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    Re: Good depressing classical music

    Might not be a classic, but has anyone heard:
    Lux Aeterna (A.K.A. Requiem for a dream) - Clint Mansell

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    Re: Good depressing classical music

    Quote Originally Posted by cardinals_fan View Post
    * Tchaikovsky: Symphony #6
    +1, just analyzed it today in IB Music along with some earlier Gregorian Chants that are more solemn than depressing.

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    Re: Good depressing classical music

    A couple more plus YouTube links to have a listen

    Brian Eno - An Ending (Ascent)
    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=lOgQyIMX_XU

    Thomas Newman - American Beauty
    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=8Bitlscw5bA

    John Murphy - Sunshine (main theme and ending)
    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=eRDty052c2c
    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=QQb3Fx8KydQ

    These are film not classical I suppose, but still great!

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    Re: Good depressing classical music

    Quote Originally Posted by cardinals_fan View Post
    Depressing, grim, melancholy, angry, sad, etc.
    Interesting topic. I avoid depressing music so I can't help there. In addition to Shostakovitch quartets, several of his symphonies are grim, melancholic, angry. Puccini operas are typically sad, but beautiful. Another opera that may fit your criteria is Berg's Wozzeck. This is a tough but thought-provoking question, because we all feel music in such a personal way.

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    Re: Good depressing classical music

    Allan Pettersson is perhaps the darkest composer I've ever heard.

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    Re: Good depressing classical music

    Quote Originally Posted by cardinals_fan View Post
    * Bach: Prelude and Fugue #8
    Please be more specific. Are we talking D#-minor, WTC Book 1? If so, I concur 100%. (Glenn Gould's recording of the prelude, in particular, is breathtaking.)

    If you're really into dark music, I think there should be a lot more Rachmaninov on your list. I would add:

    - Isle of the Dead
    - Two piano fantasy
    - Piano concertos 1, 3 (the others are good too, but not as dark)
    - Most of the Etudes-Tableaux
    - Most of the preludes (C# minor comes to mind first)
    - Sonata for Cello and Piano, and most of his other music for cello and piano
    - most of Rachmaninov's other music

    The Sonata for Cello and Piano, in particular, is one of the finest pieces of music out there.

    If I can recommend an artist as well, I'll say Vladimir Ashkenazy. His interpretations of Rachmaninov are pretty much the gold standard for me.

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    Re: Good depressing classical music

    Quote Originally Posted by Lux Perpetua View Post
    Please be more specific. Are we talking D#-minor, WTC Book 1? If so, I concur 100%. (Glenn Gould's recording of the prelude, in particular, is breathtaking.)
    You are correct

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    Re: Good depressing classical music

    If you want twentieth century composers, there's always Gorecki's Symphony #3 (The Symphony of Sorrowful Songs).
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    Re: Good depressing classical music

    Quote Originally Posted by DrOlaf View Post
    If you want twentieth century composers, there's always Gorecki's Symphony #3 (The Symphony of Sorrowful Songs).
    I actually prefer older composers, because the music is more likely to be in the public domain (and, therefore, free).

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    Re: Good depressing classical music

    "Lux Aeterna" by Clint Mansell

    An angry meloncholy peice.

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