I know several of the Eight Ladies (myself included) have used music playlists for writing, either because it “goes” with the book they’re writing or, like with me, there’s a certain Mozart playlist that generates a Pavlovian response within me to write. When I hear the music, my inner storyteller kicks in.
This is all well and good except the music I listen to is pretty upbeat (for Mozart, anyway) and I was having a hard time getting into the right mood to write some really dark, painful, sad scenes (not my typical mojo).
So I pulled up Google and searched “saddest classical music” and the first hit that came up was from classicfm.com, complete with a snippet of the music. Almost every suggestion they made was perfect. I downloaded their recommendations and it made it so easy for me to slip into the right mood to write the sad, catastrophic scenes I had to write (think Napoleonic War, death of a twin brother, then telling your parents your brother died…that sort of thing). I’ve listed classicfm.com’s recommendations at the bottom of this post (with links to preview the songs).
Now that I have a “sad writing music” playlist (that’s literally what I called it), I need to make a few more. “Happy writing music” and “seductive writing music” definitely come to mind. I think “scary writing music” isn’t a bad idea, either.
What do you think? Have you made a mood-specific playlist to help with your writing? How well did it work for you?
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Here’s ClassicFM.com’s 10 Best Classical Music Tear-Jerkers
Sono andati (from La Boheme) by Giacomo Puccini
Who doesn’t love Puccini? He’s also a great go-to for love songs!
Requiem Mass in D minor by Mozart
By definition, a requiem is a mass for the repose of the souls of the dead. Enough said.
Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber
You’ll recognize some of these melodies from the movie Platoon.
Adagio in G minor by Tomaso Albinoni
I wasn’t as impressed with the “sadness factor” of this one, but you might hear it differently.
Come, Sweet Death by Bach
This one made it near the top of my playlist.
Serenade for Strings, Second Movement by Edward Elgar
This is a wonderfully sobering piece of music.
Symphony of Sorrowful Songs by Henryk Gorecki
By far, these were the most sorrowful of all the sad pieces I listened to. Gorecki was inspired to write this after reading the messages left by an 18-year old prisoner in a Gestapo prison.
Dido’s Lament (When I Am Laid In Earth, from Dido and Aeneas) by Henry Purcell
Of all the songs, this one probably affected me the least.
Symphony No. 6, Fourth Movement by Tchaikovsky
One of the great classical minds, IMHO. He’s good at squeezing your heart.
V’ho ingannato (from Rigoletto) by Giuseppe Verdi
This wasn’t quite as somber as the Puccini selection, but it’s still tear-worthy.