“Classical” Piano


I started learning to play the piano around April 2005. I had listened to a lot of Evgeny Kissin and Arthur Rubinstein growing up because of my mother, so I grew interested in playing the piano like these masters had done so before me. I grew up in a very Asian-American area, so many of my peers had been playing for a while already.

Over the years—in no small part due to Ashish Xiangyi Kumar’s YouTube channel—I have learned to appreciate the repertoire at large, beyond just the clichéd Mozart and Beethoven. I could fill the pages of a short novel with my views and analyses on baroque, classical, romantic, and even 20th century piano music, so I will leave you with my selected favorite works for solo piano from each of several well-known composers. I enjoy many more works by many more composers than the ten imparted below, but I feel that these composers are among the more well-known ones, even in the musical world.

I present these pieces below, replete with links to my favorite recordings of each. As you can probably tell, I really like Bach, Chopin, and Rachmaninoff.


# Name of Piece Favorite Recording Year Recorded
1 BWV Anh. 114: Minuet No. 1 in G major Not yet available. TBD
2 BWV Anh. 115: Minuet No. 2 in G minor Not yet available. TBD
3 BWV Anh. 115: Minuet No. 4 in G major Not yet available. TBD
4 BWV Anh. 122: March in D major Not yet available. TBD
5 BWV Anh. 126: Musette in D major Not yet available. TBD
6 BWV 772: Invention No. 1 in C major Not yet available. TBD
7 BWV 773: Invention No. 2 in C minor Not yet available. TBD
8 BWV 822: Gavotte in G minor Not yet available. TBD
9 BWV 846a: Prelude No. 1 in C major, WTC1 Not yet available. TBD
10 BWV 846b: Fugue No. 1 in C major, WTC1 Not yet available. TBD
11 BWV 996: Bourrée in E minor Not yet available. TBD
12 BWV 565a: Toccata in D minor Not yet available. TBD
13 BWV 565b: Fugue in D minor Not yet available. TBD
14 BWV 578: “Little” Fugue in G minor Not yet available. TBD
15 BWV 779: Invention No. 8 in F major Not yet available. TBD
16 BWV 784: Invention No. 13 in A minor Not yet available. TBD
17 BWV 785: Invention No. 14 in B-flat major Not yet available. TBD
18 BWV 788: Sinfonia No. 2 in C minor Not yet available. TBD
19 BWV 799: Sinfonia No. 13 in A minor Not yet available. TBD
20 BWV 800: Sinfonia No. 14 in B-flat major Not yet available. TBD
21 BWV 847a: Prelude No. 2 in C minor, WTC1 Not yet available. TBD
22 BWV 847b: Fugue No. 2 in C minor, WTC1 Not yet available. TBD
23 BWV 869b: Fugue No. 24 in B minor, WTC1 Not yet available. TBD
24 BWV 881a: Prelude No. 12 in F minor, WTC2 Not yet available. TBD
25 BWV 881b: Fugue No. 12 in F minor, WTC2 Not yet available. TBD
26 BWV 1001: Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor (piano reduction) Not yet available. TBD
27 BWV 1067: Badinerie (piano reduction) Not yet available. TBD

# Name of Piece Favorite Recording Year Recorded
1 K. 281: Piano Sonata No. 3 in B-flat major Not yet available. TBD
2 K. 300e: Twelve Variations on "Ah vous dirai-je, Maman" Not yet available. TBD
3 K. 331: Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major Not yet available. TBD
4 K. 545: Piano Sonata No. 16 in C major Not yet available. TBD

# Name of Piece Favorite Recording Year Recorded
1 Op. 13: Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, "Pathétique" Not yet available. TBD
2 Op. 27: Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, "Moonlight" Not yet available. TBD
3 Op. 53: Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, "Waldstein" Not yet available. TBD
4 Op. 57: Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, "Appassionata" Not yet available. TBD
5 Op. 106: Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat major, "Hammerklavier" Not yet available. TBD
6 Op. 126: Bagatelle No. 5 in G major Not yet available. TBD
7 Op. 129: Rondo à Capriccio in G major, "Rage Over a Lost Penny" Not yet available. TBD
8 WoO 10: Minuet in G major Not yet available. TBD
9 WoO 59: Bagatelle in A minor, "Für Elise" Not yet available. TBD

