The 15 best classical piano songs to learn (with tutorials) (2023)

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Every pianist should learn some classical songs, they are the basis for the kind of contemporary music we listen to today.

In this article I have compiled a list of the most popular pieces for both beginner and intermediate pianists to learn.

Fun Fact: Most people call them songs, but the real name is actually "Piano Pieces" or "Compositions".

Our list includes the most influential names such as Brahms, Mozart and Bach. Even if you don't know all the composers, you will probably recognize the melodies.


Practical tips to learn songs faster

Listen to music more often. This is especially true for classical piano music if you are unfamiliar with it. You may need to listen a lot and in more detail to understand how it should sound before trying it yourself.

Break it up into sections. This prevents excessive demands and motivates to continue learning.

Don't skip the difficult parts. It can be tempting to learn just one of the tunes or skip the more complex sections. For example, you can just learn the right-hand melody and ignore the left-hand bass notes. It may still sound good, but it's better to learn the complete piece. You'll get there faster if you tackle the difficult parts ahead of time.

Play slowly at first (use the playback speed feature when playing through the video tutorials). Many of these songs have very fast playback. Slow down and learn the song properly before increasing your speed. You'll feel more comfortable playing to the rhythm if you start slow.

1. Ode to Joy – Beethoven

Difficulty: 2/10

This is one of those compositions that everyone will recognize, even when stripped down and played with one hand.

It has simple fingering and melody that even absolute beginners shouldn't find too challenging. Adding the left hand makes it a bit more complicated, but it's still manageable.

Many piano teachers use this (or a simplified version) as the first classical piece to try.

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2. A little night music (first movement) - Mozart

Difficulty: 3/10

Although not originally composed as a solo piano piece, it works well on piano or keyboards. Even the orchestral sections translate well.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has some challenging compositions, but this is one of the easiest on the whole list, with a slow tempo and a few simple chords combined with a simple melody. If you are a beginner and looking for an easy song to play, why not start with Mozart?

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3. Prelude, Op. 28, No. 4 – Chopin

Difficulty: 4/10

A composition by Frederic Chopin that is good for beginners. It has simple chords played in the left hand and a relatively slow, brooding melody in the right hand.

This is one of those classic piano pieces that almost everyone knows, so it's worth learning. It can have you sounding like a pro right from the start of your piano journey.

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4. Sonatine in G, Anh. 5, Nr. 1 – Beethoven

Difficulty: 4/10

This simpler Ludwig Van Beethoven piece may take longer to learn than some of the others on this list, but it's not necessarily more difficult. There are more sections, but they are all relatively easy.

The arpeggios and the fact that it's a bit faster makes it a good song for beginners to test their skills and improve their technique. It's also a happy little tune.

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5. Spring - Einaudi

Difficulty: 5/10

One of the more contemporary pieces on the list. Primavera is a beautiful modern composition by Einaudi that has the advantage of being relatively easy to play on the piano.

The song was originally performed in E flat major; The track has a distinctive emotional and soulful wandering melody played in the right hand while the left runs through the chords. This piano piece has been used in so many different TV commercials and movies that many people will recognize it.

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6. Outside—Debussy

Difficulty: 5/10

This song has an accessible feel for beginners. The beautiful composition in B flat minor is not only relatively slow, but also a stunning piece of music that tugs at the heart.

There are so many different versions and arrangements of this Claude Debussy composition and a little YouTube search will show you a few different methods of playing it, but we've included a simple tutorial below.

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7. Prelude No. 1 in C Major – Bach

Difficulty: 5/10

In collaboration with some of the finest classical composers, Johann Sebastian Bach makes the list with his Prelude No. 1 in C Major.

This recognizable track has an arpeggiated playing style. Playing with the left hand is easy, and once you get used to the chords going through your right hand fingers, you'll have this piece done.

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8. Fur Elise –Beethoven

Difficulty: 5/10

Beethoven has blessed us with some classical pieces suitable for beginners. Played in A minor, Fur Elise is one of the most iconic compositions of all time and definitely worth adding to your arsenal.

In simplified versions, like the tutorial below, the left hand is easy and the right hand is the only real challenge, although the piece evolves and changes a bit.

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9. Guilherme Tell – Overture to Liszt and Rossini

Difficulty: 3/10

Franz Liszt met Gioacchino Rossini in the 19th century in one of the musical centers of the European capital, Vienna.

The Guilherme Tell Overture, played in E major, is one of those tunes that you'll almost certainly be familiar with, even if you can't identify the composers. The notes aren't too difficult, but this is one of those pieces that works a lot better when you can play it fast.

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10. Gymnopedia No. 1 – Train Station

Difficulty: 6/10

Erik Satie wrote Gymnopédie, his most famous composition, in the late 19th century. Even today it is recognizable for its beauty and simplicity.

The iconic intro is the easiest part of this composition to play. The piece is in D major and does not become too demanding as it progresses. Good for beginners and advanced players.

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11. Movement 1 (Moonlight Sonata) from the Sonata in C sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2 – Beethoven

Difficulty: 7/10

As you can see, Beethoven has some easier piano songs to learn. Unlike its more complex and difficult pieces, this piece is accessible even for beginners.

The Moonlight Sonata is a slower, more soulful piece, ideal for intermediate players and those just starting to break through from a beginner level.

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12. Piano Concerto No. 2 – Rachmaninoff

Difficulty: 7/10

Many beginners want to play a piece by the legendary Sergei Rachmaninoff. There are not many easy piano compositions, but his Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor is one of the most accessible compositions.

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13. Hungarian Dance No. 5 - Brahms

Difficulty: 7/10

Johannes Brahms' piece seems simple from the start, but as it progresses it must undergo some real tests of technique.

The piece is in G minor and the fingering is the most challenging as it moves through some fast sections to test even an intermediate player.

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14. From abroad and people from children's scenes -Schumann

Difficulty: 8/10

Robert Schumann is not the best-known composer on this list, but this piece, often translated as Von Fremden Landen und Völker, is a well-known, upbeat song in G major.

Schumann's composition offers a challenge for the intermediate pianist wishing to take their playing to the next level.

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15. The Artist - Scott Joplin

Difficulty: 9/10

We didn't promise that everything would be easy. The Entertainer is a relatively contemporary piece that is instantly recognizable. Surely every aspiring pianist would like to sit down at the piano and be able to play it.

It's fast and it's challenging. Many of the sections contain consecutive right-hand octaves that are challenging but certainly rewarding once you master this piece.

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I hope you are inspired to sit down and learn some of these most well-known classical pieces.

This playlist contains a selection of songs from beginner to intermediate level, so you're sure to find some brilliant classical piano music to learn along the way.

Let us know if you have a classical piece that you enjoy playing that isn't on this list.

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Anna Rivera

Anna teaches piano and guitar and also has extensive experience recording music. She is well-versed in music psychology and loves to share the benefits of learning to make music.

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