Piano-centric music often presents harmony, melody, and rhythm in a different way from music that’s oriented around a solo melodic instrument. Because the piano has control over all three of these core musical elements, it can dictate every aspect of a given piece more quickly, and the thematic development and harmonic nuances tend to be more deeply rooted in the specifically classical influences of the pianist. This list includes some of the piano anthems that have found themselves in my playlist over and over again. Each of these recordings is historically important for its own unique reason.
Listen to a Spotify playlist featuring all of the songs mentioned below: