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Lisztonian provides free classical piano music from popular composers and works. All recordings are free to download and enjoy without ads or memberships. Recordings include works from the following composers: Franz Liszt, Johann Sebastian Bach, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Frederic Chopin, Robert Schumann, Moritz Moszkowski, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Aram Khachaturian, Franz Schubert, Gabriel Faure, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Modest Moussorgsky, Edvard Grieg, Claude Debussy, Felix Mendelssohn, Cesar Franck, John Field, Mikhail Gslinka, Alexander Scriabin, Johann Strauss, Jr., Isaac Albeniz, Stephen Heller, Muzio Clementi, Alexander Goedicke, Johann Friedrich Burgmuller, Samuel Arnold, Edward MacDowell, Johannes Brahms. Please consider signing my piano at! Here is a complete listing of the works currently available: To a Wild Rose, Cantabile, Op. 100 No. 2 - Arabaseque, Moonlight, Ecossaises WoO 83 - Serie 25 No. 302, Invention No. 1 in C Major, Sonatina Op. 36, No. 1, Excerpts from Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in C Sharp, Well Tempered Clavier: Prelude in C Major Original Version, Etude in C-sharp Minor, Op. 2, No. 1, The Separation, Waltz in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 64, No. 2, Minuet in G, L adieu Valse - The Farewell Waltz, Fur Elise or For Elise, Fantasy Impromptu in C# minor, Songs Without Words - Duetto, Pathetique - Patetica 2nd Movement, Impromptu Op. 90 (D. 899) No. 2 in E-flat, Nocturne in E-flat Major Op. 9 No. 2, Serenada, Two Arabesques for Piano, The Prelude - The Bells of Moscow, Arietta, After a Dream, Dreaming, Revolutionary Etude, Foreign Lands and People - from Kinderszenen, Impromptu No. 4 in A flat Major, Jesu, Joy of Man\'s Desiring, Liebestraume - Dream of Love - Love Dreams, Moonlight Sonata 1st Movement, Military Polonaise, Prelude in A Major Op. 28 No. 7, Ave Maria, Raindrop Prelude, Prelude in E Minor Op. 28 No. 4

Episode Date
Burgmuller: Op. 100 No. 10 - Tender Flower

I almost forgot about this one! The tenth in Burgmuller's set of 25 etudes for piano - I forgot I had recorded this one along with the previous nine and just came across it.

This etude (exercise) is intended to provide technique for repeated notes played by independant fingers. It's short and sweet.

Dec 27, 2014
Clementi: Sonatina Op. 36, No. 6

I've finally completed the last Sonatina in Clementi's Opus 36! I actually recorded this over a year ago and am just barely getting around to releasing it. I apologize for the long delay.

I hope that you will enjoy my recording of this work!

Jun 01, 2014
Clementi: Sonatina Op. 36, No. 5

The next in the Clementi Sonatina set that I've been working on. This was actually recorded many months ago, but I haven't had time to publish it :-)

This performance did not turn out great. I would label it as "sloppy" and "rushed" in many parts. However, I am just as human and prone to fallibility as the next pianist (perhaps more so!)...

I hope that you will enjoy this recording of Clementi's Sonatina Op. 26, No. 5!!!

Oct 29, 2013
Brahms: Intermezzo in A Major Op. 118, No. 2

Apparently this is my first release of a Brahms piece on my website! I did not realize I was missing such an important composer in the classical reportory until now...

This piece is a beautiful Intermezzo by Brahms - one that was introduced to me by a colleague at Washington University in St. Louis. The piece has a wonderful way of playing with dissonant harmonies, coming to quick and peaceful resolution - only to be disrupted again by a twist of harmonics. It's quite wonderful. I believe this is one of those pieces of music that is far more enjoyable to play than to listen to - so for all of you pianists out there, be sure to add this to your list of works! Simply listening to the various harmonies and how they interact (or cease to interact) is a wonderful study in music and leads to some great pedal-work as well!


May 28, 2013
Burgmuller: Op. 100 No. 9 - The Chase

The next in the set of 25 Burgmuller Etudes: Op. 100 No. 9. This one is fun to play... if you haven't already, give it a try!

Apr 17, 2013
Burgmuller: Op. 100 No. 8 - The Sweet Grace

Here is the next in the set of Burgmuller's Etudes - Op. 100 No. 8. It is titled "The Sweet Grace." I hope that you enjoy this recording!

Feb 09, 2013
Burgmuller: Op. 100 No. 7 - By the Limpid Stream

Continuing the set of Burgmuller's Op. 100 - this recording is of No. 7, titled "By the limpid stream." I had to look up the meaning of "limpid," which means clear, or transparent.

Hearing the recording after the fact, I think I would have taken it a touch slower and muted the inner notes more.

I hope you enjoy the recording.

Oct 01, 2012
Clementi: Sonatina Op. 36 No. 4

Here is the next recording in the set of 6 sonatinas by Muzio Clementi - Op. 36 No. 4. Just two more to go! I hope that you enjoy the recording.

Sep 20, 2012
MacDowell: (To a Wild Rose) Woodland Sketches Op. 51, No. 1

This is a very well-known melody by the American composer, Edward MacDowell. He has wonderful music, including this piece, and I encourage pianists everywhere to get to know his music. I hope to record several more of his works over the coming months and years.

This piece is often played as prelude or postlude in churches or for weddings. It has a beautiful melody and is accompanied by an equally beautiful harmonic progression.

As my first recording of an American composer, I hope that you enjoy it!

Aug 04, 2012
Burgmuller: Op. 100 No. 6 - Progress

The next in the set of Etudes by Burgmuller. A fun piece that I highly recommend!

Jul 16, 2012
Chopin: (Cantabile) Cantabile in B-flat major, B.84

A beautiful, short piece by Chopin... his "Cantabile" in B-flat is a well-known work that provides a few subtle challenges wrapped in simple melody and carried by enchanting harmonies.

I hope that you enjoy my recording of this work - recorded at home on my 1941 Steinway AIII.

