5 Piano Songs for the Brokenhearted

Peaceful, Empathetic, and Calming Songs to Listen To

Pain has inspired great music, and listening to it can remind anyone that even legends are not immune to heartache. These beautiful pieces will be able to sympathize with what one may be feeling. From Beethoven styles to soft and minor tones, the following piano songs are full of a range of emotions like anger, despair, yearning, and sadness.

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

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In true Beethoven fashion, the first movement of the sonata “Pathétique” is moody and complex.

The piece 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. Then, the movement ends with a feeling of regret and denial.

Beethoven is a famous German composer who was influential in the Classical and Romantic eras. He was born in 1770 in Bonn, Germany and died in 1827 in Vienna, Austria. Beethoven became interested in music as a young child and learned how to practice from his father who believed he had the potential to become the next Mozart.

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“Kesson Daslef” – Aphex Twin

Aphex Twin’s dark and progressive style meshes with classical piano in this truly haunting number. This short song, “Kesson Daslef,” is not complicated by chords or key changes. Rather, it portrays pure despair in its simplest form. It is recommended to listen to this song with caution.

Aphex Twin is a recording alias for Richard David James who is an Irish/English electronic musician. James is known for musical styles like ambient techno and IDM. His album Selected Ambient Works 85-92 created popularity for the musician along with his 1997 EP Come to Daddy.

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

This piece by Chopin starts off hopeful and naïve but soon takes a turn when the minor chords reveal a deeper truth.

“Raindrops” softly cries before the persistent notes and strong chords interrupt with a resentful yearning. The song ends with a calm acceptance.

Chopin is considered one of Poland's greatest composers and was a pianist who mainly created works for the solo piano. Chopin was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1810 and died in Paris, France in 1849 at the age of 39, likely due to tuberculosis.

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“When the Love Falls” – Yurima

This composition by Yurima is a simple and high-pitched pattern that would make for a perfect closing song for a sad movie.

The song “When the Love Falls” conveys a subtle acceptance but harbors a slight refusal to let go. Its chord progressions are reminiscent of Chopin and create an air of distance. The song is also a sad goodbye to a love that was never meant to be.

Yurima is a stage name for Lee Ru-ma, a South Korean pianist and composer. Yiruma has played piano since he was five-years-old and released several albums in the 2000s. The name "Yurima" translates to "I shall achieve" in Korean.

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“One Last Wish” – James Horner

The soft, minor piano in “One Last Wish” by musician James Horner is enhanced by strings and speaks of an unwillingness to say goodbye. This bittersweet farewell ends with a sweet, lasting touch.

James Horner was an American composer who, unfortunately, passed away in 2015 due to a plane crash. He was known for his conducting and orchestration in film scores. Most famously, Horner composed music for popular blockbuster movies like Titanic and Braveheart.