Piano Music is Exceedingly Cool, Just Like You!
composers of the past and present enjoy writing music
for the piano. Why? What’s the attraction? I’ll
tell you why! I’ll tell you what’s the attraction!
A piano has unlimited textural possibilities.
A piano can be an extremely show-off-y instrument.
A piano is an economical way for a composer to get his or her
A piano can be pounded on in frustration during a trying composing
session (just try doing that to an expensive violin… actually,
don’t try doing that).
examine these eye-opening bullets (I know, I know… all bullets
are eye opening)! A pianist can play chords, just like an orchestra,
and with the use of the sustain (right) pedal, the textures are
limitless. In fact, it is this sustaining ability that is one of
the most adoring features of the piano.
baby grand and grand pianos, the una corda (left pedal) provides
a completely different color to the piano. On well maintained instruments,
this pedal not only makes the piano sound softer, but it makes the
piano sound like a completely different instrument!
As for bullet point number two, very few instruments
can compete with the virtuosity of a piano. Thrilling scale passages,
heart pounding octave chords and mind crunching arpeggios are all
thrown into the mix. Oh, and let’s not forget bone snapping
we should address the third bullet point. There are a lot of good
pianists available and eager to play composers’ new compositions.
This is perhaps the number one selling point for a composer. Regarding
a composer’s compositions, it’s a lot more economical
a pianist than a chamber or orchestral group.
another fact for composers to consider regarding piano
music. Many households have a piano and/or keyboard. You not
only have a market for your pieces professionally, but on an amateur
level as well.
course, you must have proper etiquette when listening to an amateur
musician attempt one of your compositions. There is a chance that
the performance will be, shall we say sub par. No matter
how an amateur musician performs your composition, always put a
smile on your face. There’s always time at a later date to
scream and holler in private at how the amateur butchered you composition.