Jun 06, 2012
Burgmuller: Op. 100 No. 5 - Innocence

The fifth in Burgmuller's set of 25 etudes for piano. This one is intended to provide practice for developing quick and nimble fingers in the right hand. A fun piece to play and highly recommended.

May 05, 2012
Burgmuller: (Children's Party) Op. 100 No. 4 - Petite reunion

The fourth in Burgmuller's set of 25 etudes for piano. This one is intended to provide practice for using thirds in both right and left hands.

Recorded on my Steinway AIII, I hope you enjoy the recording!

Apr 08, 2012
Burgmuller: (Pastoral) Op. 100 No. 3 - Pastorale

Here is No. 3 in Burgmuller's set of 24 etudes for piano, Op. 100.

Recorded on my Steinway AIII.

I hope that you enjoy it!

Apr 01, 2012
Burgmuller: Op. 100 No. 2 - Arabaseque

The second etude in Burgmuller's Opus 100. This one is fairly well recognized. I think I found some better recording settings with this one than I used on the first etude. This was recorded on my Steinway AIII - a fun piece that I hope you enjoy!

Mar 18, 2012
Burgmuller: (Artless Mind) Op. 100 No. 1 - La candeur

The first etude in a set of 25 by Burgmuller. I will be publishing all 25 eventually. This recording was made using a couple of new microphones - nothing fancy, but reduces the noise on my recordings. I hope you enjoy this set of etudes!

Mar 16, 2012
Franck: Poco Allegretto

Here is a short piece by Cesar Franck that I came across in one of my sheet music sets. I love the melody and the way that Franck uses hanging tones to harmonize.

This recording is dedicated to a young listener, Sayuri, from Brazil. I hope that she will enjoy listening to this recording!

Sep 18, 2011
Burgmuller: Harmony of the Angels Op. 100, No. 21

A brief work that has some surprisingly difficult dynamics to it. This was recorded at my home on my Steinway A III. I hope that you enjoy this recording.

Jul 05, 2011
Arnold: Song of the Shepherd Boy

A short work by Samuel Arnold (1740-1802). I discovered this piece in a music compliation book by Alfred. This was recorded at my home on my Steinway AIII. I hope that you enjoy it!

Jun 15, 2011
Burgmuller: Ave Maria (Andante Religioso): Op. 100, No. 19

My first recording of a work by Burgmuller. I discovered this work in Alfred's "Classical Music for the Church Service: Volume 2." I apologize in advance if people stumbled on this piece looking for one of the many other works titled, "Ave Maria." :-)

This recording was performed at my home on my Steinway A III. I hope that you enjoy it!

May 10, 2011
Goedicke: (Elegy) Op. 46, No. 29

Alexander Goedicke was a Russian composer and pianist who, despite having no formal training in composition, was quite gifted in composition. There is little information on this short work, but I find the melody to be enchanting. This recording was performed at my home, on my Steinway AIII. I hope that you enjoy this recording.

Apr 19, 2011
Clementi: Sonatina Op. 36 No. 3

This is the 3rd Sonatina in Clementi's Op. 36. I admit that I am not too pleased with how I played this piece and it is definitely one of those that I may have to re-record in the future. But for now, I hope that somebody out there benefits from this release. Enjoy!

Mar 13, 2011
Debussy: (Moonlight) Clair de Lune

It's finally here! I've had a request for the popular "Clair de lune" more times than any other work. I finally committed to recording this a couple of weeks ago and here it is! I hope that my interpretation and recording will not be a disappointment to those who have patiently waited.

Clair de Lune, translated as "moonlight" is one of Debussy's most popular pieces. It is a beatiful work that has much room for interpretation. In fact, the debates about how this work should be played can become quite heated. Although it was composed in 1882, it was not published until 1926.

Apparently, this piece has had a resurgence of popularity due to the release of the movie Twilight - as it appears as a bonus track on the movie's soundtrack. I've never seen the movie, but if you have, and you liked it, then maybe this recording will mean even more to you.

This recording was completed in my home on my Steinway A III piano. I hope that you enjoy it!

Dec 30, 2010
Schumann: Fantasy in C Major Op. 17 III Lento Sostenuto

This is a recording of the third movement/section of Schumann's masterpiece, Fantasy in C. This movement is one of my all-time favorite works in the piano literature. Edited by his wife, Clara, this work was originally dedicated to Franz Liszt, although later editions did not include the dedication.

I view this as a highly passionate and energetic work, despite the deceptively (in some ways) slower-paced tempo throughout this movement. The listener will find a great number of ways to interpret and digest the music presented in this recording, just as I have found so many ways of interpreting it as the performer.

I hope that you enjoy my recording of Schumann's Fantasy in C, Opus 17.

Nov 18, 2010
Clementi: Sonatina Op. 36, No. 2

As requested by a listener, this is No. 2 of Clementi's Six Sonatinas Op. 36. Recorded on my Steinway AIII. I hope that you enjoy this latest recording.

Sep 13, 2010
Beethoven: Ecossaises WoO 83 - Serie 25 No. 302

The Ecossaise is a Scottish dance, usually in 2/4 time. It is known for the energetic rhythm and wide-ranging dynamics. This particular Ecossaise was composed by Ludwig van Beethoven in 1823.

This happens to be my first recording on my newly-acquired grand piano! I can't believe how much better the sound quality is on this piano as compared to my previous recordings. Hopefully you will all enjoy the improvement in sound!

Jul 11, 2010
Bach: Invention No. 1 in C Major

Bach's Invention No. 1 in C Major is one of his most well-known works, as it typically makes it into the repertory of most piano students. As a result, I decided I had better make a recording of it. I hope you enjoy my sight-reading recording of Bach's Invention No. 1 in C Major!

This recording was made at my home on my studio upright.

