Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2.5 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

SEARCH
Piano Forums & Piano World
Find a Professional
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers

Advertise on Piano World

What's Hot!!
Posting Pictures on the Forums
-------------------
Forums RULES & HELP
-------------------
ADVERTISE on Piano World
(125ad)
Piano Life Saver - Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
(ad)
Piano Buyer Guide
Piano Buyer Fall 2017
Who's Online Now
116 registered members (Amedeus, Agent88, Anita Potter, anotherscott, Alex Hutor, andrea monza, 27 invisible), 1,389 guests, and 2 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
(ad)
Estonia Pianos
Estonia Pianos
Quick Links to Useful Piano & Music Resources
Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano & Music Accessories
*Live Piano Venues
*Music School Listings
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Directory/Site Map
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords & Scales
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
#1990881 - 11/26/12 12:03 AM Favorite sad piano piece  
Joined: Apr 2012
Posts: 254
TrueMusic Offline
Full Member
TrueMusic  Offline
Full Member

Joined: Apr 2012
Posts: 254
San Diego, California
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; 11/26/12 12:18 AM.

Piano/Composition major.

Proud owner of a beautiful Yamaha C7.

Polish:
Liszt Petrarch Sonnet 104
Bach WTC book 1 no. 6.
Dello Joio Sonata no. 3

New:
Chopin op. 23
Bach WTC book 2 no. 20
(ad)
Piano & Music Accessories
piano accessories music gifts tuning and moving equipment
#1990882 - 11/26/12 12:08 AM Re: Favorite sad piano piece [Re: TrueMusic]  
Joined: Nov 2009
Posts: 6,734
Orange Soda King Offline
6000 Post Club Member
Orange Soda King  Offline
6000 Post Club Member

Joined: Nov 2009
Posts: 6,734
Louisville, Kentucky, United S...
Howell's "I Heard a Voice from Heaven" from his Requiem does it for me right now.

#1990883 - 11/26/12 12:13 AM Re: Favorite sad piano piece [Re: TrueMusic]  
Joined: Nov 2009
Posts: 21,680
Mark_C Offline
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member
Mark_C  Offline
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Joined: Nov 2009
Posts: 21,680
New York
While you're on Rach....



And some Schubert:


#1990890 - 11/26/12 12:59 AM Re: Favorite sad piano piece [Re: TrueMusic]  
Joined: Oct 2012
Posts: 819
DanS Offline
500 Post Club Member
DanS  Offline
500 Post Club Member

Joined: Oct 2012
Posts: 819
Debussy Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut (Images Bk II)

and

Ravel La Vallée des Cloches (Miroirs)

Although to be honest, they both are more introspective than sad to me. Kind of like I'm by myself enjoying and admiring nature.

(ad ) MusicNotes.com
sheet music search
#1990896 - 11/26/12 01:27 AM Re: Favorite sad piano piece [Re: Mark_C]  
Joined: Mar 2012
Posts: 122
asthecrowflies Offline
Full Member
asthecrowflies  Offline
Full Member

Joined: Mar 2012
Posts: 122
London, Cambridge, San Francis...
2 pieces that stand head and shoulders above the rest in the tear-jerking department:

The transition to E major in Schubert's d784 (about the 2:30 mark):

[video:youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=97OySoSN9gA[/video]

And the intro of the 2nd movt of Ravel's Piano Concerto:



Currently working on: Bach Partita 4, English Suite 2, Toccata d-minor, Chopin-op 10/1, Schubert Impromptus
#1990904 - 11/26/12 02:05 AM Re: Favorite sad piano piece [Re: TrueMusic]  
Joined: Sep 2012
Posts: 25
redrobin62 Offline
Full Member
redrobin62  Offline
Full Member

Joined: Sep 2012
Posts: 25
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeETRRsj1Ek

Kreisler - Preludium & Allegro after Pugnani. Gets me right here every time.


