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Sad pieces for an intermediate player #2504532
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Hello everyone,

I'm looking for sad pieces for piano. For example, maybe similar in spirit to Chopin's two Funeral Marches, and Preludes in Cm and Em. Difficulty level: intermediate, but if they are a bit harder I might give them a try as well :-D . I guess that Romanticism authors are more likely to produce pieces like that, but any period would suit me.

The thing is that I don't opus like this easily. Could anybody recommend me something? As sad as possible...

Thank you very much!

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Re: Sad pieces for an intermediate player [Re: Tadler] #2504562
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The very thing coming up!

Eric Satie. Gymnopedies 1 2 & 3! They get sadder and sadder as you progress through em. The third is truly of total despair.

If that is still too cheerful, then the Gnossieres will put paid to that. Bordering on the suicidal, I hope Satie had a sense o humour; he sure needed it!

Have fun. . . grin


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Tchaikovsky's "Doll" pieces. especially The Sick Doll and The Doll's funeral. Op. 39, no's 7 and 8. They have it on IMSLP.

The Sick Doll

UIPianoPed, is an incredible YT channel. They are amassing possibly every piece that a student could ever run across played at a professional level. As an adult I find it invaluable to find versions of low intermediate pieces not being performed by eight year olds. One of the performers is also a member here at PW but I forget under which screen name they post.

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Re: Sad pieces for an intermediate player [Re: Tadler] #2504613
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Think of your favourite sad movie and extract the theme song. Now you have a sad movie theme song. Lots of choice ...

Love Story
Schindler's list
Brian's Song ...

... depending on your taste. Intermediate renditions (just need to find them) would all work fine.

Re: Sad pieces for an intermediate player [Re: Tadler] #2504665
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You need to define "intermediate" more precisely. What grade standard are we talking about? In general, look for pieces in minor keys at your grade level and you'll find plenty of sad ones.


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Re: Sad pieces for an intermediate player [Re: Tadler] #2504714
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It does depend on what you say is "intermediate", but here are some ideas:

Deep Dusk by Jeanine Yeager (found in Lyrical Impressions level 2)
So Long, See You Tomorrow by Yoshinao Nakada (found in Celebration Series Perspectives Rep Level 2)
Duet for One by Christopher Norton (found in Celebration Series Perspectives Rep Level 1)
Melody by Aram Khatchaturian (found in Easy Classics to Moderns Vol 17 - wish I had an opus number)
Sorrow by Bela Bartok ( No. 7 from For Children, Vol. 2 - I have it in Beginning Piano Solos edited by Carl Fischer)

You may be able to find the above music in sheet format, I just listed the resources I have them in.


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Re: Sad pieces for an intermediate player [Re: Tadler] #2504717
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Mendelssohn also has a "funeral march". It's one of the Songs Without Words - I forget the opus number. Should be late intermediate/early advanced.

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Re: Sad pieces for an intermediate player [Re: Tadler] #2504769
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how about Bach's Air on G string, its a pretty slow piece that conveys deep emotion. very chopin like in some ways kind of what you asked for.

Re: Sad pieces for an intermediate player [Re: Tadler] #2504812
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Several of Chopin's mazurkas have a sad character. Op.63/2 is one of the easier ones:

https://youtu.be/AcUYS03fnNQ

I have just started studying Faure's 1st Nocturne. This is one of the saddest pieces I know. But parts of is are quite difficult technically:

https://youtu.be/AcUYS03fnNQ

Re: Sad pieces for an intermediate player [Re: Tadler] #2504913
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First of all, I really appreciate all your replies!

Regarding the 'intermediate' level, I can tell you that I've been playing the piano for the last 4 years. I don't know anything about the standard ways of 'classifying' musicians level, I'm sorry. I've worked on the Chopin's pieces I mentioned, Small Preludes on Cm and Em by Bach, and more. For example, currently I'm working on Haendel's Passacaglia. I asked my teacher about a sad piece, and recommended me Schubert's Impromptu nº 3. Hopefully this will help to give an idea of my level.

I had already bumped into Tchaikovsky's 'Doll' pieces, they're really nice! And also tried Mendelssohn's Funeral March, nº 3 of Songs Without Words, book 5. And I already played Bach's Air on the G string. Thanks for these suggestions, of course!

