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List Rules Pieces famous because of the piano. Bad: 'Ah! Vous dirai-je, Maman?', piano version of 'Pavane', etc.

Certain piano pieces have been done to death. Many of them are perfectly good pieces, such as Moonlight and the Entertainer, but too much of a good thing inevitably becomes a bad thing. If you hear anyone talking endlessly about these pieces, there's a good chance he or she pretends to know a thing about music when he or she doesn't know anything at all.

Please only list pieces that are (at least partially) famous because of the piano. Examples of works that should not be listed:

-Pavane by Fauré - although originally for the piano, it's the orchestrated version that's famous
-Ah! Vous dirai-je, Maman by Mozart - only famous because of Twinkle Twinkle Little Stars and the Alphabet Song; few people can play the variations in their heads.

Examples of works that can be listed:
-Ragtime Dance by Joplin - originally has lyrics, but that version is long forgotten
-Flight of the Bumblebee by Rimsky-Korsakov - Although many versions are known, including the original and violin arrangement, Rach's piano arrangement is one of the best-known versions
-Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 by Liszt - the orchestral version is famous, but not as known as the original piano version
-Toccata and Fugue by Bach - everyone's heard that on the piano, right?

Rule of thumb: Do you think someone who knows nothing about classical music has heard it played on the piano before? If the answer is yes, list it!

*Also, CONCERTOS COUNT!*

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Fur Elise Ludwig van Beethoven

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Moonlight Sonata Ludwig van Beethoven

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Rondo Alla Turca Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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River Flows In You is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Recognisable Piano Pieces
ColeSmith added River Flows In You Yiruma

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The Entertainer - A Ragtime Tw... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Recognisable Piano Pieces
The Entertainer - A Ragtime Two-Step Joshua Rifkin

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Clair de Lune

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Flight of the Bumblebee Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Sergei Rachmaninov

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First Movement from Mozart's Piano Sonata No. 16 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565 Johann Sebastian Bach

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Minute Waltz

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Fantasie Impromptu Vladimir Ashkenazy

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Gymnopédie No. 1 Erik Satie

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Maple Leaf Rag

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Meditation on Prelude No. 1 of Bach, for violin or cello & piano with organ or cello ad lib. (or other instrumental arrangement) J. S. Bach

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Hungarian Rhapsody No.2

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Adam Tyler added La Campanella Franz Liszt

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Hungarian Dance #5

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Second Movement from the Pathétique Sonata Ludwig van Beethoven

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Arabesque No.1

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Polonaise, Op. 53 A-Flat Major "Heroic"

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Divenire - Ludovico Einaudi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Recognisable Piano Pieces
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Revolutionary Etude

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Anna Magdalena Notebook: Minuet in G minor, BWV Anh. 115

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Rhapsody in Blue George Gershwin

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Piano Concerto No. 2

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Hungarian Dance No. 1 Johannes Brahms

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The Girl With the Flaxen Hair

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Scherzo No. 2 in B flat minor is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Recognisable Piano Pieces
Scherzo No. 2 in B flat minor

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Adam Tyler added Préludes, Book I, L. 117: X. The Sunken Cathedral

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GongoMeu added Https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plsktjfsjra As time goes by. Herman Hupfeld, 1931

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Moment Musical D 780 No.3

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Etude No. 21 in G flat major "Butterfly", Op. 25 No. 9

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