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I've never been "moved to tears" by music. I don't even think any music has made me actually feel sad or depressed (just angry, but that's a different thing :P).

But several pieces have managed to make me sit through a concert with my jar dropped and wishing the music would never end (which also often had to do with awesome performances, not just the composition). The most recent one (last Saturday) was Wolfgang Rihm's "Male

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It depends on my current mood really...though there are a few peices that get me every time :(

Certain parts of Verdi's Requiem. The opening Requiem bit mainly, and the Lacrimosa too. The beginning of the Dies Irae just makes me want to go and hide behind the sofa though!

Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

Poulenc - The 2nd movement from his Clarinet Sonata

Wagner - The "Liebestod" from Tristan and Isolde. Truely amazing music :)

Elgar - Cello Concerto, pretty much the entire thing. Though it only really makes me cry when I listen to a Du Pre recording.

Bach - Certain movements from his Cello Suites can be quite emotional, depending on who's playing them. The Prelude and Sarabande to the 2nd suite are always like that I feel.

Shostakovich - Piano Concerto No. 2, 2nd movement

Gorecki - Symphony No. 3. There's this particular bit, about 17 mins into the 1st movement, where the original theme comes back. Even at the very least, it sends massive shivers down my spine.

"A Little Fall of Rain", from Les Miserables - Anyone who's seen the musical knows what I'm talking about...haha. We did a production of this at my school a couple of years ago, and members of the band were still crying on the 3rd night!

Radiohead - Motion Picture Soundtrack/Street Spirit (Fade Out)/Lucky/Fake Plastic Trees etc. They just seem to have this skill at writing very depressing songs, that are also very uplifting.

Well...that was quite a varied list :D.

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"Most people listen emotionally: everything is heard in terms of the categories of late Romanticism and of the commodities derived from it, which are already tailored to emotional listening. Their listening is the more abstract the more emotional it is: music really only enables them to have a good cry."



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Music is to me a very emotional experience, so I freely admit that it makes me teary when listening to many types of music. Sometimes it's the music, sometimes it's the memory associated with the music...

I think the only time I've cried onstage was the premiere of my first symphony, at the musical climax of the second movement. I had written the music as a "story" just for the purpose of composition, but the work is not really "program music". When we were playing, my mind drifted to the story I had written and it made my cry. LOL I'm such a sucker. :)

One of my favorite musical moments, though not a tearful one, is Grof

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Oh my God.

I think I just found the piece.

Prokofiev's Violin Concerto in D Major - Mov. III (Moderato)

When the whole orchestra comes in on the over-the-top (and used to death by film) lush tutti figure I feel like I'm being torn apart.


Chris :-)

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The closest I've ever been to tears whilst listening to a piece of music was the first time I heard Contrapunctus XIV. The recording was by Menno van Delft at the harpsichord.

I feel rather strange having confessed that in wake of all these tales of full-blown orchestral scores, crashing timpani, flurring strings and thousand-strong choruses. I didn't cry, because it wasn't really sadness. Music makes me feel emotions that I doubt one encounters by any other means.

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The end of Mahler's sixth always sends shivers down my spine, most recently because there's this feeling of absolute dread and doom there that just makes me want to cry, to help the proverbial "hero" out of the mess, but there's hopelessness, utter remorse for what one knows cannot be redone... it is certainly the single most brutally inexorable finale I've ever heard, and I would challenge anyone for a more pessimistically fatalistic end that's as good musically as is Mahler's.

Zetetic: Of course, crying (or feeling such, for that matter) is in no way only caused by sadness. Most of Bach's pieces that are great feature such contrapuntal mastery and timing that it just transcends everything else if played right. Rachmaninoff called it the "point" of the music: the culmination, climax, that the whole rest of the piece must lead to and reach passably at least. If one does so, it's a true experience, and the climax is easily overwhelming. If not, then one may, whilst hearing it, not understand... and consequently dislike the piece he/she's never really "heard." It's a very interesting thing...

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Stravinsky Firebird - the ending

Shostakovich 5 movement 3,

Rautavaara Harp Concerto - there's a glorious moment about 1 minute from the end of the first mov

Jolivet Flute concerto - some slow bits get me RIGHT there

Ibert Flute concerto - the second movement

Pearsall - Lay a garland

Mahler 5 - A piece i've grown up with

Mahler 6 - mov. 3 - First mahler symphony i played when i was 14

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Although I have never actually had tears stream down my face as a result of any music, music does move me very deeply sometimes. Some of the pieces that have done this to me before are:

Barber's Adagio for Strings

Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, West Side Story (Somewhere)

Shore's Lord of the Rings (The Grey Havens, Forth Eorlingas, The White Tree)

Byrd's Ave Verum Corpus

Kamen's Band of Brothers (Main Theme, Austria)

Verdi's Requiem

Puccini's Tourandot

Steiner's Gone with the Wind (Main Title/Tara's Theme)

Newman's Cinderella Man (The Inside Out, Cinderella Man)

Grieg's Holberg Suite (Air), Peer Gynt Suite (Ase's Death)

Ravel's Pavane for a Dead Princess

Whelan's Riverdance (Caoineadh C

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Mozart's 20th piano concerto (2nd mvt)

Mozart's Requiem (Lacrimosa mainly)

Chopin's ''Raindrop'' prelude in D-Flat Major

Puccini's ''Nessun Dorma'' from Turandot

Handel's ''Lascia Ch'io Pianga'' from Rinaldo

And I think that's about it really

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I hate to say it, but the only music that ever made me teary was the score to The Land Before Time! However I have a feeling the tears have more todo with my memory of the film itself than the music! (It's a very sad film, his mother dies..!)

The piece that gives me the most energy (as opposed to outright sadness) however, would quite possibly be Nessun Dorma from Turandot, as mentioned above. I have not yet been moved to tears by my own music, but I fully expect that if it got played by a live orchestra I probably would be.

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Bach Contrapunctus IX, for some reason... I guess I played it a lot. I tend to appreciate more the pieces I played in concert band or with instrument.

But going out of classical music, Damien Rice often tears me down...

DO NOT listen to that thing on a rainy sunday afternoon.

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