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So I tend to be drawn to the more emotionally driven, darker sounding works. They just seem to be more powerful in my opinion [perhaps because there is normally a greater contrast of emotion, so the pretty or happy moments of the piece seem like they are more relieving than something that is pretty throughout.]
Lately, my big ones have been by Rachmaninoff, mainly these:
Rachmaninoff Prelude Opus 32/10 in bm
Rachmaninoff Etude-Tableux Opus 39/2 in am
I just LOVE them.
But, what are your favorite "darker" or sad piano pieces? [Heck, let's even open up to all music, orchestral, or whatever!]
Last edited by TrueMusic; 11/26/1201:18 AM.
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Polish: Liszt Petrarch Sonnet 104 Bach WTC book 1 no. 6. Dello Joio Sonata no. 3
all time favorite is Samuel Barber's 'Adagio for Strings'... love Rachnaminoff's 'Vocalise' theme to Schindler's list and theme to 'The Deer Hunter'... all gregorian chants sound haunting and sometimes lonely to me...
beyond the 88 keys it would be, very(!) randomly things like Brahms: 3rd pianoquartet, slow movement Bach: 'Erbarme dich' Mahler: ' ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen'/4th movement of the 9th symphony Schubert: stringquintet, slow mov. Rachmaninoff: 2nd symphony, slow mov. Beethoven 7: idem Scriabin 1st symph. idem Tchaikovsky: 6th s. 4th m Schumann: violinconcerto, slow m. Elgar: ist sym, slow mov., or Enigma: 'Nimrod'
sorry have to stop here, no end to this
Longtemps, je me suis couché de bonne heure, but not anymore!
Most of the music I play is sad because I prefer sad music, so I could list almost all music I enter in my piano practice diary. However I have also changed a bit. I used to only play sad music of the romantic period, but now I also like more modern music with dissonances.
[...] Mahler: ' ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen'[...]
One of my all-time time favourites that I have often cited in various contexts in the Pianist Corner. The desert-island recording of this work has to be that of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau with Karl Böhm and the Berlin Philharmonic, recorded in 1964 and never equalled.
Lacrymosa from Mozart's Requiem, Rachminoff's Elegy in honor of Aresky, opening bars from Cello Concerto by Elgar, everything from Kindertotenlieder (Songs for Dead Children) by Mahler, My Man's Gone Now, from Porgy and Bess, any number of Brahms' impromptus, several movements from Rachmaninoff's Concertos 2 and 3, and much of Bach's oratorio works. Many more that I can't think of right now, of course.