# Name of Piece Favorite Recording Year Recorded
1 Op. 7: Mazurka No. 1 in B-flat major Not yet available. TBD
2 Op. 7: Mazurka No. 2 in A minor Not yet available. TBD
3 Op. 9: Nocturne No. 1 in B-flat minor Not yet available. TBD
4 Op. 9: Nocturne No. 2 in E-flat major Not yet available. TBD
5 Op. 10: Étude No. 1 in C major, "Waterfall" Not yet available. TBD
6 Op. 10: Étude No. 3 in E major, "Tristesse" Not yet available. TBD
7 Op. 10: Étude No. 4 in C-sharp minor, "Torrent" Not yet available. TBD
8 Op. 10: Étude No. 5 in G-flat major, "Black Keys" Not yet available. TBD
9 Op. 10: Étude No. 12 in C minor, "Revolutionary" Not yet available. TBD
10 Op. 20: Scherzo No. 1 in B minor Not yet available. TBD
11 Op. 23: Ballade No. 1 in G minor Not yet available. TBD
12 Op. 25: Étude No. 1 in A-flat major, "Aeolian Harp" Not yet available. TBD
13 Op. 25: Étude No. 5 in E minor, "Wrong Note" Not yet available. TBD
14 Op. 25: Étude No. 11 in A minor, "Winter Wind" Not yet available. TBD
15 Op. 25: Étude No. 12 in C minor, "Ocean" Not yet available. TBD
16 Op. 28: Prelude No. 4 in E minor Not yet available. TBD
17 Op. 28: Prelude No. 6 in B minor Not yet available. TBD
18 Op. 28: Prelude No. 7 in A major Not yet available. TBD
19 Op. 28: Prelude No. 20 in C minor Not yet available. TBD
20 Op. 31: Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat minor Not yet available. TBD
21 Op. 34: Valse No. 2 in A minor, "Valse brillante" Not yet available. TBD
22 Op. 38: Ballade No. 2 in F major Not yet available. TBD
23 Op. 40: Polonaise No. 1 in A major, "Military" Not yet available. TBD
24 Op. 48: Nocturne No. 1 in C minor Not yet available. TBD
25 B. 49: Nocturne in C-sharp minor Not yet available. TBD
26 Op. 53: Polonaise in A-flat major, "Heroic" Not yet available. TBD
27 Op. 64: Valse No. 1 in D-flat major Not yet available. TBD
28 Op. 64: Valse No. 2 in C-sharp minor Not yet available. TBD
29 Op. 66: "Fantaisie-Impromptu" in C-sharp minor (posthumous) Not yet available. TBD

# Name of Piece Favorite Recording Year Recorded
1 Op. 1: Piano Sonata No. 1 in F-sharp minor Not yet available. TBD
2 Op. 22: Piano Sonata No. 2 in G minor Not yet available. TBD
3 Op. 68: March No. 2, "Soldier's March" Not yet available. TBD

# Name of Piece Favorite Recording Year Recorded
1 S. 140: Grande Étude No. 1 in G minor, "Tremolo" Not yet available. TBD
2 S. 140: Grande Étude No. 3 in G-sharp minor, "La campanella" Not yet available. TBD
3 S. 140: Grande Étude No. 4 in E major, "Arpeggio" Not yet available. TBD
4 S. 140: Grande Étude No. 5 in E major, "La chasse" Not yet available. TBD
5 S. 140: Grande Étude No. 6 in A minor, "Terma con variazioni" Not yet available. TBD
6 S. 144: Concert Étude No. 3 in D-flat major, "Un sospiro" Not yet available. TBD
7 S. 170: Ballade No. 1 in D-flat major Not yet available. TBD
8 S. 173: Poème No. 3 in F-sharp major, "Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude" Not yet available. TBD
9 S. 178: Piano Sonata in B minor Not yet available. TBD
10 S. 244: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in C-sharp minor Not yet available. TBD
11 S. 541: Libestraume No. 3 in A-flat major, "Notturno" Not yet available. TBD

# Name of Piece Favorite Recording Year Recorded
1 L. 66: Arabesque No. 1 in E major Not yet available. TBD
2 L. 68, "Rêverie" Not yet available. TBD
3 L. 75: No. 3, "Clair de lune" Not yet available. TBD
4 L. 113: No. 1, "Doctor gradus ad parnassum" Not yet available. TBD
5 L. 113: No. 6, "Golliwog's cakewalk" Not yet available. TBD
6 L. 114: "Le petit négre" Not yet available. TBD
7 L. 117: No. 8, "La fille aux cheveux de lin" Not yet available. TBD
8 L. 117: No. 10, "La cathédrale engloutie" Not yet available. TBD

# Name of Piece Favorite Recording Year Recorded
1 Op. 2: Prelude No. 1 in F major Not yet available. TBD
2 Op. 18: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor Not yet available. TBD
3 Op. 23: Prelude No. 4 in D major Not yet available. TBD
4 Op. 23: Prelude No. 5 in G minor Not yet available. TBD
5 Op. 23: Prelude No. 10 in G-flat major Not yet available. TBD
6 Op. 28: Piano Sonata No. 1 in D minor Not yet available. TBD
7 Op. 30: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor Not yet available. TBD
8 Op. 32: Prelude No. 10 in B minor Not yet available. TBD
9 Op. 32: Prelude No. 12 in G-sharp minor Not yet available. TBD
10 Op. 33: Prelude No. 2 in C major Not yet available. TBD
11 Op. 36: Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor Not yet available. TBD
12 Op. 39: Prelude No. 8 in D minor Not yet available. TBD
13 Op. 39: Kreisler's "Liebesleid", piano transcription Not yet available. TBD
14 Op. 39: Kreisler's "Liebesfreud", piano transcription Not yet available. TBD
15 Op. 43: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Not yet available. TBD

# Name of Piece Favorite Recording Year Recorded
1 M. 19: Pavane pour une infante défunte Not yet available. TBD
2 M. 43: No. 3, "Une Barque su l'océan" Not yet available. TBD
3 M. 83: Piano Concerto in G major Not yet available. TBD

# Name of Piece Favorite Recording Year Recorded
1 Op. 87: Prelude No. 4 in E minor Not yet available. TBD
2 Op. 87: Fugue No. 4 in E minor Not yet available. TBD
3 Op. 87: Fugue No. 7 in A major Not yet available. TBD
4 Op. 87: Prelude No. 24 in D minor Not yet available. TBD
5 Op. 87: Fugue No. 24 in D minor Not yet available. TBD
6 Op. 102: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major Not yet available. TBD
7 Op. 103: Piano Symphony No. 11 in G minor, "The Year 1905" Not yet available. TBD