May 13, 2010
Debussy: (The Sunken Cathedral) Preludes Book 1 No. 10: La cathédrale engloutie (The Engulfed Cathedral): Profondément calme

I have had several people request that I record some Debussy preludes so here is the first! This prelude is one of Debussy's best-known works. It was composed just over 100 years ago and appeared in Debussy's first book of preludes. This piece is composed after the legend of the city of Ys (pronounced "ees") - which was engulfed in the sea but was allowed to rise out of the sea once each day to serve as a reminder of the great city that was lost. Part of the legend, which is so critical to this work, is the sound of the church bells that you first begin to hear as the city rises from the sea. The piece starts off with the sound of these bells, and after some fantastic imagery, evolves into the resounding and powerful sound of the church's organ. The city then begins to slowly sink again into the sea. The imagery in this work is astounding and Debussy's ingenius interpretation of this legend is deserving of the highest praise.

Apr 02, 2010
Clementi: Sonatina Op. 36, No. 1

This is my first recording of a work by Muzio Clementi. I thank one of the visitors to my Facebook page for suggestion a recording by Clementi! Clementi wrote many, many Sonatas (and Sonatinas) for the piano and was considered the first great composer for the piano (or pianoforte). His works were inspirational to many great musicians and composers including Beethoven.

I hope that you will enjoy my recording of this complete Sonatina (all three movements).

Jan 25, 2010
Bach: Goldberg Variations BWV 988 : I

This is the first variation on the Aria from Bach's famous Goldberg Variations. This set of variations on a simple Aria is one of the greatest keyboard works available. Bach demonstrates his unique capability to compose so many different styles of music within the constraints of counterpoint as well as the theme upon which the variations are composed. The entire work is truly a brilliant masterpiece of music.

This recording of the first variation is a bit premature as you will notice several slip-ups and some problems with tempo consistency. However, despite being away from the piano for several months I wanted to release something to keep the website fresh, so I dug up this recording out of an archive. Despite the obvious weaknesses, I hope that you will enjoy my rendition of the first Variation from Bach's Goldberg Variations.

Nov 28, 2009
Bach: Prelude in B-flat Minor Arranged in Major

This is a personal arrangement of Bach's Prelude in B-flat Minor BWV 867 - The Well-Tempered Clavier, Vol 1. As I played this piece, I mentally converted it from the minor key of B-flat to the parallel major key. I did this as a demonstration of how such simple alterations in music can make such a dramatic difference on the emotions and thoughts that the music evokes. Please click here (or visit the site) to listen to this work played in the original minor key and then listen to this arrangement again - hopefully you'll enjoy both!

Oct 20, 2009
Bach: Prelude in B-flat Minor BWV 867 - The Well-Tempered Clavier, Vol 1

This is one of those preludes that is great for those times when words just cannot express the longings of the heart. To me, this prelude is like a lamentation or a mourning - something heartfelt and sincere. It is also in a fairly uncommon key - that of B flat minor. I hope that you enjoy my recording of this work.

Sep 27, 2009
Liszt: (Hymn of the Child on Awakening) Hymne de l'enfant a son reveil

This work is the sixth piece from Liszt's "Harmonies poetiques et religieuses" (Poetic and Religious Harmonies). This work has some very beautiful harmonies and chord progressions. The majority of this work is in the key of A-flat, which is a very loving and dreamlike key for Liszt. He throws in a few changes to the important key of E-major, which, to Liszt, was a very religious key. I especially love the way that he transforms the key of A-flat right before the Andantino section into the wonderful key of F. He uses the F-major IV, V, I cadence to lead from the B-flat minor (the II chord in A-flat, the current key) to a beautiful suspension of C major that then resolves into F major. He then returns to the dominant key with a beautiful climax and then ends this work with a common "hymn" ending of IV-I (D-flat to A-flat). It is absolutely wonderful!

I hope that you enjoy my recording of this beautiful work by the Great Franz Liszt.

Sep 14, 2009
Mozart: Sonata in F Major K. 300k (332) - Complete

This is simply a compilation of the last three recordings put together to make the entire sonata. I also adjusted the volume to make it a little louder.

Aug 22, 2009
Mozart: Sonata in F Major K. 300k (332) - III Allegro

This is the third and final movement to Mozart's Sonata in F Major (K 300k). This has been a fun sonata to record and got me hooked on learning a few other Mozart sonatas that I will hopefully be recording and releasing in the coming months. I hope you enjoy my recording of Mozart's Sontat in F, "Allegro" (3rd Movement).

Aug 17, 2009
Mozart: Sonata in F Major K. 300k (332) - II Adagio

This is the 2nd movement of Mozart's Sonata in F Major and is a beautiful piece. I enjoy playing this piece during the calm, quite moments of the evening or early morning hours.

This recording was completed at my home on my studio upright piano.

Aug 05, 2009
Mozart: Sonata in F Major K. 300k (332) - I Allegro

This is the first movement of Mozart's Sonata K 300k. It was composed during the summer of 1778. Stay tuned for the remaining two movements, as they will be released over the next several weeks.

I hope you enjoy my recording of Mozart's F Major Sonata.

Jul 23, 2009
Liszt: (Wilde Jagd - Arthur's Chase) Transcendental Etude No. 8 - Etudes d'exécution transcendante, S.139 No. 8

This Etude is comes from a set of Etudes that Liszt originally composed in his youth, but later revised to become 12 of the most technically challenging works for the piano. This is the eighth in the set. The etudes were composed in 1851 and published the following year. They were composed during the period of Liszt's life where he focused his efforts on fine-tuning his piano technique and earned his well-deserved reputation as the greatest pianist of his day and possibly the greatest pianist of all time.

This etude is a fast-paced work that challenges the hands in many ways. I have enjoyed this work ever since it was first introduced to me in college and I am happy that I finally have taken the time to record it. I hope that you enjoy my recording of Liszt's transcendental etude No 8 - Arthur's Chase!

This recording took place at my home and was performed on my studio upright.

Jun 28, 2009
Liszt: Excerpts from Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in C Sharp

This is the piece of music made famous by Bugs Bunny! One of the all-time favorite classical piano works - Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2. I only recorded excerpts from this piece for two reasons. First, because I used this as an audition piece for a talent competition for which the perfomance had to be under three minutes. Second, because I haven't learned to play the rest well enough to record it!

