Challenging Classical Piano Works

Test Your Skill with Challenging Classical Piano Music!

Maybe you’re looking to pick a piano recital piece that’s sure to receive a standing ovation. Perhaps you want to impress friends at a impromptu dinner party session. Or, you could be on the hunt for a personal  challenge, classical piano music that will improve your finger dexterity or speed. Well, you’ve come to the right place! How difficult a classical work, or any piano piece, is to play can be interpreted many ways. Perhaps speed is a particular challenge for one pianist, while ornamentation is more demanding on someone else. Here at Musicnotes, we’ve opened up and explored our own portfolios to present to you works that have tested
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armed service songs

Memorial Day Music Class: The History of Armed Service Songs

Here in the US, we celebrate Memorial Day the final Monday in May to honor Americans who have died while in military service. Traditional festivities include parades, picnics and programs paying tribute to those who gave their lives in service to our country. Of course, these events are the perfect opportunity to feature the armed service songs from each military branch: “Anchors Aweigh” for the U.S. Navy, “The Caissons Go Rolling Along” for the U.S. Army,  “The Wild Blue Yonder” for the U.S. Air Force,  “The Marines’ Hymn” for the U.S. Marine Corps and “Semper Paratus” for the U.S. Coast Guard. Each of these armed service songs has a rich
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Funny jokes about music

Jokes for Musicians: Our 12 Most Favorite Musical Jokes

It seems there’s no shortage of humor coming from a music room. (Hey, we need a little diversion after practicing Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” for the umpteenth time, right?) Check out some of our favorite jokes for musicians below, and be sure to share your favorite (all-audience-friendly) musical jokes in the comment section! Don’t worry oboists and viola players, you’re completely safe from our musical joke list! Percussionists, we really do still love you. 1. Want to hear the joke about a staccato? Never mind, it’s too short. Want to hear the one about fermata? Wait, it’s too long. 2. Don’t let you kids watch symphonies on TV. There’s too much
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Classical music influenced by nature

Classical Music Influenced by Mother Nature

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and we’re sure you have all your sheet music at-the-ready to celebrate the special ladies in your life. We thought we’d take the opportunity to explore the classical musical influences of another sort of maternal figure… mother nature. From the obvious, like birds chirping and raindrops falling, to the more abstract, like the sound of river water swiftly rushing over a rocky bed, natural sounds and patterns have influenced classical composers throughout history. Antonio Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons,” for example, pulls inspiration from each of nature’s stages to create a 4-concerto work that’s become a beloved Baroque repertoire staple. (Download our sheet music
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How to Read Sheet Music

How to Read Sheet Music: Channel Your Inner Musician with These Simple Steps!

Have you ever heard a song on the radio and thought, “Hey, it’d be really cool to know how to play that.”? Do you have friends who play musical instruments, and you want to get in on the fun? Do you just want to expand your general artistic knowledge? Well, learning the basics of how to read sheet music can help you achieve all of these, and in a shorter amount of time than you might have thought! At its very simplest, music is a language just like you’d read aloud from a book. The symbols you’ll see on pages of sheet music have been used for hundreds of years.
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"Happy" is our March Musical Mania 2014 Champ!

Congratulations to “Happy,” Our 2014 March Musical Mania Champion!

And the winner of the 2014 March Musical Mania Tournament of songs is… “Happy” by Pharrell Williams! In celebration of its big win, we’re offering 10% off ALL “Happy” sheet music arrangements for one day only. Download any of the following, and save 10% today: Piano/Vocal/Chords, Singer Pro Happy sheet music 3-Part Choir with Piano Happy sheet music SATB Choir with Piano Happy sheet music Easy Piano Happy sheet music 2-Part Choir with Piano Happy sheet music Piano/Vocal/Guitar Happy sheet music Leadsheet for Happy Easy Piano (from ‘Despicable Me 2′) Happy sheet music Beginner Notes Happy sheet music But hurry, this sale ends at midnight CDT tonight (4/11/2014). Thank you
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The March Musical Mania Grand Finale: Which Song Should be Crowned Champion?

Help your favorite song win! Just two songs remain from our bracket of 64 beloved contenders, “Over the Rainbow” from ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. Your votes will determine which song takes the March Musical Mania Championship title for 2014. Will it be the century’s ultimate soundtrack ballad, named ‘greatest movie song’ by the American Film Institute? Transcending genres and generations, the piece has been used as a backdrop to countless dreams over the years. Or, will the Billboard global chart-topper top the Musical Mania Bracket as well? Exuberantly upbeat and eternally cheerful,  it’s nearly impossible not to “clap along” with Mr. Williams, today’s pre-eminent popular
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Vote for Which Two Songs Should Compete in Our March Musical Mania Finale!

Our category contenders are: “Theme from Swan Lake,” representing Classical & Jazz, vs. “Over the Rainbow,” representing Movies & Musicals, and “Happy,” representing Pop & Rock, vs. “Bless the Broken Road,” representing Country & Christian. Vote for your finalists now! What started as 64 all-time favorite songs is now narrowed down to just four. Our March Musical Mania Tournament of Songs has had its share of upsets, close calls and even last-minute buzzer beaters. Now, it’s up to you to determine which two songs go head-to-head in this year’s most stirring musical battle. To see and/or purchase sheet music for any of the amazing songs in this year’s tournament, simply
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Musical Mania Bracket Round 4

March Musical Mania Epic Eight: Vote for Which Category Champs Move On!

And then there were eight! Vote for your favorite song remaining in each category to go on to our Fantastic Four, and compete for March Musical Mania Tournament of Songs Champion. Last round of voting was our closest yet. “Over the Rainbow” won by the thinnest margin possible, a single vote kept “Let It Go” out of our Epic Eight. And “Rhapsody in Blue” just squeaked past “What a Wonderful World,” earning its shot at the championship. If you’ve been playing along, and would like to preview, purchase and play any of the sheet music for songs featured in our March Musical Mania sheet music, simply click here. Vote today
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