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Old 05-10-2018, 05:25 PM
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Music so beautiful it makes you cry

Well, what the thread title says.

In the past, I have created threads about weird versions of well-known tunes, and about music that scares the s**t out of you.

Now, I want to hear about music so beautiful, so exquisite, so unbearably lovely that it makes you cry tears of joy mingled with sadness or even spiritual pain.

And, having thrown my hat in the ring, I pony up my contribution right here: My favorite piece of music that I find so exquisitely beautiful that it makes me cry is Spiegel Im Spiegel, by the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt.

For those of you who might not know this composition, here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nS0FPVOU5e0
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Old 05-10-2018, 05:36 PM
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For some reason, I always choke up when I hear the late Gabby Pahinui sing Hi'ilawe, a beautiful song about a waterfall in the Waipio Valley.
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Old 05-10-2018, 05:53 PM
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Grace Vanderwaal's Clearly
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Old 05-10-2018, 05:58 PM
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Wagner's "Magic Fire Music" from Die Walkure
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Old 05-10-2018, 06:14 PM
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Solveig's Song

This is all wrapped up in childhood memories*. But yeah anyway, the Peer Gynt Suites are a perfect way to introduce a child to classical/whatever the technical term is music. For me, it's lasted.

*Being introduced to Tolkien and Grieg at the same age is not a bad combination as it turns out
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Old 05-10-2018, 06:20 PM
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Arvo Part, the Estonian composer - his work Tabula Rasa. When I was reading about it, I heard that during the height of the AIDS epidemic, many men listened to it in their final days as a form of release. I could never understand what they were going through, but I get how this piece of music works. Serene, sparse, powerful in gentle elegiac ways.

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Old 05-10-2018, 06:47 PM
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Henryk Gorecki - 3rd Symphony - Dawn Upshaw singing/London Sinfonietta/David Zinman conducting

Unbearably beautiful and haunting.
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Old 05-10-2018, 06:51 PM
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The soundtrack to "American Beauty" stuns me. Not a week goes by that I don't listen to parts of it.

My cousin, a professional opera singer, sang "Danny Boy" at my little brother's funeral. It was the most incredible version I'd ever heard. I kick myself for not recording his performance. (Though I probably couldn't ever watch it - now I can't hear any version of the song without falling apart).
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Old 05-10-2018, 07:41 PM
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Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6, usually incorrectly referred to as the Pathétique due to a mistranslation from the Russian. First encountered it in my childhood and have been entranced with it ever since.

In terms of a short piece of music, it would be O Mio Babbino Caro, from the opera Gianni Schicchi, one of the most beautiful arias ever written. And check out this performance. It has to be enough to restore one's faith in the human race.
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Old 05-10-2018, 08:47 PM
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Read Dulce et Decorum Est in College.
Bumped into In Dulce Decorum by The Damned a few years after getting out of the Army. Gets to me every time.

Also, Helpless Dancer by The Who if I'm not ready for it.
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Old 05-10-2018, 09:04 PM
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Samuel Barber - Adagio for Strings
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Old 05-10-2018, 09:38 PM
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The Art of Noise - Finale

https://youtu.be/pEnPlFQDmuc

Always brought up various sad memories.
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Old 05-10-2018, 10:00 PM
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Duresori Story from the Korean movie Duresori Story - The Voice of East
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkfxgTHUuG0

The movie is a pseudo-documentary of the formation of the Duresori, a choir from Korea's National High School of the Traditional Arts. The song is about the trials the once reluctant students go through before bonding over their love of music.

The three soloists are amazing, especially Im Ha Nui (the third soloist). I've heard several versions of this song, but the solo part by Ha Nui (pronounced Ha Nee) is always done by the full choir.

Sometimes the coda is left out, leaving the listener with different impression of the song. I prefer it without the coda.

Lyrics:

Like a light shines in darkness.
Singing lightens our hearts
We laugh, cry and dream together,
when we feel worn out singing the same song
...

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Old 05-10-2018, 10:31 PM
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Moving Day from Duresori Story - The Voice of East

This mixes elements of traditional musical stylings with modern choir and is a variation of the numerous versions of Arirang, the national song of Korea. Like all versions of Arirang, this is a melancholy song dealing with heartache and yearning.

