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Writing for the piano can be tricky, to say the least. Usually, the questions that go through an over-tired composer’s mind are, “What’s my style of writing? How can my piano compositions express me? How can me be me? Why me speak like this?” The answers to some of these questions can be found in the rest of this article (and in a good night’s sleep).

Examining and listening to a variety of composers can help you in finding a style of your own. Composers with unique styles include J.S. Bach, who wrote music in a highly contrapuntal way, and in an era where music had energy and vitality (Baroque era).

Mozart
’s piano works were written in the classical period, which focused on refinement and beauty in music form. Beethoven expanded these forms and opened the door to the lush Romantic era. He also wrote his thirty-two piano sonatas, often referred to as the New Testament of piano music (J. S. Bach’s forty-eight preludes and fugues were considered the Old Testament).

Chopin was arguably the most influential piano composer of the past. His style was unmistakably original and his understanding of piano technique remains unequalled to present day.

The twentieth century included important piano repertoire from impressionist composers. Wonderful examples of this style of music can be found in the piano works of Debussy and Ravel.

Listening is an important element in understanding piano writing style. Here is a wide selection of piano music from different eras, as played by some of the top artists in music recording history.

 

Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)

Horowitz Plays Scarlatti

Scarlatti: Piano Sonatas

 

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Rosalyn Tureck 2

Bach: Piano Works

Concertos italiens

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Mozart:The Complete Piano Sonatas and Variations

 

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 17, 18, 26

 

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)

Maurizio Pollini 2 (II) (Great Pianists of the Century series) - Chopin (2 CDs) 

Chopin: 4 Ballades, 4 Scherzi / Ashkenazy

Lazar Berman plays Franz Liszt 

 

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Brahms: Works for Solo Piano

 

Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)

Grieg: The Complete Music for Piano



Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)

Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 - 4



Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)

Louis Lortie Plays Ravel's Complete Works for Solo Piano



Various Composers

Tao Piano

The Magic of Horowitz [CDs+DVD]

Claudio Arrau

Alfred Brendel

Artur Rubinstein 2

Mitsuko Uchida - Great Pianists of 20th Century

Maurizio Pollini I (Great Pianists of the Century) - Chopin / Debussy / Liszt / Schumann / Stravinsky / Webern (2 CDs)

Lazar Berman Edition (Box Set)

Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Webern, etc / Maurizio Pollini

Richter plays Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 5 / Piano Sonata No. 8

Prokofiev: Sonata No.7/Toccata, Op.11/Barber: Sonata, Op.26/Kabalevsky: Sonata No.3/Fauré: Nocturne No.13/Poulenc: Pr 

 

 




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Piano Music | Chamber Classical Music | Inspirational Orchestral Music | Classical Composers | Name That Music | Free Composition and Piano Lessons | Piano Music Notes | Learn Music Theory | Finale Music Writing Software | Composing Music to Films | Writing Classical Score | List of Instruments | Music Sound Recording Studios | Multitrack Recording Process | Music Mixing Advice