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A friend of mine posted a link to Chopin's Nocturne in C# minor #20 by the great Grigory Sokolov. Here it is https://youtu.be/gPeZZKh-ye4

I love this piece and performance but it reminded me that there is so much absolutely gorgeous piano music out there that is accessible to anyone who is willing to learn the instrument. To play through a piece like this is immensely enjoyable and with a bit of consistent practice and a good teacher, pretty much anyone should be able to play this after a reasonable period of time. Add a few decades if you want to sound like Sokolov but that isn't the point!

What other great piano pieces do you folks enjoy that are within reach of most with a bit of time and effort?


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This is a very easy piece I think most beginners can learn but it is nonetheless beautiful.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ef-4Bv5Ng0w

Chopin Prelude Op 28 No 4

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Keith- I think your post is very important and I've made similar posts on the Pianist Corner. The literature of the piano is so rich and really does have countless complete masterpieces playable by those with less than virtuoso technique(around ABSRM 8). Taking Chopin for example I think almost all the Mazurkas, most of the Waltzes except Op. 42, about half the Preludes, about half the Nocturnes, half the Impromptus, etc. can be played quite well by someone with just good but nowhere near conservatory level technique.

Same for about half the Debussy Preludes, half of the Mendelssohn Songs Without Words, half the Mozart Sonatas, a handful Beethoven Sonatas, many of the Brahms Intermezzi, Schumann(Arabesque, much of Fantasy Pieces, Kinderscenen, Forest Scenes) etc, etc. One does not have to be a virtuoso to play really great music.

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Originally Posted by pianoloverus
Keith- I think your post is very important and I've made similar posts on the Pianist Corner. The literature of the piano is so rich and really does have countless complete masterpieces playable by those with less than virtuoso technique(around ABSRM 8). Taking Chopin for example I think almost all the Mazurkas, most of the Waltzes except Op. 42, about half the Preludes, about half the Nocturnes, half the Impromptus, etc. can be played quite well by someone with just good but nowhere near conservatory level technique.

Same for about half the Debussy Preludes, half of the Mendelssohn Songs Without Words, half the Mozart Sonatas, a handful Beethoven Sonatas, many of the Brahms Intermezzi, Schumann(Arabesque, much of Fantasy Pieces, Kinderscenen, Forest Scenes) etc, etc. One does not have to be a virtuoso to play really great music.


It really is amazing how much terrific music can be enjoyed at the piano within a reasonable amount of time. I think one of the biggest mistakes pianists make is working on music that is too far beyond their ability when there is so much easily within their grasp that is great stuff.

And lets not only focus on Classical. There is so much pop, jazz, blues, ragtime, boogie woogie, new age etc etc that is not unreasonably difficult. I'd love to hear about the pieces that are great and not too hard from those genres as well!


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I agree, I was floored at how much great repertoire there is even at my level. I would take me years to play it all! ❤️


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A good chunk of the 2nd movement of Beethoven's Emperor Concerto is quite playable and very satisfying for a non-professional pianist.

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Originally Posted by Keith D Kerman
And lets not only focus on Classical. There is so much pop, jazz, blues, ragtime, boogie woogie, new age etc etc that is not unreasonably difficult. I'd love to hear about the pieces that are great and not too hard from those genres as well!
All these pieces have scores for free or minimal cost on the internet. Many of these pianists or composers have many books of their transcriptions/compositions available.

George Gershwin
Songbook(around half are easy)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2U-W5IM8Uo

Mike Garson
Lullaby For Our Daughters
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qW__f8K0THQ

Dave Grusin
Memphis Stomp
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VF35PTDcGRw
On Golden Pond
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QF6zx09a3TU
Havana Se Fue
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-K7kKJ7IIog
Spartacus Love Theme
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqIVHM-nvPw

Fred Hersch
And So It Goes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1c9sdn9UHM
I'll Be Seeing You
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jE1DUEHrtxE

Charles Szczepanek

Yesterday
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaAr5L6ei4k

Yiruma
Autumn Leaves
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPcZSZnR0KI

George Shearing
In The Still Of The Night
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2Hrkh5-dx4

James P. Johnson
Snowy Mornin' Blues
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwuxpsEzXE4&feature=related

Emile Pandolfi
Beauty and the Beast
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayWTIqU5bik

Keith Jarrett
Shenandoah
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1zXLApSGpQ

Kastanelenbogen
When I Fall In Love


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Originally Posted by pianoloverus
Keith- I think your post is very important and I've made similar posts on the Pianist Corner. The literature of the piano is so rich and really does have countless complete masterpieces playable by those with less than virtuoso technique(around ABSRM 8). Taking Chopin for example I think almost all the Mazurkas, most of the Waltzes except Op. 42, about half the Preludes, about half the Nocturnes, half the Impromptus, etc. can be played quite well by someone with just good but nowhere near conservatory level technique.