Lyrics:

Note: The lines that contain araiyo, ariang or surirang have no literal translation or meaning in Korean or English

There are so many houses on the hill
But no room for our family to rest in

I put the memories [away] inside the drawer
The roar of the truck hides the laughter of old friends

I wake up from dozing and the truck is trundling along

The poor trip with my poor Mom and Dad

Lying on the beach with my Mom and Dad,
we looked at the stars in the summer night
That night we cried to the sound of crickets chirping

Chirp, chirp
We wept to their song
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Old 05-10-2018, 10:51 PM
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Forgot the link to Moving Day:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6vZzF0YxJU
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Old 05-10-2018, 11:10 PM
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'O Holy Night' belted out by any awesome voice, male or female. But the version that makes me the most weepy is by Mr. Michael Crawford and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. O night divine!
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Old 05-10-2018, 11:35 PM
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Eva Cassidy and Jeff Buckley both take me there.
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Old 05-10-2018, 11:54 PM
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You don’t even need to know the story, it’s obvious from the feel:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FEMZqYM3Peg
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Old 05-11-2018, 12:49 AM
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The Untouchables Theme by Ennio Morricone.

Going the Distance from Rocky by Bill Conti.
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Old 05-11-2018, 12:55 AM
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXBI2_zH9Js


This one.
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Old 05-11-2018, 05:29 AM
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A reminder that it's a copyright violation to post full song lyrics, and we take that seriously here. Keep it to short excerpts, in accordance with Fair Use guidelines.
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Old 05-11-2018, 09:13 AM
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John Prine Hello in there
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Old 05-11-2018, 09:32 AM
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The Hebrew Slaves Chorus from the Verdi opera Nabucco. I am not a fan of opera, but this work gives me goose bumps. When Verdi died, the people lined the street and sang this as his coffin went by.
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Old 05-11-2018, 10:05 AM
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Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah"
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Old 05-11-2018, 10:10 AM
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John Prine Hello in there
That's one for me too.

Several songs from Willie Nelson's Spirit and miscellaneous Bob Dylan songs can do it for me as well.
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Old 05-11-2018, 10:11 AM
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Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah"
Wonderfully moving song.

I think this by Jeff Buckley is the best version.
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Old 05-11-2018, 10:18 AM
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This is from the Voice UK. You can tell the singer has been through really tough times by the emotion in her voice.
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Old 05-11-2018, 11:48 AM
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Chopin: Piano Concerto No.1, Movement 2 - Largo, Romance (Zimerman)
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Old 05-11-2018, 12:04 PM
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHioIlbnS_A

Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24 but more the original release on Dead Winter Dead by their Savatage identity. Add the fact that we lost a branch of our kinfolk in the Bosnian War and that one just rips my heart. After reconnecting with them during the Olympic run and all ---- it just is that one song that brings tears every time.
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Old 05-13-2018, 01:06 AM
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A Spotless Rose (especially the final resolution) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfAlAz-zFlU

"Alleluia" (Randall Thompson) (especially the ending) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeQu-te2fgk

Carol of the Birds
Pablo Casals https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKoX01170l0
Robert Shaw Chorale (especially the beginning of the 2nd verse, sung by the men only) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JxAinCY6Eg

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Old 05-13-2018, 01:14 AM
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Gene Pokorny Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune

This is a very well known work -- some would even say well worn -- but you never heard it like this.

Still haunting and gorgeous, even though I've heard it a million times.

(BTW, this is the selection that won Gene his job with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra -- even the string players who usually hate brass players loved this performance.)
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Old 05-13-2018, 02:23 AM
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Also, most anything by Ralph Vaughn Williams, like his Fantasia on a theme of Thomas Tallis

Who I just realized the late James Horner appropriated and downright stole from for his Field of Dreams movie music, which also made me cry when I was in the theater. Damn his time.

(Check out The Lark Ascending and Variations on Dives and Lazarus, which also sound just like ... James Horner movies.
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Old 05-13-2018, 02:34 AM
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And finally ...

