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What piano/keyboard music would you recommend?

Asked by glenjamin (2481 points ) March 10th, 2011

Hi, I’m making a playlist of the songs I have on my ipod that are piano/keyboard only. I’ve noticed that my selection consists mainly of rock covers, video game music covers, and some Beethoven. I’m looking to expand my collection to something a bit more sophisticated/diverse, so I am looking for some suggestions on good piano music to listen to. You can list either single works, artists, albums or even websites. Please note I am interested in pieces where the piano/keyboard(sounds like piano, not other synths) is the ONLY instrument being played. I like the minimalist sound of piano and how complex the music can be with only one instrument being played. I don’t really care if the music is classic or contemporary, original or covers. I like it all. It can be soothing and peaceful/beautiful or upbeat, or dark and brooding, or even chaotic. Magnum opus or short, 2 minute songs (short is good, but I like epic tracks as well). As long as it sounds good. So whatcha got? Btw as far as Beethoven I have his 9th symphony on piano, love it. Oh and of course moonlight sonata.

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cubozoa's avatar

I’d recommend Schubert’s Impromptus. Here’s one as a taster.

There’s 8 in total (4 each in op 90 and 142).

marinelife's avatar

The Bach Goldberg Variations by Glenn Gould.

Rarebear's avatar

Bartok
Bruchner
Chopin
Satie
Debussy
Stravinsky
Arvo Part (Fur Alina specifically)
Rachmaninoff

That ‘ought to get you started.

Cruiser's avatar

Anything Scot Joplin is great to listen to, my dad used to play Jelly Roll Morton tunes all the time

Wabash Blues played by the Invisible man is a toe tapper.

gailcalled's avatar

Do we have to stick to a solo piano?

Check out Yo Yo Ma playing the solo cello in #1 of Bach’s Suites for solo cello.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZn_VBgkPNY&feature=related

For more Beethoven piano music, try

The Waldstein a hair-raising rendition by V. Horowitz
The Pathetique Horowitz again at the keyboard
The Appassionata Horowitz once more

Robert Schumann’s Scenes from Childhood

flutherother's avatar

Erik Satie’s piano music is exquisite

lloydbird's avatar

Here you go.
And here.

MaekoPoisoning's avatar

Claire De Lune – and/or- Moonlight Sonata

MaekoPoisoning's avatar

I agree with @suncatt ! She is brilliant

dxs's avatar

Berlin Wall by Dave Lanz
I second @SavoirFaire‘s suggestions of pictures at an exhibition. I like mussorgsy’s music, but i can’t stand how he writes it. who uses c clef on a piano anymore? Leave those to strings.

SavoirFaire's avatar

@dxs Ha! Poor C-clef. It gets no respect. You’re right, though. It is pretty useless for piano music.

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