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With hundreds of years of piano repertoire, there's so much music to explore. You hear it every day in commercials and maybe you remember taking lessons as a kid, but there's no denying that the amount of great piano music allows for a lifetime of discovery.

That's why CBC Music is featuring 10 gems from the solo piano repertoire that go beyond "Für Elise" — not that there's anything wrong with it — and highlight the versatility and range of the instrument. You'll fall in love with the piano all over again.

Open the gallery above for 10 pieces of piano music everyone should know. While you're looking, hit play on the YouTube playlist below to hear all 10.

Have you caught the piano bug? Check out one of these piano performances near you this season:

Vancouver: Emanuel Ax, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. Jan. 18

Calgary: Honens 2014 starring Alexandre Tharaud and Honens laureates, various locations. Sept. 4-7

Toronto: Janina Fialkowska, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts. Oct. 28

Ottawa: Inon Barnatan, National Gallery of Canada. March 15

Montreal: Lang Lang, Maison symphonique de Montréal. March 13

Quebec City: Valentina Lisitsa, Grand Théâtre de Québec. Nov. 24

Halifax: Sara Davis Buechner, Rebecca Cohn Auditorium. Nov. 6

Related:

10 pieces of baroque music everyone should know

10 pieces of classical music everyone should know

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Svetlana Ponomareva
#1 posted by
Svetlana Ponomareva
on Aug 21, 2014

How about this piece by Prokofiev? And it'll be available at the CBC Music Library starting next week... Will it be ever played on CBC Radio 2?

SChappellaz
#2 posted by
SChappellaz
on Aug 23, 2014

I didn't recognize all of the pieces, which was great. 

onlytony
#3 posted by
onlytony
on Aug 27, 2014

ten fragments

 

leaves under leaves

leavens 

bread of heaven

connects

here-and-now

with there-forever

plays

hair on skin

piano frisked

i leave hold

my senses

onlytony
#4 posted by
onlytony
on Aug 27, 2014

reluctantly striding

taking place in

metaphor in

life

almost a twirl

in hop skip

mel an cho ly tone

the child s remembrance

mortality s not it

onlytony
#5 posted by
onlytony
on Aug 27, 2014

yet

love and hate

resides in

this cliche

this miss this miss

the hope for love

the chariot drives

my sun

accross your sky

a warning

onlytony
#6 posted by
onlytony
on Aug 27, 2014

how light

the song i sing

the fall shortlived

as summers scale

winter s eyes

and warmer tones remain

fairy dust

can fairly dance

prance about

cross shining motes

to meaning

 

the warm

the tragic muse

remains reflective

thoughtfull pose

impose a thornfull

sprite to spite

away this

idle time

 

old i got

in youth s time

passing

and old i am

in wake of

music s flow

in spite of

dreams

full measure 

onlytony
#7 posted by
onlytony
on Aug 27, 2014

church bells no more

hand bells 

for young and old

delight flows in

as water in

desert climes

and moving pictures 

race

to make a film

a metaphor

to live

onlytony
#8 posted by
onlytony
on Aug 27, 2014

gas in the tank

roof down

archades of tree

and sky

my universe

is all

is one

onlytony
#9 posted by
onlytony
on Aug 27, 2014

wherever i go

whenever i ve been

you and i

together make serious

our proposal

to serve 

to sing 

to laugh

knowledgefull of

pull down cords

leaded boots

and twinkle toes

within

onlytony
#10 posted by
onlytony
on Aug 27, 2014

uproarious

beer bubbles

burst

build foam

on foam in

revelling heights

onlytony
#11 posted by
onlytony
on Aug 27, 2014

the making of forks

to tune the voice

to singing glories

rushing to

past hill and dale

rushing to

this love of mine

in rhyme in time

a burst of laughter

fine

onlytony
#12 posted by
onlytony
on Aug 27, 2014

too much movie

too much beer

too much laughter

please not here   not here

 

down the toilet

wrenched my heart

i didn t know

my mouth could fart

 

jailhouse rock

i cannot tell

fall down drunk

i might as well

 

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