These songs have a soft, melancholy or nostalgic sound. The songs may be used for non-commercial purposes; simply provide the credit: music by longzijun (Except of course for those songs by featured guests. For these songs, which are indicated with a ‘*’, you should use the credits shown below the video).
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Background Music: Gentle, Romantic and/or Melancholy Songs
Information regarding download links is below each video. You can also consider selecting songs from Soft and Relaxing Background Music: Chillout and Ambient Music (the tracks on that page tend to have a little more of a beat and a little less emphasis on melody.
Broken (3:17, Background Music 35)
A three-minute gentle and sad song played on piano. It is influenced by classical minuets but is more minimalist and contemporary in feel. The download links for the music files (MP3 versions and WAV files) are on this page: Broken (Background Music 35).
I Vow to Thee, My Country*: Piano arrangement and performance by Kate Kwok (2:12, Background Music 34)
Vow to Thee, My Country. Arrangement and performance by Kate Kwok (2015); composition by Gustav Mahler and Sir Cecil Spring Rice (1921).
The download links for the music files (MP3 versions and WAV files) are on this page: I Vow to Thee, My Country: (Background Music 34).
Almost a Love Story (5:00 Background Music 26)
A sweet but wistful, melodic ballad influenced by the soundtrack music of Joe Hisaishi.
The download links for the music files (MP3 versions and WAV files) are on this page: Almost a Love Story.
Echoes & Fragments (3:00, Background Music 30)
A gentle minimalist piano piece. The download links for the music files (MP3 versions and WAV files) are on this page: Echoes & Fragments (Background Music 30).
Lock and Love (6:20, Background Music 24)
This is a romantic and melodic song with with flute, strings and acoustic guitar, bass and percussion. For MP3 and WAV file download links, go to Background Music 24: Lock and Love.
Wild Illusion* by Nikolaos Taramanidis (5:43, Background Music 28)
An acoustic guitar ballad with faint echoes of Pink Floyd.
Music: Wild Illusion by Nikolaos Taramanidis
For MP3 and WAV file download links, go to Background Music 28: Wild Illusion Nikolaos Taramanidis.
Elegy (4:53, Background Music 17)
Download MP3: Elegy
As long as a word remains unspoken (2:15, Background Music 22)
Download MP3:As long as a word remains unspoken
Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in E-flat major, Op.23, No. 6 (Andante)*: Performed by Tong Chi-ling (2:55, Classical Music 01)
Prelude in E-flat major, Op.23, No. 6 (Andante). Composed by Sergei Rachmaninoff (1901-1903). Performed by Tong Chi-ling (2012).
Download MP3: Prelude in E-flat major
Dispute information: On YouTube, it is quite common to get false content ID matches and copyright claims on original performances of public domain work. Should you get such a claimd, you should dispute it, stating:
The composition and arrangement for the song being claimed (>Rachmaninoff Prelude in E-flat Major, Op. 23, No. 6) are in the public domain. It was composed by Sergei Rachmaninoff between 1901 and 1903. The recording is an original recording performed by Tong Chi-long. It is produced by longzijun. The recording is available for use for free for non-commercial purposes and in monetized YouTube videos (that are otherwise non-commercial in nature) as long as the music is properly credited, which I have done in the video description. The permission is given on the video page for the song (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ac2IiRNEr14), on the website Longzijun (http://wp.me/pury4-IK) and on this ToS page (https://longzijun.wordpress.com/music/free-background-music-series-terms-of-use/).
Memoryne (3:30, Background Music 25)
Piano instrumental, classical. This is a gentle and melodic song that is somewhat in the style of a minuet. The mood is nostalgic; it is somewhat sad, but light at the same time. Though it is classical in style, the harmonic progression is inspired by the jazz standard My Funny Valentine. For MP3 and WAV file download links, go to Background Music 25: Memoryne.
Short Themes (Less than one minute)
The Mercury Tale* by Jessica Yip (0:53, Short Instrumental 15)
Credits: The Mercury Tale: Music by Jessica Yip (2015)
Love vs Time (0:24, Instrumental Theme 04)
Download MP3: Love vs Time
Memoryne Short Music Box Version (0:55, Background Music 25b)
Here is a version of the main theme of Memoryne but in a music box style.The middle part ended up being too busy (too many notes), so this arrangement features the main melody only. For MP3 and WAV file download links, go to Background Music 25: Memoryne (select the music box version).
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