Suggested Production Type: Historical / Retro: 1920-1940's

Found 712 tracks

Laid back acoustic jazz. Happy, playful and relaxed, featuring acoustic guitars and accordian. [Tempo: Slow, Medium / 93 BPM]

Subtle, delicate and sparse waltz with glassy bells and high piano. Tasteful, graceful and frail. Good for drama, personal reflection, melancholic scenes. This piece has a slight historical feel to it as well -- perhaps memories or times gone by. Pretty and pastoral. [Tempo: Slow / 52 BPM]

This track is recorded with a real live orchestra and choir, with church organ. Eternal and sorrowful, poignant and grandiose piece. Regret, sadness and nostalgia. Angelic / Heavenly / Beautifuly melancholic, sorrowful and longing, this piece features a climax / crescendo towards the end. Richly textured, good as a film score / drama, funeral, separation, loss or humanitarian message. Multiple variations with or without piano or choir are available for your convenience. [Tempo: Very slow, Slow]

Brass plays a melody full of hope and heroism, accompanied by orchestra and percussion. Perhaps an epic journey has begun, and optimism abounds. [Tempo: Slow / 144 BPM]

A classy and tasteful, easy going track with a slightly Historical feel. Acoustic guitar, tenor & soprano sax. A somewhat surly, jazzy feel, could be 1930's, 40's, 50's or 60's. Would go well with historical or retro film, or any classy, jazzy film scene or other media. [Tempo: Medium / 55 BPM]

A light hearted, pleasant and joyful French waltz. Captures the spirit of Paris / France with nicely melodic accordeon and a light jazz backing. Happy and care free. [Tempo: Medium / 185 BPM]

1930's era newsreel background, also circus or parade. Soundalike, historical, bouncy, happy. [Tempo: Medium, Fast / 127 BPM]

This simple, acoustic western piece is tranquil and cheerful. Its airy, sparse beauty can underscore a magnification of the simple, everyday things without needing polish. Its interweaving acoustic and resonator slide guitars are like vines growing upward. The acoustic bass keeps the piece rooted. A great piece for dramas, love themes needing a western touch, and sentimental documentaries. Old West / Airy / Dreamy. [Tempo: Very slow, Slow / 78 BPM]

Traditional jazz, stride piano music. Happy and funny with a fast tempo. One minute of music, will be great for old movies scenes, commercials, and other projects. [Tempo: Medium / 110 BPM]

A melancholic, nostalgic, drama- or film underscore cue. Thoughtful reflection, melancholy. Good for romantic drama, personal stories, emotional content. [Tempo: Slow, Medium / 85 BPM]

Slow, dreamy Americana / Acoustica with a haunting, solemn, sound. Beautiful and introspective, melancholic and nostalgic. Acoustic guitar, mellotron, and an old upright piano with a very nostalgic sound. [Tempo: Very slow, Slow / 47 BPM]

A melancholy piano waltz that leads into a happier and more hopeful middle section. A romantic, bittersweet and refined sounding background track. [Tempo: Slow / 160 BPM]

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Divertimento in D major, K.136_125a II. Andante. Arranged for string quintet. 100% live string quintet performance - no computers, no samples. Arranged and recorded exclusively for Lynne Publishing. [Tempo: Slow]

Upbeat and playful, easy going jazz trio. Piano, upright bass and subtle jazz drums. Nice and happy, toe-tapping jazz mood. [Tempo: Medium / 150 BPM]

Nice and gentle romantic Nocturne that was written in the best traditions of piano music of XIX century. Will work well for any romantic projects, love affair, movie, documentary. Solo piano. Easy listening, dreamy, light. [Tempo: Slow, Medium]

An orchestral track of amazement, wonderment and grandeur, with a dark side. Mysterious and pompous. Discovery, adventure, daring, wonderment. [Tempo: Medium / 130 BPM]

Energetic, campy electro-swing track. Tuba, electronic drums, and brush snare drive the upbeat tempo. Dixieland Clarinet, trumpet, and trombone answer. Singer vows revenge on the one who did him wrong. Also available as an instrumental version. [Tempo: Medium / 114 BPM]

A Russian influenced track great for comedies, dramas, travel, commercials or any project in need of a Russian folk soundtrack. Features Three Balalaika's and Accordion. Can also be Italian, French, Jewish. [Tempo: Very slow, Slow / 55 BPM]

Tender and classy, slow and loving, acoustic jazz. Touching, melancholic, delicate and beautiful. Upright bass and acoustic piano. [Tempo: Very slow / 57 BPM]

Beautiful, yet melancholic acoustic guitar piece, with a feeling of Baltic winters and icy landscapes. [Tempo: Slow / 70 BPM]

Benny Goodman meets Django Reinhardt , Swingin' Jazz that is uptempo, Happy and Upbeat! A Retro, Cool, Hip, Fun, Stylish and Groovy swing tune that is fun, funny and ideal for advertising entertainment where the folks can dance the jitterbug! This tune has real jazz cats swingin their butts off. Great real live drumming by one of the best players on the planet! [Tempo: Fast, Very fast / 230 BPM]

