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Hey everyone,

So with the exception of a couple Billy Joel ballads, I've come to realize that the only music that can really make a grown man like myself tear up is a moving orchestral piece. The sad thing is that for me, most circumstances in life (e.g heartbreak) really can't drive me to tears. I've never been much of a crier, but there are just some melodies and arrangements that break me down.

So I figured I'd ask all of you if anyone has had a similar emotional connection to a piece of music, whether it is from the sheer beauty of it all, or perhaps it brings back a painful memory from the past.

For me, Pietro Mascagni's Intermezzo from Cavelleria Rusticana does it...

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This piece by Wilhelm Stenhammar "Vårnatt" (Spring Night) always sends chills down my spine. It is a lot about the melancholy of the (earthly) spring that rises after death (in nature as well as human).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1UJKbDVNX0

This does it for me--Ralph Vaughan Williams ~ The Lark Ascending

Thanks Bob https://soundcloud.com/bob-morabito

The music that makes me "misty" is that which overwhelms.  Music that is full of emotion and beauty, arriving unexpectedly yet with absolute inevitability.  

Two passages immediately spring to mind, though you kind of have to listen to the whole thing...  :D

This passage from the Andante movement of Mahler 6th Symphony

up to about 2 minutes after this point

https://youtu.be/YsEo1PsSmbg?t=36m12s

The last variation in Beethoven's op 132 string quartet (Heiliger Dankgesang)

up to about 3 minutes after this point

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiVbMB6iLPc&feature=youtu.be&am...

Scotto singing Madama Butterfly is pretty great, too...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9xU9iCGvV8&feature=youtu.be&am...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trfLkYpOglA

Renee Fleming, song to the moon from Rusalka.

I didn't know Dvorak had written an opera.

Slow movement from Rachmaninovs' 2nd symphony will always get me as does Driscollmusics choice above. Also the sunrise section from Ravels' Daphnis and Chloe. Oh, and the clusters of gorgeous harmony found in Dutilleuxs' scores, etc etc etc.....oh and With you I'm born again by Billy Preston and Syreeta Wright........

Spiegel im Spiegel by Arvo Pärt, especially the cello and piano arrangement. The unrelenting beauty and simplicity really teaches me to slow down and appreciate life's simplest moments as its best. And I'll go ahead and be that guy.. Barber's Adagio for Strings is of course an absolute masterclass in emotional writing. 

It completely depends on who I listened to last.For a while, I was channeling the early 20th century Russians. Rachmoninoff, Prokofiev, Stravinsky. I still have some pretty good water-works by the Rach 3, or either of Prokoviev's Violin Concerto. Currently, it's the Frenchmen, and Ravel's Quartet in F rings the bell. 

I usually avoid listening to these favorites because of the deflating effect it has on my attitude toward my own work.

What if Roger was in fact Bondi all along?

Daniel, tag.... you're it       hahahaha ...........ha

try to keep them occupied will ya

Hi Daniel,

That is truly beautiful. Never heard of the composer before, thanks for introducing him to me. Here's one that moves me. I think the electric guitar work is the finest and most beautiful (and most virtuosic) I've ever heard, especially at the end https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s09GOrBUrKY

I have just played in a performance of Dvorak's 'cello concerto.

About half way through the middle movement there is a passage for just the three horns with basses. Don't know why but I was quite affected by it both at final rehearsal and performance.

I think that context has a lot to do with our appreciation of a piece which may be why you may not feel the same on subsequent listenings.

This guy is always good for some chills/tears, just ask the groupie in the front row.


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