Top 10 Most Difficult Piano Pieces

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

"The Transcendental √Čtudes contain extreme technical difficulties.." this is from wikipedia and they are totally right, this collection of etudes by Franz Liszt are perhaps one of the most difficult of all time.

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

Good luck learning these. It gets pretty technical.

Absoulute insanity. Nothing can pass this level of difficulty besides the Douze Grande Etudes.

2 Beethoven's Sonatas

Ridiculous to say that "moonlight mvt III" is the hardest. Sure it is quick and fiery and beautiful, but when you listen to a work as profound as the fugue from Op 106 in Bb major (the hammerklavier) it becomes easy in comparison. The late works were often half an hour to 45 minutes and they were utterly ridiculous. The fugue at the end of op. 106 is unbelievably difficult to play, same with the fugue at the end of op 110. The difficulty in these pieces which truly are among the most difficult to play ever is that they are extremely long, profound, and the interpretation can and does take years to finalize. The hardest song to play is Op106, followed by op 111, op 7. Although much different is absurdly difficult.

Please explore Beethoven's Sonatas beyond "Moonlight" (Which was a name given by a poet, not Beethoven. It is the C#m sonata) They are truly magnificent pieces of music, sure you can teach a 20 year old to play many of them, but to play them musically and powerfully is ...more

Which retards keep spamming MOONLIGHT 3? The hardest is undoubtedly Hammerklavier 4th, Moonlight 3 wouldn't even make the top 20 of the hardest Beethoven sonata movements

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

3 Chopin's Etudes
4 Hungarian Rhapsodies - Liszt
5 Lizst's Paginini Etudes

I played the Paganini-Liszt etude no. 6, definitely a challenging piece, but I would say that Tarantella is a much more challenging piece.

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

Awesome and hard

6 Death Waltz - John Stump

It isn't even a real song. All it is, is just a massive clump of notes that can't even be played.

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

7 Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.3

Lovely and God inspired!

8 Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 - Franz Liszt
9 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.

10 Gaspard de La Nuit - Maurice Ravel

Definitely one of the most difficult pieces ever composed. Even the 2nd part La Gibet even though it's slow has some really complex chords to play. Ravel was beyond genius and unlike any other composer!

Try deciphering pi to the millionth decimal point... Mastering this piece you'll have to cube it at the very least...

The most difficult of all time...

The Contenders
11 Flight of the Bumblebee

Difficult to play.

Fast, but not hard

12 Liszt - La Campanella

La Campanella requires dexterity of the gods. Honestly, Liszt is an absolute master and La Campanella is one of his most beautiful but certainly one of his most challenging creations.

An outstanding piece, learning this is one of the most rewarding things out there...

13 The Disappearance of Hatsune Miku - Marasy8
14 The Well-Tempered Clavichord

These are challenging pieces with lots of melody.

15 Necrofantasia

SO. CONFUSING! You should at least take a look at the sheet music, or the arrangements people on YouTube have created.

16 Chopin - Fantasie Impromptu Op.66
17 Bad Apple - Touhou
18 The Nuker 3

This song will NUKE your piano. In fact, it is nearly impossible for computers to play this. The sustains are mild, but there are overlaps, and the spam is insane. No actual piano can play this past the 7 million note per second crash of part 3. But, it goes up to part 11, where the notes per second go to possibly over 1 billion, for a split second. LEL This is way more complex than any of the others. But, there are namy versions of this, some are much harder than others. Not to mention, this is a 128 key black midi. So, no piano can even TRY!

This is a ridiculous song consisting 530 million notes and at a lenght of 14 minutes it is humanly impossible.

Search it up and watch.

19 Mozart's Sonatas
20 The March of the Black Queen - Queen

In My top 5 favorite songs Queen is the best band in the world underrated song

21 Schumman's Symphonic Etudes
22 Islamey - Balakirev
23 Rondo Fantastique: El Contrabandista - Franz Liszt

Irrefutably the hardest piano piece ever written. There has never been a flawless recording, and Lizst himself was known to completely botch some of the runs. There are runs where you truly are gambling to hit the right notes. There has never been and will never be a good recording of this song.

A forest of notes

24 Brahm's Etudes
25 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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