What Piece Drives You to Tears?

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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  • 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.


  • Yes, good call! This is from a movie called "Carnegie Hall" from 1947 and it has an all-star cast, I've never seen it all, just this clip.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnegie_Hall_(film)


     
    Fredrick zinos said:

    Reiner conducting?

    Carnegie Hall (film)
    Carnegie Hall is a 1947 film directed by Edgar G. Ulmer. It stars Marsha Hunt and William Prince.Ulmer made Carnegie Hall with the help of conductor…
  • I normally like the classics but I thought I'd give you somthing different . Jimmy Web can really write and here Joe Cocker is in his element

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SW9O77Eocmo

  • https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=e09W8yU5Y6k

    When I first heard Elly Ameling singing this Brahms setting I had to rush out and buy the lp. Her beautiful clear voice gives such poignancy to this simple tune.
  • https://soundcloud.com/tapspacepublications/nocturnal-dance

    Pietro Mascagni sounds beautiful.

    This piece I grew up listening to since I was a young teenager, and always gives me a hand up out of my crazy life.

  • This piece stopped me dead in my tracks first time I heard it..and still has my heart..

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

  • Here’s another one that always gets me, from very early Yes, featuring the angelic voice of Jon Anderson and some of the most beautiful lyrics I have ever heard. A couple of minutes long https://youtu.be/qTx4dbE4Mek

  • True David, though I feel the chills on my arms. The Sweden Hall acoustics are extraordinary. Do you know if the Mass Choir in the video were college students?
    David Unger said:

    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

    What Piece Drives You to Tears?
    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 m…
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