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Easy-to-Play Classical Piano Pieces

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Nothing takes the place of learning the basics of piano (music theory, notation, music reading, and PRACTICE), and learning these things takes time. But being able to play simple but lovely works early on can spur you on to greater and more advanced achievements as a classical pianist. Let’s explore these relatively easy-to-play works.

Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Please keep in mind that these are not intended for absolute beginners; rather, they are intended for those who have learned basic music reading and playing skills.

Bagatelle in A Minor, Op. 59 – “Fur Elise” by Beethoven

If you play this beloved classic at a moderate pace, you will impress those who listen to it. It is one of the easiest classics to master. It is believed to have been composed in 1810 and was published in 1867, 40 years after Beethoven’s death.


Gymnopédie No.1 by Erik Satie

One of the simplest-to-play classic works, and certainly one of the most beautiful. It has been used in countless movies and TV shows, and for good reason. It has a simple yet timeless feel to it. It has also been revised in pop and rock music, with variations and interpolations by artists and bands such as Blood, Sweat & Tears, Gary Numan, and Japan.

It was the first of a series of 3 “Gymnopédies” composed by Satie beginning in 1888. It signaled a break from the “salon music” preferred by his parents, which he had earlier published.


Clair de Lune by Debussy

This is the third and most popular movement of Claude Debussy’s Suite Bergamasque, first composed in 1890 at the age of 28. Another simple yet elegant piece, this will impress if played properly. Take your time, play it slowly as you learn it, and avoid heavy-handedness. Try to stay fluid with your playing.


Ah! Vous Dirai-Je, Maman “Variations on Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” by Mozart

Everybody knows “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,” “Baa Baa Black Sheep,” or “The Alphabet Song.” These were all based on a French folk song from 1761. Our friend Amadeus took it further, providing us with 12 variations on the tune. Each variation uses a different part of the piano. In spite of its simplistic root, it is a great piece of work. It’s fun to listen to, and fun to play.


Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor “Moonlight Sonata” by Beethoven

This sad, stunning work was one of Beethoven’s crowning achievements. It was completed in 1801 and dedicated in 1802 to his pupil, Countess Giulietta Guicciardi. It became very popular during Beethoven’s life, which actually exasperated him. (He thought he had composed much better material.)

Once again, this piece is relatively easy to learn and play. Take your time and learn this piece as best as you can.



Just because a piece of music is Classical does not mean it is inherently hard to play. Hopefully the works listed here will inspire you to become a better player.

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