Piano Classical Music

A Beginners Guide to Great Classical Music for the Piano

There are many composers of classical piano music and even more performers. Finding your favorite piano music can be a daunting, yet fun, process. Let this introduction to piano classical music serve as your guide.
There are many composers of classical piano music and even more performers. Finding your favorite piano music can be a daunting, yet fun, process. Let this introduction to piano classical music serve as your guide. Steinway & Sons

There is a multitude of piano classical music. From relaxing to invigorating, and everything in between, there is classical piano music for everyone, no matter the mood or the situation. For a beginner, which composers have the best piano music? Which pianists should you consider? These are just a few of the questions I'll answer for you in this easy to follow guide to classical piano music.  

Styles of Classical Music for Piano

Some of you may have learned about the many styles of classical piano music in an article I wrote titled "Classical Piano Music Styles".

 But just in case, for sake of brevity, the most common styles of piano classical music are:

  • Piano Concerto
  • Piano Sonata
  • Piano Trio
  • Piano Quintet
  • Solo Piano, which includes
    • Etude
    • Prelude
    • Polonaise
    • Nocturne
    • Mazurka
    • Waltz
    • Ballade
    • and Scherzo.

The Great Composers of Piano Classical Music

For beginners, knowing which composer to start with can be an intimidating task. There are many wonderful composers, but some never wrote music for piano, while others wrote exclusively for it. To help you, I've put together a small list of the most well known composers that are without a doubt possibly the greatest piano classical music masters to have ever lived.

If you are wanting to add great classical music for piano to your music library or playlist, these composers will provide you with a solid foundation and hundreds of hours of fantastic music.

Piano Classical Music - Recommended Works

To help you understand why I recommended the composers listed above, I scoured YouTube in search of the videos and recordings. To be honest, it wasn't an arduous task - I love listening to classical music. If you like any of the YouTube links I provided below, you should save them in your web browser and watch the related videos to discover other artists and composers.

Notable Pianists

If you're still not sure which composers have the best classical music for piano, turn your attention and focus on the pianist. Great pianists have extensive repertoires and collections of recordings, which means you'll get a large selection and wide variety of music from many different composers. I recommend listening to these highly esteemed and acclaimed pianists. 

  • Vladimir Horowitz
  • Arthur Rubenstein
  • Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
  • Glen Gould
  • Lang Lang
  • Walter Gieseking
  • Pascal Roge