Top 10 Most Difficult Piano Pieces

We're talking about lots of arpeggios, obsessive key signature changing, big chords, funky time signatures and rhythm, and rare quarter notes - lots of beams. Usually quick songs. Confusing fingering.
The Top Ten
1 Lizst's 12 Transcendental Etudes

"The Transcendental Études contain extreme technical difficulties..." this is from Wikipedia, and they are totally right. This collection of études by Franz Liszt is 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.

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 Op 106, followed by Op 111, Op 7. Although much different, it is absurdly difficult.

Please explore Beethoven's Sonatas beyond Moonlight (which was a name given by a poet, not Beethoven. It is the C# minor 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 ...more

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

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

I played the Paganini-Liszt étude 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 you months, even years. It depends on 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 my god, 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.

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. LOL! This is way more complex than any of the others. But, there are many 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 of 530 million notes, and at a length 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 Liszt 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
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