Free Background Music 17: Elegy

The song was written in memory of a former student of mine who passed away from a stroke at the age of 21. It was a way of expressing my feelings. because it is requiem inspired by a such sad event, I wrote it in a major key (otherwise it would probably be unbearably melancholic). The light arrangement (with high notes on the piano and bells) is meant to convey her lively, but gently demeanor. The final verse is purposefully cut short and left unresolved. It was recorded using a Korg M50 synthesizer.

Elegy is the 17th song in the Free Background Music series.

Tempo: 77 bpm
Duration: 4:53

Terms of Use

As with the other songs in the Background Music series, this instrumental work can be used for free in non-commercial projects and in YouTube monetized videos (that are otherwise non-commercial in nature) as long as credit is provided (‘music by longzijun’). For more information about the terms and conditions for using the music, you can refer to the detailed Terms of Use.

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About the Video

I took the photographs of flowers and of Happy Valley Cemetery with different kinds of cameras: a Digital Harinezumi 2++ (something like a digital lomography camera) a Minolta X-700 and a Canon EOS 450D.

Alternate Video

On my alternate channel, the video for the song features a music visualizer. The song is playing in Media Monkey with the Milkdrop visualizer showing (the preset used was Geiss—Pistons).


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