Created By: FuschlatzOReilly on November 13, 2010 Last Edited By: FuschlatzOReilly on December 1, 2010
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Simple Score Of Sadness

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Rolling Updates. Needs More Examples. Needs a Better Description. Possible titles so far include Simple Score of Sadness and Maudlin Music.
A soundtrack can be very useful for setting the scene. The style of music tells you what the mood's going to be, and awesome moments need booming soundtracks with lots of instruments making up the sound to be even more awesome.

But with depressing moments, it's the other way around: you only need a slow and soft melody with very few instruments to know that what's happening or has just happened is supposed to be a Tear Jerker - if not for the audience, then for the characters at least.

Subtropes include Nostalgic Musicbox, Lonely Piano Piece, Playing the Heart Strings and One-Woman Wail.

Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • Naruto has lots of these, including the appropriately titled 'Sadness and Sorrow' from the original series, and 'Despair', 'Tragic' and 'Loneliness# from Naruto Shippuden.

Film - Animated
  • "Sally's Song" from The Nightmare Before Christmas is noticeably softer and simpler than the rest of the movie's soundtrack. In the song, Sally talks about how she's afraid Jack will never notice how she feels about him.

Film - Live Action

Live-Action TV
  • In a show that wasn't afraid to break out the electric guitar for fight scenes, it's worth noting that Buffy and Angel's love theme pretty much always sounds like this. Especially when Buffy has to send Angel to hell in order to save Earth.

Video Games

Western Animation
Community Feedback Replies: 18
  • November 13, 2010
    AlexTrusk
    VN Umineko No Naku Koro Ni had "Moon" and "Fortitude". I'm sorry... That is two different themes, but both of them counts...
  • November 13, 2010
    randomsurfer
    The Incredible Hulk's "The Lonely Man" closing theme - piano solo.
  • November 14, 2010
    Koveras
    Likewise, a simple piano solo from "Rush" in Dreamfall when Faith dies.
  • November 14, 2010
    SweetMadness
    This has a lot of overlap with Nostalgic Musicbox, Lonely Piano Piece and Playing The Heart Strings. Possibly a supertrope?
  • November 14, 2010
    dotchan
    And also One Woman Wail.
  • November 14, 2010
    SomeGuy
    This was used quite ham-handedly in The Girl In Gold Boots, where Critter would break into overly sad ballads every time it was necessary to tug the audience's heartstrings. This is parodied in one of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 host segments, where Mike strums a guitar in the same style.

    Also, I'd like to nominate this as a page quote-

    Your lips are slender your eyes are blue
    your hair is blonde your lips the way they're red
    your skin your fingers your ears your nose your touch your feet
  • November 15, 2010
    FuschlatzOReilly
    Good example, Some Guy, but something tells me this isn't the kind of trope that a page quote would be useful for.
  • November 17, 2010
    FuschlatzOReilly
  • November 17, 2010
    Cuchulainn
    "At The Bottom Of Night" from Chrono Trigger is a rather simple piece for the amount of emotion it evokes.
  • November 24, 2010
    Rocketknight
    "Gremio's Theme" from the first Suikoden game. "Ashes To Ashes" from Alundra is also a good example.
  • November 26, 2010
    FuschlatzOReilly
    Okay, this trope page is looking pretty stable now. Should I Just Launch It Already or do you guys want to discuss something else - maybe the possibly of the other title I put up - before the 'launch' button gets pressed by anyone?
  • November 26, 2010
    valbinooo
    I do believe there was an example sometime during the movie Schindlers List, but I can't recall where.
  • November 27, 2010
    ChrisLang
    • 'Midna's Desperate Hour' from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess may apply.
    • The music for 'Abandoned Ebon Keep' in The Secret Of Evermore may also fit this trope.
  • November 27, 2010
    Irrisia
    Disgaea - an entire game full of peppy, upbeat songs... and then there's Sorrowful Angel.
  • November 27, 2010
    baronobeefdip
    • Most of the songs in the Heisei Godzilla films are upbeat or sound like they're best suited for action/suspense scenes. And, then you have the far more somber "Requiem" which plays at the end of Godzilla VS Destroyah while Godzilla dies.
  • November 27, 2010
    IronicMouse
    "Sally's Song" from The Nightmare Before Christmas is noticeably softer and simpler than the rest of the movie's soundtrack. In the song, Sally talks about how she's afraid Jack will never notice how she feels about him.
  • November 29, 2010
    AFP
    • In a show that wasn't afraid to break out the electric guitar for fight scenes, it's worth noting that Buffy and Angel's love theme pretty much always sounds like this. Especially when Buffy has to send Angel to hell in order to save Earth.
  • November 30, 2010
    XyloGirl
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