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    Mahler's Kindertotenlieder and Das Lied von der Erde, Abschied come closest.

    For personal reasons also the slow movement of Mozart's clarinet concerto - it was the favourite piece of my late mother and we recently used it at my father's funeral.
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    Nice Post..... ptr... Thanks..

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    I rarely ever cry to music, even if I find it very moving; but this piece made me cry when I heard it a couple months ago. The second movement, in some parts, it sound like the woodwinds are conversing. I guess the way Mozart could anthropomorphize the instruments in his compositions is what made me cry, especially the part around 7:48...


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    This may sound weird, but I have a thing with Adolphe Adam's

    Minuit, Chrétiens (aka Cantique de Noël / O Holy Night)



    It just really moves me almost literally to tears when I hear it, but why?? I don't know.
    I'm not religious, and also pretty skimpy with my emotions in general, but that melody...

    I may be the only person in the world who chokes back tears while watching Home Alone!
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    These works reach the very deep in me

    Bach: Cantata #138, BWV 138, "Warum Betrübst Du Dich, Mein Herz" - 1. Warum Betrübst Du Dich, Mein Herz
    Bach: Cantata #57, BWV 57, "Selig Ist Der Mann" - 3. Ich Wünschte Mir Den Tod
    Bach: Brandenburg Concerto #1 In F, BWV 1046 - 2. Adagio
    Bach: Harpsichord Suite In A Minor, BWV 818A - Sarabande
    Beethoven: Der Glorreiche Augenblick, Op. 136 - Recitativo: Das Auge Schaut; Cavatina With Duetto: Dem Die Erste Zähre
    Mozart: Il Re Pastore, K 208 - Act 2: L'Amorò, Sarò Costante
    Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K 620 - Act 2: Aria: Ach, Ich Fühl's
    Haydn: Die Jahreszeiten - Der Sommer: Dem Druck Erliegt Die Natur
    Schumann: Waldszenen, Op. 82 - 9. Abschied
    Schubert: An Den Mond, D 296
    Schubert: Der Blinde Knabe, D 833

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    There are indeed a few (still)...
    Brahms violin concerto: adagio
    Beethoven: 5th piano concert: adagio
    Beethoven: 7th symphony: allegretto
    Elgar: Nimrod
    Pachelbel: canon in D
    and yes, even "boring Wagner" manages it for a few seconds when orchestra is first time in full "flow" during Tannhäuser ouverture.....

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    Nothing, really, including "music" where half of what is working on us is the content of the text.

    One does not have to be a cold fish to qualify in the "I don't weep due to any music" club... but one has to be not prone to a particular stamp of North European melancholia, at least.... and perhaps being over forty helps, too.

    Once in a while, something musical will make me involuntarily groan, recognizing something conveyed in the music which evokes some arena of deep emotion -- that is another form of weeping. I suppose.

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    I never cried with music, basically because crying is simply something that can happen to me only in rather extreme situations.
    But, in any case, if I were in some vulnerable emotional state, the final number of Ravel's opera L'enfant et les sortilèges ,"Il est bon, l'enfant, il est sage".

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozIf-d8WarY

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    Arvo Pärt's Spiegel im Spiegel does it for me !
    Also Schubert's Auf dem Wasser zu singen, and Purcell's When I am laid in earth...

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    Reading PetrB's and aleazk's comments above brought me to a sudden realization:

    People with square blocks of speckles for avatars don't cry.

    I wonder what Frankie Valli could make of that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vesteralen View Post
    Reading PetrB's and aleazk's comments above brought me to a sudden realization:

    People with square blocks of speckles for avatars don't cry.

    I wonder what Frankie Valli could make of that?
    lol, now that you mention it, yes, the avatars are similar, I didn't notice that before. A shame that it's not the same for the knowledge about music...
    Last edited by aleazk; Aug-28-2013 at 13:24.

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    I cry at words but music per se, however beautiful, doesn't actually produce tears. Music with associations may do.

    My father was a boy of 19 on the beaches of Dunkirk. Anything to do with Dunkirk makes me cry. The last chapter of Paul Gallico's 'The Snow Goose', where the artist takes out a 'little boat' and on his last voyage is shelled & the snow goose flies back to the lighthouse to tell his beloved - I remember reading that in a crowded railway carriage & blubbing uncontrollably.

    And the opening of Dad's Army, 'Who do you think you are kidding, Mr Hitler', with the Union Jack arrows pushed back by the Swastika & penned within Britain - that always made me cry.

    Music that moves me 'in that direction' would be Purcell's 'When I am laid in earth', like Pantheon above - Schubert's Ave Maria - and any of the laments for dead friends by Turlough O'Carolan.
    ~ Mollie ~
    My fiddle my joy.

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    Dido's Lamentation aria, the 'They hand Belinda' recitative before this aria and the chorus that ends the opera, by Purcell, practically always.

    From Schubert's Winterreise 'die Post' sometimes makes me cry.

    Both of Mendelssohn's Violin Concertos.

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    I don't really cry to music, but there have been a few times in the past where I have. The Adagietto movement in Mahler's 5th has gotten to me one time several years ago and also the Romanza movement of RVW's 5th has also brought on some tears. But these were pretty rare occasions and perhaps something particularly distressing was happening in my life at the time. I can't really remember.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neo Romanza View Post
    I don't really cry to music
    Your square block of speckles for avatar is very odd!.

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