I hope you enjoy my recording of excerpts from Liszt's most famous Hungarian Rhapsody!

Jun 15, 2009
Bach: Partita No. 1 in B flat: Menuet 2

This is the second of two menuets found in Bach's Partita No. 1 in B-flat major (Opus 1). I've always enjoyed this brief section of the work and it includes some tricky finger work despite the deceitfully simple harmonies. Bach certainly had a way of emphasizing the subtle harmonies to invigorate the soul! Bach himself wrote the following on the title page of the first volume of the Clavierubung (which consists of the 6 partitas):

Keyboard Training, consisting of Preludes, Allemandes, Courantes, Sarabandes, Gigues, Menuets and other Galanteries, dedicated to Music Lovers for the Pleasure of their Minds

Jun 09, 2009
Heller: Chimes of Love Op. 47, No. 23

This is my first recording of a piece by Stephen Heller. Heller lived the same life span as Franz Liszt, only offset by two years (Heller was 1813-1888 and Liszt was 1811-1886). Heller, like Liszt, was best known for his piano works and was quite a talented and famous composer for the greater part of his life. However, his reputation had all but dissappeared towards the end of his life. Heller produced an enormous volume of piano music and I enjoyed recording this brief work.

This recording was completed at home on my studio upright.

Jun 01, 2009
Albeniz: (Serenata) Granada Op. 47, No. 1

This is my first recording of a work by Isaac Albeniz. Albeniz was a Spanish composer born in 1860 who studied with several famous musicians, including the Great Franz Liszt. This work is from a larger Suite (Suite Espanola - Spanish Suite) which was composed in 1886.

I hope you enjoy my recording of Albeniz's Granada.

Apr 28, 2009
Strauss, Jr.: (Chit-Chat Polka) Tritsch-Tratsch Polka Op. 214

This is my first recording of any kind of work of Strauss and is a famous polka. This music has been transcribed for various groups and instruments as it is a popular and fun-loving tune. The work was composed in 1858 and is a fun one to play. The recording was made at my home on my studio upright.

Apr 08, 2009
Bach: Well Tempered Clavier: Prelude in C Major Original Version

This is a re-recording from my first, "Ave Maria" version of this prelude. I decided to record this work again in the original form which omits measure 23 of my previous recording.

This false measure found its way into many well-known publications despite the fact that it is not authentic. I discovered this several months ago after purchasing Alfred's wonderful edition of the Well Tempered Clavier (book 1). I realized that my first recording was incorrect and decided that I should eventually remake the recording. Several weeks ago I had an astute listener further convince me when he pointed out that my recording was incorrect. So I have finally buckled down and recorded this beautiful prelude in its original form, but still with my own flair.

Mar 26, 2009
Scriabin: Etude in C-sharp Minor, Op. 2, No. 1

This is my first recording of a work by Scriabin. Scriabin's music has a very unique and recognizable style to it. He was a talented pianist and lived an interesting "mystic" life with music at the center. This particular Etude was composed in 1887. The haunting melody is quite simple in that it merely ascends up the minor scale, with a short jump from the fifth to the octave with a quick descent to the sixth. This phrase then repeats throughout the work beginning on a variety of intervals and keys. As each phrase ends with a feeling of incompleteness, it provides the piece with a longing feeling - a need to return to "home" or the tonic. As the larger phrase finally makes its way back to the tonic, the journey there is through a descent back through the minor scale adding to the somber feelings that are stirred through this work.

This piece has become a favorite of mine to play during times of reflection and "longing". Sometimes in life we find ourselves simply feeling an incompleteness even we cannot fully understand why. This piece is particularly reflective of that emotional state.

I hope you enjoy my interpretation and recording of Scriabin's Etude in C-sharp Minor. This recording was made at my home on my studio upright piano.

Mar 07, 2009
Bach: Prelude No. 9 in E Major - Alternate Interpretation

A few days ago I released a recording of Bach's Prelude No 9 in E Major. I also decided to record this alternate interpretation of the prelude. These are two very different ways of playing the same notes of a score and indicate how versatile Bach's music usually is. His music is extremely open to the interpretation of the musician and leaves so much room for play. It is impossible to know for certain how Bach would have preferred his music to be played (despite experts claiming to know), and is even possible that he varied his own interpretation of his works. This leaves his music a mystery to be enjoyed uniquely by each performer.

Be sure to listen to this recording along with the alternate recording of the same piece.

Feb 19, 2009
Bach: Prelude No. 9 in E Major BWV 854

This prelude is one of my favorites to play when I need to slow down the pace of life. It is a pastorale as indicated by the 3rds in the melody line and the 12/8 time signature. The slow-moving, yet joyful Cantus Firmus is so beautifully augmented by the counterpoint voice. It is always amazing to me to think of the volume of wonderful music that Bach composed.

I hope that you enjoy my interpretation and recording of Bach's Prelude in E Major No. 9.

Feb 17, 2009
Gslinka: (The Separation) Nocturne in F Minor

This is my first recording by Mikhail Glinka (1804-1857). Glinka studied piano with John Field and his influence can be felt in this piece. The work is a Nocturne composed for Glinka's sister, Elizaveta. She was away in St. Petersburg at the time it was composed and thus the title, "The Separation" is quite appropriate.

I recorded this piece for my daughter, who recently experience an emotional separation of her own. She suffered the reality of watching her beloved snowman melt away as the temperature went up this last week. When she came back in the house after saying her final "goodbye" I played this piece for her and told her it was a song for her departed snowman.

The recording was made at home on my studio upright. I hope you enjoy my interpretation of Glinka's "The Separation".