Vintage Galaxy D
Korg SV-1 88
Fender, Gibson, ESP electric guitars
Pignose acoustic
#1991157 - 11/26/12 03:45 PM Re: Favorite sad piano piece [Re: TrueMusic]  
Joined: Sep 2006
Posts: 1,124
rada Offline
1000 Post Club Member
rada  Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Joined: Sep 2006
Posts: 1,124
pagosa springs,co
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...

rada

#1991270 - 11/26/12 11:06 PM Re: Favorite sad piano piece [Re: rada]  
Joined: Mar 2008
Posts: 103
celegorma Offline
Full Member
celegorma  Offline
Full Member

Joined: Mar 2008
Posts: 103
Brahms Intermezzo op.118 no. 6


Brahms Intermezzo op.119 no.1


I wouldn't describe this as a "sad" piece but it makes me sad.
Scriabin Piano Sonata 2 mov 1


And of course
Bach Chaconne

#1991275 - 11/26/12 11:13 PM Re: Favorite sad piano piece [Re: TrueMusic]  
Joined: Oct 2011
Posts: 548
didyougethathing Offline
500 Post Club Member
didyougethathing  Offline
500 Post Club Member

Joined: Oct 2011
Posts: 548
New York
Great stuff everyone. I'm going to throw this out there - The second movement from Leo Ornstein's Fourth Sonata:


#1991623 - 11/27/12 05:41 PM Re: Favorite sad piano piece [Re: TrueMusic]  
Joined: Mar 2010
Posts: 2,892
dolce sfogato Offline
2000 Post Club Member
dolce sfogato  Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Joined: Mar 2010
Posts: 2,892
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!
#1991626 - 11/27/12 05:52 PM Re: Favorite sad piano piece [Re: TrueMusic]  
Joined: Jan 2004
Posts: 1,278
Entheo Offline
1000 Post Club Member
Entheo  Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Joined: Jan 2004
Posts: 1,278
chicago, il
i took a stab at this beautifully dark scriabin etude a couple years ago...


#1991641 - 11/27/12 06:28 PM Re: Favorite sad piano piece [Re: TrueMusic]  
Joined: Aug 2009
Posts: 6,451
ChopinAddict Offline
6000 Post Club Member
ChopinAddict  Offline
6000 Post Club Member

Joined: Aug 2009
Posts: 6,451
Land of the never-ending music
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.



[Linked Image]

Music is my best friend.


#1991645 - 11/27/12 06:34 PM Re: Favorite sad piano piece [Re: rada]  
Joined: Jan 2011
Posts: 273
fledgehog Offline
Full Member
fledgehog  Offline
Full Member

Joined: Jan 2011
Posts: 273
West Hartford, CT
Originally Posted by rada

love Rachnaminoff's 'Vocalise'


my favorite solo piano recording of this piece is by Russian conductor/pianist Evgeny Svetlanov:


#1991647 - 11/27/12 06:43 PM Re: Favorite sad piano piece [Re: fledgehog]  
Joined: Aug 2009
Posts: 6,451
ChopinAddict Offline
6000 Post Club Member
ChopinAddict  Offline
6000 Post Club Member

Joined: Aug 2009
Posts: 6,451
Land of the never-ending music
It has always been a favourite of mine too.



[Linked Image]

Music is my best friend.


#1991658 - 11/27/12 07:08 PM Re: Favorite sad piano piece [Re: dolce sfogato]  
Joined: May 2001
Posts: 20,865
BruceD Offline
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member
BruceD  Offline

Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Joined: May 2001
Posts: 20,865
Victoria, BC
Originally Posted by dolce sfogato
[...]
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.

Regards,


BruceD
- - - - -
Estonia 190
#1991710 - 11/27/12 09:15 PM Re: Favorite sad piano piece [Re: TrueMusic]  
Joined: Mar 2011
Posts: 182
DonaldLee Offline
Full Member
DonaldLee  Offline
Full Member

Joined: Mar 2011
Posts: 182
Rachmaninoff Moment Musicaux no. 4!!