Dramatic, dark and pounding orchestral style music, suitable for a battle scene or a dramatic trailer. [Tempo: Medium / 80 BPM]

Slow, mellow & peaceful piano-lead, modern orchestral track. Sombre, sedate, serene and with an air of melancholy to it. Contains piano, strings & synth fx. [Tempo: Very slow, Slow / 50 BPM]

Lush strings and piano are the backdrop for a very emotional solo violin melody. [Tempo: Very slow, Slow / 50 BPM]

Fast, happy and bouncy, vintage / historical jazz. D'jango / Gypsy Jazz style with fast strumming acoustic guitar, subtle jazz drums, upright bass and occasional violin. Joyful, playful and excited. [Tempo: Fast, Very fast / 100 BPM]

Sad, somber, defeated, heartbreaking, epic, tragic string piece that's also serene, peaceful, tranquil, sedate and mellow. Would suit historical, romantic break-up, war or documentary type projects. Reminiscent of Samuel Barber's Platoon piece. [Tempo: Very slow, Slow / 97 BPM]

An emotional blockbuster track, slowly building into big cinematic piece. Featuring full orchestra, and piano. Rousing / Emotive / Evocative. [Tempo: Slow / 120 BPM]

Jazzy waltz music track recorded on piano. This creative acoustic music will be great for background music and any project where an instrumental music is required. [Tempo: Slow, Medium]

A supremely tasty, classy, lush and delicate classic jazz track. Smooth as velvet, featuring all live instruments and orchestra, and a female vocal towards the end of the track. Classic big band jazz ensemble with orchestra. Stick around to hear the short vocal part around the 3 minute mark - it'll be worth it. [Tempo: Slow / 83 BPM]

A neo-classical piece with a sense of dignity, history and timeless elegance. Equally suitable for current-day affairs and drama, as for historical / period dramas. Great as a main theme for a series or a one-off presentation. Classy and elegant, with a waltz rhythm. Available with or without an opera type, live soprano vocal. [Tempo: Medium / 146 BPM]

Edvard Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 in B minor, Op. 46: 2. Death of Ase (Ases Death). Arranged and recorded exclusively for Shockwave-Sound.com. [Tempo: Very slow, Slow]

Giovanni Sgambati, Melody in D minor after 'Orfeo ed Euridice' by Ch. W. von Gluck. Performed live in studio by renowned concert pianist Vadim Chaimovich, exclusively for Shockwave-Sound.com. [Tempo: Slow]

(Please note that Gershwin's compositions are public domain in the EU, but not in the USA. To use this music from within the USA, you need additional licensing from the rights holders. For more information search Wikipedia or Harry Fox Agency). [Tempo: Medium, Fast / 115 BPM]

Live performed solo piano and strings piece - tender female vocalising, melodical impressionistic repetitive pattern and strings chords that is melancholic and bittersweet romantic and yet sorrowful. Perhaps dealing with melancholy or long lost love, fading memories. Good for drama, history, photography and more. [Tempo: Very slow, Slow / 57 BPM]

This sweet and warm ballad recorded live with grand piano, acoustic guitars, violin and cello with pad added. Nice, sentimental song with feel of intimacy and hope. Various versions available to create complete soundtrack out of this composition. Good for romantic movies, wedding videos, travel television and other projects. [Tempo: Slow / 70 BPM]

This loose and upbeat Zydeco-inspired track has the feel of an impromptu, improvised jam and conveys a welcoming, friendly spirit. The accordion plays rhythmically against the acoustic guitar, bass and claps – with some vocals effects in the background. Excellent for comedy, cooking and travel shows. Rural / Loose / Zydeco. [Tempo: Medium / 88 BPM]

Reflective Piano piece. Touching, Wistful, Graceful, Nostalgic. [Tempo: Slow]

Up-tempo country / bluegrass featuring multiple acoustic guitars, acoustic bass and banjo. Good natured, country fun. Also good for historical programs, or anything to do with the outdoors, farming, hiking, fishing and nature trails etc. [Tempo: Fast, Very fast / 120 BPM]

Country / bluegrass track featuring acoustic guitars, upright bass and later on, country fiddle / violin. Up-tempo, bright and fun. [Tempo: Medium, Fast / 125 BPM]

A soaring, touching and emotional orchestral / film score type track. Full orchestra, growing to a crescendo / climax at 1 minute. Heartening, touching, emotional. Good for drama, personal stories, history and culture, and more. [Tempo: Slow, Medium / 55 BPM]

Thumping, old style blues/jazz featuring Dobro & lap steel guitar over a traditional jazz band backing of guitars, bass and drums. Playful, happy blues-jazz. [Tempo: Medium / 71 BPM]

Full of 'Joie de vivre' this accordion and mandolin led piece is a bright, filmic, retro sounding waltzer conjuring up visions of traditional European city streets, mountains, lakes, fairgrounds, carousels, flowers and festivals. [Tempo: Medium, Fast / 62 BPM]

A cheeky and fun orchestral soundtrack led by pizzicato strings and clarinet. Light and fluffy, with a slightly vintage or 1940's orchestra feel. [Tempo: Medium / 111 BPM]

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