Jan 26, 2009
Chopin: Waltz in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 64, No. 2

This is one of Chopin's most famous Waltzes. It was composed sometime between 1846 and 1847. The piece is marked with the term "tempo guisto" - which means "strict time." When I recorded this piece I interpreted that to mean that any rubato should be limited to within a brief scope, probably that of a single bar. While this may be the case, I have since learned that it was more likely intended to indicate that the Waltz should not be played in the Viennese tradition which rushes slightly into the second beat.

My studies of this piece are notably rushed and I debated whether or not to release this - obviously I ended up deciding to put it out. Perhaps in the future I will re-record this after having devoted a more appropriate amount of time to learning the piece. For now, however, this will have to do! I hope that you enjoy my recording of Chopin's Waltz in C-sharp Minor!

Jan 19, 2009
Bach: Partita No. 1 in B flat Major Opus 1 - Sarabande

This Sarabande is an excerpt from Bach's Partita No. 1 in B-flat. I have also recorded the Praeludium previously.

I have always loved the serene melody that makes up this Sarabande. I play this piece much slower than is typical in a performance. However, I find it to be so exquisite and sonorous that I can't help but relish in every chord and beat. This is one of those works that I will often pull out at times when I want to reflect or meditate. It is perfect for moments when only music can express the joy and peace that life can and should supply.

Dec 27, 2008
Bach: Minuet in G

One of Bach's most well-known works is this excerpt from his Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach. It is a delightful melody that is simple to learn and easy to appreciate.

I hope you enjoy my recording of Bach's famous Minuet in G (sometimes spelled as Menuet in G - both are correct).

Dec 18, 2008
Faure: (Romance without Words) Romance sans paroles Op. 17, No. 3

I had never heard of this piece until I recently purchased the book Anthology of Romantic Piano Music published by Alfred and edited by Maurice Hinson. I instantly fell in love with the melody. The canon at measures 40-55 is a bit tricky and I should have given it quite a bit more study and practice, but it is what it is :)

This recording was completed at my home on my studio upright. I hope you enjoy it.

Nov 24, 2008
Chopin: (L adieu Valse - The Farewell Waltz) Waltz in A-flat Major Op. 69, No. 1

This waltz was published posthumously (after Chopin had died). The Waltz is often called "The Farewell Waltz" (L'adieu Valse) because of its origins. The work was supposedly written as a farewell piece to Maria Wodzinska, to whom Chopin was once engaged. However, because her father refused to allow her to be married to an impoverished musician, the two never married. In my recording I try to bring out the melancholic feel that would surely accompany such a parting.

This recording was made at my home on my studio upright. I hope you enjoy my interpretation of Chopin's famous "Farewell" Waltz in A-flat Major.

Nov 06, 2008
Field: Nocturne in D Minor, Hopk. 59A: 13

John Field (1782-1837) is, unfortunately, not a well-known composer, and yet the world of music owes him a great deal. He was the great creator of the Nocturne form of music, which Frederic Chopin then took to new heights. In fact, when Chopin heard John Field performing his new Nocturne style, Chopin was then inpsired to incorporate this into his own music.

The Great Franz Liszt was quoted as saying, "Field was the first to introduce a style in no way derived from the established categories, and in which feeling and melody, freed from the trammels of coercive form, reigned supreme." So we owe much to this lesser-known composer.

This particular nocturne has sometimes been titled "Song without Words" although this title did not come from Field. The middle section is supposed to be played a bit faster than I do in this recording, but I did not notice this fact until after I had completed the recording! That is something I should not readily admit because it reveals the fact that I spent very little time studying this work. Despite my lack of diligent study and the subsequent misinterpretations, I loved recording this nocturne and wanted to share it with my listeners. I hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed playing it. This nocturne was recorded at my home on my studio upright.

Oct 28, 2008
Beethoven: (Fur Elise or For Elise) Bagatelle in A Minor - WoO 59

This is perhaps the best known classical piano piece of all time - and, ironically, one of the least popular among many pianists due to its over-popularity.

This work was written as a "Bagatelle" which is simply a "trifle" or a short and simple piece. The history behind the work is quite controversial because the title translates to "For Elise" and "Elise" was not a name of any known acquaintance of Beethoven's. This has led many to speculate that he had a secret lover, or that "Elise" was a secret name for another woman, or that "Elise" had other hidden meanings. The speculation can, and most certainly will, go on forever. One of the better theories is that the actual title was "For Therese" but that the individual who discovered the work misread the title. This theory makes more sense because there was a student of Beethoven's named "Therese" who he had proposed to at one point.

This recording was completed at my home on my studio upright piano. I hope you enjoy my recording of Beethoven's famous (or infamous - depending on your view) "Fur Elise"!

Oct 21, 2008
Franck: Andantino

This is a fairly simple work that hides within it Franck's organ technique. Cesar Franck wrote many pieces for the organ and although this is written for piano, the voices within the piece seem reminiscent of an organ work.

This is my first recording after a long "break" from music (I broke my foot and was unable to record for several months). I hope that you will enjoy my recording of this piece - which also happens to be my first piece by this composer.

Oct 13, 2008
Chopin: (Fantasy Impromptu in C# minor) Fantaisie-Impromptu Posthumous, Op. 66

This composition is one of Chopin's most famous, which is why it surprises most people to know it was never published in his lifetime. In fact, he instructed his pupil, Julian Fontana, to destroy the piece. It is not known why, but many speculate that he did not want the piece published for fear that some might say he had plagiarized Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata - this is because a passage in measures 7/8 (and repeated throughout the piece) is identical to a mini cadenza that exists in the third movement of Beethoven's famous work (measure 187).

This recording was made at my home on my studio upright piano. I hope you enjoy the recording.

Aug 16, 2008
Mendelssohn: (Songs Without Words - Duetto) Duet Op. 38, No. 6

This work is one of the pieces in Mendelssohn's Songs without Words (Lieder ohne Worte) and is considered one of his most beautiful works for piano. This piece is a duet between two voices of the piano, and should be played in a way that makes the voices truly sing. The voices alternate throughout the beginning of the work, combine for a masterful climax, and then come together again at the end for a most beautiful coda. The last several measures are particularly beautiful when played as written. The final A-flat and C in the second to last measure should be played with enough emphasis (with the left hand) that the two notes stand out - as they are the two voices combined for their final harmony. This chord should be held down and switched (without releasing the sound) to the right hand so that the left hand and two fingers of the right hand can play the final two chords. These should not be held for too long as the concluding sound of the piece should be the resonating harmony of the duet's voices (the A-flat and C). Careful inspection of the last three measures will make this quite obvious.

