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The Creative Works Of Piano Composers (1600 – Present day)

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Who are piano Composers? They are musicians who create piano music in any form, mainly piano music but also including vocal music, instrumental music, or electronic music that combines multiple styles. A composer usually expresses their works in written musical scores making use of musical notation. Composers likely play a musical instrument in which they could compose although, some piano composers didn’t play the piano.

The amenable nature of the piano in a song has been regarded as a popular area of expertise for musicians. Creativity is involved in piano composition. Piano music creation has many benefits, including:

  • Improving a composer’s listening and concentration abilities
  • Developing a greater understanding of music – particularly form, style, harmony, and melody
  • Improving a composer’s sight-reading skills
  • Engaging a composer in a deeper understanding of music
  • Connecting a composer with their own emotions
  • Providing an outlet for composers to express creativity
  • It is fun-filled

Famous piano composers in the world

When we talk about piano composers, you will find several famous piano composers who have made their mark and giant stride in the history of music and the use of musical instruments. We have names of composers that belong to different genres of music who had dedicated their notes to some specific kind. Many of them are known for their versatility. All these piano composers and pianists had their sole focus on creating a unique and exciting style of music that proved to have a considerable great impact on piano playing skills.

Among the thousands of pianists and composers, we are showing a short description of four famous pianists and piano composers with a little detail on how beautifully they have graced musical platform with their captivating work. Their contribution to music has inspired and impressed many people and will continue to do so in the years ahead.

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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)

The name Bach is well known to anyone who is associated with music in some way or the other. He is not just a phenomenal pianist but also a famous organist with much experience of playing different organs. Bach gained the reputation of being a notable performer during the baroque era. Although mainly known as an organ composer, most piano composers still credit him for paving the road for them. He has that technical know-how that was needed to play instrumental music (piano), and that is where you could say he devoted most of his time.

Some of his works were for orchestras, dance suites and also worked on solo pieces with instruments. The series he wrote for the band became famous as Brandenburg Concertos. Bach traveled a lot to work as an organist.

Joseph Haydn (1732 – 1809)

Franz Joseph Haydn is a prominent name, especially where classical music is in question. This Austrian pianist and composer have established new forms and styles of music, and his work still remains quite influential. He worked as an assistant composer to Nicola Porpora for lessons, and later in 1761, he served as a court musician at the Esterházy family’s palace. There, his popularity eventually rose, and he began to make a natural piano composition for publications as well.

With his work in music, he soon became a popular public figure in Vienna. Since he was born after Bach’s era, the Classical period, his music was greatly influenced by Bach’s work. Some of his famous pieces include The Horn Signal, The Farewell, The Queens, and many others.

Frédéric Chopin (1810 – 1849)

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A Classical sheet music composition by Chopin

Chopin was a Polish composer and also a virtuoso pianist of the Romantic era who wrote primarily for solo piano. All of Chopin’s compositions include the piano. Most are for solo piano, though he also wrote two piano concertos, a few chamber pieces, and other styles. He is regarded as one of the greatest piano composers ever and even maintained worldwide recognition as a leading musician of his era, one whose “poetic genius was based on a professional technique that was without equal in his generation.”

His piano writing was technically demanding and expanded the limits of the instrument, his own performances noted for their nuance and sensitivity. His major piano works also include waltzes, nocturnes, polonaises, études, impromptus, scherzos, preludes and sonatas, some other styles.

Franz Liszt (1811 – 1886)

Liszt is often regarded as the best ever to play the piano. He was a Hungarian composer, virtuoso pianist, conductor, music teacher, arranger, and organist of the Romantic era. Liszt was a prolific piano composer and pianist.  Although, he is best known for his piano music, he also wrote for orchestra and for other ensembles, virtually always including keyboard. His piano works are often marked by their difficulty. Some of his works are programmatic, based on extra-musical inspirations such as poetry or art.

Liszt’s piano works are usually divided into two categories. On the one hand, there are “original works”, and on the other hand “transcriptions”, “paraphrases” or “fantasies” on works by other composers. Examples for the first category is the Piano Sonata in B minor (1853) and Liszt’s transcriptions of Schubert songs, his fantasies on operatic melodies and his piano arrangements of symphonies by Berlioz and Beethoven are examples from the second category. As a special case, Liszt also made piano arrangements of his own instrumental and vocal works.

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The piano is a versatile instrument that virtually everyone wants to write for it. Classical piano music is a broad spectrum that ranges all the way from the famously challenging piano pieces of Liszt to some of Mozarts’s easier sonatas. In classical piano music, there is always something for everyone, and each style requires a different skill set.

Here is a list of the some of best pieces ever written for classical piano.

  1. Beethoven – ‘Moonlight’ Sonata
  2. Franz Liszt – La Campanella
  3. Debussy – Clair de Lune
  4. Chopin – Nocturne in E-flat Major
  5. Rebecca Clarke – Piano Trio
  6. Robert Schumann – Scenes from Childhood
  7. J.S. Bach – The Well-Tempered Clavier
  8. J.S. Bach – Goldberg Variations
  9. Beethoven – Piano Concerto No.5 ‘Emperor’
  10. Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue

Classical pianist today

Today, there are hundreds of skilled classical pianists from all parts of the world. It is practically impossible to choose one person as the best pianist alive because there are many factors to consider. The very nature of piano playing changes, new generations of players brings their own sensibility to the tradition.

This list is focused on younger pianists and piano composers, who are at the top of their game.

  1. Timothy Adesina
  2. Tigran Hamasyan
  3. Yuja Wang
  4. Brad Mehldau
  5. Marc-André Hamelin
  6. Ethan Iverson
  7. Hélène Grimaud
  8. Lang Lang
  9. Dimitris Sgouros
  10. Ian Pace

Timothy Adesina improvising on some African tunes with Timothy Ogunbiyi –  Subscribe to his YouTube channel

Classical music pianist vs Piano composers

A music pianist is a person who plays piano expertly. A music pianist is a skilled or professional performer on the keyboard. While a piano composer is an artist that creates music or writes piano music. A piano composer composes the music while the pianist plays it. Piano composers are authors of piano music in any form while a composer creates music in any music genre.

In summary, piano compositions and actual delivery require a high level of creativity. The creative work, which involves creating an original piece of music or the creation or writing of a new piece of music, has attracted a lot of fans to this form of music. Indeed, the work of skillful piano composers cannot be under-estimated. Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.


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