Hardest Works for Piano

We're talking about lots of arpeggios, obsessive key signature changing, big chords, funky time signatures and rythm, and rare quarter notes lots of beams. Usually quick songs. Confusing fingering.

The Top Ten

1 Lizst's 12 Transcendental Etudes

Look these up on YouTube and you will see why this is first enough said

Good luck learning these. It gets pretty technical. - michaelwilliams

Amazing to listen to but horrible to play, lol.

Yeah don't bother attempting these before 20 years of experience.
I broke my wrist while practicing Wilde Jagd.

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2 Beethoven's Sonatas

Very unique and probably the most played sonatas, especially moonlite. - michaelwilliams

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3 Chopin's Etudes

brilliant melodies. Very musical. All of over the place though and clef changes. - michaelwilliams

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4 Lizst's Paginini Etudes

Again, good luck learning these. It'll take take you months even years, it depends at your skill at the piano. - michaelwilliams

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5 Chopin's Waltzes

I agree. I attempted playing "Minute Waltz" and people kept pointing out that my fingers don't stretch out far enough for the bass part.

6 Death Waltz - John Stump

Oh mi gawd you guys have not seen this work before have you...? It is LITERALLY impossible! You should go YouTube it...

7 The Well-Tempered Clavichord

Miss a note and the whole structure crumbles. wonderful polyphony to bring out.

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8 The Disappearance of Hatsune Miku - Marasy8
9 Necrofantasia
10 Hungarian Rhapsodies - Liszt Hungarian Rhapsodies - Liszt

Technically difficult AND musically difficult.

Love these but they are brutally hard to play

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The Newcomers

? Rachmaninoff Etude Tableau Op 39 No. 6 "Little Red Riding Hood"
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The Contenders

11 Gaspard de La Nuit - Maurice Ravel Gaspard de La Nuit - Maurice Ravel

Most difficult piece worth learning - Charlesman01

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12 Bad Apple - Touhou
13 Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.3
14 Schumman's Symphonic Etudes

tougher reproiture, especially since the etudes are all variations of one etude in the beginning. - michaelwilliams

15 Brahm's Etudes

what's interesting about these is that he's burrowing melodies from other composers and spicing it up a bit with technique. - michaelwilliams

16 Scriabin Etudes

This list is ridiculous. These etudes are the hardest pieces I have so far seen on the list - but where is Gaspard de La Nuit? Etc etc. Crap crap crap list! What is this site?

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17 The March of the Black Queen - Queen
18 Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 - Franz Liszt
19 Mozart's Sonatas

quick and lighthearted, altough dynamics and fingering are a issue into perfecting these. - michaelwilliams

20 Circus Galop - Marc Andre Hamelin
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