It’s hard to say anything with certainty when it comes to beauty. Famously ‘in the eye of the beholder’, it can’t be seen or measured - only experienced. And even then, there’s no consensus on what it is or where it’s found.
However, these piano pieces just seem to have that special something. Many are loved by countless people around the world, listeners and performers alike who can’t resist coming back for more, time and time again.
Others are less well known, but boast many of the same characteristics. And others still were once thought beautiful by many, but have since fallen into obscurity.
In this article we’ll look at pieces that time and time and again seem to be thought of as some of the most beautiful piano songs. Hopefully by looking at them, we’ll be able to get a sense of what beauty really is.
Most beautiful piano songs you need to know
- Piano Sonata No. 14 by Ludwig van Beethoven
- Polonaise in F minor by Maria Szymanowska
- ‘Comptine d'un autre été: L'après-midi’ by Yann Tiersen
- Pièce romantique by Cécile Chaminade
- Aria from Goldberg Variations by Johann Sebastian Bach
- ‘I Giorni’ by Ludovico Einaudi
- Cortège by Lili Boulanger
- Nocturne in E-flat, Op. 9 No. 2 by Frédéric Chopin
- Gymnopédies by Erik Satie
- ‘The Heart Asks Pleasure First’ by Michael Nyman