This is truly a beautiful work. I have dedicated this recording to my sister, Jenifer, who first introduced me to this piece several years ago. You can read the dedication on my piano blog. This recording was made at my home on my studio upright piano. This piano is much too bright for this work, so the recording is not ideal; but I hope you enjoy it nonetheless.

Jul 12, 2008
Beethoven: (Pathetique - Patetica 2nd Movement) Sonata Op. 13 No. 8: II Adagio cantabile

This recording is the 2nd movement of Beethoven's popular Sonata Pathetique Op. 13 No. 8. The second movement is Adagio cantabile. "Cantabile" indicates that this movement should be played like a song, or something that has a distinct melody that one could sing along with. This piece was composed in 1798 and published the following year.

You can read further commentary on this piece, including a dedicatory note by visiting this page of my piano blog.

This selection was recorded at my home on my studio upright piano.

Jun 22, 2008
Schubert: Impromptu Op. 90 (D. 899) No. 2 in E-flat

This impromptu is one of four in the set (Opus 90). This is the second of the four impromptus. I have previously recorded Impromptu No. 4 and plan to record the remaining two impromptus in the future. This particular impromptu is quite a popular work by Schubert. It is very common among the piano repertory and frequently played in solo recitals, especially among younger pianists.

This impromptu is different from the majority of music from the same period because the piece ends in the tonic minor of the major key it begins in (E-flat). This recording was made in my home on my studio upright.

Jun 16, 2008
Schumann: (Der Dichter spricht - The Poet Speaks) Scenes from Childhood Op. 15, No. 13

This piece is one of the short pieces presented in Schumann's Opus 15, Scenes from Childhood. This is the final piece in the Opus and can be interpreted a thousand different ways.

I have always loved this work. Perhaps because I love poetry so much? In any case, this short piece is both inspirational and thought-provoking.

I have dedicated this recording to a wonderful woman, Judy Stockett and her dear husband, Jerry Stockett. You can read my full dedication to them on my SignMyPiano blog or by clicking here.

Jun 09, 2008
Chopin: Nocturne in E Minor Op. 72, No. 1 (posthumous)

This Nocturne was one of Chopin's earliest known Nocturnes and was composed in 1827 when Chopin was only 17 years old. However, Chopin never desired the work to be published and so it was not published until 1855 after his death.

This work is one of my favorite of Chopin's Nocturnes. It was recorded at my home on my studio upright. If you enjoy listening to this piece, please consider making a donation towards my future Steinway Model B Piano.

May 25, 2008
Chopin: Nocturne in E-flat Major Op. 9 No. 2

I am a little rusty on this nocturne, and unfortunately, it shows! However, I couldn't help recording this for Mother's day because it has special meaning to my wife and me. So I am dedicating the recording of this Nocturne to my beloved wife. Happy Mother's Day!

May 11, 2008
Mozart: Sonata in C Major K. 300h (330) - Andante cantabile

This is the Andante section of Mozart's Sonata in C Major. Although the Sonata begins and concludes in C Major, this particular excerpt from the piece is in F Major. It was composed in the summer of 1778.

I am dedicating this recording to my dear mother. Mozart is her favorite composer and I have grown to adore this andante section of the sonata.

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May 10, 2008
Schubert: Serenada

This piece is one of Schubert's vocal pieces arranged for piano solo by Franz Liszt. It has become a very popular piece for voice as well as many other instruments.

This recording is dedicated to my dear mother-in-law. This is one of her favorite classical works.

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May 09, 2008
Chopin: Nocturne in C-Sharp Minor (Posthumous)

This nocturne was published posthumously, which simply means that it was published after Chopin past away. It was composed in 1830 (Chopin would have been about 20 years old at the time) but not published until 1875.

This piece, like most of Chopin's nocturnes, has a mysterious and enchanting quality to it. I cannot help but wonder why Chopin never published this work. Perhaps it did not live up to his standard? Or perhaps it was simply not intended for public performance? The first edition of this work included the following instruction: "For my sister Louise to play, before she practices my second Concerto." -- so perhaps Chopin wrote this merely as a "prelude" for practicing and as such never had it published? Whatever the reason, this work has become one of the more well known of the Nocturnes despite Chopin's disinterest in publication.

This recording is dedicated to the Lloyd family. This work was recorded at my home on my studio upright. As always, I invite you to consider a donation towards the purchase of a new piano for my recordings. You can learn more by visiting

May 05, 2008
Chopin: Largo BI 109

This brief piece, composed by Frederic Chopin, has a majestic beauty. The melody is reminiscent of one of his many Nocturnes, while the accompanying harmonies are almost hymnal - even concluding with a fifth-to-dominant cadence that is such a common ending in church service music (although this piece is more subtle than a typical hymn).

This recording was another from the collection, Classical Music for the Church Service: Volume 2 (published by Alfred - my favorite sheet music publisher). The recording was performed at my home on my studio upright. If you enjoy this recording, please consider making a donation towards the purchase of a new piano.

Apr 27, 2008
Debussy: (Two Arabesques for Piano) Deux Arabesques: I

This arabaseque is the first of two arabesques that are associated together (although they were composed several years apart). It was written while Debussy was still rather young (26 years old) and is not considered to be representative of his impressionist style that is generally associated with his name. However, there are certain aspects of his style that are apparent even in this early work.

For study, I used Alfred's Masterwork Edition edited by Lynn Freeman Olson.

This recording is dedicated to the Robertsons who acted as my parents-away-from-home while I lived in Japan for two years doing volunteer missionary service for my church. Thank you for your compassion, patience, love, and sincere friendship.