Donald Lee III
BM '16 James Madison University
MM '18 Cincinnati Conservatory of Music


#1991736 - 11/27/12 10:23 PM Re: Favorite sad piano piece [Re: DonaldLee]  
Joined: Sep 2007
Posts: 1,090
Cheeto717 Offline
1000 Post Club Member
Cheeto717  Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Joined: Sep 2007
Posts: 1,090
Pennsylvania
Originally Posted by DonaldLee
Rachmaninoff Moment Musicaux no. 4!!


I personally would not describe that as sad. Maybe more angry or full of angst.

I'm surprised Rachmaninoff's elegie hasn't come up yet. Heart-achingly beautiful. It's funny how early this piece came in his career and it totally sets the tone for a lot of his compositions.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97vYYcjDh3s


"I was obliged to be industrious. Whoever is equally industrious will succeed equally well."

J.S. Bach
#1992495 - 11/29/12 04:45 PM Re: Favorite sad piano piece [Re: TrueMusic]  
Joined: Sep 2012
Posts: 22
Gavbrown Offline
Full Member
Gavbrown  Offline
Full Member

Joined: Sep 2012
Posts: 22
I've always been partial to Scott Joplin's "Solace" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CS6snvbY9gg

#1992511 - 11/29/12 05:29 PM Re: Favorite sad piano piece [Re: TrueMusic]  
Joined: Jan 2010
Posts: 2,648
jeffreyjones Offline
2000 Post Club Member
jeffreyjones  Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Joined: Jan 2010
Posts: 2,648
San Jose, CA


Been listening to it in the car for months. Never loses its power.

#1992531 - 11/29/12 06:00 PM Re: Favorite sad piano piece [Re: Cheeto717]  
Joined: Apr 2008
Posts: 511
timmyab Offline
500 Post Club Member
timmyab  Offline
500 Post Club Member

Joined: Apr 2008
Posts: 511
Bristol, UK
Originally Posted by Cheeto717
Originally Posted by DonaldLee
Rachmaninoff Moment Musicaux no. 4!!

I personally would not describe that as sad. Maybe more angry or full of angst.

Strangely, It sounds joyful to my ears, even ecstatic maybe.
Listen to Lugansky playing it here.It's one of my favorite youtube videos.


Originally Posted by jeffreyjones

Been listening to it in the car for months. Never loses its power.

That's gorgeous.Shostakovich takes sad to new levels with some of his works.

Last edited by timmyab; 11/29/12 06:09 PM.
#1992562 - 11/29/12 07:21 PM Re: Favorite sad piano piece [Re: TrueMusic]  
Joined: Aug 2011
Posts: 643
Chopinlover49 Offline
500 Post Club Member
Chopinlover49  Offline
500 Post Club Member

Joined: Aug 2011
Posts: 643
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.


Moderated by  Brendan, Kreisler 

Piano Acc. & Gift Items in
Piano World's Online Store
In PianoSupplies.com ,(a division of Piano World)
our online store for piano and music gifts and accessories, Digital Piano Dolly, party goods, tuning equipment, piano moving equipment, benches, lamps Caster Cups and more.


Free Shipping* on Jansen Artist Piano Benches, Cocoweb Piano Lamps, Hidrau Hydraulic Piano Benches
(*free shipping within contiguous U.S. only)
(ad)
Pearl River & Ritmuller
Ritmuller Pianos
(ad)
Pianoteq
PianoTeq 6 Out now
ad
Pierce Piano Atlas


New Topics - Multiple Forums
Clavinova CVP-705 sustainability of notes
by HvT. 12/17/17 02:56 PM
Teacher in West London
by Stef London. 12/17/17 02:28 PM
Touch feels too heavy Kawai CS8
by DavidDorset. 12/17/17 02:11 PM
100 years old Bechstein case cleaning
by Toni Goldener. 12/17/17 11:38 AM
Forum Statistics
Forums44
Topics183,323
Posts2,679,872
Members89,283
Most Online15,252
Mar 21st, 2010
(ad)
Accu-Tuner
Sanderson Accu-Tuner
Check It Out!
There's a lot more to Piano World than just the forums.
Click Here to
Explore The Rest of Piano World!!
Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers


 
Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
| Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter |


copyright 1997 - 2017 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.6.0