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
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