This recording was completed at home on my studio upright. This piece was particularly difficult to record on my upright due to the sensitive dynamics present throughout the work. Much of the interpretation and have attempted to convey is lost in the limitations of the piano. If you have enjoyed my recordings, please consider being apart of improving future recordings by signing my piano! If not, I hope you will still continue to enjoy the free music :)

Apr 14, 2008
Rachmaninoff: Prelude in G-Sharp Minor Op. 32 No. 12

This prelude was written in 1910 during a period that many people consider to be the pinnacle of Rachmaninoff's composational career. It is one of a set of 13 preludes and is one of the more popular of the set. All 13 of these preludes were written during a period of 19 days.

The first time I encountered this piece was during a talent competition I had entered in 1998. I was just 18 years old then, and a girl about the same age as I played this piece. I really enjoyed it but never actually attempted to learn it until quite recently. In fact, I didn't spend very much time studying this one (as is probably apparent in my performance). I hope you enjoy it, nonetheless. Oh, and if you were wondering, I was fortunate to take first place in the competition with Chopin's Revolutionary Etude (Op. 10 No. 12). That one is always a crowd-pleaser.

This was recorded at my home on my studio upright. Please consider making a donation to help me purchase a new piano.

Mar 17, 2008
Rachmaninoff: (The Prelude - The Bells of Moscow) Prelude in C-sharp Minor Op. 3, No. 2

This is one of Rachmaninoff's most popular pieces. It is one of 5 pieces in the set entitled "Morceaux de Fantaisie" (Fantasy Pieces). It is often called "The Bells of Moscow". It is unlikely that Rachmaninoff gave it that title himself. Although this piece became one of his most popular and most requested pieces, Rachmaninoff came to dislike the piece because it was demanded over some of his other great works.

This recording is dedicated to my dear friend, Dane Laverty. He performed this piece for me while we were serving as missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Since that time I have grown to respect him as a great thinker and lifelong example.

This was recorded at my home on my studio upright.

Mar 03, 2008
Grieg: (Arietta) Arietta Op. 12, No. 1

This is another recording from the music book Classical Music for the Church Service: Volume II by Alfred. I really enjoy the simple, yet beautiful melody of this work. I've always enjoyed playing pieces where the accompanying harmony interchanges between both hands. This was recorded at my home on my studio upright. If you would like to help improve the quality of my recordings and be honored at the same time, then click here to see how you can help!

Feb 17, 2008
Moussorgsky: (Meditation) Pieces Diverses: A Tear, Une Larme

This is another recording from the music book Classical Music for the Church Service: Volume II by Alfred. This piece is a short excerpt from Moussorgsky's Pieces Diverses. It is sometimes known as "Meditation". To me this piece has a very modern sound to it that could perhaps be considered a precursor to some contemporary piano pieces. This was recorded at my home on my studio upright. Click here to see how you can have your name printed on the lid of a piano and assist me in improving my recordings!

Feb 08, 2008
Mozart: Larghetto in F

This is my first recording of a set I am planning from the music book Classical Music for the Church Service: Volume II by Alfred. This was recorded at my home on my studio upright.

Jan 28, 2008
Liszt: (Evening Harmonies) Transcendental Etude No. 11

This recording is a live performance given at a solo recital in January of 2003. The recording was made on a nine-foot concert grand piano in a small recital hall.

This Etude was the first of Liszt's transcendental Etudes that I studied. I fell in love with the harmonies and chord progressions that Liszt uses in this piece. It also happened to be the piece that I was working on when I first met my wife. For that fact, this work is among our favorites.

Dec 01, 2007
Liszt: Transcendental Etude No. 1

This is the first in the set of 12 Transcendental Etudes. The set of Etudes is wonderful and this piece provides a great "prelude" into the rest of the series.

Dec 01, 2007
Bach: Prelude No. 8 in E flat Minor

This recording was performed on a studio upright piano and thus does not deliver the greatest sound quality but gives the listener an idea of one interpretation of this piece. Many artists perform this selection at a faster tempo than is heard here but the I feel as though this is an appropriate tempo for the mood that I am attempting to convey.

Dec 01, 2007
Rachmaninoff: Prelude in G Minor Op. 23 No. 5

This was my first competition-piece. I didn't do very well ;) My mother tried to encourage me to play the piano by offering me $25 to learn this piece. I refused for several months until finally my sister brought me a recording of it. After listening to the recording, I just couldn't keep myself from learning to play it. This piece was one of the stepping stones into my love for the piano and thus holds a unique place in my heart.

Dec 01, 2007
Chopin: Prelude in E Minor Op. 28 No. 4
Dec 01, 2007
Chopin: (Raindrop Prelude) Prelude in D-flat Major Op. 28 No. 15

This piece was the first classical work that I fell in love with. In fact, this was the gateway that led to my love for the piano and my endeavor to study and practice. I heard it as "background" music for a popular Japanese film (I believe it was titles "Dreams") back in high school. Upon hearing the music, I went home and rummaged through my mother's sheet music collection until I found a copy of this piece. I played it over and over until I had committed it to memory. Although this was not the "tipping point" for me and the piano, it was definitely a key point in my love for classical music.

Dec 01, 2007
Chopin: Prelude in C Minor Op. 28 No. 20
Dec 01, 2007
Bach: (Ave Maria) Prelude in C Major

I play this one much more slowly than most do... I guess I just like it that way. This piece has been arranged, re-arranged, and arranged again for many instruments and combinations of instruments. It is definitely a "classic" and is often heard at weddings and other significant events.

Dec 01, 2007
Chopin: Prelude in B Minor Op. 28 No. 6
Dec 01, 2007
Chopin: Prelude in A Major Op. 28 No. 7
Dec 01, 2007
Chopin: (Military Polonaise) Polonaise in A Major Op. 40 No. 1

This happens to be one of my daughter's favorite pieces (she's loved it since she was only three years old). I was asked to site-read this piece while living in Japan and afterwards determined to actually learn and perform it. I've since had the opportunity to perform this on a number of occasions. Sadly, this recording is not among the best of those performances, but is the only one that was recorded.