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Originally Posted by Tadler
. For example, currently I'm working on Haendel's Passacaglia. I asked my teacher about a sad piece, and recommended me Schubert's Impromptu nº 3. Hopefully this will help to give an idea of my level.

If you're ready for Schubert's D899/3 (I assume it's not D935/3), you're more than ready for these:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Wu3zr4CSbE#t=22

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0AWcftUU4s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1h4Re5WBEAc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TbQftYOKms


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Re: Sad pieces for an intermediate player [Re: Tadler] #2505144
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Why so sad?


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Re: Sad pieces for an intermediate player [Re: Tadler] #2505197
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I only play the piano 1 month, and was looking for something sad I could play,
and I've found Scarlatti's sonatas are perfect for this. I didn't hear anything too sad but definitely some very introspective pieces that include some nice movement between the very sad and extroverted exuberance moments coming back and forth.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_nWScxFc1Y
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhGNgt4f0lM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAOYkuplUuQ - Bach Sicilienne


Re: Sad pieces for an intermediate player [Re: Tadler] #2505394
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Originally Posted by Tadler
Regarding the 'intermediate' level, I can tell you that I've been playing the piano for the last 4 years. I don't know anything about the standard ways of 'classifying' musicians level, I'm sorry. I've worked on the Chopin's pieces I mentioned, Small Preludes on Cm and Em by Bach, and more. For example, currently I'm working on Haendel's Passacaglia. I asked my teacher about a sad piece, and recommended me Schubert's Impromptu nº 3. Hopefully this will help to give an idea of my level.
This is somewhat confusing because, assuming you heard your teacher correctly, the Schubert is light years beyond any other piece you mentioned. So I'm going to assume your teacher didn't mean the Impromptu No.3 from Op. 90 or Op. 142. I wouldn't even call either of those pieces particularly sad.

A few I can think of:

Piazzolla: Milonga del Angel
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kev-9fYi5Q&list=RD1kev-9fYi5Q

Mi Mancherai(first one sung by Josh Groban, second is the piano version)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJwNS-FPXOI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvaSEkSFXAg

Halvorsen:Chant de Veslemoy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=288to6E5GDA

Mike Garson:Lullaby for Our Daughters
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qW__f8K0THQ

Grieg:(from Lyric Pieces) Home Sickness
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHQl_gR016c

Scriabin: Etude Op. 2 No.1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-S1MhgOxQ28

If you like any of these but cannot find the music, you can contact me and I will tell you where you can get it for free(except the Garson piece).


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Re: Sad pieces for an intermediate player [Re: Tadler] #2505550
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Chopin Prelude in B minor--haunting, sad and beautiful

Re: Sad pieces for an intermediate player [Re: Tadler] #2505583
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vYY0aRH46I

I recently discovered this piece. Someone forced me to watch the movie...and it payed off bc I found this piece! wink

From the movie pride and prejudice. If you've been playing for 4 years and your teacher recommended Schuberts no3 impromptu this should be within your ability. More beautiful than sad but it makes me want to cry grin

Re: Sad pieces for an intermediate player [Re: Tadler] #2505802
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Opera is full of sad/soulful melodies, and Puccini's are among the best. This is a nice collection of beautiful arrangements:

Puccini for Piano Solo

Note, these are challenging intermediate arrangements. There is also an Easy Piano version of this book.





Nocturne C# minor, FChopin
Clair de Lune, C.Debussy
Sonatine No2 Menuet, MRavel


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Re: Sad pieces for an intermediate player [Re: lean to tail] #2506141
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Originally Posted by lean to tail
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vYY0aRH46I

I recently discovered this piece. Someone forced me to watch the movie...and it payed off bc I found this piece! wink

From the movie pride and prejudice. If you've been playing for 4 years and your teacher recommended Schuberts no3 impromptu this should be within your ability. More beautiful than sad but it makes me want to cry grin



I played the schubert piece not too long ago it is still in my memory it is a beautiful piece that can really transport you to a fantasy land

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Yes, my teacher recommended me Schubert's Op. 90 No. 3! I guess playing it very slowly...

I'd like to share with you all another sad and really nice piece I discovered recently: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvryolGa19A

Thank you all for the responses!

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Tadler, that piece is late beginner I would say - it's the first piece I ever learned. If you like it this kind of instrumental pop, have a look at Ludovico Einaudi. Most of his pieces are 'sad' and I would say early intermediate.

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