Chantepleure means "singing and weeping (or crying) simultaneously;" I am looking for something similar but that does not require actual tears, actual crying (just the same degree of emotional intensity either throughout, or more common, in the tail-end of a song). Some examples of what I mean would be:

Prince - Beautiful Ones: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKZYpcetFVg [From 3:10 to 4:30]

Leona Lewis - Run - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pelOvxFuJj8 [from 3:10 to 4:10]

Michael Jackson - Earth Song - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OstvvP8QuxQ [From 4:10 to end]

To a lesser degree:

Hurt - Christina Aguilera - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=___l8Y21yNM [an example where the entire song has that style to a degree but especially the latter half]....

Say Something (I'm giving up on you) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmErRm-vApI - is another song that, throughout, exhibits a real degree or extent of the emotions / emotionalism in view.

The style seems more common in soul, pop, rock, and related musical forms. The words crescendo and climax are close but numerous songs have a crescendo/climax portion that doesn't reach the level of emotional intensity, sadness, desperation, etc. that these songs (and many others) convey.

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    In screamo, the emotional climax of a song is called a meltdown. – J. Siebeneichler Oct 23 '16 at 18:29
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    Interesting, thanks. Not sure if that is limited to screamo (not familiar with the genre) or if it is a term that fits across the board but, in many songs that I have in view, "meltdown" would describe the intensity involved. Thanks for your response! – M. Wildy Oct 23 '16 at 18:32
  • @M.Wildy A dirge, played at a funeral. – Peter Point Oct 23 '16 at 20:18
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    chantepleure is a very beautiful word. I don't see a problem metaphorically extending it to describe emotional songs like Aguilera's Hurt or any song by Adelle. – GrimGrom Oct 23 '16 at 20:27

The crowd felt the emotion of the moment when the the team's captain sang a moving lament in honor of their deceased teammate.

Lament: To feel, show, or express grief, sorrow or regret; a formal expression of sorrow or mourning , especially in verse or song. (Dictionary.com)



To wail in grief (for a dead person); sing a keen; to make an eerie wailing sound.


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