The late Kevin Mahogany, When October Goes.
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Old 05-13-2018, 06:17 AM
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John Prine Hello in there
Excellent contribution.

I can't imagine any music that would set me to blubberin', but this one has been known to give me the bumps of a goose:

Jim Nabors - The Impossible Dream


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Old 05-13-2018, 08:59 AM
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Celtic Woman will bring tears to your eyes on many of their songs, even the ones not in English.
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Old 05-13-2018, 10:54 AM
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John Prine Hello in there
Me too. It was the first one ever, and there have been many since.
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Old 05-13-2018, 11:03 AM
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Also, most anything by Ralph Vaughn Williams, like his Fantasia on a theme of Thomas Tallis
I love that piece. Someone gave it to me for Christmas when I was 11, with Sir Adrian Boult conducting.

*searches* This one, I think.
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Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6, usually incorrectly referred to as the Pathétique due to a mistranslation from the Russian. First encountered it in my childhood and have been entranced with it ever since.

In terms of a short piece of music, it would be O Mio Babbino Caro, from the opera Gianni Schicchi, one of the most beautiful arias ever written. And check out this performance. It has to be enough to restore one's faith in the human race.
Holy crap, what a talent!
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Old 05-13-2018, 11:07 AM
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Israel Kamakawiwo'ole singing a mashup of 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow' & 'What A Wonderful World'

My go-to happy song and yeah, gets me misty-eyed sometimes.
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At Last, Ruby Wilson

A Song For You, Ruby Wilson

As I'm aging, these songs become more personal.
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Forgot to add Susan Boyle's "I Dream a Dream" on Britain's Got Talent. I hate these types of shows and overwrought songs, but Wifey made me watch her performance.

Holy mutha o' god! The reaction when this dumpy little woman tucked into the song is awesome.

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Old 05-13-2018, 04:01 PM
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Oops! My GrubHub order was on my copy clipboard.

Here's the vid, in case there's a person left on Earth who hasn't seen it (sans veggie tempura):
https://youtu.be/aRiJNS8Oz6E

Also: someone asked me about Toni Child's a while ago in CS. Don't remember who, but this is the song I find so incredible:
https://youtu.be/S00HHzXZUrg
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Forgot to add Susan Boyle's "I Dream a Dream" on Britain's Got Talent. I hate these types of shows and overwrought songs, but Wifey made me watch her performance.

Holy mutha o' god! The reaction when this dumpy little woman tucked into the song is awesome.

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I agree about Susan Boyle...I get the same reaction. Not sure how the Tempura appetizer relates, though!

Lately, I can't make it through "This is Me" from "The Greatest Showman" without tearing up. I love the song, but more than that, I love the message and the defiance of the singer saying, "I'm me, and I'm not apologizing for that."
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https://youtu.be/4Zu0_Uvw-PE

No idea if I posted this properly, but who knew the Boston Pops playing Neil Diamond could be downright spine-tingling? (At about the 3:00 mark)
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Old 05-13-2018, 08:38 PM
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Lately I've been on a "Symphonic versions of Classic Rock songs" kick.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGhWRMGHHe8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TJBVUX0pqY

https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...lood+orchestra

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Xmb5t4HtIo
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Old 05-13-2018, 09:43 PM
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Here's the vid, in case there's a person left on Earth who hasn't seen it (sans veggie tempura):
https://youtu.be/aRiJNS8Oz6E
If you liked that then you will love Paul Potts audition:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnp-8GrHOIk

Add to that Jonathan and Charlotte audition:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsNlcr4frs4
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Old 05-13-2018, 10:17 PM
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In terms of a short piece of music, it would be O Mio Babbino Caro, from the opera Gianni Schicchi, one of the most beautiful arias ever written. And check out this performance. It has to be enough to restore one's faith in the human race.
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Holy crap, what a talent!
Poor kid doesn't even know the words to her song... But she has some kind of voice all right. I hope she's not under excessive pressure from her parents. (Or whoever else)

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Old 05-13-2018, 10:40 PM
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‘Little Wing’ by Jimi Hendrix.

Every time I listen to that it makes me so sad he died so young.
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Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground - Blind Willie Johnson
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Good one.

This is pretty corny, but does the trick for me.
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