A little over a week ago, I posted what I consider to be the five saddest songs ever composed. The article is HERE, and the five songs (in no particular order) are the following:
1. "Pavane pour une infante défunte" by Maurice Ravel
2. Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings"
3. "Adagio in G minor" by Tomaso Albinoni
4. "Lacrimosa" (Latin for "weeping") from Mozart’s Requiem in D minor, K. 626
5. "Nimrod," Variation IX of Edward Elgan's "Enigma Variations"
I invited others to let me know of compositions that should be included in a list of "saddest songs ever," and I heard from the following:
Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony (Second Movement):
First, we heard from Brian D., from Philadelphia, PA, who said that the second movement from Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony should be included in any list of "saddest songs."
Brian noted, "While a melancholy mood is maintained throughout most of the symphony, one cannot be moved by the sorrowful sonority of the main theme of the second movement – which includes one of classical repertory's great horn solos."
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Karyn T., from Sydney, Australia, noted that I had not included any operatic arias on my list. "Of course, you could include almost anything by Puccini," she wrote, "particularly arias from 'La Bohème,' "Madama Butterfly,' and 'Tosca.'" However, it was "Giusto ciel, in tal periglio" from Rossini's Maometto II that she suggested I include on my list of "saddest songs."
With the addition of the two entries above, that brings my list of "saddest songs" to seven.
Am I missing something? If you have a suggestion for a sad song to add to the list, use the comment section below or contact me through our contact page, HERE.