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Here are the top 10 most requested classical style piano songs that have survived the test of time and are perfect for almost every occasion! I have picked out the easy piano versions of this "must-have" repertoire. Start building your "Top Hits" repertoire today!
Top 10 Easy Piano Songs for Every Occasion
This is a perfect repertoire with simplified and easy piano songs for every beginner pianist! If you can memorize the piano pieces as well, they are always "available". Imagine always have something beautiful and perfect to play at gatherings, holidays, celebrations, weddings etc!
The piano pieces presented here are beautifully arranged and simplified to be easy to learn. This easy piano music has been carefully selected to be well arranged, and on a beginner- early intermediate level.
1. The Moonlight Sonata. 1st Movement by LUDWIG van Beethoven.
The Moonlight Sonata is one of the most famous sonatas by Beethoven. The first movement is what got the name "Moonlight" and is the most played part of the sonata.
The real name is Sonata Quasi Una Fantasia, or Sonata like a fantasy, due to the dreamy and a bit blurred sound that Beethoven suggested as tone color for the piece.
A happy piece with a hopeful message by Schiller about peace and Joy to all of mankind. The popular melody is originally not for piano but is the theme from the triumphant finale in his last symphony, the 9th.
Often played at weddings, Pachelbel's Canon in D is a beautiful and meditative piece.
The composition is built on a repeated bass pattern, called an Ostinato. The melody was then supposed to be improvised in different ways for each sequence of the bass. Today the melody is usually not improvised, but you could try!
Johann Sebastian Bach wrote the first piece in the huge work "The Well-tempered Clavier", as a Prelude in C major. This comparably easy piece is then matched with a (harder) Fugue in C major. The whole work takes you through all 24 major and minor tonalities with one prelude and one fugue of each.
The prelude in C major is beautiful as it is, but since it is composed with only broken chords, it is easy to understand anyone being "tempted"to add a melody to it! Gounod did so. This became the famous Ave Maria, a real hit!
8. Happy Birthday by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill.
Another famous hit that needs little introduction. Played and sung all over the world, who would have known that this piece would be so used! This is one piece that you should memorize- so appreciated!
Scott Joplin wrote many great Ragtime pieces. One of the most famous is The Entertainer. It became popular again with the movie "The Sting", and has since stayed on the list of the most popular piano songs. The original is on an advanced level, but here is an arrangement of The Entertainer that is simplified and easy to learn.
10. Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy.
Our list of the best piano songs begins and ends with the light of the moon! This time by Claude Debussy.
This famous French Impressionistic piece, is heard in the "fountain" scene of
the movie "Oceans 11". The piece is dreamy and beautiful but has an
overall optimistic tone, very suitable for that last scene!
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