Same for about half the Debussy Preludes, half of the Mendelssohn Songs Without Words, half the Mozart Sonatas, a handful Beethoven Sonatas, many of the Brahms Intermezzi, Schumann(Arabesque, much of Fantasy Pieces, Kinderscenen, Forest Scenes) etc, etc. One does not have to be a virtuoso to play really great music.


It really is amazing how much terrific music can be enjoyed at the piano within a reasonable amount of time. I think one of the biggest mistakes pianists make is working on music that is too far beyond their ability when there is so much easily within their grasp that is great stuff.

And lets not only focus on Classical. There is so much pop, jazz, blues, ragtime, boogie woogie, new age etc etc that is not unreasonably difficult. I'd love to hear about the pieces that are great and not too hard from those genres as well!

I think it is just a question of being selective. One can certainly work on music beyond one's ability but some people such as myself enjoy the challenge. I try to mix it up. A few very long and challenging pieces combined with easier pieces for variety.


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The Chopin waltz in a minor B150 is almost sight readable for those just above intermediate level, .Beautiful piece !

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I would avoid "half of those Mozart sonatas" unless one has a good finger technique ! There is nothing worse than a messy sounding Mozart or Haydn sonata.
The slow movement's are more approachable by non serious players and are exquisite ! Little "Arias"
Some of the Chopin Nocturnes demand a high level of playing.I think the Impromptus demand a certain technical skill.
The Allegretto in C minor by Schubert is about gr 6 or 7.

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Originally Posted by Lady Bird

The Allegretto in C minor by Schubert is about gr 6 or 7.



But whose grading system? RCM, ABRSM, or another? They are not all equivalent.


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Originally Posted by Lady Bird

The Allegretto in C minor by Schubert is about gr 6 or 7.



But whose grading system? RCM, ABRSM, or another? They are not all equivalent.

ABRSM Grade 6, so RCM level 7-ish?


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I've always enjoyed Frederic Mompou's songs and dances. Not well known. I especially like no. 6 below.

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Originally Posted by John305
Originally Posted by Lady Bird

The Allegretto in C minor by Schubert is about gr 6 or 7.



But whose grading system? RCM, ABRSM, or another? They are not all equivalent.

Perhaps a good grade RCM 8 student would cope.
In Canada RCM is the examining body.(usually )
Grade 10 RCM=Gr 8 (final)Associated Board.

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As Keith mentioned Mr. Sokolov...


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Originally Posted by Lady Bird
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The Allegretto in C minor by Schubert is about gr 6 or 7.



But whose grading system? RCM, ABRSM, or another? They are not all equivalent.

Perhaps a good grade RCM 8 student would cope.
In Canada RCM is the examining body.(usually )
Grade 10 RCM=Gr 8 (final)Associated Board.

I got it the wrong way around !
Associated Board (Royal Schools ) gr 6 would be equal to a gr 8 RCM
Associated board final grade is GR8 .,RCM Final is GR10

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Of course there is always this -Lang Lang sets the hair raising tempo !

https://youtu.be/uWYmUZTYE78

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Scriabin"s nocturne for the left hand is a well known gorgeous piece of music. Less well known but more playable is his prelude for the left hand (Op. 9).

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Handel's keyboard suites from 1720 contain many absolutely gorgeous pieces that sound just as good on piano as they would have back in time they were written. Some require the technique of a Heidsieck to do justice to them but there are others that can be learnt by anyone with a little experience. You can find copyright free versions of the sheet music that have been transcribed by volunteers on IMSLP. Here are three of my favourites:

Minuet in G minor (HWV 434):
https://youtu.be/1KLG3p5UZoE

Passacaglia in G minor (HWV 432):
https://youtu.be/xS06mpl3oG4

Sarabande in D minor (HWV 437):
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