Here's an interesting question to pose to everyone here-- pure subjective of course: Are there specific pieces of music that can often make you cry or tear up?
But I'm interested in those pieces that might move someone that deeply and WHAT pieces those might be and if there might be certain common pieces that recur.
One of the things I love about classical music is it is often able to reach me that deeply in ways that other kinds of music does not (there are a few exceptions in rock music, but it is not a common).
Of course not everyone is moved the same way and of course music doesn't need to be "sad" in order to make one cry. And there are many pieces of music I adore but without being THAT deeply moved by it (there's no necessary correlation between the greatness of a piece of music and its potential to make one cry and there is also no correlation between one's appreciation of music and being moved to tears-- we are all different).
Here are some pieces that immediately comes to mind that often moves me to tears:
Pachelbel: Canon in D (but it must be Paillard's recording. Specifically there is a moment close to the end where a suspended 4th appears and I can't explain where this aching feeling comes from, but it hits me quite suddenly).
Bach: Air (from Orchestral Suite No. 3) What else can I say?
Beethoven: the finale from Symphony No. 6 (the French horn call sections in particular)
Beethoven: "Holy Song of Thanksgiving by a Convalescent to the Divinity, in the Lydian Mode" (3rd movement from String Quartet No. 15)
Beethoven: The third movement from String Quartet No. 16
Schubert: Nacht und Traume
Faure: "Pie Jesu" from Requiem
Debussy: The Afternoon of a Faun (particularly the big sweeping string passage in the middle of the piece)
Debussy: Clair de Lune
Debussy: Pelleas et Melisande (there are many many passages: oddly enough, the passage where Genevieve is reading Golaud's letter; the perverse scene where Golaud is using his son to spy on Melisande; of course the final meeting of Pelleas et Melisande; much of the final scene and several other passages)
Holst: Mars, The Bringer of War, from The Planets (this is, if anything, a musical representation of the inhumanity of war-- it does not glorify it)
Vaughan-Williams: Silent Noon
Copland: Appalachian Spring (especially the violin solo at the end)
Barber: Adagio (the string orchestra version certainly, but especially the original 4tet version)
Barber: Knoxville: Summer of 1915 (there are quite a few passages in this piece)
Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem (all three movements of this piece moves me deeply)
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 (several passages-- knowing the context that this was written right after Stalin's death only make it more powerful)
Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 8 (like Britten's Sinfona da Requiem, this piece moves me greatly from start to finish)
Bernstein: Mass --Not exactly "classical" but there as SEVERAL songs from Bernstein's "Mass" (which is sort of a musical about a mass service, not an actual mass, though the Latin text is incorporated into it throughout), but especially the terrifying Agnus Dei where the congregation is DEMANDING peace. It has not dated well (incorporating rock music that especially has not dated well), but I still have a fondness for the it.
Part: Spiegel im Speigel (the version for violin and piano-- it sneaks up on me unexpectedly sometimes)
What about others here? What pieces (or certain moments in certain pieces) move you to tears?