16 Beautiful Contemporary Piano Solos

16 Beautiful Contemporary Piano Solos

We all know and love (for the most part) the popular classics…

But there are tons of phenomenal contemporary pieces that are right up there.

I’ve compiled a showcase of 16 beautiful contemporary piano solos by 16 different artists–

uplifting, melancholic, blithe, a mix of beautiful piano music.

I’d hesitate to label these works further than ‘contemporary’. After all, what’s in a name?

There is an entire world of music out there that you probably haven’t seen half of.

Videos are below with sheet music if available. Enjoy!

Melodie by Grieg

Sheet Music / Listen

 

At The Ivy Gate by Brian Crain

Listen

 

In Flight by Michael Harrison

 

Rocket To The Moon by Jim Brickman

Sheet Music

 

Comptine d’un autre été by Yann Tiersen

Sheet Music

 

Barcarolle by Alkan

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Oceans by Rob Costlow

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Far and Away by Philip Wesley

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John Adams by China Gates

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River Flows in You by Yiruma

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Nocturne No. 2 by John Field

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Tango by Albeniz-Godowsky

Sheet Music

 

Hope Springs by Roy Todd

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I Giorni by Ludovico Einaudi

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Back To Life by Allevi

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  • Rachel April 25, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    where can I find sheet music for Comptine d’un autre été by Yann Tiersen

    • Grace Miles May 10, 2013 at 8:36 pm

      Rachel, there isn’t official sheet music released right now, but people have put up their own versions of the piece online. It’s a great piece!

      • Rachel August 20, 2013 at 5:06 pm

        Thank you so much!

    • Inola November 25, 2014 at 8:00 am

      I learned the piece and it is stunning! this website will download it for you :)

    • Tilly Parker January 6, 2015 at 2:09 am

      I get all my music off there! You can get anything!

  • Cristian May 30, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Thanks for sharing this songs, they all seemed beautiful and uniques. glad to find your blog. Cheers!

    • Grace Miles June 1, 2013 at 3:13 pm

      Thanks, Cristian! Have you tried any of these pieces? I’m always open to suggestions, if there’s something you’d like to see or something you need help with.

  • Saman Q July 7, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    These pieces are great specially the one from yann tiersen and Nocturne number 2 by John field was one of the first piano pieces i learnt !! :)

  • Amanda October 10, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Where can I find the sheet music for River Flows in by Yiruma? I fell in love with this song!

  • CB October 10, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    So glad I have found this!

  • LANNE Jlouis November 23, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Merci, j’ai vraiment adoré tous ces morceaux de musique..

  • Larissa January 17, 2014 at 8:20 am

    beautiful pieces of music

  • spam January 31, 2014 at 10:03 am

    most of these pieces are really nice.

    the only issue i have with a lot of modern piano music is that it’s so samey and plain, it’s advertisement music. all these pieces are very similar harmonically and very unexperimental. that’s not universally a bad thing but it’d be nice to see a bit more ambition from piano composers these days.

    would like to clarify i still like them but still…

    • Grace Miles January 31, 2014 at 10:52 am

      I see where you’re coming from. Maybe I should dig up some ambitious piano solos…

    • Luke August 2, 2014 at 3:13 pm

      I know what you mean, I feel pretty much the same, although these are all nice compositions.

      I recommend Nils Frahm; he has a range of more modal/rhythmic overdubbed recordings as well as some beautiful solos which cover a bit more ground harmonically.

      Great example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkbf1-cVUuY

  • Mervin April 4, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    This is really great and awesome stuff!!
    much gratitude!!!

  • Grace April 28, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Great pieces! I like the one by Yann Tiersen too, I like Japanese pieces. And by the way if anyone wants some more suggestions, I VERY highly reccomend each piece listed below. I’m really specific on what I call a “beautiful” melody, and these will make you want to cry, probably. They’re just amazing. Hope you like!

    Life is Like a Boat – from the anime Bleach
    Everything – Helen Jane Long
    Expression – Helen Jane Long
    Daybreak – Andrew Turner
    River Flows in You – Yiruma
    Corpse Bride theme song (yes I know, weird title but beautiful haunting piece)
    Sound the Bugle – from Spirit, Stallion of the Cimmarron
    Here I am – from Spirit, Stallion of the Cimarron

    I hope everyone enjoys these! I find them to be my absolute favorites. I’m pretty sure they’re all on youtube.

    • Grace Miles April 28, 2014 at 12:11 pm

      Thanks for the suggestions! I’ll look into these and maybe feature a few in a future post. :)

  • Brian Crain June 13, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Thanks for including my song in your list :) I’m happy to know you are listening and telling others.

    • Grace Miles June 13, 2014 at 6:30 pm

      Hey Brian, keep up the wicked pieces! I’d love to feature more of your work. :)

      By the way, you wouldn’t believe how many people are interested in your sheet music. I’d be over the moon if we can work something out. ;)

      Grace

    • Anthony C. July 8, 2014 at 11:06 pm

      Brian I am dying to see a contemp. piano performance in New England (specifically MA) do you know if you or any other acclaimed pianists are coming to the area at any point for any sort of show? I’m dying to see something

  • Brian Crain June 14, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Thanks so much Grace.

    I have sheet music available on my website too. There’s even a free song each month http://briancrain.com/sheet-music/

    I sent some sheet music to your email for your personal use. Let me know if you got it.

    Brian

  • M Harman June 21, 2014 at 4:42 am

    Hello, Thanks so much for posting these pieces. I can’t play and don’t really have time to listen to music on the radio – so my exposure to contemporary music is often limited to television and film soundtracks. It is great that Internet sources such as yours can provide another access entry point to contemporary music outside of the mainstream pop, rock etc. The BBC for example sometimes doesn’t even list in the end-titles the music it has used in documentaries – I have recognised pieces and watched carefully at the end, only to find that no credit is given….

  • Jack July 12, 2014 at 8:09 am

    I think that ‘Marcia alla turca’ by Mozart should be added to the list, absolutely stunning!

  • Katie September 25, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Thanks for the list! I have tried a few of these already, and I love them! Brian Crain’s “Moonrise” is also a great song… it has gotten me through some pretty tough times!

  • Adriele.MR December 27, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Thanks a lot!
    This post helped me too much.
    I’ve found the song I was looking for here. The song is Comptine d’un autre été by Yann Tiersen….Love it :)

  • Austin March 14, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    I know of a classical piece that I think is a pure jewel when it comes to beautiful music. It’s called Auf Flugeln Des Gesanges, arranged by Franz Liszt, and I haven’t found any song more beautiful than this one. Here’s the link, but I warn you, it’s difficult: http://imslp.org/wiki/Mendelssohns_Lieder,_S.547_(Liszt,_Franz)

    Download the fifth one from the top. Don’t worry, it’s safe.

    • Grace Miles March 25, 2015 at 8:57 pm

      Austin, you’ve certainly caught my attention! The rhythm in this piece is going to take me down.

  • Primaldy Aria Wiguna April 28, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    please let me know what’s beautiful song played in this video

  • dogperson May 6, 2015 at 2:16 am

    I enjoy John Field, but you might want to know he is considered the father of the nocturne. He was deceased in 1832 so his music is in the public domain and can be downloaded at imslp.com