Piano Music Recordings

The piano is a keyboard-based music instrument. Its versatility and pervasiveness, together with its polyphonic capabilities have made it one of the world's most employed instruments, and a crucial piece in the development of the Western musical tradition. It's name is a shortened form of 'pianoforte', terms which in Italian respectively mean 'soft' and 'loud', referring the fact that the pianoforte had the capability of producing variations in volume which previous keyboard instruments could not. Standard pianos have 52 white keys are 36 black ones, for a total of 88. They are chordophones: pressing any key activates a mechanism which makes a hammer strike a set of strings. The sound produced is amplified via the soundboard and body of the piano. Being one of the most influential instruments in the history of music, the piano has undergone many changes and technological innovations, from the insertion of the damper and tonal pedals, to the creation of electric, electronic, and digital pianos.

Title Composer Form Period Ratings
'Ombra mai fu' from Serse, HWV. 40 Georg Friedrich Händel Aria / Arietta Baroque
Bagatelle du Bayam Sellam de Nkololoun Archippe Yepmou Bagatelle 21st Century
Bagatelle no. 25 ''Für Elise'', WoO 59 Ludwig van Beethoven Bagatelle Romantic
Bagatelle no. 25 ''Für Elise'', WoO 59 Ludwig van Beethoven Bagatelle Romantic
4 Ballades, Op.10 Johannes Brahms Ballade Romantic
Ballade no. 1, Op. 23 Frédéric Chopin Ballade Romantic
Ballade no. 2, Op. 38 Frédéric Chopin Ballade Romantic
Ballade no. 2, S. 171 Franz Liszt Ballade Romantic
Ballade no. 3, Op. 47 Frédéric Chopin Ballade Romantic
Ballade no. 4, Op. 52 Frédéric Chopin Ballade Romantic
'Pizzicato' from Sylvia, piano arr. Léo Delibes Ballet Romantic
Barcarolle no. 1, Op. 26 Gabriel Fauré Barcarolle Romantic
Barcarolle, Op. 60 Frédéric Chopin Barcarolle Romantic
Unfinished Canon in F minor, B. 129a Frédéric Chopin Canon Romantic
Caprice humoristique, Op. 113 Cécile Chaminade Caprice Romantic
Romanian Christmas Carols, Sz. 57 Béla Bartók Christmas Carols Early 20th Century
Frederic Lamond, José Vianna da Motta Various Compilation Romantic
Concerto no. 11 from L'estro armonico, Op.3 (piano arr.) Antonio Vivaldi Concerto Baroque
Piano Concerto in G Maurice Ravel Concerto Early 20th Century
Piano Concerto no. 1 in G minor, Op. 25 (2 pianos arr.) Felix Mendelssohn Concerto Romantic
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Popular composers Ludwig van Beethoven · Johann Sebastian Bach · Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart · Frédéric Chopin · Franz Schubert · Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky · Antonio Vivaldi · Antonín Dvořák · Various · Felix Mendelssohn · Claude Debussy · Georg Friedrich Händel · Edvard Grieg · Johannes Brahms · Isaac Albéniz · Franz Liszt · Franz Joseph Haydn · Erik Satie · Maurice Ravel · Sergei Rachmaninoff · Béla Bartók · Robert Schumann · Sergei Prokofiev · Igor Stravinsky · Edward Elgar · Jean Sibelius · Gabriel Fauré · Leroy Anderson · Enrique Granados · Henry Purcell · Arvo Pärt · Adolph Gluck · Domenico Scarlatti · Chiquinha Gonzaga · Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka · Anton Bruckner · Scott Joplin · Ottorino Respighi · Max Reger · Leoš Janáček · Anton Arensky · César Franck · Charles-Valentin Alkan · Léo Delibes · Jules Massenet · Clara Schumann · Alexander Scriabin · Jean-Philippe Rameau · Muzio Clementi · Carl Czerny
Periods 20th Century · 21st Century · Baroque · Classical · Early 20th Century · Late 19th century · Romantic
Forms Aria / Arietta · Bagatelle · Ballade · Ballet · Barcarolle · Canon · Caprice · Christmas Carols · Compilation · Concerto · Dance · Etude · Fantasy · Fugue · Funeral Music · Galop · Gavotte · Impromptu · Intermezzi · Invention · Lullaby/Berceuse · March · Mazurka · Medley · Minuet · Nocturne · Overture · Partita · Pavane · Piano piece · Piece · Polka · Polonaise · Prelude · Prelude (or other movement) and Fugue · Quartet · Rag · Rhapsody · Romance · Rondo · Sacred Mass · Saraband · Scherzo · Serenade / Divertimento / Cassation · Sonata · Sonatina · Song · Suite · Symphonic Pieces · Symphonic Poem · Symphony · Tango · Theme and Variations · Toccata · Transcription · Trio · Waltz