October 18th, 2006

I aim to Misbehave

This just in...

Bach's "Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major: Prelude" has just tied with "Iceman's Love Theme" for most depressing piece of classical music ever to be associated with a TV show.

*waits for the (not-unreasonable) screams from the M*A*S*H-ies to stop*

Yes, I did take Mozart's "Clarinet Quintet in A" into consideration, but based on the fact that, without the context of the show, the piece is not depressing on its own, it didn't make it into the final count. Similarly, while Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" is played during one of the saddest scenes ever of The West Wing, it didn't make it onto the list, because while it's a slow, somewhat other-worldly-sounding song, it does not in and of itself make me, at least, think of darkness and death.

*goes back to the REALLY depressing stuff*

What makes Bach's piece, as well as Iceman's Love Theme, so depressing is the fact that, because its sound is one that is naturally sorrowful, it is impossible for me, along with anyone I've ever asked, to hear it--even out of context--without automatically being surrounded by a feeling of sadness, one that is only exacerbated by its TV uses.

As an example, I give you clips from the aforementioned pieces, followed by their uses in TV shows...hidden behind an lj-cut, so you can't be spoiled.

Mozart's Clarinet Quintet in A (first four tracks on disc).
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Jeff Buckley, "Hallelujah".
(For a better idea of the overall sound of the song, try Rufus Wainwright's version: the clip contains the chorus, which is important to the feel of the song.)
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Yo-Yo Ma, Bach's Suite No. 1 In G Major: Prelude. (Not the best example of the sadness of the piece, but the only clip that seems to be available.)
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"Iceman's Love Theme" from The Sentinel. (Again, not the best clip for my point, but the only one available.)
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So. What was the purpose of this long, drawn-out, and probably rambling post? To find out if you, the readers of this page o'bullshit, agree. Below is a poll. Fill it out, reply, whatever. Just tell me if you agree with me, or if I wasted several hours, drawn out over several days, writing this up and posting it. Or, of course, y'know...both.

What is the most depressing piece of classical music ever to be associated with a TV show?

Bach's "Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major: Prelude"
Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" (any version)
Mozart's "Clarinet Quintet in A"
"Iceman's Love Theme" (from "The Sentinel")
Other (please respond in comment)