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5 Piano Songs for the Brokenhearted

Songs to Learn or Listen To


Pain has inspired great music, and listening to it reminds us that even legends are not immune to heartache. These beautiful pieces will be able to sympathize with what you may be feeling.

1. “Pathétique,” Piano Sonata No. 8 in A flat – Beethoven

In true Beethoven fashion, the first movement of this sonata is moody and complex. It begins with an agitated demeanor, but reaches for a glimmer of hope when the rhythm appears. This song is wrought with angry tantrums, and slides in and out of quick, confident passages. The movement ends with a feeling of regret and denial.

2. “Kesson Daslef” – Aphex Twin

Aphex Twin’s dark and progressive style meshes with classical piano in this truly haunting number. This short song is not complicated by chords or key changes; it portrays pure despair in its simplest form. Use with caution!

3. “Raindrops,” Prelude No. 15 in D flat – Chopin

This piece starts off hopeful and naïve, but takes a turn when the minor chords reveal a deeper truth. This song softly cries before the persistent notes and strong chords interrupt with a resentful yearning. It ends with a calm acceptance.

4. “When the Love Falls” – Yurima

This composition’s simple and high-pitched pattern would make it a perfect closing song for a sad movie. It coveys a subtle acceptance, but harbors a slight refusal to let go. Its chord progressions are reminiscent of Chopin, and create an air of distance. This song is a sad goodbye to a love that was never meant to be.

5. “One Last Wish” – James Horner

The soft, minor piano is enhanced by strings, and speaks of an unwillingness to say goodbye. This bittersweet farewell ends with a sweet, lasting touch.
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