Music is beautiful. It’s both a stress-reducer and it’s fun to sit and simply listen. It’s something that people of all cultures and ages can come together and appreciate with one another.
As you let those notes play and encompass you, gone are the problems of everyday life. You can forget about your worries and your strife.
None is more beautiful than the music created by the piano.
The piano is known for being capable of many different sounds, from sorrowful and lonely, to chipper and upbeat. The sheer versatility of this instrument is as mind-boggling as the songs that have been created through the solo use of the humble piano.
Learning to play the piano has many benefits as well. It helps with hand-to-eye coordination and dexterity as you train your hands to press the keys in time with the rhythm. It can inspire more creativity within you, and it can help against stress as you lose yourself in the very music you are producing.
Having been invented in the 1700s, many pieces of music have been created using this instrument throughout its history.
Today, we will take a closer look at 8 of the greatest piano songs ever made.
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The Greatest Piano Songs
Beethoven: Moonlight Sonata
This is perhaps one of the most popular pieces of music for piano ever created. Chances are that you’ve heard this song many times before, either at concerts or in dramatic scenes in a play or movie and will continue to hear it in the future.
Piano Sonata No. 4, written by Ludwig van Beethoven in 1801, was popular even at the time it was written and doesn’t seem to be losing any adoration after all of this time. On the original piece, Beethoven made a note stating that this song should be “played with the utmost delicacy”.
After listening to it, it’s not hard to figure out the reason why this song is known throughout the world.
Mozart: Rondo Alla Turca
This song was written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart sometime between 1778 and 1784. It is written with three movements in the entire piece, but it’s far more likely when you listen to it you’ll recognize the third movement the most. It is by far the most popular part of the entire piece.
This third movement, also known as Turkish March, is one of Mozart’s most known pieces of music.
Rimsky-Korsakov: Flight of the Bumblebee
This piece was written by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov between 1899 and 1900. It was written as only a small interlude for his play titled The Tale of Tsar Sultan, but over the years since its conception, Flight of the Bumblebee has grown in fame perhaps much more so than its origins.
As its name suggests, it was written to reflect the rapid movement and change as a bumblebee flies through the air. This song has been the backdrop for many visual arts and has inspired several new renditions of itself with musical artists.
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3
Said to be one of the most difficult piano songs to perform, it was composed by Sergei Rachmaninoff in 1909. It has caused fear amongst many pianists who attempt to perform it.
Rachmaninoff even gave his permission for cuts to be made to the score to make a performance easier during the first decades in which it had been published. Though nowadays it is more likely that the piece will be completed without any cuts or edits to the composition.
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
The interesting thing about this piece is that it combines elements of both jazz and classical music together into one gorgeous melting pot. Composed by George Gershwin in 1924, this was the piece that allowed for Gershwin’s fame and reputation as a composer to grow.
It has since become one of the most famous American piano songs of all time. Taking inspiration from both jazz and more classical influences, this piece of music bridges a gap between two worlds and does so beautifully.
Debussy: Clair de Lune
Written by Claude Debussy in 1890, this piece of music is actually a part of a whole piano suite, titled Suite Bergamasque. This piece of music is one of Debussy’s most popular and well-loved compositions, though Clair de Lune is known to be one of the more popular parts of the entirety.
It took Debussy 15 years to complete his Suite, but now Clair de Lune is known throughout the world as one of the best piano songs ever composed.
Chopin: Funeral March
Another small part of an entire sonata, the nicknamed Funeral March was written by Frédéric Chopin in 1839. Though the part of the sonata that is so well-known is said to have been completed two years earlier.
This popular and slightly morbid composition has been used widely in different ways in pop references since its conception, both for serious works as well as putting it to a more comedic tone. It is easy to recognize within its first few notes.
The Funeral March was played during Chopin’s own funeral.
This last is actually an entire set of 13 pieces of music that were written by Robert Schumann in 1838. Originally, there were to be 30 parts to this piece, but Schumann edited it down to the final 13. Those remaining pieces were later published in various sets of songs and compositions.
The English translation of the title is “Scenes from Childhood” though Schumann has said that the piece is up for interpretation from anyone who listens to it.
It is one of his more popular pieces of music. With its gentle and melodic tones, we can definitely see why.
Those are our favorite picks and we hope you enjoyed listening to them. From the striking starting notes of Funeral March to the frantic Flight of the Bumblebee down to the soothing tone of Moonlight Sonata, it has been a wonderful journey to take with you.
Of course, musical taste is all up to the person listening to it and there are so many other beautiful piano songs available that we could make a hundred more lists just like this and never reach the end!
We, for one, are quite happy to have such a problem.
If you had to choose, what would be your top 8 songs? Comment below and tell us all of your favorite piano compositions!