Top ‘first books’ of classical music for the beginner piano student

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A First Book of Classical Music: A great book for practicing the piano, especially if you want to learn some cool classical piano pieces, after having learnt the basics of piano.

A First Book of Classical Music: 29 Themes by Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin and Other Great Composers in Easy Piano Arrangements

A First Book of Classical Music includes 29 themes by music greats such as Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin and other great composers, laid down in easy to play Piano Arrangements.

A First Book of Classical Music: 29 Themes by Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin and Other Great Composers in Easy Piano Arrangements This book has easy arrangements of popular songs, which i’m sure most adult learners will like (at least they will find it better than playing some kiddie songs).

Fun-to-play, pedagogically sound piano arrangements include themes from Beethoven’s “Pathetique” Sonata and Haydn’s “Surprise” Symphony, along with such favorites as Schumann’s Traumerei, Brahms’s Lullaby, Chopin’s Prelude, Tchaikovsky’s Marche Slave, Moussorgsky’s Promenade (from Pictures at an Exhibition), and many more.

Every piece starts with a short paragraph that gives a little bit of history of the piece and/or composer.

Not Exactly for Beginners
And although it says for beginners, you should know how to read the notes (at least the basics so you could figure out what is mentioned).

Only three of the 29 songs use exclusively whole, half and quarter notes. The remaining songs use more advanced rhythms including triplets, dotted eighths, & sixteenths. So you see there, you should have a good understanding of the basics.

Most of the songs are based on the key signatures (F, G, D, D), which means you won’t be playing only the white keys.

Many songs use bass and treble clefs. Songs are in various time signatures such as 3/2, 4/4, 3/4, 2/4, 3/8, 6/8.

Excellent Book for Learning the Piano
Its an excellent book for those learning to play the piano. The book is easy enough so that you don’t get frustrated, yet challenging enough to give you a sense of accomplishment. Importantly, your repertoire will now include some popular classical songs.

A First Book of Classical Music: Buying Links
This is a great introductory book for teaching and learning classical music. Adult students will love this book because it covers several familiar classical tunes. Its recommended for all those in their first year as a pianist.

Big Book of Beginner’s Piano Classics

This book has pieces of similar difficulty as in the above book, but this one has many more pieces. This bumper book has many more easy to play, well known classical piano pieces.

It has a great mix of very easy to play pieces, all are beautifully arranged and not very challenging for the beginner piano student.

83 Favorite Pieces in Easy Piano Arrangements: Superb selection of standards, each simplified to help students develop their skills. Includes Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” Chopin’s “Funeral March,” Tchaikovsky’s “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” Mozart’s “Rondo alla Turca” and Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto, plus compositions by Schubert, Debussy, Handel, Mendelssohn, and others.

The Joy Of First Classics (by Denes Agay)

A First Book of Classical Music: 29 Themes by Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin and Other Great Composers in Easy Piano Arrangements Have been taking piano lessons for a year or two? Already gone through a beginners book on how to play classics? Increase the level of difficult a bit using this book.

Its a great book to play classics. Even though it begins with short, easy classical pieces, the pieces increase in difficulty to an intermediate level. This book could keep you occupied for another couple of years or so after your first year of lessons.

Nothing can quite compare to the satisfaction, pleasure and joy of learning and playing the finest pieces of classical music and this terrific volume gives you the opportunity to do exactly that!

  • The book has over 60 easy pieces and keyboard miniatures by master composers.
  • All the pieces are printed in their original form
  • There is a wonderful mix of pieces with works by the likes of Bach, Haydn, Mozart and also lesser-known composers, set for piano solo.

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If you are in your first year of piano lessons, you may want to checkout this book – The joy of first classics.

So get started with your first classical pieces on the piano.

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