film.

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      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.

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      A Staircase To The Moon by Emilio Merone

      This is an intimate and melancholic modern classical track featuring a delicate piano and chamber strings. The composition has a contemplative mood and is perfect for scenes involving thoughtfulness, introspection, nostalgic feeling, or romantic scenarios.

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      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.

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      Creepy Music Box Theme 2 by Erick McNerney

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

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      The Memory Of Us by AG Music

      “The Memory of Us” is beautiful, tender, and romantic background music for your projects. This track is perfect for romantic and inspiring slideshows, love story videos, inspirational commercials or documentary films, charity video campaigns, wedding background music, and sentimental videos.

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      Winter Is Coming by Eitan Epstein Music

      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.

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      Crossroads Of Minds by Chains Production

      This sad and dramatic hip-hop track evokes images of violent and tragic events. This music piece has aggressive, uneasy undertones that fit documentary videos about war, accidents, shocking events, and scenes of crime and urban decay. The deep bass hits in this track will send chills up the spine while a piano groans away in the background.

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      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.

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      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.

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      Rainy Mountains by MintWhale

      Warm and nostalgic piano music, with airy ambient soundscapes, and textures. Perfect as background music for slow-motion videos, documentaries, nature clips, cinematic soundtrack, memorial videos, etc.

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      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.

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      Valor And Courage by DPmusic

      This one is a very dramatic and powerful cinematic track with electric guitar, piano, strings, drums, and warm analog synth featuring. Perfect background for dramatic events, tragic videos, inspiring speeches, human drama, drone footages, atmospheric views, and many more.

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      Through Your Eyes Only by Emilio Merone

      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.

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      Geometric Fragments by Infraction

      Dramatic chillstep track with a trap beat and modern atmospheric sounds. The entire track has that breathtaking vibe that will perfectly set the tone for your next project. This track is suitable for the versatility of projects, including technology, corporate video, openers, fashion ads, and much more.

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      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.

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      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.

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      Classical Drama by APmuse

      This emotional and dramatic classical composition combines orchestral style with modern harmonies to portray a tragic, but hopeful mood. The piece is dramatic and epic but also pensive and melancholic, making it excellent for film, tv, documentaries, and commercials.

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      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.

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      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?

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      Mafia Territory by Geoff Harvey

      Dulcimer, accordion and moody string phrases combine to create this classic 1970’s style Italian ganster, mobster style piece containing elements of crime and the underworld. The piece has a slight retro feel, reminiscent of a 1970s movie, to give it an urban, gritty, feel.

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      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.

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      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.

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      Our Sad Memories by MintWhale

      A sad, peaceful ambient piano music, with spatial soundscapes and slow pads. Great as background music for slow-motions, documentaries about nature, romantic films, aerial footage, memorable videos, or cinematic soundtrack.

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      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.

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      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.

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      Spend Life Together by DPmusic

      This one is a mellow and lyrical cinematic piano track with piano, strings, cello, and harp featuring. Beautiful background for weddings, nostalgic videos, romantic and sentimental videos, emotional moments, slideshows, inspiring speeches, charity videos, and many more. 2 versions are available: full track/piano-only version.

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      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.

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      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.

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      Emotional Sorrow by ColourTunes

      An emotional royalty free background music track. Perfect for accompanying a sad, sorrowful, or dramatic scene. Melody is performed on stringed instrument Kemancha (also kamanche or kamancha). Thanks for listening and purchasing.

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      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.

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      Forgive Me by Audiocalm

      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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      Deep Hypnotic Night by MintWhale

      Relaxing chill ambient music, with rhodes chords, airy pads, spatial female vocals, and a slow downtempo beat. Great as background music for nature documentaries, promos, romantic moments, timelapse footages, memorable videos, etc.

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      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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      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.

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      The Moon And The Owl by Emilio Merone

      Beautiful and melancholic piano composition, the expressive piano is accompanied by atmospheric pads and a soft orchestral section. It will perfectly complement your video content, background music for a dramatic film, love scenes, or any other project.

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      Slow Emotions by Eitan Epstein Music

      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.

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      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.

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      Our Lives by MintWhale

      Romantic chill-out music, with airy guitar melody, warm Rhodes chords, calm pads, vocals, and a hip-hop beat. Great as background music for intimate atmosphere, documentaries, travel content, nature time-lapses, and romantic films.

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      Finding The Light by Brian Holmes

      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.

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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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