The Strange Tale of “Gloomy Sunday”

According to one anecdote, the song Gloomy Sunday was originally written by Hungarian pianist and composer, Rezso Seress in Paris in December of 1932
According to one anecdote, the song Gloomy Sunday was originally written by Hungarian pianist and composer, Rezso Seress in Paris in December of 1932

In Vienna, a teenage girl drowned herself while clutching a piece of sheet music. In Budapest, a shopkeeper killed himself and left a note that quoted from the lyrics of the same song. In London, a woman overdosed while listening to a record of the song over and over.

The piece of music that connects all these deaths is the notorious “Gloomy Sunday.” Nicknamed the “Hungarian suicide song,” it has been linked to over one hundred suicides, including the one of the man who composed it.

Of course, this might all be an urban legend.

One thing’s for sure, though. “Gloomy Sunday’s” composer Rezso Seress did take his life, and the success of his greatest hit may have been a contributing factor.
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