Learning the piano is relatively easy and yet mastering it is no easy feat. Have you ever watched someone perform a piece of music on the piano and been absolutely dazzled and amazed by the complexity and difficulty of the piece? In the classical music industry (in particular the piano section), there have been a few pieces known to make pianists fear the embarking of learning the piece. Want to know what those pieces are? Without further ado, these are some of the most difficult piano pieces.
Piano Sonata in D Major, K. 576 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
This piece was composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as a part of a set of six for Princess Friederike of Prussia in 1789. Its hornlike opening has earned it the nickname of “The Hunt” or “The Trumpet Sonata”. This sonata has a typical performance duration of around 15 minutes and it is Mozart’s last sonata. This piece is demanding because of its technically difficult counterpoint passage.
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 by Franz Liszt
Liszt is known to compose many of the world’s most difficult piano pieces and this is just one of them. The Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in C-sharp Minor is the second in a set of 19 Hungarian Rhapsodies by him. It is also by far the most famous of the set. The difficulty comes in its rhythm which follows the rhythm of Hungarian folk dances - an alternation between short and long notes.
Fantaisie – Impromptu, Op. 66 by Frederic Francois Chopin
This piece is as well-known as it is challenging. The Fantaisie-Impromptu was written in 1834, but unlike other works that were written during this year, Chopin never published the Fantaisie-Impromptu. Rather, Julian Fontana published it posthumously, along with other waltzes. This piece is difficult because of the fact that each hand has to play in a different meter (the right in duple time and the left in triple time) as well as the fact that it also features a middle section in D♭ major, while the beginning and end of the piece are in C♯ minor.
While these are definitely not the top three most difficult pieces and there are plenty more, they surely do give a brief taste of how far piano mastery can take you. It’s definitely worth a shot to learn in every pianist’s life!