Easiest Pieces: The Difficulty Ranking of Composer Pieces
Each composer featured on this channel has a ton of great music – but what piano music is doable for your level? In this section, we feature composers individually and look at their easiest pieces (and most difficult).
Note: For some of these composers, the easiest pieces are far from easy!
Chopin’s piano music starts around a grade 6 level, so it’s not appropriate for beginners. His music also gets very difficult very quickly! This video is a guide to his music so you know which pieces to approach first.
Beethoven has some music appropriate for beginner-level students. We’ll look at those in this video, as well as some of his more challenging pieces.
Like Beethoven, Bach has some early-level pieces, though most of his start at around a grade 3 level (and progress all the way to the highest piano levels).
Liszt really has no music meant for beginners or even intermediate students. He has a few individual pieces that you can approach as a late-intermediate student, but for the most part his piano music is very challenging.
Since Mozart wrote music from a very young age, he actually has quite a few pieces suitable for beginners. His piano collection spans all the way from early first pieces, to very difficult sonatas and rondos.
Tchaikovsky has a great selection of Romantic-era intermediate music, and some early advanced music as well. Unlike some other composers, his music doesn’t ever hit the “extremely difficult” point
Debussy is an Impressionist composer from the turn of the 20th century. His music mainly runs difficult – he’s best started as an early advanced piano player.
Since Haydn wasn’t a piano virtuoso like some of these other composers, much of his music is very approachable from a beginner level. His sonatas are quite a bit easier than Beethoven and Mozart’s (though some are still quite a challenge).
Rachmaninoff was a piano virtuoso, and virtually none of his music is accessible to beginner and intermediate students. If you’re at an advanced level, though, be sure to give his music a try!