Dec 01, 2007
Bach: Partita No. 1 in B flat Major - Praeludium

All of Bach's partitas are wonderful. I actually studied the entire 1st partita (of which this recording is only a portion), but never committed the entire work to memory. One of these days I'll pick it back up again and finish recording the entire piece.

Dec 01, 2007
Beethoven: (Moonlight Sonata 1st Movement) Op. 27, No. 2 Adagio Sostenuto

An all-time favorite of so many people... including my father. I recorded this in a music room while at college as a Father's day gift for my dad. This is one of his favorite works. Please note that this recording only includes the famous 1st movement.

Dec 01, 2007
Liszt: (Liebestraume - Dream of Love - Love Dreams) Nocturne in A flat Major No. 3

This piece I have always lovingly dedicated to my grandmother. During the Great Depression, she used to listen to this song and it would uplift and lighten her spirit. She often requested that I perform this piece at her funeral. Her request was humbly granted at the time of her passing.

This piece is one of Liszt's most popular piano pieces and remains a personal favorite of mine.

Dec 01, 2007
Bach: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring

This piece was originally part of a larger work but was transcribed to piano and given the title "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring." It is often played for weddings and other significant events.

This recording was made on a studio upright piano.

Dec 01, 2007
Bach: Invention No. 8 in F Major

This was the first Bach piece that I ever memorized. I shouldn't admit this, but it actually took me a couple of weeks to commit to memory (sad, but true). The encouraging thing is that memorization definitely comes easier the more you do it :)

Dec 01, 2007
Schubert: Impromptu No. 4 in A flat Major
Dec 01, 2007
Schumann: Foreign Lands and People - from Kinderszenen

This is from the "Scenes from Childhood" set of works that Schumann composed. This is one that I always enjoyed playing and experimenting with the pedalling.

Dec 01, 2007
Chopin: Etude Op 25. No. 1
Dec 01, 2007
Chopin: (Black Keys Etude) Etude in G flat Major Op. 10 No. 5

My daughter loves to play pretend while I play this one. She pretends that she is chasing butterflies... I think that is a perfect use of imagery for this piece. It is commonly called the "black keys" etude because the right hand plays almost exclusively the black keys of the piano. It is a light, but fast-paced etude that is very enjoyable to listen to and probably even more enjoyable to play.

Dec 01, 2007
Moszkowski: Etude in D Minor Op. 72 No. 9

This etude is great for strengthening the technique of octaves for both hands. It is quite simple in form but provides a fun and unique method for practicing octave scales and runs.

Dec 01, 2007
Chopin: Etude in C Minor Op. 25 No. 12

The first time I saw this performed was in a master-class at BYU. I thought it looked fun, and I've always been attracted to the "heavier" sounding music. This one actually has some very fun chord progressions in it that didn't stand out to me until I had been through several hours of practicing. Maybe the more astute listeners will pick up on those much more quickly than I did.

Dec 01, 2007
Chopin: (Revolutionary Etude) Etude in C Minor Op. 10 No. 12

This is one of Chopin's most popular Etudes. It is great for the left hand and provides some challenging reaches (for small to mid-sized hands). This was the piece I played to win first-place at a local talent competition back in my first year of college. I've always enjoyed playing this one and it seems to be a pretty good crowd-pleaser.

Dec 01, 2007
Moszkowski: (Sparks Etude) Etude in B flat Major Op. 36 No. 6

I have been told that this particular piece was a favorite "encore" piece of the great Vladmir Horowitz. My music teacher encouraged me to study this one and it did not take long at all to come to adore this quick-paced etude. Hopefully the "sparks" that give this piece it's common name are portrayed appropriately through this recording.

Dec 01, 2007
Schumann: Dreaming

I will never forget watching Vladmir Horowitz's performance of this in his famous Moscow concert. Obviously I was not there in person, but I have watched my copy of that performance over and over again. Seeing that performance is what drew me to want to record this piece, which then led me to record several others among the "Scenes from Childhood" of which "Dreaming" is only one segment.

Dec 01, 2007
Schumann: Dedication

This piece is a bit deceiving... Liszt actually composed two primary versions of this piece, one that is more simplified, and the other, which is the more commonly performed. This is the more simplified version of the piece. At the time I purchased it (many years ago) I didn't even know what it was, nor did I know that there was a more complex version. I have since heard the "real" version performed live many times, and own several different recordings of it. It is definitely on my "to-do" list of recordings.

Dec 01, 2007
Liszt: Consolation in E Major No. 1

The six consolations by Franz Liszt are deeply emotional and inspiring pieces. Each one has so many different ways of being interpreted. Each performance should be unique and draw on the emotions of the performer and listeners.

This recording is from a live performance from January of 2003. It was recorded using a nine-foot concert grand piano.

Dec 01, 2007
Liszt: (Un Sospiro) Concert Etude No. 3 in D flat Major

This recording was made several years ago. I really need to re-record this piece because I have since gained a much deeper appreciation for the piece and I feel as though my interpretation of it has greatly improved. I also now conclude this piece with Listz's alternate ending which concludes in a whole-tone scale with the left hand and accompanying chords in the right. I prefer this ending over the original because I have a particular affinity towards the whole-tone scale... it reminds me of the eternal nature of life and my deep faith in religion and a Heavenly Father (God) who loves us.

Dec 01, 2007
Schumann: Child Falling Asleep

This is another one of the several works included in Schumann's "Scenes from Childhood". I recorded this in my early college days, long before becoming a father. Now that I have three beautiful children I should probably record this again... now having such a new perspective to watching a child falling asleep.

Dec 01, 2007
Faure: (After a Dream) Apres Une Reve

This work is an extremely popular piece that has been transcribed for many instruments, including piano. My piano professor gave this piece to me as a Christmas gift during the first year of my studies.

Dec 01, 2007