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What's some really depressing, morose classical music?

Asked by MyNewtBoobs (19026points) September 16th, 2010

I’m trying to write a story about the time my cat died, but I’m not really feeling the pain and suffering. I need something to set the mood.

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skfinkel's avatar

The Bach cello suites are beautiful, but sad. Yoyo Ma has a version that is gorgeous. Actually, the title says “inspired” by Bach.

TexasDude's avatar

Google the “Hungarian Suicide Song” or “Gloomy Sunday.”

Here is a version of it, but I can’t find the original piano version.

muppetish's avatar

Okay, this isn’t classical orchestration but Poor Edward by Tom Waits is one of the most depressing pieces of music I have ever heard in my entire life.

And for post-relevancy: Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor.

jaytkay's avatar

Chopin Funeral March
Might be so familiar as to be cartoonish, though

The slow run-up here is really beautiful and sad
Horowitz plays Chopin Ballade 1

poisonedantidote's avatar

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard Thats the first thing that came to my mind too. I actually quite like it.

@papayalily Most classic music I know is quite happy stuff, gloomy sunday was really the only one that came to mind. however, for your purpose you may find that hurt by Johnny Cash does the trick.

Rarebear's avatar

Gorecki Symphony #3

cockswain's avatar

I really like this one, the second movement of Beethoven’s 5th Piano Concerto. Let me know what you think, if it’s not morose enough or what. It seems pretty sad.

aprilsimnel's avatar

Requiem Mass in D minor – Mozart (well, some of it; he knew he was dying when he started writing it.)

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@poisonedantidote Unfortunately, if it has words I get distracted.

skfinkel's avatar

this is the connection for the Yo-Yo Ma suites. I’m listening to it now, and it is fabulous.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Something with a cello solo in it, like this, although it wasn’t the one I was looking for.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@skfinkel I listen to that all. the. time. I find it really uplifting, though.

woodcutter's avatar

“Last Exit to Brooklyn” By Mark Knopfler, really dreary although it’s not real classical it has the sound of it


Nothing is more depressing than “The Bells of Moscow” by Rachmaninoff. :D

Austinlad's avatar

I’m with @Rarebear on Gorecki Symphony #3—it’s an amazingly evocative composition—but the interesting thing about it and many other “depressing, morose” pieces of classical music is how uplifting and cathartic they can be.

Aesthetic_Mess's avatar

The Requiem composed by Mozart. Symphony #5— Beethoven

cubozoa's avatar

How about the third movement of Shostakovich Symphony #5 or the slow movement in Beethoven’s 7th?

basstrom188's avatar

The “Bruder Martin” (third) movement from Mahler’s Symphony No.1
Nimrod from the Enigma Variations by Edward Elgar

basstrom188's avatar

A few more for you
Traumarsch Movement No.2 from Beethoven Symphony No.3
Richard Wagner, Gottendamerung
Siegfried’s funeral march
Brunhilde’s Immolation scene

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