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The appeal of sad music

Desert Dancer 13 Nov 11 - 04:13 PM
Desert Dancer 13 Nov 11 - 04:24 PM
Phil Cooper 13 Nov 11 - 07:14 PM
Big Al Whittle 13 Nov 11 - 07:26 PM
Leadfingers 13 Nov 11 - 07:39 PM
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Subject: The appeal of sad music
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 13 Nov 11 - 04:13 PM

Why Do We Love Sad Songs?, from the Public Radio International program, "To the Best of Our Knowledge". A set of interviews on pieces and genres of music. I'm listening now, so can't say much about it.

Thomas Larson on The Saddest Song Ever Written
The saddest music of all to many people is Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings."

Meagen Curtis on the Science of Sad Songs
According to psychologist Meagan Curtis, the inherent sadness of the minor third is what we hear in music.

Bill Malone on the History of Country Music
There are sad songs in rock, and sad songs in jazz, but the resting place for the saddest songs is clearly in country music.

Eric Siblin on The Cello Suites
No matter what genre you're writing for, adding a cello can increase the melancholy.

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An interesting thing in folk music (or English folk in particular?) is the frequent mismatch between the minor key and the mood of the text -- minor keys are not necessarily "sad".

~ Becky in Tucson


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Subject: RE: The appeal of sad music
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 13 Nov 11 - 04:24 PM

In the second segment, psychologist Meagan Curtis has found a correlation between the minor third with the communication of sadness in speech. The major second is associated with aggression - think of that shark theme in "Jaws".


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Subject: RE: The appeal of sad music
From: Phil Cooper
Date: 13 Nov 11 - 07:14 PM

I think some of the appeal of sad music, especially some of the songs, is that it let's the listener know that someone has also had a hard time and lived through it.


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Subject: RE: The appeal of sad music
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 13 Nov 11 - 07:26 PM

Also lets face it, there are really miserable sods.


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Subject: RE: The appeal of sad music
From: Leadfingers
Date: 13 Nov 11 - 07:39 PM

I resemble that remark Al !


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