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    Dark somber classical pieces

    I am making a CD for my dark mood days. There are 2 CD's - one for war related dark music (can be powerful) and one for poignant pieces. The music is not necessarily limited to classical but I need some input on dark classical pieces.

    For example, right now, I have on the war CD
    Peer Gynt. Suite No. 1, Op,46: The Death Of Ase
    Dvorak Symphony 9-2 - optional
    Beethoven Funeral March
    Finlandia
    Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Death & Funeral March


    I also have 3 or 4 selections from K-19 The Widowmaker, the theme from Schindler's List, December 7th from Pearl Harbor.

    Suggestions please and could you also note why you suggested a particular piece?

    Thanks.
    Deb

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    Shostakovich - 5th Symphony, 3rd Movement
    Shostakovich - 13th Symphony "Babi Yar", most of the piece.
    Shostakovich - String Quartet No. 13 (single movement work)

    They're dark and delve into the imprisonment of human souls. These pieces destroy me.

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    Shosty's 5th destroys me as well. I can only bear listening to it on rare occasions. The intensity is just too much for me. Love the work.
    ''Music, I feel, should be emotional first and intellectual second.'' - Maurice Ravel
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    War related dark-

    Orff - Carmina Burana
    Mussorgsky- Night on Bald Mountain

    Dark poignant-

    Bartok - String Quartets
    Rachmaninov - Isle of the Dead
    Mahler - Symphony No.9
    Tchaikovsky - Symphony No.6 (Pathètique)
    ''Music, I feel, should be emotional first and intellectual second.'' - Maurice Ravel
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    dark music

    I have an idea try some bach or war of the worlds with jeff wayne. How
    about 1812 overture? When the japanise bombed pearl harbor the radios
    everywhere was playing beethoven's 5th symphony. Before you try any
    thing like you want read up on some history about wars and the popular
    music of the time.
    judy tooley

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    Jean Sibelius violin concerto in d minor, op. 47

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    Quote Originally Posted by methodistgirl View Post
    I have an idea try some bach or war of the worlds with jeff wayne. How
    about 1812 overture? When the japanise bombed pearl harbor the radios
    everywhere was playing beethoven's 5th symphony. Before you try any
    thing like you want read up on some history about wars and the popular
    music of the time.
    judy tooley
    I did not know that about Pearl Harbor Judy. I thought of the 1812 overture but it is just slightly long for that one CD but with the suggestions from all, may end up with 3 CD's - wonder if I can claim I need extra mental health days to listen to the CD's.

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    Shostakovich - 5th Symphony, 3rd Movement
    Shostakovich - 13th Symphony "Babi Yar", most of the piece.
    Shostakovich - String Quartet No. 13 (single movement work)


    War related dark-

    Orff - Carmina Burana
    Mussorgsky- Night on Bald Mountain

    Dark poignant-

    Bartok - String Quartets
    Rachmaninov - Isle of the Dead
    Mahler - Symphony No.9
    Tchaikovsky - Symphony No.6 (Pathètique)


    Jean Sibelius violin concerto in d minor, op. 47


    I have little of Shostakovich - maybe two pieces - Festive Overture, Prelude and Fugue No. 6 in B Minor. I am a novice in classical music but generally enjoy most I hear with some exceptions but then again I enjoy most music except for rap, hip-hop and heavy heavy metal. A friend gave me a lot of his mom's tapes/CDs of classical music ( she was a lifelong collector) so I am betting I have some of the pieces suggested. Thanks to each for your input. When I finally decide the CD is done, may post the listing and see what you think of the final product.


    Deb

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    Quote Originally Posted by leedeb View Post
    I am making a CD for my dark mood days. There are 2 CD's - one for war related dark music (can be powerful) and one for poignant pieces. The music is not necessarily limited to classical but I need some input on dark classical pieces.

    For example, right now, I have on the war CD
    Peer Gynt. Suite No. 1, Op,46: The Death Of Ase
    Dvorak Symphony 9-2 - optional
    Beethoven Funeral March
    Finlandia
    Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Death & Funeral March


    I also have 3 or 4 selections from K-19 The Widowmaker, the theme from Schindler's List, December 7th from Pearl Harbor.

    Suggestions please and could you also note why you suggested a particular piece?

    Thanks.
    Deb

    War themes? Mars, the Bringer of War from Holst' Planets comes to mind. The music says it all. If you want a direct contrast after that, then Venus bringer of peace, I think it's called or something like that. It's VERY peaceful.:.)
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    My choice for somber themes would be rather diverse:
    Girolamo Frescobaldi: Toccata per L'Elevazzione (From Fiori Musicali)
    Claudio Monteverdi: Lamento d'Adrianna (Madrigal)
    John Dowland: Lacrimae or Seven Teares
    Cesar Franck: Choral No.2 (so deep)
    Tchaicowsky: From Children's Ablum, Op.39 No.12: (Something about a broken or ill doll very easy piece but dramaticaly somber)
    Robert Schumann: Symphony No.2, Movement No.3: Adagio expressivo
    Frederic Chopin: Sonata No.2, 3rd. Movement: Marche Funebre, Lento
    Morton Feldman: Rothko Chapel
    Angelo Badalamenti: Score from L'Adversaire
    And much more!
    cheers

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